Lake Ontario and your AC

By | Air Conditioning

Happy Harold’s tip of the week: Make sure your outdoor AC unit is clear of flooding hazards.

With the water level on Lake Ontario at a record high and rising, we wanted to shed light on flooding and the health of your HVAC systems. Your AC system is built to withstand the elements, however it’s not strong enough to endure a flood without repercussion. It takes only a foot of standing water around your AC unit to cause severe damage to the moving parts and electrical components. Because of this, we urge you to take a look at the tips below.

Here are some tips to help your AC survive the next few weeks:

  1. Prop sand bags all around your home, including the air conditioning unit
  2. Deactivate all electrical controls to your AC
  3. Do not cover your unit with a tarp

What if the water gets inside?

If the water gets inside the basement where your furnace and other HVAC equipment is located then you have a different problem. Your indoor systems are not built to withstand the moisture, like your AC is. In this event, immediately shut off power to the equipment. Then contact High Performance Heating and Cooling, your trusted HVAC company.


If you have experienced any flooding at all, call High Performance Heating and Air for an inspection as soon as possible. We promise to make your home and systems safety our top priority through this difficult time of year.

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What does BTU mean?

By | Air Conditioning, HVAC

If you’re in the market for a new AC or Furnace, then you’ve probably heard the acronym BTU. To clarify, it stands for British Thermal Unit, and is used to measure thermal energy. More specifically, it is the amount of energy needed to raise 1 lb of water 1°F. When it comes to AC, BTU ratings measure how much heat it can remove from a room. In other words, a higher number means more cooling power for a larger room. BTU’s are used to measure a number of things like Air conditioners, heaters, solar hot water heaters, and cooking devices, for example.

First rule of thumb: Bigger isn’t always better

Choosing the right size AC is key, for example when you use an AC that is too large for the area it is cooling, the compressor will need to turn on and off much more than it is designed to. Though the room will cool down very quickly, it will also turn the compressor off. As a result, once the temperature in that area rises above the set temperature your unit will turn back on. This frequent on-off cycle that can result in parts failing sooner than they should. However having an AC unit that is the proper size for the space you want to cool will result in higher efficiency and less break downs.

So what now?

Call High Performance Heating and Air for a free estimate on a new AC unit today. From now through the end of the month we’re running a spring financing special for payments as low as $97 a month for 37 months. We’ll send out a certified HVAC technician to provide you with a free estimate and answer any questions you may have.



General room size to BTU ratios

Room Size (Sq Ft) Recommended BTUs

Lets talk about Dad!

By | Air Conditioning

Lets talk about dad!

Dads rock! Especially when it comes to yard work in the summer because, lets be honest, is there anyone in your family who loves mowing the lawn more than him? So why not give him very best for fathers day! Harold’s here with a great deal on financing for your favorite guy.

Whats the deal?

From now through the end of the month take advantage of our great financing options and give dad what he deserves, a brand new AC. We’re talking energy efficient, affordable, clean, and reliable air conditioning. All of this for only $97 a month for 37 months!

Why choose us?

High Performance Heating and Cooling, located in Rochester NY, provides professional AC Replacement services for your Home. We install, repair, maintain, and clean your cooling equipment so that it functions flawlessly during the cooling season. Our Clean and Professional AC Installation technicians will install air conditioner in your residential home or business, keeping you, and dad comfortable at all times. Furthermore we install all brands of AC units. We research and study all brands so that we fully understand how to take care of your equipment in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Keeping you, and dad, happy like Harold!

Don’t miss out!

  1. Give us a call today for a free estimate appointment. We’ll send out one of our trained technicians to fly in under the radar and provide you with a quote and all the best financing options.
  2. Talk it over with dad (or don’t, that’s up to you!)
  3. Call us to set up an installation date
  4. Sit back and enjoy



Summer Financing!

By | Air Conditioning

Summers coming, don’t spend another year wishing you had a properly functioning AC. Harold’s here to help with great financing options!

Warning signs your AC needs replacing

  1. Old Age – If your AC is 10-15 years old, it may be time to replace
  2. High Energy Bills – If you dread turning your AC on because of your energy bill, it may be time to replace
  3. Frequent repairs – Did you require a few service calls last year?
  4. Uneven temperatures – Are parts of your home not receiving enough air?

