What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be?02/29/2016 What Size Should My Replacement Furnace Be? If it’s time for a replacement furnace or will be in the near future, the first step is to identify what size of system will work best for your home. Having an appropriately sized system is important to its efficiency and the comfort level of your house. With a little research, you’ll select 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 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 an option you’ll want to avoid. Then there are the issues with a system that is too small. If your system is too small, it will run too often to try to heat your space, and it won’t be able to get the job done despite its exertion. A smaller than needed will work harder, which will decrease the system’s life span. Plus, you’ll be paying higher utility bills for a home that’s not adequately heated. Have a professional, like those at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. 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 assumed based only on square footage. This method frequently lead to inappropriate calculations. With advancements in technology and increased knowledge, things are much more precise now. Your furnace professional will review your home as a whole, looking at factors like its construction, the color of its roof and how well insulated it is. He or she will also consider the climate in Longview and how many people live in your home. This assessment is definitely much more thorough than coming up with a calculation based on square footage alone! If your HVAC system is properly sized it will keep you more comfortable and save costs. At Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc., we understand that getting a replacement furnace is a major decision. We are here to help you choose the best system for your home. We’re just a phone call away at 903-758-0701. You can also schedule an appointment with us online if that’s easier for you. We look forward to chatting you.