Miami 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 greater Miami, Florida. Nearby Gold Coast areas covered include Ft. Lauderdale, up to Pompano Beach and West Palm Beach. 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 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 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 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 will order and install any brand of new equipment you prefer to buy. However, most all the contractors mentioned will perform repair and maintenance on any brand of central heater, furnace and air conditioner.
In addition to heating and cooling for indoor comfort and energy savings, an increasing number of 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, such as the addition of solar screens or radiant barriers. If the service company you select does not perform conservation improvements on homes or buildings, they should be able to recommend another Miami or Fort Lauderdale 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 more than confusing.
To help you get through your options, use our free and printer-friendly cost comparison organizer found at the top of this page. If you get several 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 brand of equipment.
How the Miami climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the east coast of south Florida area lies in cooling zone 5 and heating zone 5. These require approximately 2803 cooling hours and 1263 heating degree-days per year. As a general and relative guide, the average Miami area home would need 2.2 times more air conditioning than heating over a calendar year. 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.
The tropical climate around Miami and Biscayne Bay brings warm, humid summers with showers and mild drier winters. There are many 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 huge difference in your comfort indoors.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Miami
In Miami, home air filters for pollen are a necessity to many residents. Certain south Florida plants can strongly influence what type of air filter your A/C system and occupants need. Examples of seasonal trees include the myrtle, oak, and palm. Intermittent allergens include ragweed, plus various grasses, molds, and flowering plants. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the Florida Gold Coast can be helpful to those who need to stay prepared for allergens.
Local utility and conservation providers
In the Miami area, the DSIRE database for Florida lists energy efficiency rebates and incentives from. In general, rebates are intermittant based on available funds. 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 natural gas helps determine which type of central heating unit will give you the best combination of comfort and lower utility bills. Since natural gas is generally available in the Miami area, many houses have gas central furnaces rather than heat pumps. If natural gas prices climb faster than electricity rates, this trend will probably 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 Miami 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 Miami area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the Miami area, such as schools or courses to get a Florida HVAC license, here are some local educational and association links:
Florida Chapter of ACCA: State branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.
ASHRAE Florida Chapters: Local branch of The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.