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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 soon, you will need to identify what size of system will work properly for your home. Having an appropriately sized system is critical to its efficiency and the comfort level of your house. With some research, you’ll find the perfect furnace for your needs.

When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always the best.

Your household will waste a lot of energy and money if you pick a system that is bigger than you need. A system that is too large won’t have to run as long, so it’ll be constantly cycling on and off, which means 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 decision you’ll want to avoid.

Then there are the challenges with a system that is too small. If your system is too small, it will run more often to try to heat your house, and it won’t be able to get the job done despite its work. A system that is too small will work harder, which will shorten the system’s life span. Additionally, you’ll be paying higher energy bills for a home that’s not appropriately heated. Have a professional, like those at Beck Cohen perform a load calculation and confer 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 typically lead to inaccurate calculations. With advancements in technology and increased knowledge, things are much more precise nowadays. Your furnace professional will review 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 think about the climate in Charlottesville and the number of people live in your home. This assessment is definitely much more thorough than coming up with a calculation established on square footage alone!

If your HVAC system is correctly sized it will keep you more comfortable and save you money. At Beck Cohen, we understand that buying a replacement furnace is a big decision. We are here to help you determine the best system for your home. We’re simply a phone call away at 434-296-0129. You can also schedule an appointment with us online if that’s better for you. We look forward to helping you.