Is your air conditioner not sufficiently cooling down your Orange County home?
The reality is that your air conditioner may not be big enough especially if you’ve been keeping it maintained and know that your home is still not staying cool during hot days.
Sadly, the result of having an air conditioner that’s too small also means that you will pay more for electricity on a monthly basis because your air conditioner will have to run for longer periods of time just to keep your house cool.
If this situation sounds familiar to you, we will provide you with tips you can use for figuring out if you have the right-sized air conditioner for your home or if you should purchase a bigger air conditioner.
How A Building Gains Heat
In today’s world, a building or room in your house gains heat from many sources. These sources may include occupants, computers, copiers, electronics, and machinery that you may be used inside of the house.
Warm air from outside can also enter through open doors and windows, or as ‘leakage’ through the structure.
Even though we’ve listed the most common culprits for heating up a house, the biggest source of heat is from the sun which beats down on the roof, walls, and windows. If window coverings are left open all day it’s not uncommon for the sun to heat up anything that’s left near the open window.
When all of these heat sources are combined, together they are known as heat gain.
For an air conditioner to cool a room or building its output has to be greater than the heat gain that’s why it’s important to have a heat load calculation done on your home before you purchase a new air conditioner.
About Heat Load Calculations
Although some companies may recommend DIY calculations that you can use to calculate what size air conditioner that you should have for your home, the easiest way to determine if you have the right-sized air conditioner or not is to contact an air conditioner maintenance/repair company and have them do a heat load calculation.
Heat load calculations are important because although two homes may be identical in construction, the size of the air conditioner needed may change because of factors like the number of windows that the home has, shade from trees outside, the direction the home faces, the number of people that occupy the residence, and even the type of flooring material used.