One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a heating system is the size of your home. The size of your home will determine the size and capacity of the heating system you need. In general, a larger home will require a larger heating system, while a smaller home will require a smaller system.
When selecting a heating system, it's important to consider not just the square footage of your home, but also the number of rooms, the height of your ceilings, and the amount of insulation in your walls and attic. Do you have large windows or high ceilings that allow heat to escape quickly? Do you have rooms that are difficult to heat, such as basements or attics? These are all factors that will impact the heating requirements of your home and should be considered when selecting a heating system.
Another important factor to consider when choosing a heating system is the climate in your area. If you live in an area with harsh winters, you will need a heating system that is capable of keeping your home warm and comfortable, even on the coldest days. On the other hand, if you live in an area with mild winters, you may be able to get by with a smaller, less expensive heating system.
Of course, budget is an important factor to consider when choosing a heating system. But it's important to find a balance between your budget and your heating requirements. You may be tempted to choose the smallest, most affordable heating system you can find, but a low-cost system that's too small for your home may end up being less efficient than a larger, more expensive system. A heating system that is too small will have to work harder to heat your home, which can result in increased energy costs, decreased comfort, and increased wear and tear on the system. Additionally, a heating system that is too small will not be able to maintain consistent temperatures throughout your home, which can result in hot and cold spots. This can, again, lead to decreased comfort and increased energy costs as you try to compensate by using additional heating sources or by leaving doors and windows open to allow heat to circulate.
When it comes to heating systems, the largest system isn't always the best option. In fact, getting a heating system that is too large for your home can actually be a problem. A heating system that is too large will cycle on and off frequently, which is known as "short cycling." Short cycling can cause a number of problems, including decreased energy efficiency, increased wear and tear on the system, and reduced heating performance. Additionally, a heating system that is too large for your home may not have the chance to run long enough to effectively remove humidity from the air, which can lead to increased indoor humidity levels and decreased comfort.
When considering the size of the heating system you want, the goal is to get one that is appropriately sized for your specific home and needs. A heating contractor can perform a load calculation to determine the appropriate size for your heating system based on the size and layout of your home, your climate, and your heating requirements and budget.