#Load Calculation

Tech Tips:

When Ducts Get Too Big
By:Bryan OrrThis tech tip recaps the livestream by the same name, featuring HVAC School contributors Matt Bruner and Adam Mufich, as well as special guests Russ King, Steve Rogers, and Tony Amadio. You can watch that live stream on our YouTube channel HERE. It was a beautiful day outside. The sun was shining, the birds […]
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Size Matters — Industrial “Shortcomings”
By:Jennifer ManzoThis article was written by Jennifer Manzo, an HVAC technician and the founder of HVA-Chicks Coalition. You can find her on social media as @HVAChicksjennifer. Thanks, Jennifer! It’s no secret that the HVAC industry is in the throes of an oversizing epidemic. Instead of stating the obvious, I wanted to take a deep dive […]
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Manual J Field Data: Floors
By:Matthew BrunerAdam MufichThere are three types of floors: slab-on-grade, crawlspace, and basement. It should be fairly obvious when you are collecting field data as to what type of floor you are working with. Here is a brief overview of how each type affects a load calculation. Much of the information for this article comes from […]
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Manual J Field Data: Walls
By:Matthew BrunerThis article will cover how to collect field data for walls on an existing home for an ACCA Manual J calculation. In full disclosure, I had never collected any field data for a Manual J before I wrote this article. Many of the methods discussed were suggested by HVAC technicians and contractors in an […]
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The Wide-Narrow-Wide of Manual J
By:Matthew Bruner Starting to work on a Manual J load calculation can feel extremely overwhelming. How do we know what to focus on? What does normal look like? What if I’m way off on something and install way too big or small of a unit? On a practical level, what is the payback or value […]
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Coil SHR, Ventilation, and Bypass Factor – Advanced Psychrometrics Part 2
This is the second article in a three-part series where we explore advanced psychrometrics. The source material for each of the articles in this series is ACCA Manual P Sections 3, 4, and 5. This article is based on information found in Section 4. If you followed the previous advanced psychrometrics article, you now know […]
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Room Sensible Heat & CFM – Advanced Psychrometrics Part 1
This is the first of a three-part series of articles that will dive deep into advanced psychrometrics. The source material for each of these articles may be found in ACCA Manual P Sections 3, 4, and 5. This article is based on information found in Section 3.  Psychrometrics is the study of the physical and […]
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Comparing Manual J to Reality
By:Michael HoushThis article was written by HVAC contractor and Building Science Whiz, Michael Housh. Thanks, Michael! For a while, I’ve fallen into this camp where I feel Manual J overshoots heating loads. First off, I would like to say that Manual J is only as good as the information you give it, but we often […]
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Videos:

Catching Up at the Amply Booth
By:Bert TestermanEric FitzEd Smith
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Podcasts:

Practical Loads, Ducts and Sales w/ Brynn Cooksey
By:Bryan OrrBrynn Cooksey  This episode features an insightful conversation with Brynn Cooksey, an experienced HVAC contractor and trainer from Southeast Michigan. Brynnn shares his expertise on conducting proper load calculations, sizing equipment correctly, improving duct design, and addressing common issues contractors face. Brynn emphasizes the importance of performing accurate load calculations, especially in older […]
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LIVE From the ACCA Conference 2024
By:Bryan OrrMarisa ReddyMartin Hoover  This episode was recorded live on location at the 2024 ACCA conference in Orlando. Bryan starts by interviewing Marissa Reddy, a co-founder of Conduit Tech, a software company providing load calculation and sales tools for HVAC contractors. Marissa shares insights into what it takes for contractors to successfully adopt new […]
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Manual J in 15 Minutes?
By:Bryan OrrShelby Breger  Shelby Breger, co-founder of Conduit Tech, joins Bryan Orr on the HVAC School Podcast to discuss her company's innovative lidar-enabled design and sales software tool for HVAC contractors. Conduit Tech's software utilizes lidar sensors in iPads and iPhones to scan homes and create 3D models and 2D floor plans. It overlays […]
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Load Calc Tips & Tricks
By:Tony Amadio NOTE: If you cannot view the recording, the video may still be processing. The maximum wait time is 24 hours. We apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience.
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