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 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 requirements. If your system is inaccurately sized, it will impact your comfort and increase your utility bills. Let’s talk about what goes into a load calculation.

Originally, a load calculation was conducted only by figuring the square footage of a home. That’s still one piece of the puzzle, but we include various other components to find the products that will function the best for your home. Our professionals will look at the climate in Lawrence, 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 would love to help you discover 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 hefty doesn’t always mean it’s better. In fact, 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 normal.
  • It can also decrease 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 ensuring proper airflow. Scott Temperature 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 Scott Temperature, we specialize in keeping your Lawrence home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 785-269-0465.