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 in the near future, the first step is to identify what size of system will work properly for your indoor space. Having an accurately sized system is critical to its efficiency and the comfort level of your house. With some 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 install a system that is bigger than you need. A system that is too big won’t have to run as long, so it’ll be constantly cycling on and off, which causes 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 choice 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 too often to try to heat your home, 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 heating bills for a home that’s not adequately heated. Have a professional, like those at Colvin's Heating and Cooling do 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 incorrect calculations. With advancements in technology and increased knowledge, things are much more precise nowadays. Your furnace professional will review 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 consider the climate in Excelsior Springs and how many people live in your home. This assessment is unquestionably much more thorough than determining a calculation created on square footage alone!

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