HVAC issues between the months of May and September in Las Vegas is the last thing you want. You also don’t want to be without heat in the middle of December. Living in Las Vegas means you deal with temperatures that run to extremes, which is why you will want to make sure your HVAC system is sized properly. An improperly sized HVAC system will become an inconvenience at some point, and it can lead to health problems and higher energy bills. Save yourself the problems that can come with an improperly sized system and do a little homework if you’re looking for a new system or are experiencing issues with your current one.
Does the Size of an HVAC System Really Matter?
The first thing you need to know about estimating the size of an HVAC system is that HVAC system size is not a one-size-fits-all square footage answer. Choosing a system based on square footage alone will get you a system that is too big for your space. Larger is not always better. You might be paying for a larger unit that fails to accurately maintain the temperature at which you’d like your home set. This equals higher energy bills.
How to Size an Air Conditioning & Heating System
Age of home. Older homes do not have adequate ventilation and ductwork to handle the needs of newer systems. Your system may need to be retrofitted to ensure maximum efficiency. You also need to think about the electrical system in an older home. An update may be needed to accommodate a new system.
Windows of home. The number of windows in your home and the condition of them needs to be looked to determine the size of a new unit. Single-pane windows are not as efficient at insulating as are double or triple paned windows. Where these windows are located also needs to be looked at. Your home will receive more heat if windows get a great deal of sunshine throughout the day. Las Vegas summers are hot, and your cooling system will need to work harder to keep your home comfortable.
Placement of home. The amount of work your HVAC system will need to do depends on the placement of your home. The more shade your home receives the less it will need to work. You can help your system out by adding carefully placed indigenous shade trees. Doing so can improve the efficiency of your system by as much as 20%..
Insulation. The insulation in your home is a major factor in maintaining a consistent and comfortable temperature. The R-value of your home needs to be included into the load calculation to have the right sized system installed. Additional insulation can be added when ductwork is installed.
Weather stripping. The weatherstripping around doors and windows can have an impact on the efficiency of your HVAC system. Air leaks need to be addressed and remedied.