What Size HVAC Do You Need for Your Home?

What Size HVAC Do You Need for Your Home?

Choosing the right heating and air conditioning system is about more than the brand name. You need to choose the right size of equipment for your home as well. While knowing what you need might seem challenging, we’ve got some tips for calculating the best size HVAC for your home.

Why Size Matters

Bigger isn’t always better, and that’s certainly true when it comes to your heating and cooling systems. If you buy one that’s too big, it will cycle on and off frequently, wasting energy and bumping up your utility bills. If you get one that’s too small, it will have to work extra hard to keep up with demand without making your home as comfortable as you want.

How to Calculate Optimal HVAC Size

There are two ways to estimate the right size HVAC for your house. One is the Manual J Calculation. This method measures square footage and looks at it in combination with considerations such as the types of windows, where your home sits in relation to daily sunlight, how many people live in the house, what type of ductwork there is, and the climate where you live. The second method simply looks at the overall square footage of the living space in your home. Both estimates can help you determine the best size HVAC for your home.

You may know the square footage of your home, but you might not fully understand HVAC systems, BTUs, energy efficiency ratings, and what brands and sizes fit your needs. That’s where a good HVAC company comes in. Contact the heating and cooling experts at your local McCall’s dealer for all the HVAC information to pick the best brand, size, and type for your home.