Tulsa 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 installation in the greater Tulsa, Oklahoma 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 cooling to heating needed each year, HVAC school listings, and more.
About HVAC contractors
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. 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 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 will order and install any brand of new equipment you prefer to buy. However, most contractors will perform repair and maintenance on any type 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 will likely be able to recommend another Tulsa 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 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 Tulsa climate and resources affect your HVAC needs and decisions
Your climate In Tulsa affects the heating and cooling loads plus the payback time when comparing the efficiency ratings of different air conditioners, heaters or furnaces. On the climatic map of the U.S. with 5 zones, the Tulsa area is situated in cooling zone 3 and heating zone 3. These require approximately 1402 cooling hours and 2942 heating degree-days per year. As a simple, relative comparison, the average Tulsa uses the heater 2.1 times more than the air conditioner over a calendar year. Differences in elevation or other topographical features can cause microclimates, so rely on actual calculations from your heating and air conditioning contractor.
The continental climate in northeast Oklahoma brings temperate continental weather punctuated with storms, including tornadoes, hail, and flooding. July and August average highs in the low to mid 90s Fahrenheit, often with high humidity. Spikes to 100 degrees are not that uncommon. The winter weather varies with fronts. In a typical winter, for example, the average low for December, January and February was just under 30 degrees F., and the highs averaged 50. When the northers arrive, temperatures can dip to brief extremes below 0 degrees F. This type of climate can bring days (or parts of days) when home heating or cooling may not be necessary. Even so, on these same days, a dehumidifier, whole house air filter or fresh air ventilator could make a significant difference in your comfort and well being indoors. Since homes and buildings are being built to tighter standards against infiltration of outside air, ventilation is getting more and more attention.
Pollen, allergies and air filters in Tulsa
In Tulsa air filters are a necessity to a growing number of residents. Certain northeast Oklahoma trees and plants in the “Green Country” can influence what type of air filter you and your A/C system need. Examples include the maple, mulberry and oak trees, ragweed in the late summer or fall, and other types of allergens from flowers, grasses or molds. The daily pollen count and allergy forecast for the city and the surrounding communities can help you understand and manage allergies.
Local utility and conservation providers
For the Tulsa area, the DSIRE database lists resources statewide that offer energy efficiency rebates and incentives. Generally, these programs are dependant on availability of funds. In many cases, your A/C and heating contractor can coordinate all available energy conservation and rebate programs, from federal tax credits to state and local rebates and incentives.
The availability of fuels such as natural gas or heating oil can determine which type of central heating equipment will give you the optimum combination of comfort and lower utility bills. Since natural gas is available in most Tulsa neighborhoods, many owners have gas central furnaces rather than all-electric heat pumps or resistance heating. If 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. The “dual-fuel” heat pumps will help expand the playing field also. Other local conditions such as layers of 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 this page and browse through 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 prices on a new A/C and heating system, look for a contractor who will include the heating and cooling demands of the Tulsa climate along with the size and condition of your home or building “envelope” into a complicated, 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 experience.
Resources for HVAC technical or vocational training in the Tulsa area
For those interested in learning more about the technical aspects of air conditioning and heating in the Tulsa area, such as schools or courses to get a Oklahoma HVAC license, here are some local or regional association and education links:
Oklahoma Chapter of ACCA: State branch of the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America.
The NE Oklahoma Chapter of ASHRAE: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.