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Stay Cool This Summer with a Free Portable Air Conditioner from BC Hydro

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As the temperatures begin to rise, staying cool and comfortable becomes a top priority for everyone. At Veteran Heating and Cooling, while we specialize in comprehensive climate control solutions, we understand that not everyone needs or can afford a full-house system. That’s why we want to share an important public service announcement from BC Hydro regarding their current offer for free portable air conditioners.

4400 units given, more available

More than 4,400 units have already been successfully installed, bringing relief and comfort to numerous households. If you or someone you know might benefit from this program, BC Hydro has streamlined the application process, making it easier for eligible participants to apply and receive their free AC.

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While Veteran HVAC does not sell portable air conditioners, we fully support this initiative and encourage those in need to take advantage of this offer. For those whose needs might exceed a single-room cooling solution and require a more robust system for entire home comfort, Veteran Heating and Cooling is here to help. We offer a range of HVAC services including the installation and repair of heat pumps, furnaces, and comprehensive air conditioning systems.

If you are considering upgrading to a full-home air conditioning system or need any assistance with your heating and cooling needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Veteran HVAC. Our team is dedicated to providing the best service and the most affordable solutions in the Lower Mainland area. Remember, staying cool this summer doesn’t have to be a luxury—it can be a reality for everyone, thanks to opportunities like the one offered by BC Hydro. For those who qualify for a free portable air conditioner, please visit BC Hydro’s website to apply. 

Do i need a portable a/c or a full system?

The difference between a portable air conditioner and a full HVAC system is substantial in terms of capability, cost, and installation. Portable air conditioners are compact, standalone units that can be moved between rooms and typically vent through a window. They are ideal for cooling small spaces or specific rooms temporarily and are generally more affordable upfront. 

However, they can be less energy-efficient and noisier than other options. In contrast, a full HVAC system includes components like an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air handler, providing centralized heating and cooling to the entire home. This system is more expensive initially but offers greater energy efficiency, durability, and overall climate control. 

Full systems require professional installation and maintenance but deliver a more consistent and comfortable indoor environment. Opting for a full HVAC system also often includes options for humidity control and air filtration, enhancing indoor air quality and comfort.

What's the difference between portable a/c and a comprehensive system?

Portable air conditioners and full HVAC systems differ significantly in their scope and suitability for various living spaces. 

A portable AC is a self-contained unit, ideal for cooling single rooms or small spaces. It’s mobile, easy to set up, and doesn’t require professional installation, making it a good choice for renters or those seeking a quick, temporary cooling solution. 

On the other hand, a full HVAC system is designed to provide centralized heating and cooling to an entire building, offering a more integrated and permanent solution. This system is more complex, involving external and internal components, and requires professional installation and maintenance. 

While the initial cost and setup are more substantial than a portable air conditioner, a full HVAC system is more efficient, quieter, and adds value to a property by uniformly regulating the temperature and improving air quality throughout the home.


Who is eligible for the free portable air conditioner from BC Hydro?

Eligibility is primarily for low-income and vulnerable individuals. Applicants can check specific eligibility criteria and apply via the BC Hydro website.

How can I apply for a free portable AC with BC Hydro?

You can apply directly through BC Hydro’s website. They have streamlined the application process to make it accessible and straightforward for eligible participants.

How can modern ac features maximize my selling price?

Modern aircon features can boost your home’s selling price. A smart thermostat and zoned cooling add value. Energy-efficient units also make a big difference in price.

What if I need more than one portable air conditioner?

BC Hydro’s offer is limited to one unit per eligible household. If you need additional cooling solutions, Veteran HVAC can help with more extensive climate control systems. Feel free to contact us.

Can Veteran HVAC install the free portable air conditioner for me?

Veteran HVAC does not offer installation services for portable air conditioners. Our expertise is in full-home HVAC systems, including installations and repairs.

What other services does Veteran HVAC offer?

We provide installation and repair services for heat pumps, furnaces, water heaters, and tankless heaters. We specialize in creating comprehensive climate control solutions for your home.

Are there government rebates available for HVAC installations?

Yes, Veteran HVAC assists customers in obtaining government rebates that can help lower the out-of-pocket costs for new installations and upgrades. Contact us for more details.

How can I decide between a portable air conditioner and a full HVAC system?

If you need cooling in one small area, a portable unit might suffice. However, for whole-home comfort and efficiency, a full HVAC system is recommended. Veteran HVAC can provide a consultation to determine the best solution for your needs.

For more information about cooling solutions or to discuss your specific needs, contact us directly at the form below.