About Us

Our family owned small business had its modest beginnings in 1983 in a little house on Walnut Street in Franklin, VA.  Since then we have remained committed to excellence in service and trustworthy business practices, and our customers have come to appreciate these qualities.  We are now located in the heart of downtown Franklin on Main Street, and we enjoy participating in local community events such as the Franklin Fall Festival and Trick or Treating with the downtown businesses.

Parker Darden Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc handles all aspects of commercial and residential work from sales and installation to ongoing service and repairs.  We are your local Carrier dealer.


Parker Darden is the owner and founder of Parker Darden Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.  A Suffolk High School graduate, he completed his A.D. in Heating and Air Conditioning at PDCC,  graduating with honors.  Parker enjoys continuing his HVAC education and certifications.  He holds certifications in Geo-Thermal installations, Air Balancing and Envelope and Duct Leakage Testing among many others.  He has 44 years experience in the HVAC business and does both residential and commercial work.  With decades of experience under his belt, Parker can help customize the solutions you need to keep your family comfortable for years to come, and he puts his own name behind that comfort!  When you receive your free estimate for a new system purchase, Parker comes to your home or place of business to personally guarantee that you will be satisfied.  A day off is usually spent on yard work, tending his fruit trees or on a rainy day catching up on some technical reading.  

Melissa Darden  is the face you will see when you walk in the door.  She runs the office and wears many hats, from vice president to secretary to gofer!  She graduated from Southampton High School in 1976 and attended Southampton Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.  She went on to practice nursing for over two decades before transitioning to running the family business full time.  While she missed seeing her patients she soon found many of them were also her customers and has enjoyed those relationships for years.  Her days off are most often spent with her grandchildren and other family members. 

Chris Vinson is our staff technician and is responsible for much of the service work and maintenance for our valued customers.  He is a 1998 graduate of Southampton High School and started with PDI at that time.  His enjoys attending continuing education classes and is most recently certified in Duct Leakage Testing.  Chris's idea of relaxing is a day on the river fishing or spending time with his pets Lucy and Pig Pen.