New Orleans Air Conditioning and Heating: Service, Repair, and Equipment Contractors
This local page provides useful resources and information about A/C and heating service, repair, maintenance, and installers in New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding areas including Metairie and Kenner. 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 few brands for which they are dealers, but will order and install any brand of new equipment you prefer to buy. However, most contractors 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 New Orleans 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 mixed and matched 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 New Orleans climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the New Orleans area lies in cooling zone 5 and heating zone 5. This location requires approximately 2803 cooling hours and 1263 heating degree-days per year. As a general and relative guide, the average Crescent City home would need 2.2 times more air conditioning than heating over a calendar year. Proximity to lake Pontchartrain or other topographical influences can be an influence, so be sure to rely on actual measurements and calculations from your heating and A-C contractor.
The subtropical climate in New Orleans brings short, mild winters and long, hot and humid summers. Although July and August average highs of 91 degrees F., due to the humidity it feels a lot hotter. In spite of the humidity, there are days, particularly in the spring and autumn – and even in winter – in which home heating and cooling may not be necessary. On these same days, however, a dehumidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation could make a huge difference in your indoor comfort and well being.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in New Orleans
In New Orleans home air filters are a necessity to some residents. Certain southeast Louisiana plants can influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Some seasonal examples include the oak, hickory, pecan trees in the spring, ragweed in the autumn, and other types of allergy producing flowers, grasses, and molds at various times of the year. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for Orleans and the surrounding parishes can be found here.
Local utility and conservation providers
For the New Orleans area the DSIRE database for Louisiana lists several statewide energy efficiency rebates, incentives, and loan programs. Some of these came about as a result of rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. Generally, these programs change and are subject to availability of 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 rebate and incentives.
The availability of a primary fuel such as natural gas can determine which type of central heater will give you the best combination of comfort and lower utility costs. Since natural gas is generally available around New Orleans, many places have gas central furnaces rather than heat pumps. 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 the average daily temperature, fluctuations in temperature, and of course 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 New Orleans climate along with the size and condition of your home or building “envelope” into your critical load calculation. For several good 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 training and experience.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the New Orleans area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the New Orleans area, such as schools or courses to get a Louisiana HVAC license, here are some local or regional educational and association links:
Louisiana Technical College
5200 Blair Dr
Metairie, LA 70001
Phone: (504) 736-7072
ASHRAE New Orleans Chapter: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.