Kansas City 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 metro Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas. 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 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 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 Kansas City 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 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 Kansas City climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the Kansas City 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 relative rule-of-thumb guide, the average Kansas City home would need 2.1 times more heating than air conditioning over a calendar year. Keep in mind that Kansas City is located near the border of two climate zones. The presence of lakes or other topographical influences can cause microclimates, so be sure to rely on actual measurements and calculations from a licensed heating and air conditioning company.
The continental climate in Kansas City brings the extremes of hot, humid summers coupled with cold blasts of winter winds. In spite of these, there are many moderate spring and autumn days in which home heating and cooling may not be necessary. However, on these same days, a dehumidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation could make a big improvement in your comfort.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Kansas City
In Kansas City air filters are a necessity for some residents. Certain eastern Kansas and western Missouri plants can impact what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Examples include oak, maple and poplar trees, ragweed in the fall, and other types of allergy producing pollen scattered throughout the year. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the KC metro area can help you track how this affects you.
Local utility and conservation providers
For the KCMO metro area, we located several sources of local and state energy efficiency rebates and incentives. A useful single website for them is the DSIRE database for Kansas and Missouri. 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 or heating oil can determine which type of central heater will give you the best combination of comfort and lower utility bills. Since natural gas is generally available in Kansas City neighborhoods, many consumers have gas central furnaces rather than all-electric heat pumps. If natural gas prices climb faster than electricity rates, this trend might change. Also, recent developments in “dual fuel” heat pumps give an additional choice. In situations where a heat pump makes the best choice, some of the factors that affect air source models include the average daily temperature, fluctuations in temperature, and humidity. Other local conditions such as stone or rock located close to the surface can limit the use of ground source heat pumps.
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 KC area climate along with the size and condition of your home or building “envelope” into a 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 considerable expertise or software and interpretation.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Kansas City area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the Kansas City area, such as schools or courses to get a Kansas or Missouri HVAC license, here are some local education and association links:
Sheet Metal Workers
Local 2 JATC
9703 E. 53rd Street
Raytown, MO 64133
Kansas City Chapter of ACCA: Local branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.
ASHRAE Kansas City Chapter: The local American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.