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The Best Heating & Air Contractors in Marin County CA Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire

Heating & air contractors in Marin County CA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are the HVAC contractors that have exceeded the minimum California regulatory standard. They are the ones proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for competency and value, have liability insurance as protection for you the customer, who use only employees legal to work in the U.S., and for whom our staff has called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with them for heating and air conditioning in Marin County CA, including new furnace, furnance repair, and ventilation.

Updated February 23, 2017

 The TOP 10 Heating Air Conditioning Contractors in Marin County CA

Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating
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3333 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley, CA 94703
State License #414359 (C36,C20)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified  Better Business Bureau PHCC (Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association) PSI (Plumbers' Success International) Green Plumbers RPA (Radiant Panel Association)

Areas Served: Bay Area & Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Mill Valley CA, Sausalito CA, Novato CA
Services: heating & air contractors, furnace repair, new furnaces, air conditioning repair, ...
Key Brands: Bosch, Bradford White Water Heaters, Delta Faucet Company, Grohe (Grohe Plumbing ...

Brown Cat HVAC
130 Auburn Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Areas Served: Mill Valley, San Rafael, Novato, San Anselmo, Fairfax CA, Woodacre, Tiburon
Services: forced air heating, central air conditioning, window air conditioners, furnace repair

Northbay Heating & Air Conditioning Inc
830 Sweetser Ave # A
Novato, CA 94945

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Rafael, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Ross, Tiburon, Belvedere
Services: heating & air contractors for new air conditioning systems, a/c repair, new heating

Downing Heating and Air Conditioning Inc
3070 Kerner Blvd # K
San Rafael, CA 94901

Areas Served: Marin, Novato, Sausalito, Mill Valley, San Rafael, Tiburon, San Anselmo, Woodacre
Services: HVAC contractors for heating systems & repair,air conditioning systems and a/c repair

Allied Heating & Air Conditioning Company
12 De Luca Place
San Rafael, CA 94901

Areas Served: Novato, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Larkspur, San Anselmo, Tiburon, Fairfax
Services: HVAC / Heating & Air contractors,furnace repair,furnace installation,air conditioning

Hulbert Heating & Air Conditioning
San Rafael, CA 94901

Areas Served: San Rafael CA, Larkpur, Woodacre, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Novato, Tiburon, Kentfield
Services: central air conditioners,residential air conditioning,commercial a/c systems & repair

Ortiz Heating & Sheetmetal
2120 Jefferson Avenue
Woodside, CA 94062

Areas Served: Novato, San Rafael, Sausalito, Corte Madera, Tiburon, San Anselmo, Mill Valley
Services: HVAC contractors, heating & cooling systems, furnace repair & new furnaces

The Best Heating & Air Contractors in Marin County CA Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire  


The state of California requires that contractors for ventilation, heating, and air conditioning in Marin County CA be licensed by the state such as the C20 license for heating, air conditioning, and ventilation specifically, which requires passing an exam.

But the state license for HVAC contractors is no guarantee that any particular heating and air conditioning contractor in Marin County CA is doing business ethically, providing value, or satisfying customers.

This makes it all the more significant that all heating and air conditioning contractors in Marin County CA that bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, verified state license, good complaint record, verified worker's comp and liability insurance, only employees legal to work in the U.S., best business practices, and more.




HVAC Contractors in Marin County Provide Numerous Heating & Air Conditioning Services
Heating, air conditioning, and ventilation contractors in Marin County perform specialty tasks that are beyond amateur repairman abilities. When considering HVAC contractors, keep in mind the climate in which you live, and if there are areas within your home or business that are difficult to ventilate. HVAC contractors in Marin County rely on this information to take the appropriate measures for installation of air conditioning units, furnaces, heater installation, ducts, home cooling systems and all types of ventilation systems for homes and businesses.

Good HVAC contractors in Marin County provide HVAC repair or maintenance for several commercial or residential applications, such as central heating and air systems, general duct cleaning and repair, reconditioned air, radiant heating, geo-exchange systems, and radiant floor heating.

Some HVAC contractors will perform duct cleaning or repair and can even design and build a new energy-efficient air conditioning system or heating and cooling system for your home or business.

Choosing a New HVAC System in Marin County
An HVAC contractor will measure each room to be serviced by a climate control system. Knowing the total volume to be heated or cooled allows them to figure the load, meaning how much power your system would need. They should also take into account your type of insulation, window space, and local climate data.

