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Proper Home Testing
And Analysis

High Desert Air Ductor is a reputable HVAC service provider that offers maintenance and repair services to residential and commercial customers. HDAD performs thorough home testing to determine proper parts,  equipment, and time needed to complete an install job. 

High Desert Air Ductor uses state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to analyze a customers home and calculate the comfort needs of the home. The process involves performing heat loss/load calculations and other tests to gather the information needed to complete the job efficiently and effectively. 

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Right Suite

Right-Suite is the only fully integrated residential and commercial HVAC design software solution that is designed to save time. As a modular program, this software is completely customizable.  Right-Suite offers a comprehensive digitally-automated application for both new-construction and replacement HVAC projects. Right-Suite helps us to properly calculate heat loads and accurately design and size duct systems. With Right-Suite, we can quickly and easily determine what size equipment your home needs as well as discover the proper size each duct should be, maximizing efficiency and comfort.

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Heat Load Calculations

Heat load calculations are a crucial step in designing an efficient HVAC system for buildings. By accurately assessing factors such as insulation, air infiltration, internal heat gains, and the outdoor design temperature, engineers and designers can select the right heating equipment, optimize energy use, and ensure indoor comfort while minimizing operational costs.

Understanding Heat Load

The heat load of a building refers to the rate at which heat energy must be supplied to maintain a specific indoor temperature when it’s colder outside. It is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). Several factors influence the heat load, including the outdoor temperature, building size, insulation levels, air leakage, and the heat generated by occupants and equipment.

To accurately calculate the heat load, it is essential to consider all these factors and perform a detailed analysis of the building envelope, air infiltration, and internal heat gains.

  • Outdoor Design Temperature

The outdoor design temperature is the lowest outdoor temperature that is expected in a particular location during the coldest part of the year. It serves as a critical parameter for heating load calculations. Design temperature data can be obtained from local weather records or building codes, and it is typically expressed as the 99th percentile temperature, meaning it is exceeded only 1% of the time.

The outdoor design temperature provides a basis for determining the heat energy required to maintain indoor comfort during extreme cold weather conditions. It is an essential input for accurate heat load calculations.

  • Analyzing the Building Envelope

A thorough analysis of the building’s envelope is crucial for determining the amount of heat lost through conduction and infiltration. The building envelope includes walls, roof, windows, doors, and insulation. Each of these components has a specific U-value, which represents its thermal transmittance. Lower U-values indicate better insulation, while higher U-values indicate poorer insulation.

To calculate the heat loss through conduction, you need to consider the surface area of each component and multiply it by its corresponding U-value. The total heat loss through conduction is the sum of the heat losses from each component.

  • Air Infiltration

Air infiltration occurs when outdoor air leaks into the building through gaps, cracks, and openings in the building envelope. It can significantly contribute to heat loss and affect the heating load of a building. The rate of air infiltration is determined based on the building’s air-tightness, expressed in air changes per hour (ACH), and the temperature difference between indoor and outdoor air.

To calculate the heat loss due to air infiltration, you need to multiply the air infiltration rate by the volume of the building and the temperature difference. This will give you an estimate of the heat loss caused by air infiltration.

  • Internal Heat Gains

Internal heat gains refer to the heat generated by occupants, lighting, appliances, and equipment inside the building. These heat gains can significantly impact the heat load and should be accurately measured or estimated to avoid oversizing the heating system. To calculate the internal heat gains, you need to consider the number of occupants, the power consumption of lighting fixtures and appliances, and the heat output of equipment. Each of these factors contributes to the total internal heat gains, which should be added to the overall heat load calculation.

  • Solar Gain and its Impact

Solar gain refers to the heat energy gained from sunlight entering the building through windows and other openings. The amount of solar gain depends on various factors, including the orientation, size, and shading of windows, as well as the local climate. During the heating season, solar gain can contribute to reducing the heating load by providing free heat energy. By properly designing and positioning windows and implementing shading strategies, you can optimize solar gain and reduce the reliance on the heating system.

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