What is load calculation and how does it factor in to my new air conditioner?

July 07, 2016

When the time arrives for an air conditioner replacement, a load calculation determined by an expert is a critical step in ensuring you’re choosing the right system for your home. Every home has its own unique demands on a cooling system. Installing an incorrectly sized system will hurt your comfort, and your utility expenses. So what plays a role into a home’s load calculation?

Our professionals take into account a variety factors when determining the load calculation and the size of system your home needs. We look at aspects such as: the environment of your area, square footage of your home, design, insulation levels, roof type, size and location of windows, sun exposure and the habits of and schedule of all the people inside the home.

We want to pair you with the air conditioner replacement that matches up with your home, and bigger isn’t always ideal. A system that is bigger than necessary can create a variety of issues.

  • It could cost you more money to run.
  • An oversized system doesn’t have to work as long so it will constantly be warming up and cooling down, which causes more wear and tear on your unit.
  • A unit that doesn’t operate as long also doesn’t dehumidify the air, which might diminish your comfort.
  • If your system is too little, you’ll have trouble keeping your home at the chosen temperature.

Ensuring correct air flow is the key to your home’s comfort. A professional room by room load calculation will help to ensure that your air conditioner, ductwork and registers are all running in sync to keep you comfortable. Load calculation was once based exclusively on square footage, and while that is a piece of the puzzle, there are a number of variables we factor in to find the right products for your home.

Keeping your home comfortable while boosting efficiency is our specialty. When you reach the point where you’re looking into an air conditioner replacement, give our pros a call at 724-370-0141.