Summer has arrived, and you may just now be deciding that it’s time to have a new air conditioning system installed in your Hayward or Bay Area home. Did you know that the size of the system can make a difference in home comfort, long-term performance, and operating costs? As trusted Hayward HVAC installation professionals, we want to help you understand the importance of choosing the right size system for your home.
Basically, your HVAC contractor should use Manual D and Manual J to assess the air-delivery system and cooling load. If you buy a cooling system that is too large for the size of your home, you may experience high humidity issues; buy one that’s too small, and your home won’t feel as comfortable during hot weather.
Essentially, Manual J helps your contractor calculate the cooling load, taking into consideration the square footage of your home, air infiltration, insulation levels, and other factors. Your contractor should use the manual first to size your air conditioner, then move on to Manual D, which helps in the analysis of ductwork, another important component of your HVAC system. Your Hayward air conditioning installation contractor will inspect your existing ductwork to determine if leaks are present so that they can be sealed. Depending on the amount of airflow your new air conditioner produces, it may be that your ductwork will require modification.
Using proper methods to determine the sizing of a cooling system offers many benefits, perhaps the most important being the opportunity to boost attic insulation, seal air leaks, and make other improvements that can lower your cooling load. Ultimately these improvements may make it possible for you to purchase a smaller system, thus lowering energy costs.
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning our goal is to help educate customers in Hayward, San Francisco, San Mateo, the East Bay and surrounding areas so that you can enjoy a comfortable home all season long, and the lowest possible energy costs.