Corpus Christi 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 Corpus Christi, TX including Nueces County. 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.
Useful tips regarding HVAC contractors
When it’s time to replace your system, the local company you choose will make a big impact on your satisfaction. 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 Corpus 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 Corpus climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
Local climate always sets the stage for the type of indoor climate control you need. On the heating and cooling map of continent listing 5 zones, the Texas gulf coast sits in cooling zone 5 and heating zone 5. These require approximately 2803 cooling hours and 1263 heating degree-days per year. As this relates to indoor comfort most homes in Corpus require about 2.2 times more A-C than furnace. Proximity to the gulf, lakes or other influences such as summertime shade or access to breezes can make a difference. Be sure to rely on actual measurements and advice from your heating and air conditioning contractor.
The climate of Texas gulf coast typically brings mild winters and hot humid summers. The hottest months, June through September, bring average highs hovering around the low 90°F mark. The coolest months of December, January and February bring average lows near 50°F. This mild, but windy coastal climate has many 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 your comfort indoors. Year around, the relative humidity here averages 89% before noon and 65% after noon. On these temperate but humid days, a dehumidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation could make a major improvement in your comfort.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Corpus Christi
In Corpus Christi air filters are a necessity to some residents health or for comfort. Some coastal Trees and plants can influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Seasonal examples include the ash, oak, birch and sometimes cedar/juniper trees from the north. For plants allergy culprits include ragweed in the fall and other types of allergy producing pollen or mold throughout the year. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the city and the surrounding can be found here.
Local utility and conservation providers
For the Corpus area and Texas, the DSIRE database lists current energy efficiency rebates and new equipment incentives. In many cases, your local A/C and heating company can coordinate all available energy conservation and rebate programs for you, from federal tax credits to local rebates and incentives.
The availability of fuels such as natural gas determine which HVAC equipment will give you the best combination of comfort and lowest utility bills. Since natural gas is available in most Corpus neighborhoods, many owners 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 dual fuel heat pump makes the better choice, some of the factors that affect air source heat pumps include 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 Corpus 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 much training and expertise, and is no place to attempt to cut costs or save time.
HVAC technical or vocational training near Corpus Christi
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the Corpus area, such as schools or courses to get training for a Texas HVAC license, here are some local or regional educational and association links:
ASHRAE South Texas Chapter 154: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Coastal Bend Chapter of ACCA: Local branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.