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The Best Heating & Air Contractors in Baltimore County MD Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire


Heating & air contractors in Baltimore County MD bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are the HVAC contractors that have exceeded the minimum Maryland regulatory standard. They are the ones proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for competency and value, have liability insurance as protection for you the customer, who use only employees legal to work in the U.S., and for whom our staff has called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with them for heating and air conditioning in Baltimore County MD, including new furnace, furnance repair, and ventilation.

 

Updated February 27, 2017

 The TOP 10 Heating Air Conditioning Contractors in Baltimore County MD

Perry Hall Heating & Air Conditioning
(410) 256-7285
7619 Fitch Ln
Baltimore, MD 21236

Areas Served: Middle River MD,Baltimore County,Cockeysville MD,Lochearn MD,Dundalk MD,Catonsville
Services: central air conditioners,residential air conditioning,commercial a/c systems & repair

Contemporary Air Systems Inc
(410) 391-3070
613 Eastern Blvd
Essex, MD 21221

Areas Served: Randallstown MD,Baltimore MD,Towson MD,Baltimore County,Pikesville MD,Owings Mills MD
Services: HVAC / Heating & Air contractors,furnace repair,furnace installation,air conditioning

Scott's AC & Heating Inc
(410) 391-9398
2 Right Elevator Dr
Middle River, MD 21220

Areas Served: Perry Hall MD,Baltimore City MD,Essex MD,Dundalk MD,Catonsville MD,Woodlawn MD
Services: HVAC repair, heating & air system maintenance, new furnaces, furnace repair

AAA Air Conditioning & Heating
(410) 661-7557
2907 Taylor Ave
Parkville, MD 21234

Areas Served: Baltimore County,Baltimore MD,Dundalk MD,Towson MD,Catonsville MD,Essex MD,Woodlawn
Services: duct cleaning & repair, heating systems, new air conditioners, new furnaces

Clean Air Heating & Air Conditioning
(410) 633-8350
1911 Portal St
Baltimore, MD 21224

Areas Served: Perry Hall MD,Baltimore City MD,Essex MD,Dundalk MD,Catonsville MD,Woodlawn MD
Services: HVAC contractors for heating systems & repair,air conditioning systems and a/c repair

TGM Air Conditioning & Heating
(410) 574-5691
5910 Hamilton Ave
Rosedale, MD 21237

Areas Served: Milford Mill MD,Baltimore County Maryland,Dundalk MD,Catonsville MD,Towson MD
Services: HVAC contractors, heating & cooling systems, furnace repair & new furnaces

Paramount Heating & Air Conditioning
(410) 650-4031
12212 Sample Ln
Kingsville, MD 21087

Areas Served: Randallstown MD,Baltimore MD,Pikesville MD,Parkville MD,Owings Mills MD,Carney MD
Services: forced air heating, central air conditioning, window air conditioners, furnace repair

Complete HVAC Service Inc
(410) 517-0525
236 Business Center Dr
Reisterstown, MD 21136

Areas Served: Middle River MD,Baltimore County,Cockeysville MD,Lochearn MD,Dundalk MD,Catonsville
Services: heating & air conditioning installers, a/c repair, heating repair, HVAC services

General Heating & Cooling Inc
(410) 574-6586
111 Eyring Ave
Essex, MD 21221

Areas Served: Baltimore MD,Baltimore County MD,Woodlawn MD,Pikesville MD,Randallstown MD,Essex MD
Services: heating & air contractors for new air conditioning systems, a/c repair, new heating

The Best Heating & Air Contractors in Baltimore County MD Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire  


The state of Maryland requires a state license of contractors for ventilation, heating, and air conditioning in Baltimore County MD,  which requires a minimum amount of experience and training, and passing an exam with a score of 70%.  

But the state license for HVAC contractors is no guarantee that any particular heating and air conditioning contractor in Baltimore County MD is doing business honestly, providing real value, or satisfying customers.

This makes it all the more significant that all all heating and air conditioning contractors in Baltimore County MD who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, verified state HVACR license, good complaint record, proof of liability and workers comp insurance for your protection, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.



HVAC Contractors in Baltimore County MD Provide Numerous Heating & Air Conditioning Services
Heating, air conditioning, and ventilation contractors in Baltimore County MD perform specialty tasks that are beyond amateur repairman abilities. When considering HVAC contractors, keep in mind the climate in which you live, and if there are areas within your home or business that are difficult to ventilate. HVAC contractors in Baltimore County MD rely on this information to take the appropriate measures for installation of air conditioning units, furnaces, heater installation, ducts, home cooling systems and all types of ventilation systems for homes and businesses.

Good HVAC contractors in Baltimore County MD provide HVAC repair or maintenance for several commercial or residential applications, such as central heating and air systems, general duct cleaning and repair, reconditioned air, radiant heating, geo-exchange systems, and radiant floor heating.

Some HVAC contractors will perform duct cleaning or repair and can even design and build a new energy-efficient air conditioning system or heating and cooling system for your home or business.

