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

July 07, 2016

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

Historically, a load calculation was determined only by figuring the square footage of a home. That’s still one piece of the puzzle, but we regard various other factors to find the products that will work the best for your home. Our team will look at the climate in Marshalltown, 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 very small, you’ll have trouble keeping your home at the desired temperature. And just because a system is bigger doesn’t necessarily 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 operate as long, an oversized system will regularly warm up and cool down. This causes more wear and tear on the system than need-be.
  • It can also reduce productivity and raise utility bills.
  • Another problem with an oversized system cycling 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. B & G HVAC 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 B & G HVAC, we specialize in keeping your Marshalltown home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 641-323-1210.