New York City 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 New York City, NY and the surrounding metro area in northern New Jersey and Long Island. 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 with 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 one or more brands 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 contractors 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 install conservation improvements on homes or buildings, they should be able to recommend another New York City 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 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 NYC climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
The local climate affects your heating and cooling loads and the payback period when comparing the equipment efficiency ratings. On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, New York City 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 NYC home would need 4 times more heating than air conditioning over a calendar year. Keep in mind that New York City is located near the border of two zones. The presence of tall buildings, proximity to bays or other topographical or climatic influences can be a factor, so be sure to rely on actual measurements and calculations from your heating and air conditioning contractor.
A humid continental climate and coastal location brings cold winters with moderate snow, but not as cold as those further inland at this latitude. Summers are warm to hot and have high humidity. The hottest month is usually July, with highs averaging 85 degrees F. Spring and autumn generally come with mild weather, and have days when home heating or cooling may not be needed. However, on these same days, a dehumidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilator system could make a huge difference in your comfort.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in NYC
In New York City, residential air filters are a necessity to some residents. Certain Atlantic coast plants can strongly influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Some seasonal examples include the cottonwood, maple, and juniper trees, ragweed in the fall, and other types of allergens from molds and grasses. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the city and the surrounding metro area can help you plan around these local allergens.
Local utility and conservation providers
For Metro New York, the DSIRE database offers free listings of energy efficiency rebates and incentives. These range from state property tax exemptions to programs from utility companies to encourage home energy conservation. In many cases, your A/C and heating contractor can coordinate all available energy conservation and rebate programs, from federal tax credits to local or state rebates and incentives.
The availability of primary fuels such as heating oil or natural gas helps determine which kind of central heater delivers the best combination of comfort and lower utility bills. Since heating oil or natural gas is generally available in New York City, many buildings have boilers, circulating heat, or gas central furnaces rather than heat pumps. Single family homes often have different systems than multi-family or multi-story residences. 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 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 York coastal 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 Metro New York
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the New York City area, such as a school or courses to get a New York HVAC license, here are some local or regional educational and association links:
ASHRAE New York NY Chapter: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers for NYC.
Greater New York Chapter of ACCA: Metro NYC branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.