homeowners reviewing load calculation

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 picking the system that will work best for your home. All homes are unique in their cooling requirements. If your system is inaccurately sized, it will decrease your comfort and increase your utility bills. Let’s discuss what goes into a load calculation.

Originally, 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 several other steps to find the products that will function the best for your home. Our team will look at the climate in Charlottesville, 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 want to help you discover the air conditioner replacement that completes 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 necessarily 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 causes more wear and tear on the system than need-be.
  • It can also minimize productivity and raise utility bills.
  • Another problem with an oversized system cycling on and off too regularly is it will fail to dehumidify your air properly.

One key to your home’s comfort is maintaining decent airflow. Beck Cohen 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 Beck Cohen, we specialize in keeping your Charlottesville home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 434-296-0129 or schedule an appointment with us online.