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Why an Oversized Furnace Is Trouble

Bigger is not better when it comes to your heating installation in Westlake. In fact, installing a heating system that is too big for your home can cause multiple problems. Several factors must be considered to complete a proper heat load calculation, far more than just square footage, which is one of the many reasons it’s important to work with trained professionals when you need to install a new heating system. For over 25 years, Westland Heating and Air Conditioning has provided all kinds of heating services for our customers, and our technicians have the experience and training to ensure that you install a heating system that fits perfectly in your home.

Heating Load Calculation

As we discussed above, a number of factors need to be a part of your home’s heating load calculation:

  • Orientation
  • Daytime heat gain
  • Insulation levels
  • Types and number of windows and doors
  • Floor plan
  • Number of stories
  • Number of rooms
  • Number of occupants
  • Square footage

Without taking all these factors into consideration, you could easily miscalculate your home’s heating load and install a system that isn’t correctly sized.

Problems with an Oversized Furnace

The main problem with a system that is too big for your home is that the system will heat your home so fast it won’t be able to complete the full heating cycle. This can have several effects:

  • You’ll be uncomfortable – your home will heat up too quickly and potentially become too hot too fast; this can create discomfort.
  • Your system will short-cycle – short-cycling occurs when your heating system cycles on and off too much and too quickly. This can cause excessive wear-and-tear and prematurely age the components.
  • Your energy bills may go up – the constant on/off of short cycling uses more energy, especially at start-up; additionally, the extra operation will eat up energy quickly.

As we stated above, one of the best ways to ensure you install a heating system that properly fits your home is to work with a specialist. If you are ready for a new heating installation in Westlake, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today.

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