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 rapidly approaching, but how do you figure out the size of system you’ll need? Choosing the right size is crucial 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.
Buying a system that is too large wastes energy and money. A larger system will constantly 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 reduces the life of your system. An oversized system will cost you more money up front and down the road.
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 bills may be higher and your comfort will be affected because of that. It’s very important to talk to a professional that will do 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 determined based solely on square footage and was often erroneous. Technology and knowledge have made a lot of advances since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the experts from McFadden Heating & Cooling 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 in addition to 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 can also save you money. Buying a replacement furnace is a major 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 for every step of the way. If you are ready for a furnace replacement or have any questions for the pros at McFadden Heating & Cooling, give us a call at 1-866-781-0111.