What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?02/29/2016What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be? You’ve come to the point where it’s time for a furnace replacement or perhaps you see this point rapidly approaching, but how do you figure out the size of system you’ll need? Selecting the correct 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. Installing a system that is too large wastes energy and money. A larger system will always be warming up and cooling down because it’s output 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 life 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 little will stay on too long and won’t be able to fully heat your home when the weather gets cold. An improperly sized system will have to work harder, your energy expenses may be higher and your comfort will be impacted because of that. It’s very important to speak with a pro 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 exclusively on square footage and was often wrong. Technology and knowledge have made a lot of advances since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the pros from Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc will study your home as a whole and then be able to provide an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are composed 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 all-encompassing assessment of your needs. A correctly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it will also save you money. Adding 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 for every step of the way. If you are ready for a furnace replacement or have any questions for the pros at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc, give us a call at 715-421-5555 or set up an appointment with us online.