In our culture, the phrase “bigger is better” has a lot of sway. This holds true when it comes to furnace installations, as well. A lot of people tend to install the biggest furnace they can fit in their homes, and assume that’s the best thing for them. This isn’t true. Both oversized and undersized furnaces can have substantially negative effects. Let’s take a look at some of those effects below.
An oversized furnace will put out far more heat than is needed for the house in which it is installed. So much so, in fact, that the thermostat will shut it down before it has a chance to complete a full heating cycle. This short-cycling will dramatically increase the amount of wear and tear on the system, to the point where parts will start to break down more easily and more often. The lifespan of the system could be cut short by several years, requiring that you replace it.
An undersized furnace will be forced to work for far longer than it was designed to, in order to meet the demands of the thermostat. This is the opposite problem from that of the oversized furnace, but the effect is more or less the same. Working beyond its established cycle for a long enough period of time will cause problems in the system to multiply, and will shorten its life-cycle. Eventually, the system will need to be replaced much sooner than it otherwise would be. This is why it’s so important that you have a properly sized furnace installed in your home. If you’re not sure which furnace size is right for you, call a professional and ask them to help you.
Cliffs Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. offers furnace installation services throughout Port Charlotte, FL. Call today for an appointment with one of our technicians.