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How To Pick The Right Size Heater

November 20, 2023 | Blog

The Perfect Furnace For Your Home

Finding the right heater for winter is valuable for any homeowner — making sure that it will be the perfect size for your home is just as important. Having the correct size heater for your home will help keep your household comfortable all winter long.

The size of your heater can affect the overall efficiency of your heating system and how well it will work in the long run. When your home is ready for a heater replacement or your heater is not the right size, look no further than the experts at Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We’ve been proud to serve the Hueytown area since 1961.

Furnace Size And Efficiency

Before choosing the right heater for your home, knowing the types of furnaces that are out there and what size and efficiency would be best for you should be the top priority.

Furnaces run on the British Thermal Units (BTU) system. This means that the higher the BTU rating is for a furnace, the more energy the unit will use to create heat. For homes with a higher square footage in your home, you’ll need a furnace with the right amount of BTU.

Furnace Ratings

Below is an example of the breakdown of BTU with regard to square footage.

  • 1,200 sq ft home: 36,000-72,000 BTUs
  • 1,500 sq ft home: 45,000-90,000 BTUs
  • 1,800 sq ft home: 54,000-108,000 BTUs
  • 2,100 sq ft home: 63,000-126,000 BTUs
  • 2,400 sq ft home: 72,000-144,000 BTUs

Knowing the overall square footage of your home will help you understand what size furnace your home will need as well as the BTU rating. As the square footage gets higher so does the BTU level. If you’re interested in learning more, reach out to Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to speak with one of our friendly team members.

Importance Of Heater Quality

Before deciding on your next heater, you should know why size matters. The sizing of a heater could determine whether your household has a comfortable winter or not.

If The Heater Is Sized Too Large

Bigger is not always better. Installing a heating unit that is too big for your square footage can result in negative consequences, including:

  • Indoor discomfort — Your home could feel more stuffy and your heater may produce hot and cold spots.
  • Inefficiency — If your heater is too large, you may run into the issue of short cycling. Your heater could work too fast to warm the space and turn off and on too quickly.
  • Short system lifespan — A heater that is too big for a home can succumb to breakdowns early on. Short cycling causes a lot of damage to the internal parts of a furnace.
  • Frequent heater repair — The last thing a homeowner wants to do is have their heater be repaired during a time when they desperately need it. Having the wrong size heater can require frequent repairs.

If The Heater Is Too Small

While having a smaller heater may seem like a better option, there is the likelihood that a smaller heater would not be strong enough to keep your home warm during the cold season. A unit that is sized too small can result in the following issues:

  • Chilly indoor temperatures — If a heater is too small for a home, it’s possible your space will never reach a cozy indoor temperature..
  • High energy costs — Since your heater is working hard to try and keep your home warm during the colder season, the cost of having it constantly running and barely warming your home will result in higher bills than normal.
  • Avoidable breakdowns — Having to put a strain on the system just to barely warm a space can cause a small heater to last a shorter amount of time in comparison to a properly sized heater.

When you’re in need of heater installation services, turn to the professionals on our team. We’re ready to walk you through the process and find the perfect-sized heater for your home!

Schedule Your Heater Replacement Today

After knowing what needs to be considered for a new heater and what will work best for your home, you may be ready for a Hueytown heater installation.

Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing will answer that call! Our experts can provide the best service available in Hueytown to help keep your home warm and comfortable during the cold season. Reach out to get started today!

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