What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

If it’s time for a replacement furnace or will be in the near future, you will need to figure out what size of system will work properly for your house. Having an appropriately sized system is critical to its efficiency and the comfort level of your home. With a bit of research, you’ll 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 install a system that is larger than necessary. A system that is too big won’t have to run as long, so it’ll be frequently cycling on and off, which can mean extra wear on your system and can shrink the life of your system. An oversized system will not only cost additional 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 problems with a system that is too small. If your system is too small, it will run too often to try to heat your space, and it won’t be able to get the job done despite its work. A smaller than needed will work harder, which will shorten the system’s life span. Additionally, you’ll be paying higher utility bills for a home that’s not sufficiently heated. Have a professional, like those at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 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 assumed based only on square footage. This method typically lead to inappropriate calculations. With advancements in technology and improved knowledge, things are much more precise today. Your furnace professional will review your home as a whole, looking at factors like its construction, the color of its roof and how well insulated it is. He or she will also think about the climate in Lake Forest and the number of people live in your home. This assessment is certainly much more thorough than providing a calculation created on square footage alone!

If your HVAC system is correctly sized it will keep you more comfortable and save on expenses. At 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we understand that buying a replacement furnace is a huge decision. We are here to help you choose the best system for your home. We’re only a phone call away at 949-204-0859. You can also schedule an appointment with us online if that’s easier for you. We look forward to working with you.

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