Cincinnati 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 the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. 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, HVAC schools or training and much more.
About Cincinnati HVAC contractors
The local 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 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 typically order and install any brand of new equipment you prefer to buy. However, most all the contractors mentioned will make repairs and perform maintenance on any brand of central heater, furnace and air conditioner.
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 select does not perform energy conservation improvements on homes or buildings, they should be able to recommend another Cincinnati-Middleton area company that does.
How to compare air conditioning and heating equipment price quotes
AC 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 Cincinnati climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
Your local climate exerts a major influence on the type of indoor climate control you need.
On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the Cincinnati area shows to be in cooling zone 2 and heating zone 2. These require approximately 935 cooling hours and 3784 heating degree-days per year. As a relative comparison, the average Cincinnati home or building would need four times more heating than cooling. Keep in mind that some cities or metro areas can be located on the border of two zones. Differences in elevation, proximity to lakes, rivers or other local influences such as summertime shade can make a difference. Be sure to rely on actual measurements and calculations from your heating and air conditioning contractor.
In addition to being located near the borders of two other states, Cincinnati’s climate lies at the intersection of two climatic zones, both of them humid. It typically brings cold winters and hot summers. The three hottest months, June through August, have normal highs hovering in the 82-86°F. Record highs have reached over 100°F. The three coldest months of December, January and February bring average lows in the 21 to 26°F range. This climate has days throughout the year in which you may not need to run your air conditioner or furnace. However, more than heating and cooling contribute to comfort. On these temperate days, a dehumidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation could make a major improvement in your indoor comfort and well being.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Cincinnati
In Cincinnati air filters are a necessity to some residents. Certain southwest Ohio plants can strongly influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Some notable examples include the grasses in the summer, ragweed in the fall, and other types of allergy producing pollens throughout the year. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the area can be found here on Weatherbug.
Local utility and conservation providers
For Cincinnati and the state of Ohio, the DSIRE database offer(s) energy efficiency rebates and incentives. In many cases, your local AC and heating contractor can coordinate all available energy conservation and rebate programs, from federal tax credits to local rebates and incentives.
The availability of primary fuels such as natural gas or heating oil can determine which HVAC equipment will give you the best combination of comfort and lower utility bills. Since primary fuels are generally available in many Cincinnati-Middleton neighborhoods, many consumers have chosen gas central furnaces or boilers 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. Other local conditions such as stone or rock outcrops 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 learn about heat pumps 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 SW Ohio 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 and is no place to attempt to cut costs or save time.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Cincinnati area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the Cincinnati area, such as schools or courses to get an Ohio HVAC training for a license, here are some local or regional educational and association links:
ASHRAE Cincinnati Chapter: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Greater Cincinnati Chapter of ACCA: Local branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.