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 a technician perform a load calculation is crucial in finding the system that will work best for your house. All homes are different in their cooling needs. If your system is inaccurately sized, it will impact your comfort and raise your utility bills. Let’s explain what goes into a load calculation.

Originally, a load calculation was conducted only by finding the square footage of a home. That’s still one piece of the puzzle, but we regard several other factors to find the products that will be the best for your home. Our professionals will look at the climate in Belton, 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 want to help you find the air conditioner replacement that fits 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 hefty doesn’t absolutely 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 results in more wear and tear on the system than necessary.
  • It can also reduce 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 decent airflow. Bell Air Conditioning 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 Bell Air Conditioning Inc., we specialize in keeping your Belton home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 254-307-9572.