Lubbock Air Conditioning and Heating: Repair, Service, and Equipment Companies
This local page provides resources and information about A/C and heating service, repair, maintenance, and installers in and around Lubbock, TX. 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, HVAC schools or training and much more.
Useful tips about HVAC contractors
The company 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 navigation menu on 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 central heating and cooling system.
Due to relationships with their equipment distributors or ownership by a manufacturer, some air conditioning and heating contractors install a limited number of equipment brands. Many independents have a brand they prefer or for which they are dealers, but they will usually order and install any brand of new equipment you prefer to buy. However, most HVAC companies will repair and maintain any brand of central heater, furnace and air conditioner you have.
Along with heating and cooling for indoor comfort and energy savings, an increasing number of HVAC companies provide air quality work such as air filters, dehumidifiers and humidifiers, ventilation and prevention of toxic carbon monoxide (CO) gas from your furnace. However, not all of them perform energy efficiency improvements to houses or buildings, such as the addition of solar screens or radiant barriers. If the service company you contact does not provide energy conservation improvements on homes or buildings, they should be able to recommend another Lubbock area company that 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 confusing indeed.
To help you quickly sort through the sometimes overwhelming number of 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 “apples-to-apples” from contractor bids including: main components; equipment efficiency in SEER and AFUE; manufacturer’s and installer’s warranties; and equipment brand.
How the Lubbock climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
The local climate will exert a strong influence on the type of indoor climate control you need. On our national heating and cooling map listing 5 zones, Lubbock straddles cooling zone 3/4 and heating zone 3/4. Calling it zone 4, this translates into approximately equal annual needs for A-C (1986 hours) and central heat (2105 degree days) each year. Topographical differences, such as being near a large lake, a large shade tree or the condition of your structure will cause differences in needs. Be sure to rely on actual measurements and calculations from a qualified heating and air conditioning service.
The semi-arid climate of Lubbock and the Llano Estacado typically brings relatively mild, sunny winters and hot, mostly dry summers. The three hottest months, June, July and August, have average highs reaching up to around 90°F. The three coolest months of December, January and February bring average lows that dip to the mid to upper 20s. The climate here has many days throughout the year in which you may not need to run your air conditioner or furnace. However, more than heating and cooling contribute to comfort. On these temperate days, a humidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation could make a welcomed improvement in your comfort indoors.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Lubbock
Due to wind blown dust during dry spells, in Lubbock air filters are a necessity to many residents. Also certain trees and plants can strongly influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Examples include the ash, cedar/juniper, and elm trees; ragweed in the fall, and other types of allergy producing pollen. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the Lubbock and the surrounding county can be found on the Weatherbug website.
Local utility and conservation providers
For Lubbock and the State of Texas the DSIRE database lists current energy efficiency rebates and incentives. In many cases, however, your local A/C and heating company can coordinate all available energy conservation and rebate programs, from federal tax credits to local rebates and incentives.
The availability of natural gas determines which HVAC equipment will give you the best combination of comfort and lower utility bills. Since natural gas is available in most Lubbock neighborhoods, many owners choose natural gas furnaces rather than all-electric heat pumps. If natural gas prices climb faster than electricity rates, this trend might change. In situations where a dual fuel 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. Other local conditions such as limestone or other solid rock located close to the surface limit the use of ground source heat pumps. For more information on this topic, go to the top of this page under Expanded A/C and Heating Details and read about 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 Lubbock high plains 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 much training and expertise, and is not the place to attempt to cut costs or save time.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Lubbock area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating, such as schools or courses to get training for a Texas HVAC license, here are some local or regional educational and association links:
South Plains College
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology- HART
1401 S. College Avenue
Levelland, TX 79336
The Training Center
P O Box 1685
Lubbock, TX 79408-0000
South Plains Chapter of ACCA: Local branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.
ASHRAE West Texas Chapter: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.