How Do I Calculate My Btus?

How do I calculate my BTUs? BTU calculators can be found on the website www.valorfireplaces.com. We put a BTU calculator on our website that tries to give an average requirement for a certain sized space....

We put a BTU calculator on our website that tries to give an average requirement for a certain sized space. Most Northern American homes in the wintertime can be made comfortable with a total of maybe 30,000 BTUs per hour. If you are trying to heat a part of your home or a zone, you can often be very comfortable burning as little as 10,000 BTU per hour. The size of the area that you are trying to heat will determine the amount of heat that you require. There is a tendency in the fireplace industry for people to oversize; they'll pick a fireplace because it's got more total BTU thinking that's a good thing. But what ends up occurring is that fireplace is on for very short cycles and the room will overheat. So it's important to not oversize the fireplace. You would rather have it on for a longer period than have it continually cycling off.

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