Albuquerque

Albuquerque Air Conditioning and Heating: Service, Repair, and Equipment Contractors

This local page provides resources and information about A/C and heating service, repair, maintenance, and installers in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This information includes featured HVAC contractors plus a link to our handy printable grid to compare price quotes. Here you will also find sources of energy efficiency and equipment rebates, the ratio of hours of cooling and heating needed each year, and much more.

About HVAC contractors

The contractor you choose will make a big impact on your satisfaction and purchase of a new air-conditioning and heating system. Why? They determine the size and type of equipment for your home or building and they control the quality of the installation. If you have not yet seen them, in the navigation menu at the top of this page you will find quick consumer tips and expanded topics on two useful topics: how to select the right HVAC contractor and how to buy a new heating and air-conditioning system.

Most air conditioning and heating contractors stock and install a limited number of equipment brands. Some independent contractors will order and install any brand of new equipment you prefer to buy. Most of these service companies will perform repair and service on all brands of central heaters, furnaces and air conditioners.

In addition to heating and cooling for indoor comfort and energy savings, many HVAC companies perform air quality work such as air filters, dehumidifiers and humidifiers, ventilation and prevention of toxic carbon monoxide gas from your furnace. However, not all of them perform energy efficiency improvements to houses or buildings. If the service company you select does not offer conservation improvements on homes or buildings, they should be able to recommend another Albuquerque company who does.

How to compare air conditioning and heating equipment price quotes

Air conditioning and heating systems are made of components or units, and these can be interchanged to yield many possible combinations for performance and efficiency. Additionally, based on the particular circumstances in your home or building, these components must be selected and installed to accommodate your situation. For these reasons, we do not include a list comparing equipment brands, models and features–there are too many variables and it would be an oversimplification. Further, comparing proposals, features, and prices can be more than confusing.

To help you sort through your options, try our free and printer-friendly cost comparison organizer found in the navigation on the top of this page. If you get multiple price quotes, it should save you a lot of time and headaches. This grid gives you an at-a-glance comparison of the essential features from contractor bids including: main components; equipment efficiency in SEER and AFUE; manufacturer’s and installer’s warranties; and equipment brand.

How the Albuquerque climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions

On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the Albuquerque area lies in cooling zone 2 and heating zone 2. These require approximately 935 cooling hours and 3784 heating degree-days per year. As a general and relative guide, the average Albuquerque home would need 4 times more heating than air conditioning over a calendar year. Keep in mind that Albuquerque is located near the border of two zones. Differences in elevation or other topographical or climatic influences can cause microclimates, so be sure to rely on actual measurements and calculations from your heating and air conditioning contractor.

Pollen, allergies and air filters in Albuqerque

The pollen from certain plants in Bernalillo County can strongly influence what type of air filter your household members and your A/C system need. These change with the season and weather conditions. Some notable examples from the Albuqerque daily pollen count and allergy forecast include mulberry, juniper/cedar, elm, cottonwood and ash.

Local utility and conservation providers

The availability of natural gas can determine which HVAC equipment will give you the best combination of comfort and lower utility bills. New Mexico happens to be the second largest domestic producer of natural gas. Therefore, in Albuquerque, the cost per unit of natural gas is among the lowest in the U.S. For these reasons, homeowners would be inclined to choose gas furnaces over heat pumps. If natural gas prices climb faster than electricity rates, this trend might change. In situations where a heat pump makes the best choice, some of the factors that affect air source heat pumps include the average daily temperature, fluctuations in temperature, and humidity.

In our search for local energy conservation programs for home improvements, we found that utility provider PNM Albuquerque offers several types of rebate programs. Often, your A/C and heating contractor can coordinate all available energy conservation and rebate programs, from federal tax credits to local rebates and incentives.

How a whole house approach includes the “envelope” in the load calculation

If you plan to get price quotes to buy a new A/C and heating system, look for Albuquerque contractors who will insert the heating and cooling demands of the climate along with the size and condition of your home or building “envelope” into a complex, but critical load calculation. For many reasons, a rule of thumb load calculation based only on square footage or using the same size system as the old one without verification should be avoided. This calculation requires considerable expertise or software and interpretation.

Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Albuquerque area

If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating, such as courses to get a New Mexico HVAC license, here are some local or regional links:

Central New Mexico Community College HVAC-R Program
525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Main Phone: (505) 224-3000

ASHRAE New Mexico Chapter: Local branch of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.