Heating Installation FAQ 2: What Does BTU Mean?

Have you ever been looking for information on the internet only to find terms, phrases and abbreviations that you are unfamiliar with? At Goettl Good Guys we believe that the key to keeping your home warm and comfortable with maximum efficiency is to better understand your heating system. While only a trained heating professional can complete your heating installation in Phoenix, you should still familiarize yourself with some of the terms you are likely to come across in the process. One such term is BTU. Chances are you’ve seen it before, but recognizing it and understanding it are two very different things.

The acronym BTU stands for British Thermal Unit.  A BTU is a unit of measurement for energy in which 1 BTU equals the amount of energy it takes to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. A BTU is equivalent to 252 heat calories and around a 3rd of a watt-hour. All you really need to know about BTU’s when it comes to your home heating installation, though, is the more BTU’s your heating system has the more powerful your heating system is. This does not mean, though, that you should buy the heater with the most possible BTU’s that you can afford.

A professional Phoenix heating technician can work with you to help determine the appropriate size of the heating system required by your home. Bigger is not necessarily better in this case. While an undersized heater with too few BTU’s will obviously fail to heat your home efficiently and effectively, an oversized heater is no better. It will bring temperatures up too quickly, which can reduce efficiency and air quality as well cause short cycling. Short cycling occurs when your heater cycles on and off too frequently, which can lead to damage to your system.

If you have any further questions about BTU’s and how they apply to your new heating system, call Goettl Good Guys. Our team of Phoenix heating installation experts has the answers you need. Contact us for your heating installation in Phoenix.