What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

If you’re looking for a replacement furnace or will be shortly, you will need to identify what size of system will work best for your house. Having an accurately sized system is key to its efficiency and the comfort level of your house. With a bit of research, you’ll be able to find the perfect furnace for your needs.

When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always ideal.

You will waste a lot of energy and money if you pick a system that is larger than necessary. A system that is larger than you need won’t have to run as long, so it’ll be frequently cycling on and off, which means extra wear on your system and can reduce the life of your system. An oversized system will not only cost extra money up front, but it will cost you more over time as well. This is a choice you’ll want to dodge.

Then there are the challenges with a system that is too small. If your system is too small, it will run more often to try to heat your home, and it won’t be able to get the job done despite its effort. A system that is too small will work harder, which will minimize the system’s life span. Also, you’ll be paying higher heating bills for a home that’s not appropriately heated. Have a professional, like those at Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling do a load calculation and chat with you on the best system for your replacement furnace needs.

How is Load Calculation Determined?

In the past, a home’s load calculation was assumed based only on square footage. This method often lead to incorrect calculations. With advancements in technology and increased knowledge, things are much more precise now. Your furnace professional will examine your home as a whole, looking at items like its construction, the color of its roof and how well insulated it is. He or she will also think about the climate in Des Moines and how many people live in your home. This assessment is certainly much more thorough than coming up with a calculation based on square footage alone!

If your HVAC system is appropriately sized it will keep you more comfortable and save on expenses. At Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling, we understand that buying a replacement furnace is a major decision. We are here to help you determine the best system for your home. We’re simply a phone call away at 515-207-6569. We look forward to working with you.

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