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

July 07, 2016

If it’s time to decide on an air conditioner replacement, having a professional perform a load calculation is imperative in choosing the system that will work best for your house. All homes are specific in their cooling demands. If your system is inaccurately sized, it will impact your comfort and multiply your utility bills. Let’s explain what goes into a load calculation.

Traditionally, 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 various other factors to find the products that will be the best for your home. Our professionals will look at the climate in Beaverton, the square footage and build 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 come across the air conditioner replacement that is right for your home. If your system is too small, you’ll have issues keeping your home at the desired temperature. And just because a system is larger doesn’t necessarily 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 results in more wear and tear on the system than normal.
  • It can also reduce productivity and raise utility bills.
  • Another problem with an oversized system turning 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. Garoken Energy Co. 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 Garoken Energy Co. Inc., we specialize in keeping your Beaverton home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 503-374-1934.