When installing a new heating and cooling system in your home, it’s important make sure the unit is sized properly for your house by a trained HVAC professional.

Factors used to determine the size heating and cooling system include:

  • Climate where the house is located.
  • Materials used in building the house.
  • Number of windows in the house.
  • Window treatments in the house.
  • Height of ceilings in the house.
  • Presence of skylights or fireplaces.
  • How many people live in the home.

A heating and cooling system that’s too small for the house will heat and cool too quickly, making it hard to control the comfort level and putting undo stress on the unit. A system that’s too small will have a hard time maintaining the comfort level in the house and also put stress on the unit. In addition systems that are too large or small are not as energy efficient, resulting in higher utility bills.

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Allen Lyle: When it comes to the size of your home comfort system, you’d do good to remember that bigger isn’t always better. Conversely, smaller isn’t always more economical.

You see, a system that is too big for your home will heat or cool it too quickly, and that’s going to make it hard to control your comfort level. And it’s also going to put some undue stress on the system, which could shorten its life span.

Now on the other end of the spectrum, a system that’s too small is going to have a hard time keeping up with your comfort level. Again, it’s going to stress the system. By the way both scenarios are going to result in an increase of your utility bill. And paying higher utility bills is definitely not your goal.

This is where it really pays to have a professional, like a Lennox dealer, make the decision for you. They’re going to take several factors into consideration, like the climate where you live, what sort of materials your house is made of, how many windows you’ve got, what sort of window treatments you have, how high are the ceilings, whether or not you have skylights, fireplaces, and of course how many people are in the house.

By turning this decision over to the pro, you’ll get a system that’s just the right size for your home comfort needs.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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