Air Conditioning

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1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning is your #1 HVAC contractor in Howell, NJ 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 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning 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.

How Much Money Can a New Air Conditioner Save You?

Our SEER energy savings calculator can help determine how much you could save on your utility bills. Simply enter your current unit's SEER value and compare it to a newer, more efficient system. You can even customize it to better match your home's system for a more accurate calculation.

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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.

AC Facts

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.

SEER
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 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning, we provide all the services you need to keep your AC running in top-notch shape. Call us at 732-378-9189 for repairs, maintenance, or new-system installation.

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Air Conditioner Replacement in Other, NJ 07752

“We researched and met with several HVAC Contractors over the past year as we knew the time was coming for our system to be replaced. Wow…what a variance in the knowledge, professionalism, and of course cost, across the list of contractors we spoke with. We did not feel comfortable selecting to work with anyone on this important project and significant investment until meeting Chris Riley the owner of 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning. It was clear from the start that not only did Chris have tremendous experience and knowledge regarding today's advanced HVAC systems, it was also clear his top priority was making sure all of our needs were appropriately met from equipment selection to budget considerations…the customer truly comes first with Chris. Out of the four contractors we met with, Chris was the ONLY one to recommend and perform a load analysis on our home. It turned out to be critical as it was determined one of our zones was over sized. Other contractors simply wanted to replace exactly what we had and never even brought up the subject of proper sizing. Well, not surprisingly, everything went absolutely GREAT with our install. Gabe and Denise were wonderful to work with during the scheduling process, arranging temporary window units, obtaining permits, warranty documents, etc. The installers Brian and Chris (not the owner) were very professional and clearly experienced and always more than happy to answer any questions. Even the young man handling the deliveries and hauling the old equipment away was very nice. They worked so quietly we hardly knew an HVAC install was going on, and they left everything spotless. Chris Riley (the owner) came out a week later to make sure everything was working properly and that we were thoroughly pleased with the work. He even made a few system adjustments to make sure everything was performing optimally. Cannot believe many owners personally take the time and go to this extent these days to ensure complete customer satisfaction. A couple days after Chris's visit we had some additional questions about the performance of the new equipment. Chris arranged for one of his top service technicians, Justin, to come out to address the questions and ensure the systems were adjusted to the most optimal settings. Due to our tremendous personal experience, we are happy to enthusiastically recommend Chris Riley and his team at 1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning for any home comfort needs you may have.” – Peter L.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Howell, NJ 07731

“Recent visit from Justin E. went very well, impressed with his professionalism and courtesy. Thanks for the help Justin”

– Adam S.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Other, NJ 07712

“Justin was friendly and knowledgeable – explained every service he was doing very professional would be happy for to have him next time”

– Grace F.

Air Conditioner Replacement in Other, NJ 08755

“Our HVAC system quit during a hot spell this summer. We called 3 different companies to give us a quote. Chris was the only one who took the time to actually measure our house and check to see that we got the proper system for our home. His pricing was competitive and they were very responsive. We chose them to complete the work and everything was done when they said it would be done. The team was neat and professional. When they were done and left our house, there was no sign they had ever been there other than the fact it was now comfortable.
A few days after the installation, we got a call that Chris wanted to come back out and verify that all was good as a part of their service – I don't remember another service company ever doing that before. They are usually done and gone. Chris came back and went over the system again and showed us what we could do and what they would take care of as part of the first year service included with the system.
It was a pleasure to have Chris and his team take care of this problem. I would encourage my friends and family to speak with him when they have a problem with their HVAC.”

– Duane H.

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Manalapan, NJ 07726

“Todd was super helpful, knowledgeable, and detailed in his service. Was very easy and pleasant working with him.”

– Sonia T.

Air Conditioner Installation in Toms River, NJ 08757

“My AC went out during the heat wave we just had and Christopher, the owner, lent me some window units so I could keep cool through the weekend. Dave and Joe just left and I couldn't be happier with my new air conditioner! They were very polite and considerate, they worked hard and cleaned up after themselves and my house is cooling better than it ever has. I'm going to recommend 1st Choice to anyone and everyone who asks me because I can't say it enough: this is the company you want if you ever need your AC fixed. A great big thank you to the whole team at 1st Choice!!”

– Marianne C.

Air Conditioner Repair in Howell, NJ 08759

“Incredible. Chris fit me in his busy day when temps reached 100 and my AC crapped out. He found a bad capacitor in the condenser within minutes it was replaced and we were back and running.

I know I’ll be replacing my again AC next season, and Chris will be the only one I’d think to call. Awesome, honest and friendly service.”

– John C.

Air Conditioner Repair in Toms River, NJ 08757

“when I arrived at my 98 year old mom’s house on Saturday June 30,2018 the temp was 91. I found 1st choice phone number in the yellow pages. Chris arrived within a couple of hours and did some overdue maintenance. When I left several hours later the house had cooled down. By then my mom needed a sweater….”

– Vito D.

Air Conditioner Repair in NJ 08735

“Wow, Chris was amazing! It was the 3rd day of miserably hot weather and our air conditioner needed a repair. Chris was professional, courteous, and knowledgeable- It didn't take him long to figure out what was going on and he got our AC cooling again in no time. 1st Choice Air Comfort is a 5 star company providing 5 star service-we will happily use them again in the future.”

– Tina S.

Air Conditioner Replacement in Brick, NJ 08724

“1st Choice should definitely be everyone's 1st choice! Chris performed a load analysis and was able to save me money by showing me I did not need the larger unit. Joe and Dave were the installers and they were friendly, efficient and very professional. They placed drop cloths throughout the house where they would be working and cleaned up outside when they were done. The new unit has been great as we have just gone through a major heatwave. I have recommended 1st Choice to my daughter and her husband who are also looking to replace their system”

– Dennis D.


1st Choice Heating and Air Conditioning proudly provides HVAC service to Howell, Sea Girt, Brick, Belmar and the surrounding communities. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 732-378-9189, or request service online today.