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How Big a Heater Should You Have for Your House? (This Is a Trick Question!)


I’m sorry that I spoiled the “surprise” of this post in the title. If you are thinking about “big” when it comes to your heater, no matter if it’s a furnace or a heat pump, then you’re already off on the wrong track. Do you know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? That’s the right way to think about a heating system: neither too big, neither too small, but just right.

You might be hesitant to take home heating advice from a dog because I have a thick layer of fur and don’t have to worry about the cold as much. But we canines actually know all about overheating. That’s why we pant! Trust me that I do understand why the balance of heating in a home is so important.

Finding That “Just Right” Heating System

Let’s suppose that you’re planning to have a new heater put in. Either you’re replacing the old one because it can’t do its job anymore, or you have a new home that needs its first heater. One of the first questions to ask is, “How much heat output do I need to keep the house warm?”

Now the answer is never to get the biggest heater possible because you think erring on the size of too powerful is better than too small. Both an undersized and oversized heater will cause severe problems in a home. The undersized heater won’t be able to keep your warm enough. But the oversized heater will raise the temperature so fast that the heater will quickly shut off. It will then turn back on a short time later, only to turn off again, and… well, you can tell where this is going! The constant “on-and-off” problem will mean uneven comfort, enormous energy bills, and a heater that breaks down years before its time.

How do you find that sweet spot between too large and too small? It’s actually easy: give our professionals a call! Locating the ideal-sized heating system requires special training and equipment, and we’re here to give you both. Get us involved at the beginning when you need a new heater, and we’ll see that you receive that “just right” one.

MK Russell & Abbott offers great heating installation service Louisville, TN and throughout Blount, Knox, and Loudon Counties.