Denver Air Conditioning & 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 Denver, Colorado area. This information includes selected HVAC contractors plus a link to our free and handy printable grid to compare price quotes and proposals. Here you will also find sources of energy efficiency and equipment rebates, the ratio of hours of cooling and heating needed each year, pollen information and 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 the 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.
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 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 company in Denver 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 produce 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. Installing identical equipment, two different companies can produce drastically different results in reliability or your monthly bills. 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 Denver climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, Denver lies in cooling zone 1 and heating zone 1. This location requires approximately 584 cooling hours and 4626 heating degree-days per year. As a relative guide, the average home or building here would need 7.9 times more heating than air conditioning over any twelve month period. Keep in mind that Denver is located near the border of two zones. Differences in elevation or orientation can cause microclimates, so be sure to rely on actual measurements and calculations from your heating and air conditioning contractor.
A semi-arid high plains location gives the Denver area four distinct seasons. There are days, especially in summer or autumn, in which home heating and cooling may not be necessary. However, on these same days, a humidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation could make a huge difference in your comfort and well being.
Pollen, allergies and air filters around Denver
In the Denver area, air filters are a necessity to some residents. Certain Rocky Mountain plants and trees can strongly influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. These include birch, cottonwood, aspen, and cedar/juniper trees; ragweed in the fall; and other types of allergy producing wildflower pollen in the springtime. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the Denver metro area can be found here.
Local utility and conservation providers
Colorado utilities and the other resources shown on the DSIRE database offer energy efficiency rebates and incentives programs of other types. In many cases, your heating and A/C contractor can coordinate all available energy conservation and rebate programs, from federal tax credits to local or state programs and those offered by utility providers.
The availability of primary fuels such as natural gas and heating oil can determine which heating equipment will give you the best combination of comfort and lower monthly utility bills. Since primary fuels are available in this area, many owners have chosen gas central furnaces rather than heat pumps. If natural gas prices climb faster than electricity rates, this trend would likely change. In situations where a heat pump makes the best choice, some of the factors that affect air source heat pumps include the daily average temperatures, the amount of sunshine and humidity.
How a whole house approach includes the “envelope” in the load calculation
If you plan to get bids and proposals to buy a new A/C and heating system, look for contractors who will insert the heating and cooling demands of the local climate along with the size and condition of your home or building “envelope” into a critical load calculation. For many reasons, action 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 around Denver
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the metro Denver area, such as schools or courses to get a Colorado HVAC license, here are some local or regional links:
ASHRAE Rocky Mountain Chapter: Acronym for American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.