Let us help you prepare for the summer heat with a new AC unit! For the rest of this month, we’re offering financing from $97 a month for 37 months. Give us a call today and book your free estimate before we fill up!

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Harold’s AC Tips and Tricks

By | Air Conditioning, HVAC

Happy Harold’s Tip of the Week!

Don’t crowd your air conditioner. We know that you don’t find your AC unit attractive, however hiding it amidst shrubbery is doing more harm then good. Check out these tips:

Keep Plants 2-3 feet away

There should always be about 2-3 feet of clear space between your AC unit and any landscaping. Any closer than this and you will restrict airflow. This could result in your AC running less efficient than it should, more repairs, and even shorten the lifespan of your unit. Added bonus, our techs will appreciate the extra space when performing your routine maintenance each year.

A little shade is always good

Just like you on a hot day, your AC will appreciate a little shade. We’re not just talking about shading the unit itself, as that could restrict airflow. We’re talking about creating a micro-climate that is cooler than a yard basking in direct sunlight. Having tall trees, shrubs, and hedges will help you achieve this goal all well improving the look of your backyard. Keep in mind, leaves, dirt and grass can clog up your condenser so stay on top of raking and trimming.

Potted plants are great!

Want something less permanent than a hedge but as effective at masking the AC when you have company over? Try a large potted plant! They look nice, and are easy to move when need be! It sounds like a win-win to us!

Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance!

Of course, we can’t talk about efficiency without stressing the importance of your routine AC maintenance. Stay on top of the health of your unit with annual maintenance. Let our technicians clean and catch any issues before they become problems. Ultimately saving you money, while keeping you comfortable. Call and mention this tip for a special price on your next cleaning! Or check out our website and contact us there!


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High Performance Heating and Air Conditioning and our New Location

By | Air Conditioning, Heating Contractors, HVAC, Residential

Our New location is Top Notch-Centrally located in the Henrietta and Brighton area, we are closer to major expressways and central in Monroe County New York to better serve your HVAC Needs. Call Harold today and solve all of your HVAC Needs Today Come Visit us at 

High Performance Heating and Cooling, 2350 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd, Rochester, New York 14623, United States (US) - Phone: 585-429-5751 Secondary phone: 585-426-3004 Fax: 585-426-3007 Email:

Call us Today at 3-Harold-585-342-7653

Heat Pump Installation Specials!

By | Air Conditioning, HVAC, Residential

Heat Pump Sale- Call Now for this Special Offer-Save $300 off a New Heat Pump. Heat pumps have come a long way in the past 20 years. Call Today for heat pump installation specials and start saving on your heating system today! 18 Month financing on a new heat pump will get you warm and cozy, while saving money on your heating bills, Call NOW!

Air Conditioners-Repair or Replace?

By | Air Conditioning, HVAC

Air Conditioners-Repair or Replace?

Air Conditioners-Repair or Replace? The ultimate question when it comes to your old AC Unit. There are many factors to consider.

Age of the unit.

Your old AC Unit is most likely a 10 SEER Unit, or basically rates as a 10 on the seasonal energy efficiency ratio scale. Well in the energy efficiency world, a 10 is not the best. A New 13 SEER ac unit can be as much as 42% more efficient as a 10 SEER. If your AC Is a really old 6 SEER Unit-A new basic 13 SEER ac unit can be as much as 72% more efficient-WOW!!! Efficiency differences are calculated with a couple of different factors, energy consumption, meaning how much actual electricity does the ac unit consume, and cooling output, or how much net cooling is actually outputted by the unit.


Has your old ac unit had many repairs done to it in its life? Most ac units do not have many parts, typically only a handful. Air Conditioner Start components are average parts that usually last around 7-10 years, where as the compressor inside is the heart of the ac unit, that in today’s age, if the compressor goes, replacement of the ac unit should be highly considered. Other parts, such as condenser coil, expansion valves and evaporator coil typically will last the lifetime of the unit,however,over the past few years we have seen expansion valves prematurely failing more often.


