What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?02/29/2016What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be? You’ve found yourself 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 best size is crucial for your system’s efficiency and your home’s comfort. There’s a perfect furnace out there for you and your home’s needs. When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always better. Installing 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 reduces the lifespan of your system. An oversized unit will cost you more money up front and down the road. On the other hand, a system that is too small will run too long and will not be able to fully heat your home when the weather gets frigid. An incorrectly sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs will be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to talk to a professional that will complete a load calculation and advise you on the correct 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 come a long way since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the professionals from Quality Refrigeration will study your home as a whole and then be able to give an accurate load calculation. Load calculations include 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 all-encompassing assessment of your needs. A properly sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it can also save you money. Purchasing a replacement furnace is a big 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 experts at Quality Refrigeration, give us a call at 410-355-6010 or set up an appointment with us online.