What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?02/29/2016 What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be? If you are ready for a replacement furnace or will be soon, you’ll need to determine what size of system will work best for your home. Having an appropriately sized system is important to its efficiency and the comfort level of your home. With some research, you’ll select 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 install 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 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 decision you’ll want to avoid. Then there are the challenges with a system that is too small. 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 too-small system will work harder, which will shorten the system’s life span. Plus, you’ll be paying higher energy bills for a home that’s not appropriately heated. Have a professional, like those at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning perform 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 determined based only on square footage. This method often lead to incorrect calculations. With advancements in technology and improved knowledge, things are much more precise nowadays. Your furnace professional will study 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 Colfax and the number of people live in your home. This assessment is certainly much more thorough than coming up with a calculation created on square footage alone! If your HVAC system is properly sized it will keep you more comfortable and save costs. At Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand that purchasing a replacement furnace is a major decision. We are here to help you find the best system for your home. We’re only a phone call away at 509-397-3622. You can also schedule an appointment with us online if that’s easier for you. We look forward to working with you.