There’s quite a laundry list of things you need to go through when it comes to selecting a new furnace. It can be pretty easy to lose certain details while working your way down the list, but there are a few things you absolutely should not skip. Size is one of those things. A furnace that is not properly sized can cause a whole swath of issues for homeowners, and can even lead to a need for early replacement.
(Keep in mind that when we refer to the size of the furnace, we’re primarily talking about the level of output the system creates.)
An oversized system creates so much output that the thermostat will shut it down before it can complete a full heating cycle. This problem is called short cycling, and it’s a serious threat to the overall health of the system. Short cycling causes a sharp drop in output from the furnace, but that’s nothing compared to the other issues it causes.
Furnaces are not designed to have their heating cycles disrupted, and the strain of constantly doing so will have serious effects. The various parts that make up the system will wear down faster than normal, causing a spike in the frequency and cost of heating issues. If the issue is not dealt with, it will eventually start to seriously shorten the lifespan of the furnace. Ultimately, installing an oversized furnace is a surefire method for having to replace the same system within a few years.
A furnace that is too small will not be able to generate enough heat to properly warm the home. So, the system will operate for longer than it was designed to in order to compensate. This has the same effect as if the system were too large. Wear and tear on the system will increase, along with repair issues. The furnace will wear down faster, and need to be replaced sooner. In the meantime, you’re going to have to deal with the home not being warm enough.
If you don’t want to have to spend thousands more dollars on repair and replacement costs than you would otherwise need to, you need to make sure that your furnace is sized to fit your home. You can do your own research on the topic, but if you want to be really sure, it’s better to have a professional take care of it for you. After all, you don’t want to discover that your furnace is the wrong size after you install it. One way or the other, though, just make sure that everything is in order before you actually settle on a system. A bit of extra caution now could save you quite a bit of frustration later.
Switzerland Air offers a full range of furnace installation services in Brazoria, TX. If you need help selecting the right furnace for your home’s needs, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’ll make sure that you get the right furnace for your needs.