What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

If you are ready for a replacement furnace or will be in the near future, you will need to identify what size of system will work most appropriately for your indoor space. Having a correctly sized system is critical to its efficiency and the comfort level of your house. With a little research, you’ll be able to find the perfect furnace for your needs.

When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always the best.

Your home will waste a lot of energy and money if you choose a system that is bigger than you need. A system that is larger than you need won’t have to run as long, so it’ll be frequently cycling on and off, which means extra wear on your system and can reduce the life of your system. An oversized system will not only cost more money up front, but it will cost you more over time as well. This is a decision you’ll want to stay away from.

Then there are the issues with a system that is smaller than necessary. If your system is too small, it will run too often to try to heat your space, and it won’t be able to get the job done despite its exertion. A smaller than needed will work harder, which will decrease the system’s life span. Additionally, you’ll be paying higher utility bills for a home that’s not appropriately heated. Have a professional, like those at Heartland Heating & Cooling perform a load calculation and chat 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 assumed based only on square footage. This method typically lead to incorrect calculations. With advancements in technology and improved knowledge, things are much more precise now. 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 Des Moines and how many people live in your home. This assessment is certainly much more thorough than coming up with a calculation based on square footage alone!

If your HVAC system is appropriately sized it will keep you more comfortable and save you money. At Heartland Heating & Cooling, we understand that purchasing a replacement furnace is a big decision. We are here to help you determine the best system for your home. We’re only a phone call away at 515-344-3579. We look forward to chatting you.

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