What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?
You’ve found yourself the point where it’s time for a furnace replacement or perhaps you see this point on the horizon, 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 home’s 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 always be warming up and cooling down because it’s production will not require it to workas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn decreases 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 too little will stay on too long and will not be able to fully heat your home when the weather gets cold. An improperly sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs will be higher and your comfort will be impacted because of that. It’s very important to speak with an expert 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 exclusively on square footage and was often incorrect. Technology and knowledge have made a lot of advances since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the professionals from ACS Heating and Air Conditioning 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 as well as type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly all-encompassing assessment of your needs.
A properly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it could also save you money. Purchasing a replacement furnace is a major 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 ACS Heating and Air Conditioning, give us a call at 770-450-1539.