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 imperative in choosing the system that will work best for your living space. All homes are different in their cooling needs. If your system is inaccurately sized, it will affect your comfort and multiply your utility bills. Let’s discuss what goes into a load calculation.

Historically, a load calculation was conducted only by looking at the square footage of a home. That’s still one piece of the puzzle, but we include several other steps to find the products that will be the best for your home. Our professionals will look at the climate in New Castle, 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 would love to help you find the air conditioner replacement that completes 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 larger doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. Actually, if your system is too big for your home, you could have a lot of problems:

  • Because it won’t have to function as long, an oversized system will regularly warm up and cool down. This creates more wear and tear on the system than necessary.
  • It can also minimize 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 ensuring quality airflow. Central Heating & Plumbing 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 Central Heating & Plumbing, we specialize in keeping your New Castle home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 724-401-1843.

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