What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

February 29, 2016

What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

You’ve reached the point where it’s time for a furnace replacement or perhaps you see this point rapidly approaching, but how do you figure out the size of system you’ll need? Selecting the right size is very important for your system’s efficiency and your home’s comfort. There’s a perfect furnace out there for you and your home’s needs.

When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always better.

Buying a system that is too large wastes energy and money. A larger system will always be warming up and cooling down because it’s production will not require it to workas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn decreases the lifespan of your system. An oversized furnace will cost you more money up front and over time.

On the other hand, a system that is too small will run too long and will not be able to fully heat your home when the weather gets frigid. An improperly sized system will have to work harder, your bills could be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to talk to a professional that will perform a load calculation and advise you on the right system for your needs.

How is Load Calculation Determined?

A home’s load calculation used to be decided based solely on square footage and was often erroneous. Technology and knowledge have made a lot of advances since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the pros from Air Alliance Team will study your home as a whole and then be able to offer an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are composed of everything from the construction of your home, amount of insulation, the local climate in addition to type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly comprehensive assessment of your needs.

A correctly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it could also save you money. Adding a replacement furnace is a major decision, which is why we want to be sure your system will meet or exceed all of your needs. We are here to help you along throughout the process. If you are ready for a furnace replacement or have any questions for the experts at Air Alliance Team, give us a call at 636-206-4250.