What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

If you’re looking for a replacement furnace or will be soon, you will need to identify what size of system will work most appropriately for your house. Having an appropriately sized system is important to its efficiency and the comfort level of your house. With a bit of research, you’ll be able to find the perfect furnace for your needs.

When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always better.

Your household will waste a lot of energy and money if you install a system that is larger than necessary. A system that is larger than you need won’t have to run as long, so it’ll be constantly cycling on and off, which causes extra wear on your system and can lessen the life of your system. An oversized system will not only cost additional money up front, but it will cost you more over time as well. This is a decision you’ll want to dodge.

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 home, and it won’t be able to get the job done despite its effort. A smaller than needed will work harder, which will minimize 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 Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating perform a load calculation and consult 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 figured based only on square footage. This method frequently lead to inaccurate calculations. With advancements in technology and better knowledge, things are much more precise today. 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 take into consideration the climate in Pella and the number of people live in your home. This assessment is unquestionably much more thorough than determining a calculation based on square footage alone!

If your HVAC system is correctly sized it will keep you more comfortable and save you money. At Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating, we understand that purchasing a replacement furnace is a major decision. We are here to help you choose the best system for your home. We’re only a phone call away at 641-628-3621. We look forward to working with you.

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