What is load calculation and how does it factor in to my new air conditioner?07/07/2016 If it’s time to consider an air conditioner replacement, having a professional perform a load calculation is imperative in choosing the system that will work best for your living space. All homes are specific in their cooling requirements. If your system is inaccurately sized, it will affect your comfort and multiply your utility bills. Let’s discuss what goes into a load calculation. Originally, 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 consider several other factors to find the products that will function the best for your home. Our team will look at the climate in Rapid City, 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 want 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 desired temperature. And just because a system is larger doesn’t necessarily 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 function as long, an oversized system will consistently warm up and cool down. This results in more wear and tear on the system than necessary. It can also reduce productivity and raise utility bills. Another problem with an oversized system switching on and off too often is it will fail to dehumidify your air properly. One key to your home’s comfort is maintaining proper airflow. Street Heating & Sheet Metal 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 Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc, we specialize in keeping your Rapid City home comfortable and maximizing energy efficiency. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement, give us a call at 605-342-5107 or schedule an appointment with us online.