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

If it’s time to consider an air conditioner replacement, having a technician perform a load calculation is crucial in choosing the system that will work best for your house. All homes are different in their cooling requirements. If your system is improperly sized, it will affect your comfort and multiply your utility bills. Let’s talk about what goes into a load calculation.

Historically, a load calculation was discovered only by finding the square footage of a home. That’s still one piece of the puzzle, but we consider many other components to find the products that will work the best for your home. Our experts will look at the climate in Erie, 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 want to help you find the air conditioner replacement that fits your home. If your system is really small, you’ll have difficulty 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 continuously warm up and cool down. This results in more wear and tear on the system than necessary.
  • It can also minimize efficiency and raise utility bills.
  • Another problem with an oversized system switching 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. Patterson & Stirling 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 Patterson & Stirling Inc, we specialize in keeping your Erie home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 814-833-5558 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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