Long Beach 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 Long Beach, California. This information includes selected 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, links to HVAC schools, 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 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, ask them to recommend another Long Beach 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 offer many possible combinations of performance and efficiency. Additionally, based on the particular situation in your home or building, these components should be chosen and installed accordingly. 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 Long Beach climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the Long Beach area lies in cooling zone 2 and heating zone 2. This location requires approximately 935 cooling hours and 3784 heating degree-days per year. As a relative guide, the average Long Beach home would need 4 times more heating than air conditioning over a calendar year. Keep in mind that Long Beach is located near the border of two or more zones. Proximity to mountains, the ocean, or other topographical influences can cause microclimates, so be sure to rely on actual calculations from your heating and air conditioning contractor.
The coastal areas of greater LA have a dry Mediterranean climate that brings mild and moderately wet and cool winters. Summers are warm to hot with mild humidity. Also, the coastal areas of Los Angeles experience a “marine layer,” which is cloud cover caused by the ocean. This layer cools the temperatures all year long. Due to ocean breezes, summer temperatures can sometimes be as much as 25°F higher in the inland communities compared to those on the coast nearby. There are days throughout the year when active heating or cooling is not necessary. However, on these same days, a dehumidifier, whole house air filter, or fresh air ventilation could make a huge difference in the indoor comfort you experience.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Long Beach
In Long Beach air filters are a necessity to some residents. Certain Pacific coast plants can strongly influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Local examples include the ash, mulberry, and walnut trees, ragweed, and various types of allergy producing pollen. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the LA metro area can help you prepare for the heavier pollen days.
Local utility and conservation providers
In the Long Beach area, Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company offer energy efficiency rebates and incentive programs. The DSIRE database for CA lists statewide programs and renewable energy rebate programs. The dates and offerings on these programs change. 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 HVAC equipment will give you the best combination of comfort, energy savings and lower utility bills. Since natural gas is available in most Long Beach neighborhoods, many owners have central gas furnaces rather than all-electric heat pumps. If natural gas prices climb faster than electricity rates, this trend might change. Developments in “dual fuel” heat pump design are providing new alternatives.
How a whole house approach includes the “envelope” in the load calculation
If you plan to get price quotes for a new A/C and heating system, look for installers who will insert the heating and cooling demands of the Long Beach 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 considerable expertise or software and interpretation.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Long Beach area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the greater Los Angeles area, such as schools or courses to get a California HVAC license, here are some local or regional educational and association links:
CA Chapter of ACCA: State branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.
ASHRAE Southern California Chapter: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.