Is Your Heater Properly Sized?

Is Your Heater Properly Sized?

Fall is generally the time when old heating systems are being replaced with new ones, and if your heater is on its last legs, now is the ideal time for getting a new one put in. Not only will a new heater warm your home more efficiently than an old one (saving you money on monthly bills in the process), but you won’t need to worry about sudden breakdowns of similar repair issues during our coming winter: helping you relax and focus on more pressing needs of work and family.

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Before you can install a new system, however, you need to determine the proper make and model. This takes more preparation than you may think. The sizing of the new unit is absolutely essential. By “sizing,” we don’t mean the physical size of the heater (though obviously, it will need to fit in the allotted space in your home). We mean the power levels it possesses, determining the output of heat from the unit. That number can be more delicate than it first appears.

Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better

Most people assume, quite logically, that the most powerful heater they can afford is the best one. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Certainly, underpowered heaters don’t do much good, since they will run and run all day without ever getting your home as comfortable as it needs to be. But overpowered heaters have the same issues, and if you simply pick the most powerful unit, you might end up regretting it.

Short Cycling

The problem with overpowered heating systems is called short-cycling: when the heater turns on and off rapidly many times throughout the day. Heating systems tend to use much more energy turning on and turning off than they do simply running, which is why you want your heating system to run at least fifteen minutes at a clip in order to make the most efficient use of the energy it consumes. Otherwise, you’re not only wasting energy but you’re putting the heater under a great deal of unnecessary stress, Your monthly bills will thus be higher than they should be and you’ll likely be facing breakdowns and repair calls sooner than you should.

Technicians solve this issue by adhering to the Goldilocks Rule: selecting heaters that are neither too big nor too small but just right.  That begins by measuring the square footage of your home space, but it can also entail factors such as sunlight exposure, the amount of insulation in your home, and the size of your kitchen, which must be factored differently since your stove tends to produce more heat than the rest of the household. With those calculations in mind, your technician can then help you select the perfect new heater for your home and ensure that you won’t need to deal with any of the problems associated with short cycling.

For top-notch heating services here in Wyckoff, NJ, you can always count on the friendly professionals at EB Design Air, Inc. Contact us today to get the process started!