What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

February 29, 2016

What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

You’ve found yourself the point where it’s time for a furnace replacement or perhaps you see this point on the horizon, but how do you figure out the size of system you’ll need? Selecting the right size is crucial for your system’s efficiency and your home’s comfort. There’s a perfect furnace out there for you and your budget.

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

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

On the other hand, a system that is too little will stay on too long and can’t fully heat your home when the weather gets cold. An inadequately sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs may be higher and your comfort will be impacted because of that. It’s very important to speak with a professional that will perform a load calculation and advise you on the correct system for your needs.

How is Load Calculation Determined?

A home’s load calculation used to be calculated based exclusively on square footage and was often erroneous. Technology and knowledge have evolved a lot since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the experts from Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. will study your home as a whole and then be able to provide an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are composed of everything from the construction of your home, amount of insulation, the local climate as well as type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly all-encompassing assessment of your needs.

A correctly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it will also save you money. Adding a replacement furnace is a huge decision, which is why we want to ensure your system will meet or exceed all of your needs. We are here to help you along during every step of the process. If you are ready for a furnace replacement or have any questions for the pros at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc., give us a call at 862-345-6896.