How do HVAC Loads Affect My Comfort?
In Jacksonville, Florida, many of us are fortunate to enjoy some excess here and there. We can splurge on a big meal or save up for a big house, even if we don’t necessarily need either. But excess in the wrong time and place comes with plenty of issues. Just like an oversized pair of pants can be uncomfortable, a poorly sized HVAC system will make your home less comfortable. If you want to ensure constant comfort and efficiency in your home, make sure your HVAC closely conforms to your home’s load requirement.
What is an HVAC Load?
In essence, an HVAC load is the amount of power required to effectively heat or cool a particular space. Load is determined by the square footage of a home, taking into account the particular shape of every room. Once the load of an area has been calculated, an HVAC technician will install a system that fits that load requirement like a nice pair of pants. Unfortunately, load requirements aren’t always taken into account when systems are installed into new buildings.
HVAC Loads and Home Comfort
So what’s wrong with a system that’s too big? Your baggy pair of pants may be too big in the waist, but you could just grow into it, right? An HVAC system that’s oversized for the load requirement may be able to keep your home as warm or cool as you need, but since the system will reach temperature requirements so quickly, it will spend most of its time in the warm-up stage of operation, the stage that takes the most power. After sapping so much power so often, your utility bills will rise and the system’s efficiency will fall.
An undersized system is no better. Such a unit won’t be able to maintain comfort with a load that’s too much to handle.
A system that conforms to your heating and cooling load will be more efficient and keep your home more comfortable than a poorly sized system. To ensure that your system meets your home’s load requirements, call Merritt Air at 904-240-4038 .
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