Spokane Heating & A/C Repair, Service and Equipment Companies
This local page provides resources and information about A/C and heating service, repair, maintenance, and installers in Spokane and Spokane County, Washington. 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.
Some general facts about HVAC contractor services
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 Spokane 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 Spokane area climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
Local climate exerts one of the most significant influences on the type of indoor climate control you need. On the heating and cooling list of the USA listing 5 zones, Spokane sits in cooling zone 1 and on the borders of heating zones 1 and 2. These require approximately 584 cooling hours and about 3784 degree-days per year for heating. As a relative comparison, the average home or building here needs about 6.5 times more heating than A-C. Differences in elevation, proximity to oceans, lakes or other geographical influences often make a difference. Be sure to rely on actual measurements and service from a certified heating and air conditioning company.
Spokane is located where the flat arid farming areas meet the Selkirk Mountains and forests of the foothills of the Rockies. The climate of Spokane and eastern Washington state brings four distinct seasons typical of its continental classification. Winters tend to be cold with more precipitation. Summers tend to be warm, sunny and drier. The hottest months, June, July and August, have average highs reaching the low 80s Fahrenheit. The coldest months of December and January dip to an average low around 20°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 contribute to comfort. On these temperate days, a whole house air filter or fresh air ventilation could make a major improvement in your indoor comfort and well being. Throughout the year humidity averages 78% before noon and 52% after noon.
Pollen, allergies and air filters
In Spokane air filters are a necessity to some homeowners. Certain eastern Washington plants can strongly influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Some local examples include the birch, alder and cedar (juniper) trees, ragweed, and other types of allergy producing pollen and mold. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the Spokane and the surrounding area can be found at Weatherbug.
Local utility and conservation providers
For the Spokane area and also Washington state, the DSIRE website lists current energy efficiency rebates and incentives. 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, saving you research time.
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 some Spokane neighborhoods, those consumers often choose gas central furnaces rather than heat pumps. If natural gas prices climb faster than electricity rates, this trend might change. In situations where a dual fuel 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 topographical conditions, such as solid rock outcrops located close to the surface, can 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 Spokane climate along with the size and condition of your home or building “envelope” into the necessary 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 not a good place to attempt to cut costs or save time.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Spokane area
If you are interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the Spokane area, such as schools or courses to get training for a Washington State HVAC license, here are some local or regional educational links:
Northwest Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Training Center
811 East Sprague Avenue, #6
Spokane, WA 99202
Phone: (509) 747-8810