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For over 60 years, ARS, formerly Automatic Controls Services, has provided trusted air conditioning and heating services to homeowners all around… More
ARS was very organized and they did a fantastic job getting my new furnace and ac installed. Full review
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  • 78 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Transform Home Improvements, has been a leader in the home improvement space for more than 30 years. Whether your home is… More
The initial presentation was both impressive and informative. Frank did a thorough job establishing the integrity of his company's product. … Full review
  • 69 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Best Heating & Cooling is a Family owned and operated business that strives to be the best of the best. You… More
  • 13 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
When The Home Depot was founded in 1978, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank had no idea how revolutionary this new "hardware… More
Gary is excellent and really knows his stuff! Unfortunately, I have a manufactured home and the windows could not be installed… Full review
  • 41 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
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We are a full service heating, cooling, and refrigeration company staffed by trained and licensed professionals. We specialize in various… More
Ivan provided excellent service. He was prompt and courteous. Great job, thanks! Full review
  • 15 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
hi tom mckeating sales rep for Williamson htg a/c will install new a/c units for 2900.00 to 3900 based on size… More
They were great even came the same day. They treated me like family. Full review
  • 32 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Ever since we opened our doors in 1981, the knowledgeable staff at Assurance Heating & Air Conditioning has dedicated itself to… More
  • 38 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
We are a full service Heating & Airconditiing company that provides better than fair prices for our customers.. we, are an… More
  • 21 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
We are an experienced and reliable heating and air conditioning contractor that has been in the installation and repair business for… More
  • 12 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
G&R Heating & Air provides expert air conditioning and furnace repair services for homes and businesses located in the Northwest Suburbs… More
  • 5 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Heating and air conditioning are essential for keeping your indoor spaces safe and comfortable during the cold Chicago winters and sweltering… More
  • 6 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Welcome to AM/PM Heating & Air Conditioning, the full service HVAC Company that Greater Chicago home and business owners have been… More
  • 14 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
When your heating or air conditioning goes out, you want to make sure that you make the right call the 1st… More
  • 8 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
When you hire Joe's Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., you are getting a company with over 20 years of experience selling,… More
  • 21 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Tim and Jacquie are the brother-sister team behind TDH Mechanical, Inc. Growing up in the plumbing and heating business, it was… More
  • 34 Years in Business
  • 24 Years in Business
What makes our business unique is the fact that we have been trained to do more than just service and install… More
  • 9 Years in Business
AHH&C Inc. has been family owned and operated since 1978. We are conveniently located in Elk Grove Village, just minutes away… More
  • 41 Years in Business
Our main lines of business include: Air Conditioning Contractors, Heating Contractors, Ventialtion Eq, HVAC, Controls, Sheet Metal Install and Fabrication, Indoor… More
  • 12 Years in Business
Nortek Global HVAC got its start as the International Oil Heating Company, manufacturing environmentally friendlier oil burners for home heating. After… More
  • 100 Years in Business
Vicente Carpentry, Inc is a family owned and operated business that has more than 27 years of experience in the remodeling… More
  • 9 Years in Business
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“My home is ice cold. I think my heater needs to be repaired or replaced.”

If you have an older HVAC system, it may be time to upgrade so you can be sure you're getting the comfort you need from your home. From affordable HVAC unit repairs to smart maintenance plans, there are many budget-friendly ways to help you control your heating and cooling costs.

Modernize is the expert on finding the most reliable contractor if you're needing HVAC in Chicago, IL. We want to help you find the best contractors for your HVAC and air conditioning home improvement project. It is always smart to compare at least four different price quotes from contractors to make sure you are getting the best local prices on installation services.

We can connect you with the local HVAC professionals you need so you can take care of your heating and cooling system properly.

To make the process of replacing your home’s HVAC easier, the ModHVAC Calculator offers system recommendations and a quick estimate of your replacement costs to save you the guesswork. To use the tool, just slide the bar in the green box to match your home’s square footage. Then enter your city and state below and click Calculate Cost. Seconds later, you’ll be provided with a set of options for your new HVAC unit.

Chicago Buying Guide for HVAC Systems

Chicago residents who are considering replacement or installation of an HVAC system have many choices to make before beginning their project. The following article outlines the HVAC buying process and discusses the common types of HVAC systems and considerations you should take before signing on the dotted line.

