What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?02/29/2016What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be? You’ve reached the point where it’s time for a furnace replacement or perhaps you see this point rapidly approaching, but how do you figure out the size of system you’ll need? Choosing the best 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 comfort needs. 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 always 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 hurts 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 won’t be able to fully heat your home when the weather gets chilly. An incorrectly sized system will have to work harder, your bills could be higher and your comfort will be impacted because of that. It’s very important to talk to a pro that will perform 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 calculated 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 Craig's Appliance Heating & Cooling will study your home as a whole and then be able to provide 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 comprehensive assessment of your needs. A correctly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it will also save you money. Adding a replacement furnace is a major decision, which is why we want to make sure your system will meet or exceed all of your needs. We are here to help you along throughout the process. If you are ready for a furnace replacement or have any questions for the professionals at Craig's Appliance Heating & Cooling, give us a call at 801-295-3357 or arrange an appointment with us online.