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

If it’s time to consider an air conditioner replacement, having a professional perform a load calculation is imperative in picking the system that will work best for your home. All homes are different in their cooling requirements. If your system is improperly sized, it will impact your comfort and multiply your utility bills. Let’s talk about what goes into a load calculation.

Traditionally, a load calculation was determined only by finding the square footage of a home. That’s still one piece of the puzzle, but we consider many other steps to find the products that will work the best for your home. Our team will look at the climate in Cedar Rapids, the square footage and structure of your home, the level of insulation, your roof size and type, the size and location of windows, your home’s sun exposure and your family’s habits and schedule.

We aim to help you come across the air conditioner replacement that completes your home. If your system is really small, you’ll have trouble keeping your home at the perfect temperature. And just because a system is bigger doesn’t absolutely mean it’s better. In fact, if your system is too oversized for your home, you could have a lot of problems:

  • Because it won’t have to function as long, an oversized system will continuously warm up and cool down. This creates more wear and tear on the system than normal.
  • It can also decrease productivity and raise utility bills.
  • Another problem with an oversized system turning on and off too regularly is it will fail to dehumidify your air properly.

One key to your home’s comfort is ensuring decent airflow. Ilten's Incorporated can help with a room-by-room load calculation. We will make sure all components of your system—your air conditioner, ductwork and registers—are working together to keep you comfortable.

At Ilten's Incorporated, we specialize in keeping your Cedar Rapids home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 319-363-0283 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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