Taking a one-size-fits-all approach may make shopping for a furnace easier, but in the long run it is one of the worst things you could do. The size of a furnace affects its efficiency just as much as its fuel type or its location. Selecting a furnace of the wrong size will not only hinder its efforts to keep your home comfortable, but it could severely shorten the system’s lifespan. Let’s take a look at what can happen if you install a furnace of the wrong size.
Furnaces are designed to heat a space in a very specific way, by putting out a set amount of heat over a set amount of time. This is the furnace’s heating cycle, and it’s meant to keep the system operating as efficiently as possible. If a furnace is too large, though, it will put out so much heat that it will be shut down before it can complete its heating cycle. This puts a lot of strain on the furnace that it wasn’t designed to handle, resulting in increased wear and tear. Eventually, parts of the system will start to fail under the stress, and the entire furnace may break down.
A furnace that is too small is unable to put out enough heat output to warm the home with its heating cycle. So the system is forced to keep operating for longer than it was designed to do in an effort to properly heat the home. This puts just as much stress on the furnace as if it were too large, with the same results. Parts will break down prematurely, and the system as a whole will likely be short-lived.
If you want to make sure that you get the proper furnace size for your home, call Switzerland Air. We install furnace throughout Angleton, TX.