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 determine 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. 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 operateas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn reduces the life 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 undersized will operate 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 bills may be higher and your comfort will be impacted because of that. It’s very important to talk to a professional that will perform 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 only on square footage and was often incorrect. Technology and knowledge have made a lot of advances since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the pros from James Heating & A/C, Inc will study your home as a whole and then be able to offer an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are made 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 complete assessment of your needs. An accurately sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it can also save you money. Buying a replacement furnace is a huge 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 throughout the process. If you are ready for a furnace replacement or have any questions for the pros at James Heating & A/C, Inc, give us a call at 336-853-6070 or set up an appointment with us online.