Hiring an HVAC contractor in Chicago

This first step is one of the most important steps in the process. Since your contractor will lead you through the entire process, it is important that you choose a contractor that:

  • you feel comfortable with
  • has the necessary certifications, licenses and insurance coverage required by your state
  • has the experience and HVAC knowledge required to install the equipment correctly

Choosing a contractor and receiving a competitive price for your job requires that you obtain at least three estimates from reputable HVAC contractors. Due diligence is required to understand the difference between contractor estimates. Compare the estimates, verify what you are paying for, and choose the one that fits your budget and meets the requirements listed above. Before signing the agreement, verify references, licenses, and insurance as well as the contractors’ standing with the Better Business Bureau for outstanding complaints or lawsuits.

The Chicago HVAC Permit Process

New HVAC installation requires that you obtain a permit from your local building department. Most HVAC companies include the cost of the permitting process in their estimate which also includes pulling the permit. Chicago residents can obtain permitting information by visiting the City of Chicago website where a wealth of additional information is available. You can also contact them by calling (311) 744-5000 or by mail at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602.

Exploring HVAC Options in Chicago, Illinois

When it comes to HVAC systems, many options are available and the system you choose should be tailored to your needs. HVAC contractors can ascertain the size and type of system best suited for your property. Your main concern should be conveying to the contractor the desired energy efficiency of the new equipment. Keep in mind the more energy efficient the equipment, the higher the upfront cost you will incur. You will recoup the additional costs over time, usually three to five years in energy savings.

Types of HVAC Systems for your Chicago Home

There are many types of HVAC systems with varying degrees of efficiency ratings. The type best suited for your property will be determined between you and your contractor depending on your property’s square footage, the system’s energy efficiency, and costs. Below you will find a breakdown of the three most common types of forced air HVAC systems used in residential applications.

Central Air Conditioners

Central AC systems utilize a duct system to distribute cool air throughout your home. Split system air conditioners incorporate both an inside and outside component to produce the conditioned air. Refrigerant circulates between the condensing and evaporator coils cooling the air as it passes through the evaporator coil. A blower assembly — fan and motor — provides the necessary circulation to distribute the conditioned air.

Heat Pumps

A heat pump is an energy efficient variation of a central air conditioner but also produces heat. They work by transferring the inside heat outside during the summer months to cool the home, and extracting heat from the outside air or ground to the inside during the winter months to warm it. Heat pump systems are one of the most energy efficient systems available today. Although a heat pump carries a higher upfront cost, you can recoup the additional expense in energy savings over the next several years.


A furnace is part of the forced air HVAC family as well. Many homes in the colder climates of the Northeast rely on furnaces to provide heat with the most common using gas combustion or electric resistance heat strips to warm the air. A blower assembly is used distribute the heated air throughout the home’s duct-work. Since a furnace is only capable of producing heat it is sometimes retrofitted with a central air conditioner or heat pump to provide cool air during the summer months. Find the top furnace brands here.

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Where to Purchase HVAC Systems in Chicago

HVAC contractors and companies usually provide their customers with HVAC systems and related equipment through manufacturers with whom they have a working relationship. This is not to say they cannot get the best HVAC brand you desire, only that they push their brands for internal incentives and bonuses. Home improvement centers offer an attractive alternative versus individual contractors as they sometimes offer inexpensive financing options to attract your business. They also offer extended warranties for purchase that can extend the warranty period significantly for your new HVAC equipment.

Financing Options for HVAC Installation

The average cost of a new HVAC system can range between $3000 to $8000 dollars and can vary significantly depending on the size and parameters of the property. Cash, home equity loans, credit cards, and personal loans are the traditional payment methods. However, financing options are usually available through your HVAC contractor or big box retailer that are competitive with traditional lending institutions, so do your homework before making a decision.

Chicago HVAC Incentives and Rebates

Depending on the type of HVAC system you purchase, you may qualify for special incentives or rebate programs available in your state for energy efficiency. Rebates and tax credits are also sometimes available through the federal government by purchasing Energy Star rated equipment and appliances. You can view a comprehensive list of available programs, incentives, rebates, and green loans for your area by visiting the DSIRE website. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency provides a searchable database, state by state, for available programs in your area.