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

July 07, 2016

When it’s time for an air conditioner replacement, a load calculation determined by a pro is an important step in ensuring you’re choosing the best system for your home. Every home has its own individual demands on a cooling system. Installing an inappropriately sized system will hurt your comfort, and your utility costs. So what plays a role into a home’s load calculation?

Our professionals take into account many factors when determining the load calculation and the size of system you’ll need. We look at things such as: the climate of your town, square footage of your home, design, insulation levels, roof type, size and location of windows, sun exposure and the habits of and schedule of the people living inside the home.

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

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

Ensuring correct air flow is the key to your home’s comfort. A professional room by room load calculation will help to make sure that your air conditioner, ductwork and registers are all working in sync to keep you comfortable. Load calculation was once based solely on square footage, and while that is a part of the puzzle, there are a host 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 319-208-3295.