Load Calculation Matters: What You Need To Know

A load calculation will tell you exactly what heating and cooling output you need from your heating and cooling system to keep your home comfortable. It’s important to get the right size heating and cooling equipment not just because you could end up with equipment that’s too small for your home, but also to prevent oversizing. Oversizing HVAC equipment makes you pay more to install and maintain your system.


Professional Load Calculation
A professional calculation will include a large amount of detail to determine the right fit for your home. A lot of “rule of thumb” calculations just look at the size of your home and the number of rooms, but that isn’t all that should determine how much heating and cooling output you need to be comfortable and efficient. The amount of insulation in your home, the number of windows, the number of occupants, and even the shape and size of your house all impact the results of a properly done load calculation.


Before you hire any contractor, you should ask what will go into their service. When it comes to assessing the energy requirements of your home, you should ask what will go into their calculations before hiring so that you know exactly what you’re paying for. A good contractor will include the factors listed above, and will inspect your air duct system as well as factors such as air leakage. After the service is completed, ask for a summary of the results so you will know what went into the assessment and can ask specific questions.


If you have questions about load calculations or other heating and cooling system concerns, contact Home Comfort Experts. We’re happy to provide advice, and service in the Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan area.


Home Comfort services the Mishawaka/South Bend areas of Indiana.


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