What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

February 29, 2016

What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

If you are ready for a replacement furnace or will be soon, you will need to identify what size of system will work properly for your house. Having an accurately sized system is important to its efficiency and the comfort level of your home. With a bit of research, you’ll select the perfect furnace for your needs.

When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always the best.

Your home will waste a lot of energy and money if you choose a system that is larger than necessary. A system that is too large won’t have to run as long, so it’ll be constantly cycling on and off, which means extra wear on your system and can reduce the life of your system. An oversized system will not only cost extra money up front, but it will cost you more over time as well. This is a decision you’ll want to stay away from.

Then there are the challenges with a system that is too small. If your system is too small, it will run more often to try to heat your space, and it won’t be able to get the job done despite its exertion. A too-small system will work harder, which will minimize the system’s life span. Also, you’ll be paying higher energy bills for a home that’s not sufficiently heated. Have a professional, like those at Home Comfort Heating & Air perform a load calculation and chat with you on the best system for your replacement furnace needs.

How is Load Calculation Determined?

In the past, a home’s load calculation was assumed based only on square footage. This method typically lead to incorrect calculations. With advancements in technology and increased knowledge, things are much more precise nowadays. Your furnace professional will examine your home as a whole, looking at factors like its construction, the color of its roof and how well insulated it is. He or she will also take into consideration the climate in Elk River and how many people live in your home. This assessment is definitely much more thorough than providing a calculation established on square footage alone!

If your HVAC system is appropriately sized it will keep you more comfortable and save costs. At Home Comfort Heating & Air, we understand that getting a replacement furnace is a major decision. We are here to help you find the best system for your home. We’re just a phone call away at 763-276-0617. We look forward to helping you.