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What Size Radiator Do I Need?

Radiator Sizing Calculator

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Sizing your radiator correctly is an integral step in ensuring ideal comfort for you and your family.

If your radiator it is too small, you'll never quite reach the desired temperature you're looking to obtain. No matter how bright, shiny, and new, an undersized radiator won't add much to your home.

If it is too big, you'll wind up overspending up front and, once installed, overheating your space. This can cause troubles beyond just perspiration, including aiding the growth of mold and mildew.

So how do you measure the size that's right for your radiator?
You might think you could just measure the length of your current radiator and find another the same size. In fact, the dimensions of a radiator are rather independent of the amount of heat it can give off. This allows you to select from various dimensional options to find the best fit for your space without sacrificing comfort.

Simple, rule-of-thumb sizing methods, such as using the square footage of your room, are also very attractive but can be just as misleading. Unfortunately, there are many other factors besides square footage that play a role in determining your BTU requirements.

To make sure you get the perfectly sized radiator, we offer a sophisticated, easy-to-use online radiator sizing calculator. Our proprietary software will lead you through some brief, yet specific, questions about your space and provide the best sizing estimate you'll find from any online tool. Keep in mind that depending on the design of your room and/or piping, so you may elect to use multiple low-BTU radiators that together meet the heating requirements rather than a single high-BTU radiator.

Step 1. Basic Info
Step 2. Room Info
Step 3. Construction
Step 4. Results
Total Load Calculations
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Cooling Load:
Heating Load:
Basic Room & Home Information
Room Size:
Zip Code:
Room Type:
Building Age:
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* For more accurate load calculations, you can edit the detailed information below.
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Tell Us About Your Home
Fill out all of the fields provided to calculate your heating and cooling loads. We'll use that information to help you find the right mini split system for your home.
Select the approximate age range of your home. We will use this to make an estimate of the quality of insulation of your home.
Because different types of rooms are used differently, they have different heating and cooling needs.
Calculate Load Estimates
Temperature Information
High: 90°F | Low: 10°F
Outdoor Design Temp. determined by ZIP Code.
Next: To Wall Details
Wall Details
Select 'Yes' if this wall separates the space being conditioned from the outdoors or an unconditioned space like a garage. Otherwise, if this wall is adjacent to another conditioned space, select 'No'.
Enter the width of the wall. If only a portion of the wall is "Exposed", enter this width.
Select 'Yes' if this wall separates the space being conditioned from the outdoors or an unconditioned space like a garage. Otherwise, if this wall is adjacent to another conditioned space, select 'No'.
Enter the width of the wall. If only a portion of the wall is "Exposed", enter this width.
Select 'Yes' if this wall separates the space being conditioned from the outdoors or an unconditioned space like a garage. Otherwise, if this wall is adjacent to another conditioned space, select 'No'.
Enter the width of the wall. If only a portion of the wall is "Exposed", enter this width.
Select 'Yes' if this wall separates the space being conditioned from the outdoors or an unconditioned space like a garage. Otherwise, if this wall is adjacent to another conditioned space, select 'No'.
Enter the width of the wall. If only a portion of the wall is "Exposed", enter this width.
Next: To Window Details
Window Details
North
We assume Windows are 3'x4'. If your windows are larger or smaller, please adjust accordingly.
We assume French Doors are 3'x7'. Each half of a double door should be counted separately.
We assume Sliding Doors are 6'x7'. If your doors are larger or smaller, please adjust accordingly.
East
We assume Windows are 3'x4'. If your windows are larger or smaller, please adjust accordingly.
We assume French Doors are 3'x7'. Each half of a double door should be counted separately.
We assume Sliding Doors are 6'x7'. If your doors are larger or smaller, please adjust accordingly.
South
We assume Windows are 3'x4'. If your windows are larger or smaller, please adjust accordingly.
We assume French Doors are 3'x7'. Each half of a double door should be counted separately.
We assume Sliding Doors are 6'x7'. If your doors are larger or smaller, please adjust accordingly.
West
We assume Windows are 3'x4'. If your windows are larger or smaller, please adjust accordingly.
We assume French Doors are 3'x7'. Each half of a double door should be counted separately.
We assume Sliding Doors are 6'x7'. If your doors are larger or smaller, please adjust accordingly.
Next: To Ceiling Details
Garage Door Details
Each single garage door should be counted as 1 and each double garage door should be counted as 2.
Next: To Ceiling Details
Ceiling Details
Select 'Yes' if the ceiling separates your space from the outdoors, an attic, or any other unconditioned space. Otherwise, if there is another conditioned room above your space, select 'No'.
Enter the height of your ceiling. If you have a sloped, vaulted, or any other type of non-flat ceiling, enter the approximate average ceiling height.
Next: To Floor Details
Floor Details
Select 'Yes' if the floor separates your space from the outdoors, an unconditioned crawlspace or basment, or is a slab on grade. Otherwise, if your space is over a conditioned room, select 'No'.
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Wall & Window Details
Garage Door Details
Ceiling Details
Floor Details
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Basic Room & Home
Room Type
Room Size
ZIP Code
Building Age
Temperature
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Avg. Outdoor Temp. High
°F
Avg. Outdoor Temp. Low
°F
Desired Indoor Cooling
°F
Desired Indoor Heating
°F
Walls
Edit
Wall Type
Wall Insulation Quality
North Wall Exposed Area
East Wall Exposed Area
South Wall Exposed Area
West Wall Exposed Area
Garage Door
Edit
# of Garage Doors
Garage Door Insulation Quality
Windows
Edit
Window Type
North Wall
East Wall
South Wall
West Wall
Ceiling
Edit
Ceiling Exposed
Ceiling Insulation Quality
Ceiling Type
Floor
Edit
Floor Exposed
Floor Insulation Quality
Floor Type
Load Results (BTU/hr)
Cooling load
Wall
Window
Ceiling
Floor
Bay
Infiltration
Internal
MRA ?
Moisture Removal Allowance: It is typical for roughly 30% of your air conditioner's capacity to be used to reduce the humidity in your home.
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Heating load
Wall
Window
Ceiling
Floor
Bay
Infiltration
Total
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Disclaimer: This sizing tool, although based on a version of the ACCA Manual J, is for informational use and is intended only as a guide to assist with finding the best product for your needs. Since the calculations are based on the inormation provided, Power Equipment Direct, Inc. assumes no responsability for inaccurancies resulting from improperly sized equipment. For a complete, professional sizing estimate, please call us at
866-554-HEAT (4328).
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Need a More Precise Measurement?
We're here to help you get the exact product for your needs. If you need a sizing calculation more precise than what our online tool provides, give us a call at 866-554-4328 and our engineers can provide a complete, professional sizing for your space at no cost to you.

Because of the detailed work involved, these sizings take about 3-5 business days to complete. To get a head start, please fill out our sizing worksheet and send it back completed to sales@ecomfort.com or by fax to 1-866-554-4365.


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