What Does "HVAC" Stand For?

What Does HVAC Stand For?

We promise—it’s not a silly question!

We get asked this all the time, so we thought it would make a great blog.  


You may have guessed this one. It seems simple, but there’s a whole family of heating mechanisms wrapped into this part of the acronym.

This article has some helpful diagrams for understanding all the ways that your home may be heated. Spoiler: we prefer furnaces. Here’s how we choose the best furnace for your home, and here’s our #1 tip for keeping your home’s furnace in tip-top shape.  


Whole-house ventilation is a big deal. Without proper ventilation, you’re at risk for a plethora of dangers—including carbon monoxide poisoning, radon poisoning, and severe indoor air pollution.

That’s why it’s important to make sure that you have trusted experts checking in not only on big appliances like your furnace or your AC unit, but also on the health of your ventilation system.

Air Conditioning

When people ask what HVAC stands for, they’re usually asking it in the context of “What’s the difference between HVAC and AC?”

The answer? AC (Air Conditioning) is just one part of the entire HVAC family. And, while most people understand that AC is meant to cool down your home, many are surprised to learn that it also purifies the air throughout your home. It conditions the air!

The air conditioning process requires a proper ventilation system, since the movement of air through those vents is crucial to both the air cooling process and the air purification process. And that, my friends, is why we always remind you to change your air filters and to have your system maintenance-checked regularly.

What’s most important is that you use an HVAC contractor who places equal importance on each of these components. For us, clean, conditioned air is just as important as an adequately heated space.

It’s all about being as comfortable and as healthy you can be at home!

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