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, the first step is to identify what size of system will work most appropriately for your indoor space. Having an accurately sized system is important to its efficiency and the comfort level of your home. With some research, you’ll find the perfect furnace for your needs.

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

You will waste a lot of energy and money if you install a system that is too large. A system that is too big won’t have to run as long, so it’ll be consistently 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 avoid.

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 work. A smaller than needed will work harder, which will minimize the system’s life span. Also, you’ll be paying higher utility bills for a home that’s not appropriately heated. Have a professional, like those at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. do a load calculation and confer 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 typically lead to incorrect calculations. With advancements in technology and better 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 take into consideration the climate in Beaverton and how many people live in your home. This assessment is definitely much more thorough than providing a calculation created on square footage alone!

If your HVAC system is properly sized it will keep you more comfortable and save you money. At Garoken Energy Co. Inc., 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 just a phone call away at 503-374-1934. We look forward to helping you.