What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

February 29, 2016

What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

If it’s time for a replacement furnace or will be shortly, you’ll need to determine what size of system will work most appropriately for your indoor space. Having a correctly sized system is key 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 ideal.

You will waste a lot of energy and money if you choose a system that is bigger than you need. A system that is larger than you need won’t have to run as long, so it’ll be frequently cycling on and off, which can mean extra wear on your system and can lessen the life of your system. An oversized system will not only cost additional money up front, but it will cost you more over time as well. This is an option you’ll want to avoid.

Then there are the problems with a system that is too small. If your system is too small, it will run too often to try to heat your space, and it won’t be able to get the job done despite its work. A system that is too small will work harder, which will shorten the system’s life span. Additionally, you’ll be paying higher utility bills for a home that’s not appropriately heated. Have a professional, like those at B & G HVAC 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 figured based only on square footage. This method typically lead to incorrect calculations. With advancements in technology and better knowledge, things are much more precise nowadays. Your furnace professional will study 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 Marshalltown and the number of people live in your home. This assessment is certainly much more thorough than providing a calculation established on square footage alone!

If your HVAC system is appropriately sized it will keep you more comfortable and save on expenses. At B & G HVAC, we understand that getting 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 641-316-3360. We look forward to chatting you.