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 picking the system that will work best for your house. All homes are unique in their cooling requirements. If your system is inaccurately sized, it will decrease your comfort and raise your utility bills. Let’s explain what goes into a load calculation.

Traditionally, a load calculation was determined only by figuring the square footage of a home. That’s still one piece of the puzzle, but we include several other components to find the products that will work the best for your home. Our experts will look at the climate in Elk River, the square footage and design 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 want to help you discover the air conditioner replacement that fits your home. If your system is really small, you’ll have difficulty keeping your home at the perfect temperature. And just because a system is hefty doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. In reality, 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 results in more wear and tear on the system than normal.
  • It can also minimize efficiency and raise utility bills.
  • Another problem with an oversized system cycling on and off too much is it will fail to dehumidify your air properly.

One key to your home’s comfort is creating decent airflow. Home Comfort Heating & Air 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 Home Comfort Heating & Air, we specialize in keeping your Elk River home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 763-276-0617.