One of the first things homeowners should do to prepare for the winter season is to get the right heater for their homes. Getting the right size heater for your home will save you from unnecessary temperature changes and expenses. To get the most out of your heater, Complete Comfort wants to share how we determine the most efficient heater for your home.
The size of a heater is dependent on how much heat it can produce in an hour. British thermal units (BTU) is the measurement of the required energy it takes to heat a pound of water to one degree Fahrenheit. Each heater has its own BTU levels it can reach, and specialists can decide which size would best work for your Florida home based on many different factors.
Your Home’s Recommended BTUs With A Heater Size Calculator
The bigger your home is, the more BTUs you will need to fully heat each room. This will be the largest factor to decide what size heater your home may need. You can measure how much heat you will need for your home by first measuring your home’s square footage. For reference, here are some common BTU ranges for different homes:
- 1,200 square-foot home: 36,000 to 72,000 BTUs
- 1,500 square-foot home: 45,000 to 90,000 BTUs
- 1,800 square-foot home: 54,000 to 108,000 BTUs
- 2,100 square-foot home: 63,000 to 126,000 BTUs
- 2,400 square-foot home: 72,000 to 144,000 BTUs
With these ranges, you can get a general idea of how much heat you will need to keep your entire home warm. Anything outside the necessary BTU range may keep your home colder and increase your heating expenses because your heater is working harder. After you find out which range works best for your home, you’ll be able to consider the other factors when choosing the right heater for you.
What Are Some Other Factors I Should Consider?
Depending on how many, how large and how old your windows are, your required BTUs can increase. The heat in your home is more likely to escape from the windows. If there is more area for the heat to escape from the window and they don’t seal as great as they used to, your heater will have to work harder to warm up your home. A heater that produces more BTUs would be required for these kinds of homes.
The Number Of Floors
Two-story homes have more insulation than houses that are one-story. The second floor adds a layer of insulation that helps keep heat in your home. This will decrease your required BTUs and lower your heating load.
Ceiling fans help lower BTUs because they help circulate air in your home. The more ceiling fans you have and the more often you use them, the less your heater will have to work to warm up each area of your home.
Looking For A Heater Replacement? Complete Comfort Can Help!
If you need help choosing the right heater for your home, our team at Complete Comfort would love to help. Our specialists can determine which heater would work best for your home based on all the factors that can change your BTU levels. Contact us through our website or reach out by phone for a professional Jupiter heater installation today!