Why the Size of Your Heater Matters

“What size heater should I get? Well, the largest one, of course! Whatever I can afford and will fit in the space. You can’t have a heater that’s too large, right?”

“What size heater should I get? Hmm, let’s go for something small that won’t drain too much power. If the heat feels low, I can just turn the heater up a bit higher. I’ll end up saving money, right?”

The response the both of these is: “No, that’s not a good idea: you won’t get the benefits you think, and it will cost you a great deal of money in the future.”

Sizing your heater so it fits the needs of your house is a crucial part of heating installation. We’ll explain here what will go wrong if you end up with an incorrectly sized heater.

Look to installation from the certified professionals at Ardon Maintenance for your heating installation in Midway, TX.

A heater that’s too large

Bigger isn’t better in this case. A heater that too large for the space it is supposed to warm will rapidly reach its target temperature. Too rapidly: the thermostat will signal for the heater to shut off before it has completed its heating cycle. This is called “short cycling,” and it causes immense wear on the heater’s components. The heater will age rapidly, needing numerous repairs and eventually breaking down long before its manufacturer’s expected lifetime. Short cycling also will lead to cold rooms in a house, because the heater will turn off before it can spread the warmth evenly.

A heater that’s too small

If the heater is inadequate for a home’s size, it will need to run almost continually to keep it evenly warm, and this will drain energy, leading to high bills, and also cause it to run down and eventually break. It’s important to remember that a thermostat is not a throttle: if you set it at a higher temperature, it won’t create more heat, or produce it faster. It simply tells the heater to remain on longer. You won’t save money with a heater that’s too small, you’ll only wear it down faster and drive up your bills. (And you probably still won’t get enough warmth.)

So how do you find the right size heater?

The answer to that is simple: consult with expert installers. You will need trained installers eventually anyway to handle putting the heater into your home, so bring them in on the process at the beginning so they can properly size your heater. Using special calculations, they can take many factors in your home and come up with a good idea of how many BTUs (British Thermal Units) are required to keep it pleasantly warm.

Ardon Maintenance has the experience and training to help make your heating installation in Midway, TX go smoothly and end with you having the perfect-sized heater to keep you warm through the cold days.

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