Why a Bigger Heater Isn’t Better

There are certain ways in which bigger is better: a bigger chocolate bar, a bigger bank account, a bigger amount of energy to get through each day. However, there are many items that aren’t better when they are bigger, and one of these is your home’s central heating system. This can seem counter-intuitive to many, as it would seem that a bigger heating system would provide your home with more heat. But this isn’t the way heating works in your home, as we’ll explain more about below.

You Don’t Need Excessive Heat

Every home needs a certain amount of heat to be comfortable, and the way this amount is ascertained is for an expert, like our, to conduct a heat load calculation. You may have heard that all you really need to know to properly size a heating system is the square footage of your home. This isn’t true. A number of factors need to be part of a heat load calculation, including things like daytime heat gain, your home’s floor plan, the number of windows and doors you have, the types of windows and doors you have, etc. Calculating these factors and others together allows your technician to arrive at the answer you need to properly heat your home: the exact amount of heat it needs to be comfortable. This is why bigger isn’t better.

What Happens

When you put an oversized heating system into your home, two things happen: your home heats way too quickly and as a result, cools too quickly. The system reacts by heating again, but then your home cools again. When this process happens too fast, as it will with a heating system that is too large for your home, your heater will begin short-cycling. A heater that is constantly turning on and off wear more quickly, runs the chance of overheating, is more prone to breakdown and doesn’t make your home comfortable. In the end, it’s a pretty big problem.

If you are concerned that you may have a heating system that is too big, or want to make sure you don’t purchase a heating system that is too big for your home in Lake Mary, FL, call the experts you can trust: Certified Air Systems, Inc.

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