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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 shortly, the first step is to identify what size of system will work best for your home. Having an accurately sized system is critical to its efficiency and the comfort level of your home. With a bit of research, you’ll be able to find 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 larger than necessary. A system that is larger than you need won’t have to run as long, so it’ll be frequently cycling on and off, which causes extra wear on your system and can lessen the life of your system. An oversized system will not only cost extra money up front, but it will cost you more over time as well. This is a choice you’ll want to stay away from.

Then there are the issues with a system that is smaller than you need. If your system is too small, it will run more frequently to try to heat your house, and it won’t be able to get the job done despite its exertion. A too-small system will work harder, which will decrease the system’s life span. Plus, you’ll be paying higher energy bills for a home that’s not appropriately heated. Have a professional, like those at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc do a load calculation and chat 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 determined based only on square footage. This method often lead to inaccurate calculations. With advancements in technology and better knowledge, things are much more precise nowadays. Your furnace professional will study your home as a whole, looking at items like its construction, the color of its roof and how well insulated it is. He or she will also consider the climate in Carpentersville and how many individuals live in your home. This assessment is unquestionably much more thorough than determining a calculation created on square footage alone!

If your HVAC system is appropriately sized it will keep you more comfortable and save you money. At Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc, we understand that getting a replacement furnace is a major decision. We are here to help you determine the best system for your home. We’re only a phone call away at 224-412-8308. We look forward to helping you.