Why Is Professional Load Calculation so Important?

When you’re shopping for a new air conditioning system, it can feel a bit disconcerting to be informed that an analysis of your home is recommended to ensure the best selection. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), however, making sure that the equipment is sized right for your home is as important as choosing the right HVAC product. To determine the proper size for the equipment, quality HVAC technicians will insist on conducting a professional load calculation of your Mount Vernon TX home.

What Is a Load Calculation?

Every home in Mount Vernon TX has its own specific cooling demands. A load calculation allows an HVAC technician to determine the size of the system needed to keep the home comfortable in the cooling season. Skilled service technicians use an industry-standard formula to calculate how much cooling power is needed to maintain the environment at an ideal temperature.

In calculating the cooling load of a home, the structure’s size, design, construction, insulation levels and sun exposure are taken into consideration. The habits, behaviors and schedules of those who inhabit the home are factored in as well. A reputable HVAC technician will never uses guesswork to determine the right size for your new air conditioning system.

Why Is a Professional Load Calculation so Important?

Choosing the wrong-sized equipment will negatively affect your home comfort and drive up your energy expenses for as long as you own the system. A too-small system won’t deliver the level of comfort that you expect on hot summer days. Because an undersized system strains to reach the temperature set on your thermostat, frost can collect and clog the overworked condenser, shutting the system down.

An undersized air conditioning system is just as problematic. A too-big system actually cools your home too fast, cycling off before the air has had a chance to circulate and dehumidify. This results in uncomfortable shifts in temperature and rooms that feel cold and clammy. You wind up paying more than is necessary for a system that doesn’t deliver the level of comfort that you expect.

What System Components are Affected by a Load Calculation?

In central air conditioning systems, proper air flow is the key to comfort. From the system’s air conditioning filter to its ductwork, getting the size of the unit right is critical to achieving a comfortable air flow. When installing a new cooling product, it’s necessary to ensure that the system works in conjunction with the air conditioning filter, ductwork and air vents. A load calculation helps makes sure that all components work in perfect sync with each other.

As qualified participating contractors in the Home Performance program established by the Department of Energy in conjunction with the EPA, our service technicians have received special training that allows them to perform precise and accurate load calculations on your home. Whether you’re shopping for a better air conditioning filter or for a new cooling installation for your home, you can always depend on the experts at Wood Air Conditioning to guide you towards the best selection.