Newark-Gillette AC and Heating: Service, Repair, and Equipment Companies
This local page provides resources and information about A/C and heating service, repair, maintenance, and installers in Newark NJ and the surrounding metro areas of Essex County. 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.
About Newark 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.
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 (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 perform energy conservation improvements on homes or buildings, they should be able to recommend another Newark 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 maze 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 Newark area climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
Your local climate exerts a main influence on the type of indoor climate control you need. On the heating and cooling map and its 5 zone list, the Newark-Gillette area sits in cooling zone 2 and heating zone 2. These require approximately 935 cooling hours and 3784 degree-days per year for heating. As a relative comparison, the average Newark home or building would need four times more heating as A/C. Keep in mind that some cities or metro areas can be located on the border of two zones. Proximity to the Atlantic or Newark Bay or other influences such as summertime shade can make a difference. Be sure to rely on actual measurements and advice from your local heating and air conditioning company.
The humid continental climate of the Newark area is moderated by its proximity to the Atlantic and Newark bay. Overall, it tends to be somewhat warmer here than its latitude would suggest. The warmest months, June through August, have highs hovering around 80-85°F. The three coolest months of December, January and February bring normal lows around 25-30°F. Variances occur far outside these averages, however, bringing summertime highs over 100°F and winter lows dipping below 0°F. Still, this type of climate has numerous days throughout the year in which you may not need to run your air conditioner or furnace for temperature alone. However, more than heating and cooling are necessary for comfort. On these temperate days, a dehumidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation could make a major improvement in your indoor comfort and well being.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Newark
In Newark air filters are a necessity to many residents. Certain allergen producing plants can strongly influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Some notable examples include the cedar/juniper trees in the winter, ragweed in the fall, and other types of allergy producing wildflower pollen in the springtime. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the city and the surrounding county can be found here.
Local utility and conservation providers
In the Newark area, the DSIRE.org database lists energy efficiency rebates and incentives for New Jersey. In many cases, 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. Since they deal with these every day, it can save you a lot of research time.
The availability of certain fuels such as natural gas or heating oil can determine which HVAC equipment will give you the best combination of comfort and lower utility bills. Where natural gas is available, homeowners may chose gas central furnaces rather than heat pumps. If natural gas prices climb faster than electricity rates, this trend might change. In situations where a an electric or 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 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 and visit the heat pump page under Expanded A/C and Heating Details.
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 Jersey 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 training and expertise, and is no place to attempt to cut costs or save time.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Newark area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating near Newark or Essex county, such as schools or courses to get training for HVAC work in New Jersey, here are some local or regional educational and association links:
North Jersey Chapter of ACCA: Local branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.
ASHRAE New Jersey Chapter: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.