A common event many homeowners experience is purchasing a replacement furnace or a new furnace for a newly constructed home. You have to keep in mind the efficiency, size, and more as well as considering the budget, though initially, buying a new furnace may seem simple enough. If you are in the market for a new furnace, it can be overwhelming to understand all of the technical information, ultimately. One term you are likely to have come across is the BTU. The BTU is a great place to start in order to help you find the correct size of furnace for your home and accurately compare different brands and models. The importance of BTU and basic information is what we at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning would like to discuss today.
How Many BTU Should a Furnace Have?
A unit of measurement for the heating systems capacity is the BTU, which is an acronym for British Thermal Unit. It measures how much energy is required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by 1°F in technical terms. In other words, the rating indicates to you how much energy a furnace or heat pump can produce. In general, to effectively heat your home the larger your home is, the more BTUs your system will need. Though residential furnaces can range from 40,000 to 200,000 BTUs, the majority of homes will fall into the 80,000 to 100,000 range. As we touched on earlier, BTU is all about capacity. It is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or the SEER, make certain to not confuse the BTU term with energy-efficiency, which is the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, or AFUE regarding furnaces, and for heat pumps.
Is a Higher BTU Furnace Better?
Bigger is not always better in this situation, and the correct size for your home as it is important that your furnace. Unfortunately, to determine the required BTUs is not as simple as looking at the size of your home. Since the most accurate method is the Manual J Load calculation, there are takes several factors into account that are listed below.
How Do You Determine BTU Size?
Factors for the BTU to consider:
– The Occupants Average Number
– Insulation Grade
– Home’s Construction & Building Materials
– The Window and Door Tightness
– Sun Exposure
– Square Footage
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It is in your better interest to hire a professional and experienced HVAC technician since for most homeowners, calculating the required BTU using the Manual J Load calculation is not an easy task. The professionals of Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning can help you with the process when it comes to buying a new furnace for your Greater Las Vegas, NV area home. In addition to helping, you find the furnace that fits your budget, preferred features, and quality model, our specialist will help you calculate the BTUs as well as the AFUE. Today to get the process started on buying a new furnace, contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning.