What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

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 approaching quickly, but how do you figure out the size of system you’ll need? Picking the right size is critical 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.

Installing 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 runas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn hurts 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 little will run too long and can’t fully heat your home when the weather gets chilly. An incorrectly sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs will be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to work with a professional that will complete 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 determined based solely on square footage and was often erroneous. Technology and knowledge have come a long way since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the experts from American HVAC Inc will study your home as a whole and then be able to offer an accurate load calculation. Load calculations include 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 properly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it can 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 during every step of the process. If you are ready for a furnace replacement or have any questions for the professionals at American HVAC Inc, give us a call at 408-215-1018.

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