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Littleton, MA Heating Guide: Why You Need a Load Calculation for Your New Heating System

Monday, March 11th, 2013

A load calculation should be performed by a heating professional before selecting your new heating system in your Littleton, MA home. Only a comprehensive evaluation of your home and property, including house layout, orientation, and size, will be able to indicate what type and what size your heating system should be. For professional advice and installation of your new heating system, you can rely on the Littleton, MA heating experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. As one of the leading providers in the area, we can perform a comprehensive load calculation of your home so that we can make sure your new heating system works effectively and efficiently. Call us today!

A load calculation seeks to measure the potential for heat gain and heat loss of your home. There are a variety of measurements and factors to take into consideration. Heat gain is how much your heating system can produce, which is typically measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). If your heater is too small or large, it won’t be able to create the appropriate amount of heat, which can cause all sorts of problems, from overheating your system to unpleasant indoor temperatures.

Heat loss is just as important. It is the measurement of how much heat your home will lose and how fast the temperature will fluctuate. The size and thickness of your walls, windows, floors, basement, ductwork, roof, doors, as well as the quality of your ventilation, and the slab grade all determine how much heat loss your system will undergo during the heating season. It depends not only upon the durability of these parts of your home, but also upon their installation. Like all mathematical calculations, however, it is only an estimate, and it has to make certain assumptions in the process. For example, a typical heating load calculation will assume, for the purpose of measurement, that heat transfer occurs instantaneously, and that all materials are the same.

That’s why you need a heating contractor with real-world experience. If you’re considering a new heating system for your home in Littleton, MA, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating. We can perform an accurate load calculation for your home, in order to ensure that your new heater provides lasting comfort and energy-efficiency. Call us today!

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