Energy Star, the Department of Energy, the Environment Protection Agency and all equipment manufactures state that the proper method for equipment sizing is to perform a HVAC load calculation, also known as a Manual J Load Calculation. This is the only way to ensure that the heating and cooling system is the correct size for your home. In the past, contractors used the square feet of a building to size equipment. As you can imagine, this led to many incorrect size systems being installed. Even minor factors such as the exposure or the amount of attic insulation in a house can alter to heating and cooling capacity required.
At JL Finley Construction, we utilize accredited Manual J Eighth Edition load calculation software. This software verifies many factors about your dwelling including the indoor design temperature, building construction materials, insulation R value, type and size of windows, sliding patio doors and sky lights, roof covering and number of people inhabiting the space.
The software will calculate all the factors and provide the sensible and latent capacity required to heat and cool the home. This capacity is then used to match a heating and cooling system which will produce the same capacity within tolerance. This important match-up is completed by utilizing the Manual-S requirements. Once the equipment is selected, the duct work can now be designed using specific factors given to us by equipment manufacture’s fan rating tables and pressure drop charts in which we can apply to your new duct design using Manual-D requirements.