What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?

If you are ready for a replacement furnace or will be soon, the first step is to figure out what size of system will work best for your house. Having an accurately sized system is important to its efficiency and the comfort level of your indoor space. With a little research, you’ll find the perfect furnace for your needs.

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

You will waste a lot of energy and money if you pick a system that is bigger than you need. A system that is too large won’t have to run as long, so it’ll be frequently cycling on and off, which can mean 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 an option you’ll want to dodge.

Then there are the problems with a system that is too small. If your system is too small, it will run more frequently to try to heat your house, and it won’t be able to get the job done despite its work. A too-small system will work harder, which will minimize the system’s life span. Additionally, you’ll be paying higher utility bills for a home that’s not adequately heated. Have a professional, like those at Contra Costa Heating & AC complete a load calculation and confer 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 figured based only on square footage. This method often lead to inappropriate calculations. With advancements in technology and improved 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 consider the climate in the Bay Area and how many people live in your home. This assessment is certainly much more thorough than providing a calculation created on square footage alone!

If your HVAC system is appropriately sized it will keep you more comfortable and save on expenses. At Contra Costa Heating & AC, we understand that purchasing a replacement furnace is a huge decision. We are here to help you find the best system for your home. We’re only a phone call away at 510-343-9841. We look forward to working with you.

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