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 approaching quickly, but how do you decide the size of system you’ll need? Selecting the right size is critical for your system’s efficiency and your home’s comfort. There’s a perfect furnace out there for you and your budget. When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always better. Putting in a system that is too large wastes energy and money. A larger system will constantly be warming up and cooling down because it’s production will not require it to operateas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn decreases the lifespan of your system. An oversized system will cost you more money up front and in the long run. On the other hand, a system that is undersized will operate too long and will not be able to fully heat your home when the weather gets cold. An inadequately sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs may be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to work with an expert that will do 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 decided based exclusively on square footage and was often wrong. Technology and knowledge have made a lot of advances since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the experts from Garoken Energy Co. Inc. will study your home as a whole and then be able to offer an accurate load calculation. Load calculations include everything from the construction of your home, amount of insulation, the local climate as well as type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly all-encompassing assessment of your needs. An accurately sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it will also save you money. Purchasing a replacement furnace is a huge 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 for every step of the way. If you are ready for a furnace replacement or have any questions for the pros at Garoken Energy Co. Inc., give us a call at 503-848-3838 or set up an appointment with us online.