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

July 07, 2016

If it’s time to think about an air conditioner replacement, having an expert perform a load calculation is crucial in picking the system that will work best for your living space. All homes are specific in their cooling needs. If your system is improperly sized, it will impact your comfort and multiply your utility bills. Let’s explain what goes into a load calculation.

Historically, a load calculation was determined only by finding the square footage of a home. That’s still one piece of the puzzle, but we regard many other factors to find the products that will function the best for your home. Our professionals will look at the climate in Moline, the square footage and build 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 find the air conditioner replacement that completes your home. If your system is too small, you’ll have issues keeping your home at the desired temperature. And just because a system is bigger 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 operate as long, an oversized system will regularly warm up and cool down. This creates more wear and tear on the system than normal.
  • It can also reduce productivity and raise utility bills.
  • Another problem with an oversized system turning on and off too regularly is it will fail to dehumidify your air properly.

One key to your home’s comfort is maintaining decent airflow. Freed 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 Freed Heating & Air Conditioning, we specialize in keeping your Moline home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 309-323-9584.