Are you looking to how to size a furnace for your home?
This BTU sizing calculator will help you determine the best size of furnace for your specific needs. Buying a furnace is a big decision and buying an incorrect size could be costly.
What are BTUs?
Since our calculator spits out the sizing in BTUs, it is important that you understand the meaning behind this unit of measurement. See the definition by Wikipedia below:
Factors to Consider When Sizing a Furnace
As with just about anything in life, there are nuances that could change the sizing calculations. The list below are variables to consider when calculating your furnace size.
- How well is your house insulated?
- Where do you live? Your geographic region impacts sizing
- Furnace efficiency
- Lots of windows or other glass areas in your home? Glass area will have higher heat leakage vs. a home with less windows.
Common House Sizes and Their Requirements
Below are some common sizes of houses and their respective BTUs required for a furnace to heat it. Please note that the zone where you are located based on the map above will determine exact BTU amounts needed. The reason being warmer states will require less energy to get the house temperature to a comfortable level. Where as a colder state such as Montana will require much more energy due to the outside temperature being further away from the average inside temperature of 70-80 degrees.
For the sake of these examples, I will be using the location of Montana, which is considered Zone 5.
What Size Furnace Do I Need for 3,000 Square Foot Home?
You will need a furnace with BTUs in the range of 105,000 to 180,000 BTUs.
The size furnace you need for a 3,000 square foot home for each zone is below:
- Zone 1: 105,000 BTUs
- Zone 2: 120,000 BTUs
- Zone 3: 135,000 BTUs
- Zone 4: 150,000 BTUs
- Zone 5: 180,000 BTUs
What Size Furnace Do I Need for 2,000 Square Foot Home?
You will need a furnace with BTUs in the range of 70,000 to 120,000 BTUs.
The size furnace you need for a 2,000 square foot home for each zone is below:
- Zone 1: 70,000 BTUs
- Zone 2: 80,000 BTUs
- Zone 3: 90,000 BTUs
- Zone 4: 100,000 BTUs
- Zone 5: 120,000 BTUs
What Size Furnace Do I Need for 1,000 Square Foot Home?
You will need a furnace with BTUs in the range of 35,000 to 60,000 BTUs.
The size furnace you need for a 1,000 square foot home for each zone is below:
- Zone 1: 35,000 BTUs
- Zone 2: 40,000 BTUs
- Zone 3: 45,000 BTUs
- Zone 4: 50,000 BTUs
- Zone 5: 60,000 BTUs
Check out the video below that does a great job of explaining quickly what size of furnace you need