What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

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 critical for your system’s efficiency and your home’s comfort. There’s a perfect furnace out there for you and your budget.

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 production 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 in the long run.

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 improperly sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs could be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to speak with a professional that will perform 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 only on square footage and was often wrong. Technology and knowledge have made a lot of advances since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the experts from Honke Heating & AC 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 and type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly complete 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 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 for every step of the way. If you are ready for a furnace replacement or have any questions for the professionals at Honke Heating & AC, give us a call at 503-663-8033.

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