Riverside CA Air Conditioning 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 the Riverside and Inland Empire area of California. Other cities include San Bernadino, Ontario, Corona, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Moreno Valley, Perris, Palm Springs, Temecula, and Twentynine Palms. 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 Riverside and Inland Empire HVAC contractors
The local 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.
Because they have 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 Riverside – Inland Empire area company that does.
How to compare air conditioning and heating equipment price quotes
Air conditioning and heating systems are an assembly of components or units, and these can be interchanged to make 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 to prospective buyers.
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 California climate & local resources around Riverside affect your HVAC Needs
According to a cooling and heating map of the United States that divides the country into five zones, the Inland Empire area is located near the intersection of cooling zones 2 and 3 and heating zones 1,2 and 3. Using zone 2 for cooling, these require an estimated 935 cooling hours and 3784 heating degree-days per year. For comparison purposes, the average Riverside area home would need about four times as much heating as cooling. Differences in elevation from the San Bernadino or Santa Rosa mountains or other climatic influences such as the Pacific Ocean can cause microclimates or other variations, so you need to rely on actual measurements and calculations from your local A/C and heating service company. To summarize, 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.
Due to differences in elevation and proximity to the Pacific mentioned above, it is not easy to make generalizations about the climate of the Inland Empire area. The four hottest months, June through September, have highs hovering around 90°F. The three coolest months of December, January and February bring average lows around 45°F. The area averages less than 1 inch of precipitation every month of the year, except January, which averages only 1.3 inches. This type of climate brings numerous days each year in which you may not need to run your air conditioner or furnace. However, more than heating and cooling contribute to comfort. On the more temperate days, a humidifier, whole house air filter, or fresh air ventilation could improve your indoor comfort and well being.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Riverside, CA
In Riverside and the Inland Empire, air filters are a necessity to some residents. Certain trees, plants, and flowering plants influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Outdoor mold, which can occur most anytime without regard to season, is another common culprit. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the city and the surrounding area near zip code 92504 can be found here.
Local utility and conservation providers
For the State of California, including the Ontario, San Bernardino, and Riverside areas, an extensive list of utility rebates, and energy efficiency incentives can be found on the DSIRE database for CA. In many cases, your local A/C and heating company listed in the table above can coordinate all available energy conservation and rebate programs, from federal tax credits to local rebates and incentives.
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. Since natural gas is available in most Riverside area neighborhoods, many consumers have chosen gas central furnaces rather than heat pumps. Should 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 solid 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 page navigation 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 Riverside 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 Riverside-Inland Empire
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the Riverside area, such as schools or courses to get training for a California HVAC license, here are some local or regional educational and association links:
North American Heating & A/C Training Center
2025 W. Park Ave
Redland, CA 92423
Phone: (909) 307-5770
International Assn of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials
5001 East Philadelphia St.
Ontario, CA 91761
Phone: (909) 472-4100
Fax: (909) 472-4190
ASHRAE Orange Empire Chapter: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.