It’s Important to Properly Size Your Heating System

Our society tends to tell us that “bigger is better” all the time, for all sorts of different things. This attitude tends to be quite common when it comes to selecting a home heating system, as well. While it may seem to make sense that the biggest possible system is always the best, it is actually not true. Improperly sized heating systems can actually do far more harm than good, whether too large or too small. Let’s take a look at what can happen when your heating system isn’t sized properly.

Too Large

Heating systems are designed around cycles, timed steps that they go through in order to properly heat the home. If the heating system in your home is too large, it will not be able to properly complete its heating cycle. The output from the system will be so high that the thermostat will shut it off early. This can lead to a serious issue called “short cycling,” where the heating system turns on and off every couple of minutes. This dramatically increases the wear and tear on the system until it breaks down.

Too Small

A heating system that’s too small has the opposite problem as one that is too large. While the large heating system turns off too quickly in its cycle, a system that is too small is on for far too long. An undersized system will have to operate for an extended period of time just to affect moderate temperature changes. This will ultimately lead to much higher heating bills, as the system has to be on for a long period of time. This also increases wear and tear on the system, shortening its lifespan considerably.

If you need help selecting the best heating system for your home, call Certified Air Systems, Inc. We offer heating services throughout Lake Mary, FL. 

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