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Often we hear people say that the winter is the best time to buy an air conditioner. While it is true that making this purchase in the off-season does have its benefits, winter isn’t actually the best time to do so. We cover why the springtime represents your best opportunity, for a variety of reasons, to get ready for those hot summer days.

sping buyingThe real key to getting the best price and fastest service, just as with any market, is to work against the market. You should buy an air conditioner in the off-season, and by this we mean the spring or fall.

First off, the price.

An air conditioner is a significant purchase – although, with our Alberta summers getting hotter each year, it is a cost that most just can’t do without. Getting air conditioning set up in the spring lets you take advantage of manufacturer promotions and deals. This can represent substantial cost savings overall. Just remember that these deals won’t last forever, and as the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm!

Buying early is the best way to beat the rush.

Many people seem to forget about just how hot it gets in the summer, and as a result wait until the last possible minute to call for air conditioning installation. However, right now it is beautiful out – not too hot, not too cold – which means most people aren’t concerned about heating or air conditioning, and thus HVAC companies are not inundated with calls and requests. However, once that warm weather hits you could be stuck waiting because everyone is super busy. Buying early is the best way to ensure that you don’t get stuck dealing with the heat.


While the government tends to renew deadlines on rebates, the sooner you file the paperwork, the sooner you’ll receive your rebate. That being said, the government can choose to decrease or remove rebates altogether whenever they want, so it is best to take advantage of them while you can.

Always Consider the Contractor

As important as the topic of when the best time to buy an air conditioner is, even more important is the topic of who should be installing your air conditioner. When you’re thinking about air conditioning for your home, pay close attention to the contractors themselves. While the brand of air conditioner is important, more important is the contractor. Do your research, there are plenty of affordably priced contractors out there. On the flip side there are some amazingly priced contractors you may not want working on your home. Check contractor reviews online and ask for references before choosing an installing company.

If you want to get ready for the warm weather before it hits, and are wondering what the best time to buy an air conditioner is, it’s now! 

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Article by Justin Meagher


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