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 in the near future, you’ll need to figure out what size of system will work properly for your indoor space. Having a correctly sized system is key to its efficiency and the comfort level of your indoor space. With a little research, you’ll select the perfect furnace for your needs.

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

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 frequently cycling on and off, which can mean extra wear on your system and can shrink 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 choice you’ll want to stay away from.

Then there are the issues with a system that is too small. If your system is too small, it will run more frequently to try to heat your house, and it won’t be able to get the job done despite its effort. A too-small system will work harder, which will minimize the system’s life span. Plus, you’ll be paying higher heating bills for a home that’s not sufficiently heated. Have a professional, like those at KDM Service Corporation do 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 assumed based only on square footage. This method frequently lead to inappropriate calculations. With advancements in technology and improved knowledge, things are much more precise today. Your furnace professional will examine 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 consider the climate in Tuscaloosa and the number of 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 properly sized it will keep you more comfortable and save on expenses. At KDM Service Corporation, we understand that buying 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 205-208-8090. We look forward to working with you.