Arlington 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 Arlington, Texas. This information includes featured HVAC contractors, a phone number to save time and connect with screened service companies, 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 more.
About HVAC Contractors
The contractor you choose will make a big impact on your satisfaction with a new air conditioning and heating system. Why? They determine the size and type of equipment for your situation and they control the quality of the installation. If you have not yet seen them, in the top navigation menu on this page you will find quick tips and expanded topics on two essential topics: how to select the right HVAC contractor and how to buy a new heating and cooling 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 maintenance 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 A/C companies perform energy efficiency improvements to houses or buildings. If the company you select does not perform conservation improvements on homes or buildings, they should be able to recommend another Arlington A-C 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 of performance and efficiency. Additionally, based on the particular situation in your home or building, these components must be chosen and installed to accommodate them. For these reasons, comparing proposals, features, and prices can be more than confusing.
To help you sort through your options, use 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 will save you a lot of time and headaches. This grid allows you to compare 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 Arlington Texas climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the Arlington area lies in cooling zone 4 and heating zone 4. These require approximately 1986 cooling hours and 2105 heating degree-days per year. As a general and relative guide, the average Arlington home would need 1.1 times more heating than air conditioning over a calendar year. 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
Though extreme at times, the climate of north Texas brings many spring and autumn days in which home heating and cooling may not be necessary. However, on these same days, a dehumidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation could make a major difference in your comfort.
Pollen, allergies and the need for air filters In Arlington
The pollen from certain north Texas plants can strongly influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Depending on the season, these include grasses, oak, ash, maple, ragweed, wildflower pollen and more. A daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the Arlington area can be found here.
Local utility and conservation providers
Local utilities and availability of natural gas can determine which HVAC equipment will give you the best combination of comfort and lower utility bills. Since natural gas is available in many Arlington neighborhoods, many consumers have chosen gas central furnaces rather than 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 the mid-cities area around Arlington, we have yet to locate any utility companies that offer conservation and rebate programs for improvements to existing homes. We found two area companies who offer conservation programs for new homes: TXU Electric Delivery ENERGY STAR Homes Program and Texas New Mexico Power Company in Fort Worth. If there are any we have missed, the local HVAC contractors should be able to tell you about or coordinate any 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 contractors who will insert the heating and cooling demands of the north Texas 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 Arlington area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the Arlington area, such as courses to get a Texas HVAC license, here are some local links and one regional:
P O Box 1899
Johnson County Campus
Cleburne, TX 76033-0000
Phone: (817) 641-9888
Texas Chapter of ACCA: State branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Assn. of America
ASHRAE Ft. Worth: Acronym for American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Texas A&M Energy Systems Laboratory: Research on HVAC and energy conservation. Located at The Texas Engineering Experiment Station. One of the largest university based HVAC research programs in the U.S.