What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

You’ve come to the point where it’s time for a furnace replacement or perhaps you see this point on the horizon, but how do you decide 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 budget.

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

Buying a system that is too large wastes energy and money. A larger system will always be warming up and cooling down because it’s output will not require it to runas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn decreases the lifespan of your system. An oversized unit will cost you more money up front and over time.

On the other hand, a system that is undersized will run too long and will not be able to fully heat your home when the weather gets frigid. An incorrectly sized system will have to work harder, your energy expenses will be higher and your comfort will be affected because of that. It’s very important to work 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 only on square footage and was often erroneous. Technology and knowledge have evolved a lot since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the experts from Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning will study your home as a whole and then be able to give an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are made 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 complete assessment of your needs.

A properly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it can also save you money. Purchasing a replacement furnace is a big decision, which is why we want to make 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 experts at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning, give us a call at 308-624-3485.

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