Shreveport-Bossier City

Shreveport-Bossier City A/C 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 Shreveport and Bossier City, LA 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, HVAC schools or training and much more.

Good facts to know about 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 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 homes 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 Shreveport or Bossier 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 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 central Louisiana climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions

The local climate influences the type of indoor climate control you need. On the heating and cooling list of our country listing 5 zones, the central LA sits in cooling zone 4 and zone 4 for heating. These require approximately 1986 cooling hours and 2105 heating degree-days per year. By this measure, homes here need slightly more heating than cooling over the whole year. Being near a lake or other influences such as a good shade tree can make a difference. Be sure to rely on actual measurements and calculations from an experienced heating and air conditioning provider for your needs.

The humid subtropical climate of north central Louisiana typically brings mild winters and humid, hot summers. The four hottest months, June-August, have highs rising to around 90°F with high humidity. The three coolest months of December, January and February bring average lows around 40°F. The Shreveport-Bossier climate has lots of days throughout the year in which you may not need to run your air conditioner or furnace because of heat or cold. However, more than heating and cooling contribute to indoor comfort. Because of this, 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 Shreveport-Bossier City

In Shreveport air filters are a necessity to some individuals. Certain north central Louisiana trees and plants influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Seasonal examples include cedar/juniper, cypress, elm, and oak trees; ragweed in the fall; grasses molds and other types of allergy producers. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for these cities and the surrounding Caddo and Bossier Parishes can be found on the Weatherbug website.

Local utility and conservation providers

For the greater Shreveport area and all of Louisiana, the DSIRE website lists energy efficiency rebates and incentives from. 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.

The availability of certain fuels such as natural gas help determine which HVAC equipment will deliver the best combination of comfort and lower utility bills. Since natural gas is available in most Louisiana neighborhoods, many owners choose gas central furnaces rather than heat pumps. If natural gas prices were to climb faster than electricity rates, this trend might change. In situations where a heat pump (electric or dual fuel) 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 limestone 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 central Louisiana climate along with the size and condition of your home or building “envelope” into the load calculation. For many reasons, you should avoid load calculation based only on square footage or using the same size system as the old one without verification. This calculation requires considerable training and experience, and is not a good place to attempt to cut costs or save time.

Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Shreveport-Bossier City area

If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating around Shreveport-Bossier, such as schools or courses to get training for a Louisiana HVAC license, here are some local or regional educational and association links:

Baton Rouge Community College
2010 N Market St
Shreveport, LA 71107

Ayers Institute-HVAC
8820 Jewella Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71108

ASHRAE Shreveport Chapter: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.