What You Need to Know Before Booking a Heat Pump or A/C Installation

May 15, 2024

Thinking of adding a new cooling system to your home? Here’s what you need to know before booking your installation.


The Difference Between an Air Conditioner and a Heat Pump

First, it’s important to understand the difference between an air conditioner and a heat pump. Many people think of them as the same thing, since both systems provide cooling. However, there are differences in how these systems work, and which homes they can be installed in. The primary difference between a heat pump and an air conditioner is that a heat pump can provide both heating and cooling, while an A/C only provides cooling. There are numerous other important differences in these systems, which you can learn about here.

If you currently have a furnace in your home, you likely will have the choice of either option; but it is necessary that your furnace is paired with a compatible AC or Heat Pump condenser. Based on the size of the furnace, as well as the existing ductwork, number of heat registers in your home, and other factors, your contractor will determine what size/tonnage your home requires.

If you don’t have any heating ducts in your home, (for example, homes that have radiant hot water heating systems), a central air conditioner is not an option for your home; however, a ductless split heat pump system may be a good option for you. This type of heat pump system has an outdoor unit called a condenser, as well as indoor ductless units that are either mounted to the wall, or floor-mounted in the various rooms that you want to cool.


What Size/Tonnage You Need

Choosing a properly sized air conditioner or heat pump is a crucial part of ensuring comfort in your home. An experienced contractor will calculate the tonnage you will need for your home’s cooling needs and choose a unit that is not undersized or oversized. You can learn more about how to correctly size an A/C or heat pump in this article, and the technicians at John Sadler are happy to answer your questions and help you determine the right unit for your home’s cooling requirements.


Whether You’re Eligible for Rebates

If you are upgrading your home’s cooling system, it’s a good idea to check if your upgrade is eligible for any rebates. In many cases, upgrading to a more efficient system such as a heat pump may qualify you for money rebates. See the BC Hydro website for more details and to find out if you qualify for any current rebates. 


Who You’re Going to Hire to Do the Installation

Before you book your installation, you’ll want to do your research on local companies and choose one that you can trust to provide a precise, quality installation and good customer service. Look online at customer reviews to get a better idea of which local contractors have the best reputation.

At John Sadler Plumbing & Heating, our team has extensive experience installing both air conditioners and heat pumps. Trust us for comprehensive cooling solutions tailored to your home’s unique requirements. Get in touch today for a job estimate or to book your appointment.

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