Tucson 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 Tucson, Arizona and the surrounding areas of South Tucson and Pima County. The information here includes selected HVAC contractors plus a link to our free, handy printable grid to compare price quotes. You will also find sources of energy efficiency and equipment rebates, the ratio of hours of cooling and heating needed yearly, HVAC schools and more.
About HVAC contractors for equipment repair and replacement
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. In the top navigation menu on 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 heating and cooling system.
Because of 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 will order and install any brand of new equipment you request. However, most all the contractors mentioned will perform repair and 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 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 conservation improvements on homes or buildings, they should be able to recommend another Tucson 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 mixed and matched 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 more than confusing.
To help you easily sort through your 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 Tucson climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
The Tucson climate affects the heating and cooling loads and the payback time when comparing the efficiency ratings of different air conditioners, heaters or furnaces. On the climate map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the Tucson area is in cooling zone 3 and heating zone 3. These require approximately 1402 cooling hours and 2942 heating degree-days per year. As a general comparison, the average Tucson home uses the heater 2.1 times more than the air conditioner over a calendar year. Keep in mind that Tucson is located near the border of two zones. Proximity or position on mountains and other topographical features can cause microclimates, so be sure to rely on actual measurements and calculations from your HVAC contractor.
The arid climate of southern Arizona cooks up some of the hottest summer weather of any major U.S. city. The area can experience record highs of over 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the three summer months of June, July and August. The average high for these same months nearly reaches 100 degrees. In contrast, the area experiences relatively mild winters, with average lows of around 40 degrees in the two coldest months (December and January). This climate produces days (or parts of days), especially in the spring and fall, when home heating and cooling may not be needed. Still, on these same days, a humidifier, a whole house air filter or fresh air ventilator could make a substantial difference in your comfort indoors. The trend that homes are now being built to tighter standards against air infiltration makes indoor air quality concerns especially relevant.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Tucson
In the Tucson area, air filters are a necessity to some residents. Certain south Arizona trees and plants can influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Some examples include ash and olive trees, and ragweed. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the city and the surrounding areas can be found here and can help you manage these allergens.
Local utility and conservation providers
For its area customers, Tucson Electric Power -TEP offers energy audits for small businesses and other energy efficiency programs. For more programs of this type, the DSIRE database lists them statewide. Often cases, your A/C and heating contractor can save you time and money by coordinating all available energy conservation and rebate programs, from federal tax credits to state and local rebates and incentives.
The availability of natural gas helps determine which type of central heater or furnace will give you the optimum combination of comfort and lower monthly utility bills. Where natural gas is available in Tucson, owners usually have more gas furnaces than heat pumps or electric resistance heating. If natural gas prices climb faster than electricity rates, this pattern could change. Also, recent advancements in dual fuel heat pumps may give additional choices. In situations where a heat pump makes the best choice, some of the factors that affect air source heat pumps include temperature, humidity, and more. Other mountain conditions such as rocky outcrops close to the surface can limit the use of ground source design heat pumps.
How a whole house approach includes the “envelope” in the load calculation
If you plan to get a new A/C and heating system, look for a contractor who will insert the heating and cooling demands of the Phoenix climate along with the conditions in your home or building into the important load calculation. For many reasons, avoid allowing a system to be sized based only on square footage or using the same size system as the old one without verification. This calculation requires considerable experience.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Tucson area
If you would like to learn the technical side of air conditioning and heating such as schools or courses for an Arizona HVAC license, here are some association and school links:
ASHRAE Central Arizona Chapter: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Arizona Chapter of ACCA: Local branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.