The Risk of Oversized HVAC Systems and the Value of Our Load Calculations

When it comes to finding the best HVAC system for their property, many homeowners turn to their local contractors and trust that they know best. Some DIYers may take on the job themselves, while others hire contractors out of convenience. No matter your reasoning or project, it is beneficial to take the proper steps to ensure you are equipped with the best HVAC system possible. As a homeowner, you can expect optimal performance and efficiency when you hire a professional for HVAC design solutions and load calculations.

ProCalcs is here to serve as your top-notch HVAC design experts, relying on the best training, techniques, and technology in the industry to provide dynamic and effective results. While your traditional HVAC pros may rely on a tried-and-true method, our load calculation team provides optimal designs that conform to every aspect of your home for a truly beneficial outcome.

Before contacting us, it can help to understand the dangers of settling on a larger HVAC system. When you’re ready, be sure to reach out to our team to learn about our HVAC design services!

Ideal Sizing = Ideal Performance

Most Americans believe that bigger is better, especially when it comes to things like engines and HVAC systems. Unfortunately, the idea that more power for your A/C and furnace will equate to better efficiency is wrong.

The Risks of Oversizing Your HVAC System

While investing in a larger HVAC to take on the hottest summers and harshest winters may sound beneficial, the truth is that you may need to deal with costly repairs later on. ProCalcs is here to address all of your residential building needs, and we’ll be sure to provide an HVAC design that matches your budget as well as your vision.

Choosing to invest in an oversized HVAC system can result in problems such as:

  • Decreased efficiency — Your air conditioner has to work hard upon startup to build the amount of pressure needed to complete the cooling process. Larger systems will require more pressure, reducing the efficiency.
  • Increased humidity levels — When the capacity of your A/C is too great, the risk increases for mold growth.
  • Shorter life spans — Machines that need to work harder will begin to prematurely wear down. An optimally sized HVAC unit balances the demand and performance for a truly efficient outcome.
  • Uneven distribution between rooms — An HVAC system not designed for the layout of your home can result in inconsistent performance, further increasing the risk of mold growth.
  • Draftier results — In many situations, oversizing your HVAC system can lead to additional drafts. This can sabotage the comfort of your home!
  • Higher operating costs — Ultimately, the long-term maintenance and operation of your A/C unit will result in higher costs. Keep in mind that your heating and cooling costs make up a majority of the utility bill!

Climate-Designed HVAC Solutions

In order to sensibly condition your home, your chosen HVAC design will need to account for a variety of environmental conditions. Beyond the layout and efficiency of your structure, the local climate will also play a role. It pays to size the correct system for your home, as well as adjust for any environmental concerns, including high heat and humidity.

Professional Manual J Load Calculations

Many homeowners come to ProCalcs for our residential HVAC solutions, including our Manual J calculations. This standard assesses the efficiency and consumption of heat in your home through inspections of heat gain or loss. ProCalcs’ team specializes in Manual J services, and we can quickly measure the efficiency of your home in order to provide accurate and beneficial data moving forward. 

Our team is here to provide comprehensive HVAC services to ensure your home benefits over the decades, including:

  • Load calculations
  • Energy calculations
  • Duct design
  • HVAC design
  • Manual J, N, S, T, and D 
  • And more!

Ready to Begin?

ProCalcs, LLC is here to provide top-notch load calculations to create the best HVAC systems for homeowners, contractors, builders, and architects. Our HVAC design specialists rely on the best technology and training in the industry to ensure we are providing top-notch solutions for each of our customers.

Homeowners hoping to install or update their HVAC system can expect the best from ProCalcs. We provide the correct load calculations and design services to ensure your property is optimally prepared for the weather ahead. Ready to get started? Contact us online now by filling out our form!

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ProCalcs Donates to BGC

ProCalcs, a South Florida based HVAC system design company presented a check to the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County to help with Club expenses. The funds are unrestricted and can be used as needed.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing youth with a world class Boys & Girls Club experience, assuring that success is within reach for every young person who walks through our doors, and that every Club member graduates high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living healthy lifestyles. The Club enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

“We love the Boys & Girls Club,” stated owner Tom Platania. “They do an incredible job here in St. Lucie County. They are helping thousands of young people throughout our community.”

ProCalcs provides quality services and energy calculations to the Southern Region as well as other cities in the United States and international markets. They provide fast, reliable, professional HVAC system design to General Contractors, Architects, Builders, Engineers, Property Owners, and HVAC Installation Company’s in search for high quality Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system design that’s priced within your budget.

ProCalcs believes in giving back to those in need. They are proud supporters of the United Veterans, Boys & Girls Clubs and many other charitable organizations.
For more information, contact ProCalcs at 772-882-5700 or visit online at procalcs.net.

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ProCalcs Supports Gold Star Families

The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument project recently received a donation from Tom Platania, President of ProCalcs.

The donation will help fund the new monument planned for Veterans Memorial Park in Port St. Lucie.

ProCalcs is a South Florida based HVAC system design company and strong supporters of local charitable and non-profit organizations. “This is such a great cause,” stated Platania. “We’re proud to support the Gold Star Families and help with the cost of the new monument.”

The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument recognizes families who have lost a loved one in service to our country. The dedication ceremony is being planned for Sunday, September 25. Please visit uvslcinc.org for details.

ProCalcs provides quality services and energy calculations to the Southern Region as well as other cities in the United States and international markets. They provide fast, reliable, professional HVAC system design to General Contractors, Architects, Builders, Engineers, Property Owners, and HVAC Installation Company’s in search for high quality Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system design that’s priced within your budget.

