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 a crucial step in making sure you’re choosing the correct system for your home. Every home has its own specific demands on a cooling system. Installing an incorrectly sized system will hurt your comfort, and your utility costs. So what factors into a home’s load calculation?

Our professionals take into account many factors when determining the load calculation and the size of system your home needs. We look at factors such as: the climate 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 the people living inside the home.

We want to set you up with the air conditioner replacement that matches up with your home, and bigger isn’t always ideal. A system that is larger than necessary may create a host of problems.

  • It may cost you more money to use.
  • An oversized system doesn’t have to work as long so it will continuously be warming up and cooling down, which causes more wear and tear on your unit.
  • A unit that doesn’t run as long also doesn’t dehumidify the air, which could diminish your comfort.
  • If your system isn’t big enough, 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 make sure that your air conditioner, ductwork and registers are all working in sync to keep you comfortable. Load calculation was once based only on square footage, and while that is a portion of the puzzle, there are a host of variables we factor in to find the correct 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 478-202-3076.