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 technician perform a load calculation is important in finding the system that will work best for your living space. All homes are unique in their cooling needs. If your system is inappropriately sized, it will decrease your comfort and raise your utility bills. Let’s talk about what goes into a load calculation.

Traditionally, 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 include various other components to find the products that will function the best for your home. Our team will look at the climate in Bartlesville, 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 find the air conditioner replacement that fits your home. If your system is very small, you’ll have difficulty keeping your home at the perfect temperature. And just because a system is hefty doesn’t absolutely mean it’s better. Actually, if your system is too oversized for your home, you could have a lot of problems:

  • Because it won’t have to function as long, an oversized system will continuously warm up and cool down. This creates more wear and tear on the system than normal.
  • It can also minimize efficiency and raise utility bills.
  • Another problem with an oversized system turning on and off too much is it will fail to dehumidify your air properly.

One key to your home’s comfort is maintaining proper airflow. Farris Heating & 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 Farris Heating & Air, we specialize in keeping your Bartlesville home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 918-534-8194.