The refrigerant, or sometimes referred to as Freon, plays an important role in the decision to repair or replace the ac unit. Refrigerant #22, (the old stuff) was introduced as a temporary replacement to the best refrigerant of all time, R #12, in the early 1970’s. We had to find a different refrigerant to replace R #12 due to its concentration of chlorine, and chlorine’s effect on the ozone layer. R #22 was brought in as a temporary replacement to R #12 because although it still contains chlorine, its effect on the atmosphere only last 21 years, sounds like a long time, but R #12 is 100 years, big difference. In 2006, the government put an end to new ac units containing R #22, and the switch was made to R #410. R #410 does not contain chlorine and dissipates in the atmosphere almost immediately. What does all this mean when it comes to AC Replacement or Repair?? MONEY!! R #22 is at an all time high as far as cost goes, and it doesn’t seem to be going down anytime soon. If you need new refrigerant and your unit contains R #22, you could be spending 20% to 30% of the cost of a completely new ac unit just to replenish your R #22. Also if your unit contains R #22, then your unit is at least 10 years old which means start components, if not replaced already will soon go, and the other ac components we spoke about earlier are also prone to failure.

Condition of The AC Unit

The Obvious. If you have never had your air conditioner tune-up done, or it has been in a poorly operating state for many years, the internal compressor windings could be weak, and you are on your way to a major ac unit repair. Once it begins, Acid will begin to form inside the ac unit compressor and it is all downhill from there. The acid will continue to build and eventually will cause the compressor to burn out.  A Compressor burnout means having a well trained technician spend extensive time and money to clean the acid out and replace the compressor. Unfortunately, the acid can never be 100% removed and requires installing special filters inside the ac unit,which if are not replaced shortly after the installation of a new ac compressor, then will get the acid into the new unit and the degradation process will begin all over again.

Original Installation.

Was your original air conditioner installed correctly? We have replaced air conditioners that were 20+ years old, and we have replaced air conditioners that were less than 5 years old. A bad air conditioner installation will shorten the life of an ac unit dramatically. There are certain steps in the proper installation of an ac unit that are often skipped by many hvac contractors in an attempt to save money, but unfortunately those steps are crucial to the long life of the unit. Back in the day with the old ac units, sometimes those skipped steps did not hinder operation to much, but the new stuff just will not work properly if not done. Moisture, refrigerant leaks, and improper airflow could cut the expected life of the ac unit by 100%

In Short , There are may factors to consider in the decision to repair or replace your ac unit. Questions, Call us at 585-366-0557 and we wil be happy to help.


Heating Contractors-HVAC Experts

By | Air Conditioning, Boiler, Furnace, Heating Contractors, Water Heater

Why Choose Us?

Our People-On time

Our People, We care. From the folks in the office to the HVAC Techs that are in the field. We care about your home, your comfort, and your family’s well being.-We are Highly Trained Heating and Cooling Experts

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Friendly Service from a Licensed, Trained HVAC Technician
  • Honest
  • Dedicated
  • Focused

We treat our customers as a priority. We want your heating and air conditioning system to operate as it should. We want your water heater to provide the hot water you need when you need it.

Our Warranties

We Back Our Systems with a 100% Money Back Guarantee

  • 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • 2 Year Warranty on all Repairs
  • No Lemon Guarantee
  • Temperature Variance Guarantee

We want you to tell your friends about us. The dedicated and focused staff at High Performance Heating and Air Conditioning will be there when you need us. 24 -7 Emergency Service!

Peace of Mind

At High Performance Heating and Air Conditioning, we give you peace of mind from the time you schedule your appointment, to the time our trucks are pulling out of your driveway. Even after the job, we still provide follow up calls to ensure that you are 100% satisfied and everything is up to your expectations and your new equipment is registered and under warranty. Our highly trained HVAC technicians strive to provide the best overall customer service experience possible. Read some of our reviews and you’ll see why we are Rochester, NY’s superior HVAC company. Call us today and schedule that gas furnace tune-up or furnace replacement and start saving big bucks today!

Our Proof-

Read our Reviews-Our Customers tell the Story

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