In Salt Lake City, S.O.S. Heating & Cooling is the trusted name in home comfort. Our skilled technicians are proud of their ability to handle every aspect of the heating and cooling systems in the area. However, our experts are more than just people who know how to fix furnaces and air conditioners. They have studied the broad field of home comfort equipment known as HVAC technology.

You see that abbreviation scattered around our website. By learning about the meaning of HVAC, you will understand a little more about how our technicians can help your home.


The “H” in HVAC stands for heating. In the past, this meant working with traditional furnaces. These units provide heat by burning some kind of fuel, such as natural gas or oil. In forced-air systems, warm air travels through ducts in the home. Other systems heat water that travels to radiators throughout the interior spaces. We can handle the repair, maintenance and installation of a traditional heating system, but we are also experts at newer equipment.

More homes are using energy-efficient heat pumps to provide a comfortable temperature. These units can either push or pull heat from your location. One unit can do the work of both a furnace and an air conditioner. As the technology improves, you can bet that our technicians will be on top of it and ready to help our customers.


The “V” in HVAC stands for ventilation. This is the part of the trade with which most homeowners are least familiar. It used to be that ventilation equipment was mostly found at commercial sites where it was difficult to open windows. These days, ventilation has an important role to play in improving the indoor air quality of your home.

If your home was built recently, it probably has a tight construction. This is because homebuilders and homeowners are concerned about energy efficiency. They are using techniques and materials that minimize the amount of outdoor air that can get inside your home.

This is great for your heating and cooling systems because they will not have to work as hard to maintain your home comfort. However, slowing down the replacement of stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air can mean increased levels of impurities in your home environment.

HVAC technicians can install ventilation systems that will draw in fresh air and remove stale air. Newer equipment can do this without taking away from the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. A heat recovery ventilator transfers the heat from the outgoing air to the incoming air. An energy recovery ventilator can do a similar transfer that maintains the humidity of your home.

Air Conditioning

The final two letters of HVAC stand for air conditioning. When the warm summer months hit Utah, you appreciate having a system that can bring in cool, comfortable air.

Air conditioners take several different forms. In smaller homes, a couple of window units may be all that is required. Large homes often have a whole-house unit that blows cold air through the same ductwork as the heating system.

In recent years, you may have seen ductless mini-split systems that can cool an interior room without the hassle of a window unit. The experts at S.O.S. Heating & Cooling offer professional services for a range of cooling needs.

A Whole Lot More

When you work with an HVAC professional, you are working with someone who can handle the basics of HVAC technology along with several other areas of home comfort. More and more, we are discovering ways to make your home comfortable by improving your current unit.

We can increase the efficiency of your home by adding zones to the system. By controlling the flow of air, we can help make certain that you do not waste energy by heating or cooling parts of your home that are not in use. Incorporating smart thermostats into your HVAC equipment will add another layer of efficiency.

We can also improve your air quality by adding air filters and purifiers to your ductwork. As the air circulates through your home, this equipment will clean it and eliminate harmful impurities. Another way to remove excess dust and irritants is with an annual duct cleaning before your comfort systems kick into full gear.

S.O.S. Heating & Cooling is the team you can count on for all of your home temperature and indoor air quality needs. We also offer water heater and heat pump services. For more information, contact us today.