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Memphis Air Conditioning and Heating: Service, Repair, and Equipment Contractors

This local page brings you resources and information about A/C and heating service, repair, maintenance, and installers in Memphis and the surrounding areas. 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 training 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. In the menu on top of this page you will find quick tips and expanded topics on two related 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 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 Memphis company who can if needed.

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 intermixed 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 sure enough 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 Memphis climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions

On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the Memphis 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 guide, the average Memphis home or building would need 2.1 times more heating than air conditioning over a calendar year. Differences in elevation, proximity to lakes and reservoirs or other surface features can cause microclimates, so be sure to rely on actual calculations from your heating and air conditioning contractor.

Southwestern Tennessee rests near the northern end of the humid subtropical climate belt. The climate here consists of four distinct seasons, punctuated with brief periods of extreme temperatures, both high and low. In spite of the extremes, there are numerous fine spring and autumn days during which neither heating nor cooling are necessary. However, on these same days, a dehumidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation system could make a huge difference in your comfort level.

Pollen, allergies and air filters in Memphis

In Memphis, home air filters are a necessity to some residents. Certain types of southwest Tennessee plant life can influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. A few examples include the birch, oak, and sycamore trees, ragweed (autumn), and other grasses, molds, and pollen. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for Shelby County, Germantown and the surrounding suburbs can be found here.

Local utility and conservation providers

Memphis Light, Gas and Water, offers energy efficiency rebates and incentives that compare favorably with many we have seen around the country. For regional and statewide programs, the DSIRE list for Tennessee is a good place to get an overview. In many cases, your local A/C and heating contractor can coordinate all available energy conservation and rebate programs–from federal tax credits to local or city rebates and incentives.

The availability of a primary fuel, such as natural gas, can determine which central heater will give you the best combination of comfort and lower monthly utility bills. Since natural gas is available in many Memphis neighborhoods, many owners have gas central furnaces rather than more expensive all-electric heat. 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 fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Other local conditions such as rock or stone 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 for a new A/C and heating system, look for a contractor who will insert the heating and cooling demands of the southern Tennessee climate along with the size and condition of your home or building “envelope” into a the 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 needs to be avoided. This calculation requires considerable expertise or software and interpretation.

Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Memphis area

If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the area, such as schools or courses to get a Tennessee HVAC license, here are some local or regional educational and association links:

Tennessee Technology Center
550 Alabama Ave
Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: (901)543-6100

Vattertott College
2655 Dividend Drive
Memphis, TN 38132
Phone: (901) 761-5730

Mid-South Chapter of ACCA: Local branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.

ASHRAE Memphis Chapter: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.