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

July 07, 2016

If it’s time to decide on an air conditioner replacement, having a technician perform a load calculation is important in finding the system that will work best for your home. All homes are different in their cooling demands. If your system is improperly sized, it will affect your comfort and multiply your utility bills. Let’s explain what goes into a load calculation.

Traditionally, a load calculation was discovered only by figuring 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 function the best for your home. Our experts will look at the climate in Plainfield, 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 aim to help you come across the air conditioner replacement that completes your home. If your system is very small, you’ll have issues keeping your home at the ideal temperature. And just because a system is larger doesn’t absolutely mean it’s better. In fact, if your system is too large for your home, you could have a lot of problems:

  • Because it won’t have to operate as long, an oversized system will consistently warm up and cool down. This results in more wear and tear on the system than necessary.
  • It can also reduce effectiveness and raise utility bills.
  • Another problem with an oversized system turning on and off too much is it will fail to dehumidify your air properly.

One key to your home’s comfort is creating quality airflow. PWA Heating & Cooling Inc 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 PWA Heating & Cooling Inc, we specialize in keeping your Plainfield home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 815-410-1231.