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 rapidly approaching, but how do you figure out the size of system you’ll need? Picking 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 comfort 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 constantly be warming up and cooling down because it’s productivity will not require it to workas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn reduces 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 won’t be able to fully heat your home when the weather gets cold. An incorrectly sized system will have to work harder, your bills will be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to speak with a professional that will do 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 incorrect. Technology and knowledge have evolved a lot since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the pros from West Jefferson Plumbing and 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 in addition to type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly all-encompassing assessment of your needs.
An accurately sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it can also save you money. Adding a replacement furnace is a big 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 for every step of the way. If you are ready for a furnace replacement or have any questions for the professionals at West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc., give us a call at 614-879-9091.