Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City, Utah including Summit and Tooele Counties. 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 Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake 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 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 Salt Lake City climate and local resources affect your HVAC Needs
According to a cooling and heating map of the United States that divides the country into five zones, the Salt Lake City area sits entirely in cooling zone 2 and heating zone 2. These require approximately 935 cooling hours and 3784 heating degree-days per year. For comparison purposes, the average SLC home would need four times more heating than cooling. Differences in elevation of which there are many or orientation on the side of a mountain can cause microclimates or other variations, so you should rely on measurements provided by your local HVAC service company.
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. The semi-arid climate of S.L.C. typically brings four distinct seasons with relatively hot, dry summers and cold winters with much snow. Spring and fall generally bring a lot of rain. The two hottest months, July and August, have highs reaching around 90°F. The three coolest months of December through February bring average lows in the low to mid 20°sF. This type of climate has numerous days throughout the year in which the temperature may not cause you to run an air conditioner or furnace. However, more than heating and cooling influence indoor comfort. On these 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 Salt Lake City
In Salt Lake City air filters are a necessity to some residents. Certain SLC area plants can strongly influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Some notable examples include Maple, Mulberry and Oak trees and other types of allergy producing pollen in the springtime. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the city and the surrounding metro area can be found on the Weatherbug website.
Local utility and conservation providers
For the Salt Lake area and Utah, the DSIRE website lists energy efficiency rebates and incentives from appliances to renewable products. In many cases, A/C and heating service companies 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 gives the best combination of comfort and lower utility bills. Since natural gas is available in Salt Lake City, many consumers have chosen gas central furnaces rather or a dual fuel heat pump over all electric heat pumps. 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 rocky outcrops 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 SLC area 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 Salt Lake City area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the greater Salt Lake area, such as schools or courses to get training for a Utah HVAC license, here are some local and regional educational and association links:
Utah Valley State College
800 W University Pkwy
Mailstop # 107
Orem, UT 84058
Phone: (801) 863-8167
Fax: (801) 863-6137
Utah Chapter of ASHRAE: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.