What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

February 29, 2016

What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

If it’s time for a replacement furnace or will be shortly, you’ll need to determine what size of system will work most appropriately for your indoor space. Having a correctly sized system is key to its efficiency and the comfort level of your house. With some research, you’ll be able to find the perfect furnace for your needs.

When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always the best.

Your household will waste a lot of energy and money if you install a system that is too large. A system that is too large won’t have to run as long, so it’ll be consistently cycling on and off, which means extra wear on your system and can shrink the life of your system. An oversized system will not only cost additional 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 space, and it won’t be able to get the job done despite its effort. A too-small system will work harder, which will decrease the system’s life span. Plus, you’ll be paying higher energy bills for a home that’s not adequately heated. Have a professional, like those at Lycoming Heating Company complete a load calculation and consult 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 determined based only on square footage. This method typically lead to inaccurate calculations. With advancements in technology and increased knowledge, things are much more precise today. Your furnace professional will review 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 Williamsport and how many individuals live in your home. This assessment is unquestionably much more thorough than coming up with a calculation created on square footage alone!

If your HVAC system is appropriately sized it will keep you more comfortable and save costs. At Lycoming Heating Company, 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 only a phone call away at 570-244-2510. We look forward to working with you.