When it comes to installing a furnace in your Cincinnati area home, you should avoid taking any risky shortcuts. A poorly installed furnace not only will lead to discomfort for home occupants, it likely will cost you in higher energy bills and even pose safety risks. And these aren’t short-term problems – installing a heating system is a major job, so once your new furnace is operating, you’re likely stuck with it (and any furnace repair issues that are the result of a poor installation job) for many years into the future.
As with any HVAC installation, it’s crucially important to have a new furnace correctly sized. This means having your contractor perform a heating load calculation that takes into account a variety of factors that determine how much heat is needed to make your home comfortable. Those factors include, of course, the size and layout of your home, but also such things as what building materials it’s composed of; how many windows it has and how they’re situated with the sun; the energy efficiency of your home, with regard to such things as airtightness and insulation; your home’s orientation on its lot; and whether trees shade parts of the house.
Once a contractor has determined your house’s heating load, they can recommend the correct size of heating system it needs.
Why Proper Furnace Sizing Is Essential
While under-sizing a furnace installation has an obvious disadvantage (the furnace will struggle to heat your home), over-sizing can be just as bad. A furnace that’s too big for a home will short-cycle – it will quickly heat the home to the thermostat setting and then stop, then repeat that process frequently. A furnace tends to burn the most fuel during start-up, so lots of stops and starts translates into energy waste. However, short-cycling also will increase stress on the equipment, hastening a time when the furnace needs repairs or wears out. Finally, short-cycling may deliver unbalanced heating in your home and result in less-than-optimal air filtration.
At Jansen Heating & Air Conditioning, you can trust us to install the new furnace professionally, with an eye toward energy efficiency, comfort and safety. We’ll also make sure that it’s the right size and capacity for your home. Jansen guarantees 100 percent customer satisfaction on the quality of our HVAC service work, and provides an all-inclusive lifetime workmanship promise on the products & installation of your system. If you’re not totally satisfied with an HVAC installation, Jansen will do whatever it takes to ensure your ultimate satisfaction.