It’s critical to install the right size furnace

 

If you install a furnace that is too large for your home, you will experience a condition called short-cycling. Your furnace constantly cycles on and off, over-heating your home then cooling down below the set temperature. On the other hand, a furnace that is too small for your home will not produce enough heat to keep you comfortable on the coldest days.

To make sure your furnace is the right size, it's critical to know how your home uses and loses heat. This involves a detailed heat load calculation. Citeria to consider include: (1) the age and construction of your home; (2) insulation and airflow in the attic, walls, and crawlspace or basement; as well as (3) the integrity of your window and door seals. By installing a furnace that fits your heating needs, you'll save money on your energy bills, improve the overall comfort of your home, and extend the life of your heating system.

over-sized RESIDENTIAL furnace short cycling

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PROPERLY SIZED FURNACE WITH SMART THERMOSTAT

Properly Sized Furnace with Smart Thermostat

A furnace that frequently cycles on and off will require more maintenance and fail sooner than a furnace that is properly sized for your home. The reason has to do with increased wear and tear on the heat exchanger.  By analogy, think of a car with only city miles and no highway miles. City miles involve a lot of starting and stopping, which wears on the engine. The over-sized furnace constantly starts and stops, accumulating wear and tear on its "engine," the heat exchanger. The result is that the over-sized furnace works harder and fails sooner.

 

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GreenSavers has more building science expertise than any other HVAC contractor in Portland or Bend. With 13 team members certified by the Building Performance Institute, we guarantee that your furnace will be properly sized and perform as as expected. Guaranteed.
 
 
HVAC, FurnaceBill Hoelzer