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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 important in choosing the system that will work best for your house. All homes are different in their cooling demands. If your system is inappropriately sized, it will decrease your comfort and raise your utility bills. Let’s explain what goes into a load calculation.

Historically, a load calculation was conducted only by looking at 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 function the best for your home. Our team will look at the climate in the Bay Area, 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 aim to help you come across the air conditioner replacement that is right for your home. If your system is very small, you’ll have difficulty keeping your home at the ideal temperature. And just because a system is bigger doesn’t absolutely 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 continuously warm up and cool down. This results in more wear and tear on the system than need-be.
  • It can also reduce 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 proper airflow. Contra Costa Heating & AC 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 Contra Costa Heating & AC, we specialize in keeping your the Bay Area home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 510-343-9841.