What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?02/29/2016What 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 rapidly approaching, but how do you decide the size of system you’ll need? Selecting the right size is very important 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 production will not require it to runas 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 over time. On the other hand, a system that is too little will operate too long and can’t fully heat your home when the weather gets chilly. An improperly sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs could be higher and your comfort will be impacted because of that. It’s very important to talk to a professional that will perform 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 decided based exclusively on square footage and was often wrong. Technology and knowledge have made a lot of advances since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the experts from West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services will study your home as a whole and then be able to offer an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are composed of 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 complete 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 be 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 or schedule an appointment with us online.