Choosing a New HVAC System in Baltimore County MD
The best HVAC contractors will not quote a system just based on the square footage of the home, but will survey themselves each room to be serviced by a climate control system. Knowing the total volume to be heated or cooled allows them to figure the load, meaning how much power your system would need and will also facdtor in your type of insulation, window space, and local climate data.

Next, the HVAC experts will determine the best location for your system. The amount of work an air conditioning unit will have to do can depend on where it's located, such as whether or not it's somewhere shady.

 

Air Conditioner Repair in Baltimore County MD
An HVAC contractor should be used for any air conditioning repair and service other than routine cleaning, as the main components are sealed, and complex.

Central air conditioners usually are connected to a home's forced-air distribution system, if the home has one. The two main components of a central air conditioner are the condenser and the evaporator. The condenser unit is usually outside the home on a cement slab. The evaporator coil is in the duct above the furnace. Hot air is cooled by the evaporator as it flows through the return-air duct to the furnace. If the air conditioner unit outside works but isn't cooling the house, the problem is probably in this distribution system where the evaporator is located.

Central air conditioners should be inspected and adjusted by an HVAC contractor before the beginning of every cooling season.

 

 

 

Heating Systems

Forced Air Heating - Forced air heating systems are the most common type of home heating system and tend to be the least expensive. Air is heated in a furnace and then distributed through the building or home via air ducts. Different furnaces use different fuels, such as propane, oil, natural gas, or electricity. A forced air heating system requires air ducts, which take up space in your building or walls, and it requires regular air filter changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 









Radiant Heating System - Radiant heating simply refers to the direct transfer of heat, such as from a stove.  Hot water tubing in a floor also comes under this category, in which case the hot water is heated by a boiler. These radiant heating systems tend to be more expensive to install than a forced air heating system, and will require separate ductwork for your air conditioning system.


















Hydronic Heating (Hot Water Baseboard) - Although this uses hot water heated by a boiler similar to an in-floor radiant heating system, the hot water is piped to baseboard units mounted along your walls which have fins that heat the surrounding air, which then rises to heat the room. Not every company licensed for HVAC does this so look specifically for hydronic heating contractors in Baltimore County MD.

Steam Radiant Heating - Cast-iron steam radiators can still be found in older buildings or homes but are rarely installed new anymore. They tend to be considered bulky and unsightly by modern standards and can be replaced with vertical wall panel radiators, such as are often seen in apartments.

 

 

Geothermal Heating - Geothermal heating and cooling in the form of a GHP (Geothermal Heat Pump) is the newest technology. Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of the constant temperature several feet underground with water pipes running from a heat pump above ground to several feet below ground where it is cooler. A GHP is more energy efficient than other systems can can save 30%-70% on home heating or 20%-50% on home cooling according to the EPA, but are 50-100% more expensive to install, with a 3-ton GHP system costing $5,000-$10,000 more than a heat pump system that runs on air.  With an annual energy savings of $350-$1,500, it can be many years before the additional expense of purchase and installation is recouped. Ask your local HVAC contractors in Baltimore County MD how much experience they have with GHP systems and how much in annual energy savings has been experienced by their customers in your area and climate.

 


Some HVAC Contractors in Baltimore County MD Are A Much Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these HVAC contractors in Baltimore County MD: Paramount Heating & Air Conditioning, Complete HVAC Service Inc, Scott's AC & Heating Inc, Contemporary Air Systems Inc, General Heating & Cooling Inc, Clean Air Heating & Air Conditioning, AAA Air Conditioning & Heating, Perry Hall Heating & Air Conditioning, TGM Air Conditioning & Heating. Other contractors for heating & air in Baltimore County MD that might still be in business include: .

 

 

Questions To Ask Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors in Baltimore County MD 


Step 1: Know What You Need From the Best HVAC Contractors in Baltimore County MD
Explain what type of heating, air conditioning, and ventilation work is involved. Since you aren't the contractor, it's understood that you have limited knowledge of your HVAC system. In this case, your description should basically include any problems you've encountered and your climate preferences. Be prepared to be consistent in the way that you present the information so each heating, air conditioning, and ventilation contractor will have an opportunity to offer an equally informed time and cost projection for your job.

Step 2: Answer Questions from Good Heating, Air Conditioning & Cooling Contractors & Take Notes
Listen carefully to the questions each HVAC contractor asks. Document the varying concerns of each professional heating, and air conditioning contractor. Note the level of detail and the amount of time he's willing to devote to you. It will help you assess his proficiency and work ethic.

Step 3: Questions to Ask Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Contractors
You can make a list of questions for the best heating and air contractors based on the notes you've taken and the basic information you've gathered. Supplement your own ideas with the questions we've listed below.

• How long have they been doing HVAC in Baltimore County MD specifically? (Different regions have their own unique weather that will effect choices in equipment and installation method. The length of experience doing heating & air in your location specifically shows familiarity with these aspects.)


