El Paso 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 El Paso, Texas. 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 top navigation menu on 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. 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 El Paso 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 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 more than mind boggling.
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 El Paso climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the El Paso area lies in cooling zone 3 and heating zone 3. These require approximately 1402 cooling hours and 2942 heating degree-days per year. As a general and relative guide, the average El Paso home would need 2.1 times more heating than air conditioning over a calendar year. Mountains 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 semi-arid and sunny climate of west Texas brings hot summers and mild dry winters. It allows for quite a few days in the spring, autumn, and other seasons in which home heating or cooling are not really necessary. However, on these same days, a humidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilator could make a major difference in your indoor comfort. In recent years, homes and offices are built to tighter standards against heat loss or gain. This makes them more energy efficient, but increases the need for fresh air ventilation or indoor climate control.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in El Paso
In El Paso air filters are a necessity for some residents. Certain desert southwest trees and plants can strongly influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. A few examples in this area include mulberry trees, ragweed in the fall, and other types of allergy producing pollen in the springtime. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for El Paso and the surrounding area can be found at this link.
Local utility and conservation providers
El Paso Electric offers energy efficiency rebates and incentives. The DSIRE database for Texas lists some useful statewide programs. The State Energy Conservation Office publishes a site with links to multiple programs. 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.
The availability of a primary fuel, such as natural gas, can determine which heating equipment will give you the best combination of comfort and lower utility bills. Since natural gas is available in most El Paso 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 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.
How a whole house approach includes the “envelope” in the load calculation
Do you plan to get price quotes on a new A/C and heating system? If so, look for contractors who will insert the heating and cooling demands of the El Paso 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 should be avoided. This calculation requires considerable expertise or the use of software.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the El Paso area
If you would like to learn more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the El Paso area, such as schools or courses to get a Texas HVAC license, here are some local or state links:
ASHRAE El Paso: El Paso chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Texas Chapter of ACCA: State contact for the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.