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 on the horizon, but how do you determine the size of system you’ll need? Selecting the best 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 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 reduces the lifecycle 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 too little will run too long and can’t fully heat your home when the weather gets cold. An inadequately 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 work with an expert that will complete 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 solely on square footage and was often wrong. Technology and knowledge have come a long way since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the professionals from O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning will study your home as a whole and then be able to give an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are made of everything from the construction of your home, amount of insulation, the local climate and type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly complete assessment of your needs.
A properly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it will also save you money. Adding a replacement furnace is a huge 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning, give us a call at 610-257-7035.