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Calculating heating and cooling loads is crucial for Palm Harbor, Florida, businesses. Commercial HVAC systems should abide by ACCA Manual J specifications, and getting it wrong can result in money wasted. Fortunately, professional HVAC companies know how to correctly calculate commercial HVAC loads based on the conditioned area’s square footage.

The Importance of HVAC Load Calculations

You wouldn’t buy a pair of jeans twice your size just to give yourself room to grow into, would you? Of course not! So why invest in a bigger HVAC system than you need? It doesn’t give you any extra perks, and can even cost you more money in the long run.

When an HVAC system is too big for a commercial space, businesses can feel clammy because the AC doesn’t run long enough to dehumidify the air. Since an oversized system turns on and off more frequently, a process known as “short cycling,” it wears down much faster and will likely need to be replaced or repaired in no time. More than that, installing a bigger system is more expensive, so why waste all that money?

Most light commercial HVAC systems have capacities ranging from five to 25 tons. These systems also tend to last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Whether you’re building a new business or replacing an old system, you need to have the HVAC installed correctly.

Abiding by the Manual J Protocol

HVAC technicians stick to Manual J, a protocol established by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). Calculating a space’s needs based on Manual J requires a computer program nowadays, which improves accuracy, so you want to hire a professional technician with the software and know-how to determine your commercial load calculation. Even if your business is zoned, the Manual J protocol works the same way, only for each individual zone.

Hire an expert with experience in Manual J and commercial HVAC load calculations to save time and money. Call Advanced Cooling Systems at (727) 213-5888 to learn more about our commercial HVAC maintenance and installation services.

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