Next, the HVAC experts will determine the best location for your system. The amount of work an air conditioning unit will have to do can depend on where it's located, such as whether or not it's somewhere shady.


Air Conditioner Repair
An HVAC contractor should be used for any air conditioning repair and service other than routine cleaning, as the main components are sealed, and complex.

Central air conditioners usually are connected to a home's forced-air distribution system, if the home has one. The two main components of a central air conditioner are the condenser and the evaporator. The condenser unit is usually outside the home on a cement slab. The evaporator coil is in the duct above the furnace. Hot air is cooled by the evaporator as it flows through the return-air duct to the furnace. If the air conditioner unit outside works but isn't cooling the house, the problem is probably in this distribution system where the evaporator is located.

Central air conditioners should be inspected and adjusted by an HVAC contractor before the beginning of every cooling season.




Heating Systems

Forced Air Heating - Forced air heating systems are the most common type of home heating system and tend to be the least expensive. Air is heated in a furnace and then distributed through the building or home via air ducts. Different furnaces use different fuels, such as propane, oil, natural gas, or electricity. A forced air heating system requires air ducts, which take up space in your building or walls, and it requires regular air filter changes.







Radiant Heating System - Radiant heating simply refers to the direct transfer of heat, such as from a stove.  Hot water tubing in a floor also comes under this category, in which case the hot water is heated by a boiler. These radiant heating systems tend to be more expensive to install than a forced air heating system, and will require separate ductwork for your air conditioning system.

Hydronic Heating (Hot Water Baseboard) - Although this uses hot water heated by a boiler similar to an in-floor radiant heating system, the hot water is piped to baseboard units mounted along your walls which have fins that heat the surrounding air, which then rises to heat the room. Not every company licensed for HVAC does this so look specifically for hydronic heating contractors in Marin County.

Steam Radiant Heating - Cast-iron steam radiators can still be found in older buildings or homes but are rarely installed new anymore. They tend to be considered bulky and unsightly by modern standards and can be replaced with vertical wall panel radiators, such as are often seen in apartments.



Geothermal Heating - Geothermal heating and cooling in the form of a GHP (Geothermal Heat Pump) is the newest technology. Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of the constant temperature several feet underground with water pipes running from a heat pump above ground to several feet below ground where it is cooler. A GHP is more energy efficient than other systems can can save 30%-70% on home heating or 20%-50% on home cooling according to the EPA, but are 50-100% more expensive to install, with a 3-ton GHP system costing $5,000-$10,000 more than a heat pump system that runs on air.  With an annual energy savings of $350-$1,500, it can be many years before the additional expense of purchase and installation is recouped. Ask your local HVAC contractors in Marin County how much experience they have with GHP systems and how much in annual energy savings has been experienced by their customers in your area and climate.


Some HVAC Contractors in Marin County CA Are A Much Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these HVAC contractors in Marin County: Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating, Downing Heating and Air Conditioning Inc, Northbay Heating & Air Conditioning Inc, Ortiz Heating & Sheetmetal, Brown Cat HVAC, Allied Heating & Air Conditioning Company, Hulbert Heating & Air Conditioning. Other contractors for heating & air in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA that might still be in business include: Patriot Mechanical. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Heating Air Conditioning Contractors in Marin County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.



Dealing With Heating, Air Conditioning, and Ventilation Contractors in Marin County 

Step 1: Know What You Need From the Best HVAC Contractors in Marin County
Explain what type of heating, air conditioning, and ventilation work is involved. Since you aren't the contractor, it's understood that you have limited knowledge of your HVAC system. In this case, your description should basically include any problems you've encountered and your climate preferences. Be prepared to be consistent in the way that you present the information so each heating, air conditioning, and ventilation contractor will have an opportunity to offer an equally informed time and cost projection for your job.

Step 2: Answer Questions from Good Heating, Air Conditioning & Cooling Contractors & Take Notes
Listen carefully to the questions each HVAC contractor asks. Document the varying concerns of each professional heating, and air conditioning contractor. Note the level of detail and the amount of time he's willing to devote to you. It will help you assess his proficiency and work ethic.

Step 3: Questions to Ask Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Contractors
You can make a list of questions for the best heating and air contractors based on the notes you've taken and the basic information you've gathered. Supplement your own ideas with the questions we've listed below.

