What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?
You’ve reached the point where it’s time for a furnace replacement or perhaps you see this point approaching quickly, but how do you determine the size of system you’ll need? Choosing the best size is critical for your system’s efficiency and your home’s comfort. There’s a perfect furnace out there for you and your home’s needs.
When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always better.
Installing 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 operateas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn hurts the lifespan of your system. An oversized unit will cost you more money up front and down the road.
On the other hand, a system that is too small will operate too long and won’t be able to fully heat your home when the weather gets cold. An inadequately sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs could be higher and your comfort will be affected because of that. It’s very important to speak with 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 calculated based exclusively on square footage and was often wrong. Technology and knowledge have evolved a lot since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the professionals from Jett's Heating & Air Inc. 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 in addition to type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly all-encompassing assessment of your needs.
An accurately sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it could also save you money. Buying a replacement furnace is a major 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 throughout the process. If you are ready for a furnace replacement or have any questions for the pros at Jett's Heating & Air Inc., give us a call at 815-410-1128.