In matters of heating installation, Atlanta GA homeowners want to get it right the first time, every time. The size of your heater – measured in BTUs or British Thermal Units – is a big part of that. Yes, it matters. A great deal as it turns out. It’s helpful to understand the reasons why: allowing you to make an informed choice with all the facts at hand.
Generally speaking, your heater needs 50 BTUs for every square foot of space you’d like to heat. That number may go up or down depending on such factors as insulation in your home and the amount of sunlight your interior is exposed to. A qualified service technician can make the formal calculations for you.
The problems of installing a heater that is too small are obvious. It won’t be able to keep up with the demand and overtax itself: increasing wear and tear without adequately heating your home. It may surprise you to learn, however, that a heater which is too large will be just as inefficient and troublesome. Why? Because it will heat the house too quickly, turning off after just a few minutes and then turning on again as soon as the heat level drops. Heaters use more energy turning on and off than they do running, and such rapid cycling takes its toll on the internal components as well. An excessively large furnace will use more energy than it needs to, as well as running a higher risk of repairs sooner than you’d like.
With that in mind, we recommend sticking to what we call the Goldilocks rule: a heater that is neither too large nor too small but just right. Size does matter for a heating installation in Atlanta, GA, and if you’re in the market for a new heater, then the experts at Cool Air Mechanical can help pick out the right size for you. If you need heating installation in Atlanta, pick up the phone and give us a call today!