homeowners reviewing load calculation

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

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 house. All homes are unique in their cooling needs. If your system is inappropriately sized, it will affect your comfort and increase your utility bills. Let’s discuss what goes into a load calculation.

Traditionally, a load calculation was determined only by finding 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 be the best for your home. Our team will look at the climate in Colfax, 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 discover the air conditioner replacement that is right for your home. If your system is too small, you’ll have difficulty keeping your home at the desired temperature. And just because a system is hefty doesn’t necessarily 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 continuously warm up and cool down. This causes more wear and tear on the system than necessary.
  • 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 maintaining proper airflow. Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning 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 Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning, we specialize in keeping your Colfax home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 509-397-3622 or schedule an appointment with us online.