The electric heating system should be able to heat your home without problems. But if it is too small for the square footage, it will land you with higher energy bills and a list of other problems. Here are a few signs your heating system could be too small for your house.
1. You have built on to your home without upgrading the heating system.
This is probably one of the biggest mistakes homeowners make. If you change the overall square footage of your home, there is a good chance that your heating system will no longer be big enough to accommodate the space. When electric heating units are installed, the size needed is directly related to the floor size of the house and its layout. If somewhere along the lines you change the floor plan, layout, or square footage, it is important that you consider the size of the unit compared to the changes being made.
2. You have more problems with breakdowns than what seems normal.
If a heating system is properly serviced and maintained, it really should not need all that much attention from a professional, especially if the unit is rather new. If you are constantly having problems with the system going down and needing repairs, it could be a sign that the system is simply working way too hard to try and keep your home heated. Try to pay attention to how much time the system spends running throughout the day when set at a normal heating temperature. Jot down this information and consult a residential heating maintenance service if you think the system is staying on way too much.
3. You are never getting quite warm enough in the house in spite of efficiency.
Your home is highly efficient. You have good windows and doors, no apparent drafts, and good insulation. Yet, it always seems like your home is never quite warm enough to be comfortable. You may notice that the indoor temperature on your thermostat always reads lower than the temperature you have your heat set to. For example, you may keep the heat set on 75 degrees, but your indoor temperature hovers around 65 degrees.
4. Your filter has to be changed a lot.
This is a tricky symptom because it can mean you have a lot of dust in your home. However, if your electric heat system is running too much, it will mean air is cycling through your heat system almost constantly, which means you will have to change your filter more than a typical homeowner would.
For more information, contact your local residential heating maintenance services.