What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

If it’s time for a replacement furnace or will be soon, the first step is to identify what size of system will work properly for your indoor space. Having an accurately sized system is important to its efficiency and the comfort level of your home. With a bit of research, you’ll be able to find the perfect furnace for your needs.

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

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

Then there are the issues with a system that is too small. If your system is too small, it will run more frequently to try to heat your space, and it won’t be able to get the job done despite its effort. A system that is too small will work harder, which will shorten the system’s life span. Plus, you’ll be paying higher energy bills for a home that’s not sufficiently heated. Have a professional, like those at Colvin's Heating and Cooling perform a load calculation and confer 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 determined based only on square footage. This method frequently lead to inaccurate calculations. With advancements in technology and increased knowledge, things are much more precise today. Your furnace professional will review your home as a whole, looking at things like its construction, the color of its roof and how well insulated it is. He or she will also consider the climate in Excelsior Springs and the number of people live in your home. This assessment is certainly much more thorough than providing a calculation created on square footage alone!

If your HVAC system is correctly sized it will keep you more comfortable and save costs. At Colvin's Heating and Cooling, we understand that purchasing a replacement furnace is a big decision. We are here to help you choose the best system for your home. We’re just a phone call away at 816-379-3918. We look forward to helping you.

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