What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

What 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 approaching quickly, but how do you decide the size of system you’ll need? Picking the best size is critical 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.

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 runas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn reduces the lifespan of your system. An oversized furnace 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 can’t fully heat your home when the weather gets chilly. An inadequately 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 work with a professional that will complete a load calculation and advise you on the correct system for your needs.

How is Load Calculation Determined?

A home’s load calculation used to be decided based solely on square footage and was often incorrect. Technology and knowledge have come a long way since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the pros from Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning will study your home as a whole and then be able to give 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 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. Buying a replacement furnace is a major decision, which is why we want to ensure 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 Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning, give us a call at 952-373-0377.

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