Fresno 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 Fresno, California. This information includes featured HVAC contractors plus a link to our free and 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 with 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. A wise observer once said, “the most important day in the life of your A/C and heating system is the day it is installed”. 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 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 them 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 Fresno 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/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 Fresno climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the Fresno area lies in cooling zone 2 and heating zone 2. These require approximately 935 cooling hours and 3784 heating degree-days per year. As a general and relative guide, the average Fresno home would need 4 times more heating than air conditioning over a calendar year. Keep in mind that Fresno is located near the border of two zones. 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.
California’s central valley climate in Fresno brings hot summers and relatively cold winters. Still, there are quite a few days, particularly in the spring and autumn days in which heating and cooling may not be necessary. On these same days, however, a dehumidifier, whole house air filter, or fresh air ventilation could make a major difference in your comfort indoors. This has become more important as homes and buildings are built to tighter to prevent energy loss.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Fresno
As an agricultural area known as the “raisin capital of the world”, in Fresno air filters are a necessity to many residents. Certain central valley trees and plants can strongly influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Some seasonal examples include the juniper (also called “cedar”), ash, and oak trees in spring; ragweed in the fall; and other types of allergy producing flower pollen in various times throughout the year. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the area can be found here.
Local utility and conservation providers
In the Fresno area, Pacific Gas and Electric Company offer(s) energy efficiency rebates and incentives from time to time. A useful list of statewide incentives, some ongoing, is free on the DSIRE database for CA. 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 primary fuels such as natural gas can determine which central heating unit will give you the best combination of comfort and lower utility bills. Since natural gas is available in many Fresno neighborhoods, many owners currently have 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
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 Fresno climate along with the size and condition of your home or building “envelope” into a complicated, but critical load calculation. For many reasons, you should avoid those who use a rule of thumb load calculation based only n square footage or use the same size system as the old one without verification. This calculation requires considerable expertise or software and interpretation.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Fresno area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the Fresno area, such as schools or courses to get a California HVAC license, here are some local or state links for education and associations:
California Chapter of ACCA: State branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.
ASHRAE San Joaquin Chapter: Local branch of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.