What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

February 29, 2016

What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

If you are ready for a replacement furnace or will be soon, the first step is to determine what size of system will work best for your house. Having an appropriately sized system is important to its efficiency and the comfort level of your home. With a bit of research, you’ll find the perfect furnace for your needs.

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

Your home will waste a lot of energy and money if you install a system that is larger than necessary. A system that is too large won’t have to run as long, so it’ll be constantly cycling on and off, which can mean extra wear on your system and can reduce 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 an option you’ll want to dodge.

Then there are the issues with a system that is smaller than you need. 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. Also, you’ll be paying higher energy bills for a home that’s not appropriately heated. Have a professional, like those at Stieferman Heating Company Inc 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 frequently lead to inappropriate 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 things like its construction, the color of its roof and how well insulated it is. He or she will also think about the climate in Jefferson City and the number of people live in your home. This assessment is certainly much more thorough than determining a calculation based on square footage alone!

If your HVAC system is properly sized it will keep you more comfortable and save on expenses. At Stieferman Heating Company Inc, we understand that getting a replacement furnace is a major decision. We are here to help you determine the best system for your home. We’re simply a phone call away at 573-203-3908. We look forward to working with you.