• How many installations have they done similar to yours, in terms of size of job, residential versus commercial, etc.?



• Will they give you names and numbers of customers who had a similar kind of installation done who you can call as references? (All heating & air contractors in Baltimore County MD bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• Will they provide a written estimate that is detailed, including brand names and product numbers of the equipment, as well as the type of material and amount used for installation? (This is key because cheap HVAC contractors in Baltimore County MD often only seem cheaper because they are skimping on labor, materials, or are quoting an inferior unit.)


• What are the manufacturer warranties on any new unit to be installed?

• Do they provide a written warranty for their labor, aside from manufacturer warranties and can you see it?

• Will permits be needed? If so, will the contractors be responsible for getting them or do they leave that up to you?

• Can the company show that all employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All HVAC contractors in Baltimore County MD bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already signed an obligation to only hire documented workers.)

• Will they show you proof of active workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All heating & air companies in Baltimore County MD bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)



When you've chosen the best heating & air contractors in Baltimore County for your specific needs, make sure they are licensed by the state of Maryland with an HVACR license since that's required by law. (All HVAC contractors in Baltimore County MD bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their state license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)


 

 

Resources About Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors in Baltimore County MD 


Associations & Agencies Relevant to Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning in Baltimore County MD

AACP Association of Air Conditioning Professionals www.aacpnet.org
ACCA Air Conditioning Contractors of America www.acca.org
ASC Associated Specialty Contractors www.assoc-spec-con.org
ASHRAE American Society of Heating, and Air Conditioning Engineers www.ashrae.org
BBB Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
HACCMD Heating & Air Conditioning Contractor of Maryland www.haccmd.org
Hydronic Heating Association www.comfortableheat.net
Maryland Board of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Contractors www.dllr.state.md.us/license/hvacr/hvacrlic.shtml
MCAA Mechanical Contractors Association of America www.mcaa.org
MCA-Maryland Mechanical Contractors Association of Maryland www.mca-maryland.org
NATE North American Technician Excellence for HVAC www.natex.org
PHCCA Heating, Cooling Contractors Association www.phccweb.org
MPHCC Maryland Heating-Cooling Contractors Association www.marylandphcc.org
PMCSMCA Mechanical Sheet Metal Contractors Alliance www.pmsmca.com
SMACNA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors from Maryland www.smacnaatl.org







Media & Web Resources Related to HVAC Services in Baltimore County MD

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Magazine www.hpacmag.com
Home Energy Magazine www.homeenergy.org
HVAC Business Magazine www.hvacrbusiness.com



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors in Baltimore County MD within the following zip codes:

21152, 21163, 21082, 21202, 21057, 21211, 21252, 21290, 21231, 21156, 21218, 21224, 21244, 21239, 21210, 21226, 21236, 21230, 21234, 21216, 21201, 21220, 21219, 21215, 21087, 21213, 21117, 21227, 21153, 21207, 21204, 21111, 21071, 21222, 21217, 21251, 21013, 21133, 21237, 21206, 21284, 21031, 21162, 21128, 21228, 21214, 21203, 21221, 21023, 21208, 21229, 21022, 21212, 21205, 21020, 21139, 21282, 21286, 21209, 21136, 21161, 21287, 21225, 21030, 21093, 21053, 21155, 21094, 21235, 21223, 21120 and 21131



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information on the TOP 10 HVAC Contractors in Baltimore County MD for the following cities:

Perry Hall, Lansdowne, Bowleys Quarters, Parkville, Owings Mills, Lutherville, Garrison, Rossville, Hampton, Monkton, Overlea, Arbutus, Carney, Randallstown, Baltimore Highlands, Kingsville, Woodlawn, Edgemere, Cockeysville, White Marsh, Dundalk, Sparks, Reisterstown, Middle River, Pikesville, Catonsville, Towson, Rosedale, Milford Mill, Baltimore, Lochearn, Mays Chapel, Essex and Timonium

 

 

 

 

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Consumers use the Prime Buyer's Report to avoid the scam, fraud, and businesses with low customer satisfaction.

Independent research conducted by Prime Buyer's Report editors includes phone call surveys with customers of local businesses, checks with state agencies on license and complaint history, verification that each business has insurance coverage to protect you as a customer, phone interviews of business owners, signed agreements that they use only legal workers, and more to determine the businesses that are safe to spend with.

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Heating Air Conditioning Contractors in Baltimore County serving Perry Hall, Lansdowne, Bowleys Quarters, Parkville, Owings Mills, Lutherville, Garrison, Rossville, Hampton, Monkton, Overlea, Arbutus, Carney, Randallstown, Baltimore Highlands, Kingsville, Woodlawn, Edgemere, Cockeysville, White Marsh, Dundalk, Sparks, Reisterstown, Middle River, Pikesville, Catonsville, Towson, Rosedale, Milford Mill, Baltimore, Lochearn, Mays Chapel, Essex and Timonium

 

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