homeowners reviewing load calculation

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

If it’s time to decide on an air conditioner replacement, having an expert perform a load calculation is important in picking the system that will work best for your living space. All homes are unique in their cooling needs. If your system is inaccurately 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 conducted only by figuring the square footage of a home. That’s still one piece of the puzzle, but we include many other factors to find the products that will be the best for your home. Our experts will look at the climate in Bakersfield, the square footage and structure 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 trouble keeping your home at the perfect temperature. And just because a system is hefty doesn’t always mean it’s better. In reality, if your system is too large for your home, you could have a lot of problems:

  • Because it won’t have to run 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 effectiveness 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 creating proper airflow. Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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 Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we specialize in keeping your Bakersfield home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 661-437-3499 or schedule an appointment with us online.