Is sound an issue for heating and air conditioning? Yes. Heating and cooling that make a lot of noiseadd to sound pollution.While no financial savings are tied to lower sound levels, the sound rating of a cooling system can have a serious effect on comfort and enjoyment of your Salt Lake City home. The sound level of an air conditioner or heat pump depends on many issues, such as the equipment, and whether the compressor is insulated or not can add to the amount of noise it makes. Although most heating and cooling systems made today are quieter than they ever have been, it's a good notion to compare sound ratings when evaluating a new air conditioner or heat pump, particularly if the equipment location is near bedrooms or living rooms.