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 crucial in picking the system that will work best for your house. All homes are unique in their cooling demands. If your system is inappropriately sized, it will affect your comfort and raise your utility bills. Let’s discuss 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 consider many other components to find the products that will be the best for your home. Our experts will look at the climate in Jefferson City, 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 come across the air conditioner replacement that fits your home. If your system is very small, you’ll have trouble keeping your home at the ideal temperature. And just because a system is larger doesn’t always mean it’s better. In reality, if your system is too big 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 normal.
  • It can also minimize 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 maintaining quality airflow. Stieferman Heating Company 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 Stieferman Heating Company Inc, we specialize in keeping your Jefferson City home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 573-203-3908.