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Why Buy Local in Austin?

Austin is a truly special corner of the world. It’s hard to imagine what Austin would be like without all the local coffee shops, independent breweries, small boutiques, and family-owned restaurants. To put it simply: the people of Austin – and the businesses they own and operate – are what make Austin unique. When Austin residents buy local, we’re doing our part to keep Austin weird. Just the way we like it. 

McCullough Heating & Air Conditioning is a locally owned heating and air conditioning business in Austin. Our trucks may look fancy and shiny, but that doesn’t mean we’re corporate. Our team of 50 employees is small and mighty. Since 1977, we have been providing service with a smile to the Greater Austin area. So when you think HVAC, think local, think McCullough!

Beyond Shops and Restaurants

When you think small business, what comes to mind? Most people immediately think of that amazing barbecue spot, or the charming coffee shop, or the peculiar store on a hidden alley where you can find a special gift for just about anyone. We love these local spots too! 

These brick-and-mortar stores are great to shop from, but when you choose to shop small don’t forget about local service providers. Here in Austin, there are hundreds of locally owned and operated service-based businesses that help create jobs and boost the economy. McCullough Heating and Air Conditioning has been able to stay a completely local small business through the ongoing support of Austin neighbors like you who choose to keep their dollars local. 

Keep Austin’s Economy Strong

Small businesses are the backbone of the Austin economy. And nationally, too! An October 2020 study from the Small Business Administration revealed that small businesses have accounted for 65.1% of net new job creation since 2000. Here at McCullough, every one of our positions is staffed locally – from technicians to dispatchers, to the very top of the business. We all live right here in Austin, just like you. 

Study after study shows that small businesses reinvest in the local economy at a higher rate than national chains. One study showed that for every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $58 remains in the local community. By comparison, nationally-owned businesses do employ local people, but they only keep $33 of every $100 spent in the local community. 

Did you know that many HVAC companies in Austin have been bought out by private equity firms? We’re still standing strong as a business that’s owned and operated by Austin citizens. So the next time you’re seeking an HVAC repair or install, remember: local businesses recirculate a greater share of every dollar into the local economy. 

We Live Here, We Give Here

Another reason to support your locally-owned businesses is because they give back to the Austin community. That’s no exception here at McCullough. We are big supporters of Austin non-profits such as the Central Texas Food Bank, the Eanes Education Foundation, and Family Elder Care. 


We are a huge supporter of the Summer Fan Drive, which provides standing fans to families in need of comfort during our hot summer months. In total, we have donated over $50,000 to the program. It’s just one of the many ways we are giving back to our community members in need.

We Are Austin. We Are HVAC.

When you support small businesses, make sure you’re supporting your local service providers too. Small-scale, locally owned businesses create communities that are more prosperous, connected, and generally better off across a wide range of metrics. Support local by choosing McCullough Heating & Air Conditioning for your next home comfort service. When you call us, it’s your neighbor picking up the phone, scheduling your visit, and expertly handling your repair. Shop small, keep it local, and get comfortable with McCullough Heating and Air.