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What size furnace do I need?

When it’s time to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized correctly for your home, will not only impact your comfort, but can result in shortened life of your furnace, and leave you spending extra money on your utility bills.

If you pick a system oversized for your space, you’ll start to experience short cycles. This means your oversized furnace heated your home too quickly, turning off before the furnace can reach the right operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to reduced lifespan and bigger expenses.

How can you be certain about the right furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the experts at Mitchell Heating. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into review and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) needed to heat your house.

Some Things that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—What size is the area your furnace will have to heat up? A technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home needs to be accounted for during this process. Many times, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from leaving your home throughout the cold winter months. It also heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the experts from Mitchell Heating evaluate the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you select the ideal furnace for your house.
  • Type of Window— Just like your walls, the particular type of windows in your home, frame type, glaze type, gas fills/spaces, etc. will play into what heating and cooling needs your home requires.
  • Outdoor Climate—Consider the range of weather you get in Colorado Springs. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain the conditions of your climate every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the qualified technicians at Mitchell Heating help you find a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, call us at 719-422-4236 or book an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.

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