HVAC is an abbreviation for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. HVAC Contractors specialize in the installation and maintenance of furnaces, boilers, heat pumps and central air conditioners.
However, in addition to installing and maintaining HVAC equipment, HVAC contractors typically help consumers decide which equipment to purchase. This makes the HVAC market somewhat different from the market for other expensive consumer products. Consumers rarely begin their search for a new car, for example, by hiring a car mechanic.
This difference makes it especially important that consumers take two steps:
- Solicit bids from multiple HVAC contractors, so that you are sure that you have been quoted a good price
- Understand the HVAC market so that the equipment you purchase is appropriate for your needs
For more information see our article on how to choose an HVAC Contractor.