For more information, contact ProCalcs at 772-882-5700 or visit online at procalcs.net.

ProCalcs donates services to church

ProCalcs, a South Florida based HVAC system design company recently donated its services to the Son-Rise Church. Due to the change in occupancy, load calculations for the existing air conditioning system had to be evaluated. N2 Architecture + Design worked on the overall design to convert the retail store into a church.

ProCalcs was brought in to determine if the existing A/C system met local codes and was functional for the re-purposing of the building. After a complete evaluation, it was determined that Son-Rise Church was in need of an additional 2.5 tons of air conditioning.

“The church needed our help and we stepped in. We believe it’s important to help others when you can. The church needed our services and we were able to donate them. This worked out well for everyone.” – stated Tom Platania, founder of ProCalcs.

Why does my air conditioning system cost so much to run?

In the heating and air conditioning industry, we are beginning to understand the cause-and-effect relationships between inefficient building practices and wasting energy and money through energy losses.

New studies demonstrate that indoor air quality is degraded and biological allergy-causing agents are introduced into our homes by leaks in walls, ceilings, windows and air conditioning systems.

All over the country heating and cooling systems are running excessively never achieving acceptable levels of comfort or efficiency because houses are leaky and so are air conditioning duct systems.

Discomfort is rampant as high humidity takes over in homes built with new techniques and new materials but the air conditioning systems are not designed properly for these new homes. As the energy “footprint” decreases in a home, the size of heating and cooling systems should decrease proportionately. Ask the average HVAC contractor how many square feet can be cooled by a ton of air conditioning and he may very well tell you 500 square feet per ton is the standard.

What’s the point?

To illustrate the point, imagine two glasses of iced tea on your kitchen table. One is a 16 ounce glass mason jar mug the other is a stainless steel vacuum insulated travel mug with a screw top lid. It doesn’t take a degree in rocket engineering to figure out which container will keep the iced tea cooler longer. To put it another way, which mug will have more ice left in it after one hour? You guessed it! The travel mug wins. So it is with your super insulated house; it is easier to cool with less cooling power. So this is a more with less equation. If you build a house with more insulation and more efficient windows, you can cool the same size house with less air conditioning plain and simple.

Why Use Custom Load Calcs?

There’s many local codes now requiring Manual J and Manual S calculations for every new home and remodel that changes the load of the house. The fact is, very few HVAC contractors know how to properly execute either calculation.

Although advances in building insulation are rapidly changing the profile of the average American home, the typical HVAC contractor still selects an air conditioning system for a home based on the old rule of thumb of 500 sq. ft. per ton. Unfortunately, most contractors are afraid to change this long habit of ‘guesstimating’. This ‘fear factor’ holds many contractors in design paralysis. In a new home, this practice can have disastrous consequences. As the building envelope is made more efficient and the effective R-value is dramatically increased by the use of spray foam and other high efficiency insulation measures such as SIPs, ICF and dense pack cellulose, the size of the air conditioning equipment should logically decrease.

A well-constructed high-efficiency building envelope can and does change the rules.

ProCalcs years of experience indicate that when properly assembled, a super efficient home can be cooled with an A/C unit as little as half the size of one used to cool a conventional home.

Consequently, this helps HVAC contractors avoid the common install issues related to oversized equipment in high efficiency homes.

Manual J Load Calculations for HVAC Contractors

Outsourcing your manual J load calculations helps your business save time and money. The calculations for old homes and buildings help you plan the replacement HVAC system, and you can use calculations in a brand new building to create the right HVAC system. You must create a new business model that takes calculations from an outside vendor, and you will transform your business into a much more efficient operation. The business model explained below will help you get more work done accurately on every project you take.

What Is The Manual J Load Calculation?

The manual J load calculation tells you how much power is needed in the building. The calculation covers the entire building, each floor of the building and each room in the building. You must have a calculation that explains where the power in the building is to be directed, and the calculation must be perfect. You will use calculations from the vendor to plan all your projects, and each calculation can be shared with the owner of the building. This sort of working partnership makes planning for each project much simpler, and you will feel confident knowing that you have made the right decision.

Why Not Do The Calculations Yourself?

The manual J load calculations that you take on your own take entirely too long, and your crew members may not have time in the day to do the calculations during a service appointment. Sending a third-party to the customer’s address will help your crew members move on to other locations. Your schedule is extremely tight, and you should not waste time doing a calculation that you can hire someone else to do for you.

The Incredible Accuracy

The accuracy of each calculation is practically guaranteed when you start work on each new project. A company that does manual J load calculations all day can complete the job in a few moments, and you will learn quickly that the vendor will get the job done when you have no time to waste. One of your crew members may take too long to get the calculation done, but someone who does these calculations every day will get the job done when there is no time left.

Scheduling Your Appointments
You may work with your customers to create appointments for the calculations, and you can create appointments in a matter of moments. Each calculation is done at the leisure of the customer, and you are forwarded the paperwork when the job is done. You need not wait for the paperwork to come in the mail, and the customer will hold their own copy of the calculation. You may begin selling your customer the correct HVAC unit, and work on the installation can begin immediately.

Hiring another vendor to calculate your manual J load calculations will help you move to new projects every day. Your own technicians will not waste time on the calculations, and you are sure the job was done right. Design your HVAC systems using accurate calculations designed by a professional.