• How long have they been doing HVAC in Marin County specifically? (Different regions have their own unique weather that will effect choices in equipment and installation method. The length of experience doing heating & air in your location specifically shows familiarity with these aspects.)

• How many installations have they done similar to yours, in terms of size of job, residential versus commercial, etc.?

• Can they give you names and numbers of customers who had a similar kind of installation done who you can call as references? (All heating & air contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• Will they provide a written estimate that is detailed, including brand names and product numbers of the equipment, as well as the type of material and amount used for installation? (This is key because cheap HVAC contractors in Marin County often only seem cheaper because they are skimping on labor, materials, or are quoting an inferior unit.)

• What are the manufacturer warranties on any new unit to be installed?

• Do they provide a written warranty for their labor, aside from manufacturer warranties?

• Will permits be needed? If so, will the contractors be responsible for getting them or do they leave that up to you?

• Can the company show that all employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All HVAC contractors in Marin County bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an obligation to only hire documented workers.)

• Will they show you proof of active workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All heating & air companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

When you've chosen the best heating & air contractors in Marin County for your specific needs, make sure they are properly licensed by the State of California. (All HVAC contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)



Brands of Heating & Cooling Systems in Marin County CA 

The best HVAC contractors in Marin County CA provide, service and repair many brands of heating & air conditioning:

Actron Air, Airease, Aire-Flo, Amana, American Standard, Aprilaire, Arcoaire, Armstrong Air, Bard, Borg Warner, Bosch, Broan, Bryant, Burnham, Carrier, Coleman, Comfort-Aire, Comfortmaker, Concord, Cozy, Daiken, Daikin, Day & Night, Ducane, Empire, Fedders, Fraser-Johnston, Freidrich, Frigidaire, Fujitsu, Fulton, Gaffers Sattler, Gibson, Goodman, Heil, Holly, Honeywell, Intertherm, Janitrol, Lennox, LG, Lochnivar, Luxeaire, Maple Chase, Maytag, Midea, Mitsubishi, Modine, Nordyne, NuTone, Panasonic, Payne, Raypak, Reznor, Rheem, Rinnai, Ruud, Samsung, Sanyo, Slant Fin, Tappan, Tempstar, Tempstat, Toshiba, Trane, Unico, Utica, Weather King, Weil-McLain, Westinghouse, Whirlpool, White Rodgers, York



Resources About Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Contractors in Marin County 

Associations & Licensing for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning in Marin County
ABPA American Backflow Prevention Association (
ACCA Air Conditioning Contractors of America (
ASC Associated Specialty Contractors (
ASHRAE American Society of Heating, and Air Conditioning Engineers
BBB Better Business Bureau (
CALSMACNA California Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association
CSLB Contractors State License Board (
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (
Diamond Certified
MCAA Mechanical Contractors Association of America (
NBBPVI National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (
PHCCA Heating, Cooling Contractors Association (

Media & Web Resources for HVAC Services in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael
Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Magazine
Home Energy Magazine
HVAC Magazine

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Contractors in Marin County within the following zip codes:

94947, 94946, 94930, 94950, 94939, 94925, 94913, 94938, 94942, 94940, 94957, 94976, 94914, 94929, 94971, 94912, 94974, 94933, 94977, 94966, 94964, 94965, 94903, 94924, 94970, 94937, 94949, 94963, 94945, 94901, 94978, 94941, 94973, 94956, 94948, 94960, 94920, 94915, 94979 and 94904


HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Tiburon CA

Comf Temp Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920


HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Fairfax CA

Brown Cat HVAC Fairfax CA 94930

HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Greenbrae CA

Allen Heating & Sheet Metal Greenbrae CA 94904


HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning Novato CA

Aaero Heating & Sheet Metal Novato CA 94945
Furnace Man Heating & Air Conditioning Novato CA 94949
Kelly Heating Novato CA 94945
Northbay Heating & Air Novato CA 94945


HVAC, Heating & Air Conditioning San Rafael CA

Allied Heating & Air Conditioning Co San Rafael CA 94901
Camilleri Mechanical San Rafael CA 94901
Caron Climate Control San Rafael CA 94912
Dickson Co San Rafael CA 94901
Dixon Heating San Rafael CA 94901
Patriot Mechanical San Rafael CA 94901
Pedersen Heating & Air Conditioning San Rafael CA 94901
Rogers Services San Rafael CA 94901
Supercool Thermoelectric Systems San Rafael CA 94901