Orlando 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 Orlando, Florida. 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 Orlando 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 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 typically order and install any brand of new equipment you prefer to buy. However, most all the contractors mentioned will repair and perform 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 (CO) 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 energy conservation improvements on homes or buildings, they should be able to recommend another Orlando 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 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 from contractor bids including: main components; equipment efficiency in SEER and AFUE; manufacturer’s and installer’s warranties; and equipment brand.
How the Orlando climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
On the heating and cooling map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the Orlando-Kissimmee 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 relative guide, the average Orlando home or building needs 2.2 times more air conditioning than heating over a calendar year. Proximity to lakes, shade or other topographical influences can also affect your needs, so be sure to rely on actual measurements and calculations from your local heating and air conditioning service company.
The humid subtropical climate of inland east central Florida brings mild winters and hot rainy and humid summers. The four hottest months, May through September, have highs hovering around 90°F. The three coolest months of December, January and February bring average lows around 50°F. This type of climate has numerous days throughout the year in which you may not need to run your air conditioner or furnace. However, more than heating and cooling create 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 Orlando
In Orlando air filters are a necessity to many residents. Certain inland central Florida plants can strongly influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Some notable examples include the grasses, ragweed and other types of allergy producing pollen in various times of the year. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the Orlando, Kissimmee and the surrounding area can be found on Weatherbug.
Local utility and conservation providers
For the State of Florida, the DSIRE database lists many resources. As an example of the ones listed for Orlando, the Orlando Utilities Commission OUC offers energy efficiency rebates and incentives for homes. 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 of primary 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. Since natural gas is generally available in Orlando neighborhoods, many consumers have chosen 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 humidity. Other local conditions such as stone being 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 local service companies who have the ability to insert the heating and cooling demands of the Orlando 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 and is no place to attempt to cut costs or save time.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Orlando area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the Orlando-Kissimmee area, such as schools or courses to get a Florida HVAC training for a license, here are some local or regional educational and association links:
Southern Technical College
1485 Florida Mall Avenue
Orlando, FL 32809
Phone: (407) 438-6000
Florida Chapter of ACCA: Local branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.
ASHRAE Central Florida Chapter: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.