Poudre Valley Air is your #1 HVAC contractor in Fort Collins, CO and the surrounding communities. We are the leading company for all of your air conditioning needs. If you need repairs, maintenance, or a brand new system installed, the technicians at Poudre Valley Air are the qualified and professional crew for the job.
We provide the highest quality service for your air conditioner. We also aim to educate and inform our customers. Informed decisions are good decisions. We want you to feel confident we are qualified to perform the service for which you are hiring us.
Air Conditioning Basics
The four main components to your air conditioner are:
Condenser: The condenser is the outside metal unit and where the gas from the compressor is condensed into a liquid. The gas entering the condenser is very hot. The temperature is then lowered, so the gas can convert back to a liquid.
Compressor: The compressor is inside the condenser. It circulates the pressurized refrigerant, to concentrate the heat, and changes the low pressure gas to high pressure.
Evaporator: The evaporator is the part of the system inside the home. In simple language, it absorbs the heat from your home.
Expansion Valve: The expansion valve controls the amount of refrigerant in your system.
All of these pieces are connected by a copper tube that handles refrigerant, creating a closed loop. Heat is collected in the evaporator, sent outside to the condenser. The heat is removed, and the cool air is recirculated back into your home.
An Air Conditioner Doesn’t Create Cool Air.
What happens in the AC process is actually the removal of heat from the air. Your AC uses a chemical called refrigerant to remove heat and transfer it outside. The warm air runs through the lines and coils in your unit and goes from liquid to gas and back again. During this process, the refrigerant removes the heat and transfers it elsewhere so that when the air comes out the other side, it is cool.
Your AC Will Remove Humidity.
Lower humidity helps the overall comfort level in your home by making you feel cooler, even if the temperature is the same.
Your Air Filter Needs To Be Checked And Replaced Every Three To Six Months.
(depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations)
A dirty air filter restricts your air flow, which reduces efficiency, costing you money, and over time can put stress on your unit and could cause a costly repair.
Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance.
Your air conditioner needs regular checkups to keep it running in tip-top shape. Having regular annual preventative maintenance will bring your system longer life and fewer breakdowns over all.
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures air conditioning and heat pump cooling efficiency, which is calculated by the cooling output for a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input during the same time frame. A higher SEER rating means greater energy efficiency.
At Poudre Valley Air, we provide all the services you need to keep your AC running in top-notch shape. Call us at 970-493-2050 for repairs, maintenance, or new-system installation.
Air Conditioner Replacement in Wellington, CO 80549
“We wanted to give a heads up to Poudre re: replacement of our air conditioner and then about two weeks later our water heater. Technicians Wyatt and Dustin who replaced our air were great and the technicians who did our water heater also did a good job. Ran into a slight problem with our one bathroom where hot water was only trickling out and Brody, technician who came out, did a fantastic job solving this issue. All the technicians were prompt, answered any questions we had, took care of work site where whey placed protective coverings on carpeting , etc. Would highly recommend them. Also, Rock the salesman was knowledgeable, etc. Thank you Poudre Valley Air.”
– Chuck & Liz G.
Air Conditioner Installation in Fort Collins, CO 80528
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank Larry and Lam the two technicians who installed a Mitsubishi split air conditioning system for my wife’s office. The office is located in the upstairs office and has not been cooled very well with the existing central air system that serves the rest of the home. Both Larry and Lam were very professional and curious as well as taking the time to explain who the system functioned.
I would strongly recommend Poudre Valley Air to anyone who wants quality service for their heating and air conditioning systems.
Outstanding service and great job”
– Robert S.
Air Conditioner Installation in Greeley, CO 80632
“Poudre Valley Air is excellent. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Over the summer, we got a new air conditioner and their customer service and pricing were so good, we called them again when the furnace went out and had them replace that.
I live in Greeley so I checked Angie’s List for places in Greeley to check out for the air conditioner but I didn’t want to use anything here so I called Poudre.”
– Kelly H.
HVAC Maintenance in Fort Collins, CO 80528
“I’ve known Poudre Valley Air for a long time. They take care of my furnace and the brand new AC that was just put in. The guys kept to their business and knew what they were doing. I’m pretty critical about things like this, having been in management for a long time, and I thought they did a fantastic job. They were all nice young people and they’ve done me well.”
– Donna H.
Air Conditioner Repair in Laramie, WY 82071
“I think they were very professional, very timely, and they took care of the issue in an expedient manner. I appreciate the professionalism and quickness of the service. Poudre Valley Air did AC unit worked for us, and we weren’t able to find anyone in the Laramie or Cheyenne area to perform the service, so we called out of state. I was very pleased with them. They had a professional, quick response. They ordered a special part and got right back to us when it arrived. It was all in all a good experience.”
– Missy S.
Air Conditioner Repair in Fort Collins, CO 80526
“Our most recent experience was good. We had a skunk get into our HVAC system, and Poudre Valley Air gave us good recommendations and service related to that.”
– Karen S.
Air Conditioner Maintenance in Loveland, CO 80537
“I bought my AC unit from Poudre Valley Air and they have been doing all the maintenance for it since I bought it. They just did a seasonal tune-up, charged the AC, and cleaned and maintained all of the working parts for the freezer portion. They’ve been so reliable that I bought a maintenance agreement from them for the next couple of years.”
– Rick B.
Air Conditioner and Furnace Installation in Fort Collins, CO 80526
“In the twenty-two years since we’ve been in our home, Poudre Valley Air has installed a new furnace and a central air conditioner. They have been very prompt in their service appointment times. We have been very pleased with their overall service. We did have one unfortunate bad experience with them involving a furnace motor. We spoke to them and they were very fair in reaching a satisfactory settlement with that. They are capable people. I would certainly recommend them to anyone.”
– Rae and Louise B.
Furnace and Air Conditioner Installation in Fort Collins, CO 80521
“I purchased a TRANE furnace and A/C from PVA in 2003. The system has worked flawlessly and all of the service reps I’ve met during annual preventive maintenance have excellent – courteous, professional and willing to take the time to answer all my questions and concerns. I recommend this company without reservation.”
– Jim F.
Air Conditioner Installation in Loveland, CO 80538
“The only problem I had when dealing with Poudre Valley Air was that they were running late, and I was the one who had to call to see why they hadn’t shown up. I would have liked to receive a call letting me know that the technicians were running behind from a previous job. The rest of the time it was fine. They answered any questions I had, and explained what they were doing. My husband showed up near the end, and they answered all of his questions as well. They put in a new AC unit.
We have used Poudre Valley Air a couple of times before this for minor things. They did some duct work in a bedroom, some maintenance, and they worked a couple of times on our old AC. The new AC is working fine so far. The technicians were very knowledgeable. They wore booties inside the house and covered anywhere they were going to be with tarp. They were good about dealing with the animals and keeping the doors closed as they went in and out.”
– Debbie J.