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 approaching quickly, but how do you decide the size of system you’ll need? Selecting the correct size is critical 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. Buying a system that is too large wastes energy and money. A larger system will continuously be warming up and cooling down because it’s productivity will not require it to workas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn decreases the lifecycle of your system. An oversized unit will cost you more money up front and in the long run. On the other hand, a system that is too little will stay on too long and won’t be able to fully heat your home when the weather gets chilly. An improperly 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 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 determined based only on square footage and was often wrong. Technology and knowledge have come a long way since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the pros from Clean Air HVAC 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 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. Buying a replacement furnace is a major decision, which is why we want to be sure your system will meet or exceed all of your needs. We are here to help you along during every step of the process. If you are ready for a furnace replacement or have any questions for the professionals at Clean Air HVAC, give us a call at 925-689-7017 or schedule an appointment with us online.