What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?02/29/2016What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be? You’ve come to the point where it’s time for a furnace replacement or perhaps you see this point approaching quickly, but how do you determine the size of system you’ll need? Selecting 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 budget. When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always better. Installing a system that is too large wastes energy and money. A larger system will constantly be warming up and cooling down because it’s output will not require it to operateas long. This is known as “short cycling” and it increases the wear on your system and in turn hurts the lifecycle of your system. An oversized furnace will cost you more money up front and in the long run. On the other hand, a system that is too small will run too long and won’t be able to fully heat your home when the weather gets frigid. An incorrectly sized system will have to work harder, your bills will be higher and your comfort will suffer because of that. It’s very important to work with a professional 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 exclusively 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 professionals from Forster Heating will study your home as a whole and then be able to offer an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are composed of everything from the construction of your home, amount of insulation, the local climate in addition to 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. Purchasing a replacement furnace is a big decision, which is why we want to make 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 professionals at Forster Heating, give us a call at 530-206-0330 or schedule an appointment with us online.