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

Originally, a load calculation was determined only by finding the square footage of a home. That’s still one piece of the puzzle, but we regard several other components to find the products that will function the best for your home. Our team will look at the climate in Lexington, 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 completes your home. If your system is too small, you’ll have difficulty keeping your home at the perfect temperature. And just because a system is hefty doesn’t always mean it’s better. In fact, if your system is too oversized 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 creates more wear and tear on the system than need-be.
  • It can also reduce efficiency and raise utility bills.
  • Another problem with an oversized system switching on and off too much is it will fail to dehumidify your air properly.

One key to your home’s comfort is maintaining quality airflow. Kelley Mechanical 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 Kelley Mechanical, we specialize in keeping your Lexington home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 859-209-3003 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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