Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and the surrounding area. 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 perform repair and maintenance on all makes 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 them 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 Oklahoma City 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 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 more than confusing.
To help you better evaluate 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 Oklahoma City 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 efficiency ratings of different air conditioners, furnaces or heaters. On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, Oklahoma County resides in cooling zone 3 and heating zone 3. These require approximately 1402 cooling hours and 2942 heating degree-days per year. As a general and relative guide, the average Oklahoma City home would need 2.1 times more heating than air conditioning 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 climate here brings generally mild weather punctuated with storms and brief extremes of heat and cold. July and August are the hottest months with highs averaging 92 to 93 degrees F and spikes of over 100 degrees. There are a number of days, especially during spring and autumn, during which home heating or cooling may not be necessary. However, on these same days, a dehumidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation could make a big impact on your indoor comfort.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Oklahoma City
According to their listing in Wikipedia, OK City is the second largest city in the U.S. in compliance with the clean air act. Still in this part of the country, home air filters are a necessity to some residents. Certain central Oklahoma plants can strongly influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Examples from springtime include birch, maple, and oak trees. Late summer ragweed along with intermittent allergens from grasses and molds bring concern to many. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the city and the surrounding area can be viewed on the Weatherbug website.
Local utility and conservation providers
For the Oklahoma City area, the DSIRE listings cover conservation incentive programs around the state in alphabetical order. The State Energy Office within the Oklahoma Secretary of Engery & Environment has a variety of programs on its website. The Oklahoma Gas & Electric site provides details on their OG&E loan program for geothermal and heat pumps. Generally, financial incentive programs change based on availability of funds. In many cases, your A/C and heating contractor will coordinate all available energy conservation and rebate programs, from federal tax credits to state programs and local rebates and incentives.
The availability of a primary fuel like natural gas or heating oil can determine which heating equipment will give you the best combination of warmth and lower utility bills. Since natural gas is generally available in Oklahoma City, many homes and buildings have gas central furnaces rather than heat pumps. If natural gas prices climb faster than electricity rates, this ratio 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. Other local conditions such as solid stone or rock outcrops located close to the surface 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 on a new A-C and heating system, look for a contractor who will insert the demands of the Oklahoma City climate along with the size and condition of your home or building “envelope” into a the load calculation. For many reasons, a load calculation based only on square footage or using the same size system as the old one without verification should definitely be avoided. This calculation requires considerable expertise or software and interpretation.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Oklahoma City area
If you have an interest in learning more about the technical aspects of AC and heating in the area, such as schools or courses to get a Oklahoma HVAC license, the following are some local or regional educational and association links:
Oklahoma Chapter of ACCA: State branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.
ASHRAE OK City Chapter: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.