What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?02/29/2016What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be? You’ve reached the point where it’s time for a furnace replacement or perhaps you see this point on the horizon, but how do you decide the size of system you’ll need? Selecting the right size is crucial for your system’s efficiency and your home’s comfort. There’s a perfect furnace out there for you and your comfort needs. When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always better. Putting in a system that is too large wastes energy and money. A larger system will continuously be warming up and cooling down because it’s production will not require it to runas 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 furnace will cost you more money up front and over time. On the other hand, a system that is too small will run too long and can’t fully heat your home when the weather gets frigid. An improperly sized system will have to work harder, your energy expenses will be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to talk to an expert 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 solely on square footage and was often incorrect. Technology and knowledge have evolved a lot since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the experts from Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. will study your home as a whole and then be able to provide an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are made of 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 complete assessment of your needs. A properly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it could also save you money. Adding 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 for every step of the way. If you are ready for a furnace replacement or have any questions for the professionals at Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc., give us a call at 630-833-1100 or set up an appointment with us online.