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 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 comfort needs.
When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always better.
Putting in 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 hurts the lifecycle of your system. An oversized unit will cost you more money up front and in the long run.
On the other hand, a system that is too small will operate too long and can’t fully heat your home when the weather gets chilly. An inadequately sized system will have to work harder, your bills could be higher and your comfort will be impacted because of that. It’s very important to work with a professional that will perform a load calculation and advise you on the best 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 pros from West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services will study your home as a whole and then be able to provide an accurate load calculation. Load calculations include everything from the construction of your home, amount of insulation, the local climate as well as type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly comprehensive assessment of your needs.
A correctly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it could also save you money. Adding 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 professionals at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services, give us a call at (616) 669-3961.