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 on the horizon, but how do you figure out the size of system you’ll need? Picking the correct size is crucial for your system’s efficiency and your home’s comfort. There’s a perfect furnace out there for you and your comfort needs. When replacing your system, bigger isn’t always better. Buying a system that is too large wastes energy and money. A larger system will constantly be warming up and cooling down because it’s productivity 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 unit will cost you more money up front and over time. On the other hand, a system that is too little will stay on too long and can’t fully heat your home when the weather gets chilly. An improperly sized system will have to work harder, your energy costs could be higher and your comfort will be affected because of that. It’s very important to speak with a professional that will complete a load calculation and advise you on the correct system for your needs. How is Load Calculation Determined? A home’s load calculation used to be calculated based exclusively on square footage and was often incorrect. Technology and knowledge have come a long way since then. When you’re ready for a replacement furnace, one of the pros from J.L. Brady Company LLC will study your home as a whole and then be able to give an accurate load calculation. Load calculations are composed of everything from the construction of your home, amount of insulation, the local climate as well as type and color of your roof, to the number of home occupants – a truly comprehensive assessment of your needs. An accurately sized and functioning HVAC system will not only keep you more comfortable, it could also save you money. Adding a replacement furnace is a major decision, which is why we want to ensure your system will meet or exceed all of your needs. We are here to help you along for every step of the way. If you are ready for a furnace replacement or have any questions for the professionals at J.L. Brady Company LLC, give us a call at 309-517-7511 or arrange an appointment with us online.