There are some areas of life where “going big” is a good thing; this is not the case when it comes to your heating system. Having a system that is too small is an equal problem, although for different reasons. Properly sizing your heating system requires more than just knowing the square footage of your home, which is one of the reasons it’s important to work with trained professionals for your heating installation. Our G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., technicians bring over 30 years of experience to every job they perform, so if you are ready for a new heating installation in Marysville, call us today.
Problems from Incorrect Sizing
Having a heating system that isn’t correctly sized for your home can cause several different problems:
When your system is too big for your home, your home can heat up too quickly. For some, this can be very uncomfortable. A second problem that can develop with a system that is too big for your home is short-cycling. Short-cycling occurs when your system turns on and off rapidly. The reason an oversized system short cycles is that it heats your home too fast. Short-cycling can cause multiple problems, including overheating and serious wear and tear to your system. Lastly, because an oversized system can operate too often, you may see your energy bills begin to climb. At the end of the day, an oversized system can cost you both money and time.
The main problem with a system that is too small for your home is that it will have a hard time achieving your heating needs. This is because a system that is too small will not have the capacity to heat your home properly. As such, the heating system will run fairly constantly in order to meet your heating needs. This can result in serious wear and tear, premature aging and potential breakdown. Additionally, the extra amount of operation will result in greater energy usage, which will be evident in monthly energy bills.
Calculating Heat Load
The best ways to ensure that you install a heating system that fits your home is to hire a professional to calculate your home’s heat load. The factors that go into this calculation are:
- Your home’s orientation
- Daytime heat gain
- Number of occupants
- Floor plan
- Number of rooms
- Number and type of windows and doors
- Square footage
- Insulation levels
A trained professional can assist with the heat load calculation, choosing the right system for your home, the installation process and the on-going maintenance. If you need heating installation in Marysville, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.