Installing a New AC Unit? Lower Your Cooling Load FirstPublished on: August 23, 2012
Due to the ever increasing price of electricity, homeowners are constantly looking for ways to lower their power bills. A common solution that people choose to improve the energy efficiency of their home is to have an AC installation done. While having a new air conditioning system installed can definitely help reduce your power use, there are a number of additional things you can do that will help improve its performance, and one of them is to reduce your cooling load.
The term cooling load refers to the amount of air conditioning needing to be done in a room or throughout a house to lower it to a particular temperature. The higher the cooling load, the more work that your air conditioning needs to do to keep your home comfortable. Even if you have a new AC installation done, if you do not address your cooling load, you could still end up using large amounts of power to keep your home cool.
To reduce the cooling load in your home, the first thing you need to do is determine what your cooling load is. There are a number of factors that contribute to your home’s cooling load, a few of which you have little to no control over. The size and structure of your home, your flooring and the climate that you live in can all affect your cooling load, but without major renovation to your home or moving to a different location, you can do little to change these. Still, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce your cooling load.
The best way to reduce the cooling load in your home to make it easier for your new AC installation to work is by ensuring that your home’s insulation is up to par and that your ducts are free of leaks. If you do not have enough insulation in your home or it is not the right type, it can allow warm air to enter your home, driving up your cooling load. Additionally, insulating large windows or windows that face the south can also lower your cooling load significantly. Another common contributor to a high cooling load is leaking ductwork. If your ducts are not sealed, warm air is able to enter your home while cool air escapes.
Before you have a new AC installation done in your home, be sure to look into reducing your homes cooling load. This will ensure that your new air conditioning system will be able to provide you the savings through reduced energy use that you are expecting.