heating and AC, plumbing & electric


Is your air conditioner struggling to cool your home? According to Energy Star – a U.S Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program, most modern HVAC systems or air conditioners are built to last an average of 15 years, completely dependent on make & model, as well as your climate, how often you run the system, and how often your air conditioner is maintained.

Your air conditioner is something most of us take for granted, and never really give any consideration to until it breaks down & leaves us vulnerable to the elements. When this happens, you’ll rush to find an HVAC company to come to your home, and hope they provide a quick & easy fix. However, sometimes these “quick & easy fixes” can’t actually be completed easily, quickly, or even cheaply.

When this happens, you have a pretty big decision to make: repair or replace your existing air conditioner system? How can you know what the best decision is for you, your home, & your wallet?


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March 8, 2016

Be Sure To Factor These 3 Heating and Cooling Loads Into Your HVAC Installation


If you’re planning an HVAC installation, it’s important to understand the role that heating and cooling loads play in accurately sizing your new equipment. First, let’s clarify the meaning of two terms that are often misunderstood — “load” and “capacity”. Capacity refers to the output of a particular piece of HVAC equipment, while the load is the amount of heating and cooling output needed to keep your home comfortable. To properly size your new equipment, an HVAC pro takes three types of loads into account:

Design Load

Your HVAC contractor inputs information about your home into Manual J computer software to calculate the correct equipment size, such as the R-value of the insulation and its orientation. The design conditions are also entered, and these are the seasonal temperatures (indoor and outdoor) for our Northwest Arkansas climate. The “design load” is the HVAC equipment’s output that’s arrived at based on these local design conditions. Your home probably won’t meet these conditions often, but they’re a valuable guideline for sizing the equipment properly.

Extreme Load

Although Northwest Arkansas has a temperate climate, wintertime lows can reach 26 degrees. Summers here are humid and hot, and the thermometer can hit 90 degrees. These wide temperature variations are the extreme load conditions your home’s HVAC equipment may have to cope with. If the equipment output was calculated based on these extremes, though, you’d end up with an oversized, inefficient HVAC system. Instead, Manual J software adds 15 – 20 percent to the design conditions to keep your home comfortable during extremes. To lessen the equipment’s load and boost your comfort, it’s vital to make sure your home is well insulated and properly sealed to stop air leakage.

Part Load

The full capacity of your HVAC equipment isn’t needed roughly 99 percent of the time because the outdoor temperatures don’t meet the design conditions, so it operates at part load. Since HVAC equipment typically has a fixed output, you’re more likely to experience temperature variations and poor humidity control when it’s running under part load conditions. Having a whole-house dehumidifier installed or upgrading to variable-speed technology are two options to solve these issues.

To learn more about how heating and cooling loads factor into your HVAC installation, contact us today at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal.

Our goal is to help homeowners in Northwest Arkansas understand the different HVAC-related issues that can affect their comfort and energy bills.