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

If it’s time to think about an air conditioner replacement, having an expert perform a load calculation is crucial in finding the system that will work best for your living space. All homes are unique in their cooling requirements. If your system is inaccurately sized, it will impact your comfort and raise your utility bills. Let’s discuss 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 regard many other steps to find the products that will be the best for your home. Our experts will look at the climate in Pella, 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 want to help you find the air conditioner replacement that completes your home. If your system is very small, you’ll have difficulty keeping your home at the ideal temperature. And just because a system is hefty doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. In reality, if your system is too large for your home, you could have a lot of problems:

  • Because it won’t have to run as long, an oversized system will consistently warm up and cool down. This results in more wear and tear on the system than need-be.
  • It can also minimize productivity and raise utility bills.
  • Another problem with an oversized system cycling on and off too often is it will fail to dehumidify your air properly.

One key to your home’s comfort is ensuring quality airflow. Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating 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 Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating, we specialize in keeping your Pella home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 641-628-3621.

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