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

July 07, 2016

If it’s time to consider an air conditioner replacement, having an expert perform a load calculation is important in choosing the system that will work best for your house. All homes are specific in their cooling requirements. 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 determined only by finding the square footage of a home. That’s still one piece of the puzzle, but we consider several other components to find the products that will work the best for your home. Our professionals will look at the climate in Paso Robles, 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 discover the air conditioner replacement that fits your home. If your system is very small, you’ll have trouble keeping your home at the desired temperature. And just because a system is larger doesn’t always 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 consistently warm up and cool down. This causes more wear and tear on the system than need-be.
  • It can also minimize effectiveness and raise utility bills.
  • Another problem with an oversized system switching on and off too regularly is it will fail to dehumidify your air properly.

One key to your home’s comfort is maintaining quality airflow. Paso Robles Heating and Air 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 Paso Robles Heating and Air, we specialize in keeping your Paso Robles home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 805-203-8667.