Columbus 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 Columbus, Ohio. 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 situation and they control the quality of the installation. If you have not yet seen them, in the 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 heating and cooling system wisely.
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 own. 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 of these perform energy efficiency improvements to houses or buildings. If the service company you select does not perform conservation improvements on homes or buildings, they should be able to recommend another Columbus area 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 mixed and matched 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 Columbus Climate Affects Your Air Conditioning And Heating Needs
On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the Columbus area lies in heating zone 2 and cooling zone 2. These require approximately 935 cooling hours and 3784 heating degree-days per year. As a general guide, the average Columbus home or office would need 4 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.
The humid continental climate around Columbus brings hot muggy summer highs and cold dry winters. It also brings days, particularly in the spring and autumn, in which home heating and cooling may not be necessary. However, on these same days, a dehumidifier, a whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation could make a huge difference in your comfort level.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Columbus
In the Columbus area, air filters are a necessity to some residents. Certain central Ohio trees and plants can influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Depending of the time of year, these can include elm, juniper/cedar and maple trees. Like much of the rest of the country, ragweed in the fall, and other types of allergy producing pollen in the spring also play a big part in air filtration needs. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast can help you learn more or prepare for airborne challenges.
Local utility and conservation providers
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 heating bills. Since these fuels are generally available in Columbus neighborhoods, many consumers have chosen central furnaces rather than heat pumps. If natural gas or heating oil 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.
For the Columbus area, the DSIRE database lists rebates, incentives and loan programs from local to statewide in Ohio. In many cases, 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 contractors who will insert the heating and cooling demands of the central Ohio climate along with the size and condition of your home or building “envelope” into a complex, but essential 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 Columbus area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating, such as schools or courses to get an Ohio HVAC license, here are some local or regional links:
Ohio Chapter of ACCA: Local branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.
ASHRAE Columbus Chapter: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.