Baton Rouge A/C and Heating: Service, Repair, and Equipment Companies
This local page provides resources and information about A/C and heating service, repair, maintenance, and installers in Baton Rouge, LA. Included are the Capital Area and surrounding Baton Rouge Parish. This information includes featured HVAC contractors plus a link to our free and 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, humidity and pollen information, HVAC schools or training and much more.
Useful facts about HVAC service
The company 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 situation and they control the quality of the installation. If you have not yet seen them, in the navigation menu on top of 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 central heating and cooling system.
Due to relationships with their equipment distributors or ownership by a manufacturer, some air conditioning and heating contractors install a limited number of equipment brands. Many independents have a brand they prefer or for which they are dealers, but they will usually order and install any brand of new equipment you prefer to buy. However, most HVAC companies will repair and maintain any brand of central heater, furnace and air conditioner you have.
In addition to heating and cooling for indoor comfort and energy savings, an increasing number of HVAC companies perform air quality work such as air filters, dehumidifiers and humidifiers, ventilation and prevention of toxic carbon monoxide (CO) gas from your furnace. However, not all of them perform energy efficiency improvements to houses or buildings, such as the addition of solar screens or radiant barriers. If the service company you contact does not perform energy conservation improvements on homes or buildings, they should be able to recommend another Baton Rouge area company that 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 confusing indeed.
To help you quickly sort through the maze of 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 “apples to apples” from contractor bids including: main components; equipment efficiency in SEER and AFUE; manufacturer’s and installer’s warranties; and equipment brand.
How the Baton Rouge climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
Your local climate exerts a strong influence on the type of indoor climate control you need. On the national heating and cooling list defining 5 zones, Baton Rouge straddles cooling zones 4 & 5 and resides in heating zone 4. Calling both in zone 4, this location needs about equal amounts of cooling (1986 hours) and furnace use (2105 degree days) over the four seasons. Differences in topography, proximity to a lake or other local influences make a difference, so be sure to rely on actual measurements and guidance from a qualified heating and A-C service provider.
The humid subtropical climate of south Louisiana typically brings hot humid summers and mild winters punctuated with occasional blasts of artic cold. The four hottest months, June through September, have highs hovering around 90°F. The three coolest months of December, January and February bring average lows around 40°F. Year around, the average relative humidity in the mornings is 89% and 62% in the afternoons. Based on temperature alone, the climate here has many days throughout the year in which one would not need to run their air conditioner or furnace. However, more than heating and cooling contribute to comfort. On the temperate days, a dehumidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation could make a big improvement in your indoor comfort and well being.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Baton Rouge
In Baton Rouge air filters are a necessity to many residents. Certain southern Louisiana trees and plants will determine what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Some notable examples include the bald cypress, cedar/juniper, elm and oak trees; ragweed in the fall; along with grasses, molds other types of allergy producers that appear throughout the year. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the city and the surrounding parishes can be found here.
Local utility and conservation providers
For the Baton Rouge area and all Louisiana, the DSIRE list maintains a useful list of energy efficiency rebates and incentives. In many cases, your local A/C and heating equipment company can coordinate all available energy conservation and rebate programs, from federal tax credits to local rebates and incentives. Louisiana also has an outstanding resource for energy efficiency by the energy section website of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.
The availability of certain fuels such as 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 most Baton Rouge neighborhoods, many consumers choose 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 (a dual fuel model, for example) makes the best choice, some of the factors that affect air source heat pumps include the average daily temperature, fluctuations in temperature, and humidity. Other local conditions such as limestone located close to the surface limit the use of ground source heat pumps. For more information on this topic, go to the top of this page and visit the heat pump page under Expanded A/C and Heating Details.
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 South Louisiana climate along with the size and condition of your home or building envelope into the load calculation. For many reasons, an estimate based only on square footage or using the same size system as the old one without verification should be avoided. This calculation requires considerable training and expertise, and is no place to attempt to cut costs or save time.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Baton Rouge area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the South Louisiana, such as schools or courses to get training for a Louisiana HVAC license, here are some local or regional educational and association links:
Baton Rouge Community College
3250 N. Arcadian Thruway
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
ASHRAE Region7 Website: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.