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 on the horizon, but how do you figure out the size of system you’ll need? Picking the right size is very important for your system’s efficiency and your home’s comfort. There’s a perfect furnace out there for you and your home’s 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 output will not require it to operateas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn reduces 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 undersized will stay on too long and can’t fully heat your home when the weather gets chilly. An incorrectly sized system will have to work harder, your energy expenses may be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to work with a pro that will complete a load calculation and advise you on the right system for your needs. How is Load Calculation Determined? A home’s load calculation used to be determined based exclusively on square footage and was often erroneous. Technology and knowledge have made a lot of advances since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the experts from Freed Heating & Air Conditioning will study your home as a whole and then be able to offer 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 will 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 experts at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning, give us a call at 309-762-3641 or schedule an appointment with us online.