What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

February 29, 2016

What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

If you are ready for a replacement furnace or will be soon, you will need to identify what size of system will work most appropriately for your home. Having a correctly sized system is critical to its efficiency and the comfort level of your indoor space. With a bit of research, you’ll select the perfect furnace for your needs.

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

Your home will waste a lot of energy and money if you pick a system that is too large. A system that is larger than you need won’t have to run as long, so it’ll be consistently cycling on and off, which means extra wear on your system and can lessen the life of your system. An oversized system will not only cost more money up front, but it will cost you more over time as well. This is a decision you’ll want to avoid.

Then there are the challenges with a system that is smaller than you need. If your system is too small, it will run too often to try to heat your house, 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 minimize the system’s life span. Also, you’ll be paying higher heating bills for a home that’s not appropriately heated. Have a professional, like those at Scott Temperature perform a load calculation and consult 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 often lead to incorrect calculations. With advancements in technology and improved knowledge, things are much more precise now. Your furnace professional will study your home as a whole, looking at things like its construction, the color of its roof and how well insulated it is. He or she will also consider the climate in Lawrence and how many individuals live in your home. This assessment is unquestionably much more thorough than determining a calculation established on square footage alone!

If your HVAC system is appropriately sized it will keep you more comfortable and save costs. At Scott Temperature, we understand that getting a replacement furnace is a major decision. We are here to help you find the best system for your home. We’re simply a phone call away at 785-269-0465. We look forward to helping you.