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Best Time to Buy an Air Conditioner

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Summer is almost always right around the corner no matter what season it is, and that means one thing for homeowners – it’s time to buy a new air conditioner! But when is the best time to make this purchase? And where can you find the best deals? In this blog, we will answer all of your questions about the best time to buy an air conditioner. We will also provide a handy guide on where to look for rebates and what to consider in your AC system so you can get the best price possible!

When to Buy an Air Conditioner

One of the most common questions we get from friends and customers who want to be ready for the weather is “When is the best time to buy an air conditioner?” It’s easy to assume summer—when the outdoor heat is turned way up—but the right answer may surprise you.

Here’s why fall, winter, and spring are all better times to buy an air conditioner and schedule AC installation:


The summertime sunshine is gone; with it, so is the outdoor heat. During this time of year, manufacturers offer rebate programs such as Carrier’s Cool Cash. This program is designed to encourage investment into higher efficiency systems by homeowners. This is a great time to find a deal. You can also keep an eye on our specials page in the fall for a great deal on an air conditioner installation!


The winter is when everyone else is focused on their heaters—but naturally, you’re way ahead of the game. The need for air conditioners in the Portland-Vancouver area is low during the winter months so you’re likely to find a good deal and have plenty of time to make sure your AC unit is installed and ready by expert HVAC technicians.


Temperatures are starting to rise, but you’ll be a step ahead by summer. Most people wait until the day of the heatwave to take any action, so spring is prime time to get an air conditioning unit. You will have your pick of times and dates for scheduling installation, and Carrier typically offers their Cool Cash program again around this time so you can often get valuable rebates for qualifying Carrier systems. 

Additional reading: How Much Does It Cost to Install AC in My Home?

Other Opportunities to Save on Buying a New AC System

Local utility incentives and federal tax credits may be available on certain products. It also may be possible to stack offers to save on updating old AC and HVAC systems to more energy-efficient options. You can also look for company rebates from reliable HVAC manufacturers. Jacobs recommends and installs Carrier HVAC systems.

Additional reading: 6 Reasons to Switch to an Energy-Efficient AC Unit in 2023

Other Times to Consider a New AC Unit

If you’re in the midst of a home renovation project, it’s natural to feel both anticipation and apprehension. After all, while the new space will certainly make things more comfortable, there are loads of tiny details to take into account – like having to get an entirely new HVAC system installed.

Once your renovations are complete, it’s possible that your current furnace and air conditioner will be the wrong size for the new space and new ductwork will be needed for the remodeled space. Bundling a new HVAC system together can potentially save money and keep your home comfortable after the remodel. Consult an HVAC expert before your renovation to get a quote.

Additional reading: AC Sizes Explained: What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?

New Efficiency Standards in 2023

In Jan 2023, new national efficiency guidelines will go into effect that require all heating and cooling manufacturers to redesign upwards of 70% of their equipment lines. New models are planning to ship out in Jan 2023, which means prices will go up.

There are two major changes:

  • An increase in minimum efficiency will cause current entry-level AC units to be discontinued and redesigned.
  • A new efficiency testing procedure that will mean all products for every brand must be retested.

Factors to Consider Before Buying Your New AC Unit 

Obviously, there are a few other factors to take into consideration, beyond the time of year that you’re purchasing, including but not limited to the following:

  • Size of your home
  • Ductwork
  • Desired features
  • Efficiency rating

Consider the pros and cons of the system you are buying and go through all the necessary points before you decide which AC you want. HVAC companies can book out their consultation and installation slots months in advance so don’t wait till your old AC unit stops working. And with supply chain issues still creating backups in the system, it is best to plan early for your new AC system.

Buying an Air Conditioner in Portland

Jacobs Heating & Air Conditioning is a well-known and trusted local Portland company. We’ve been installing residential HVAC systems in Portland, Beaverton, and Vancouver homes since 1952. We have your back for all things HVAC. Jacobs Heating & Air Conditioning will evaluate your home and help find the best system for your home and lifestyle.

Have a look at our air conditioner options to see the details on each AC unit, find out about the HVAC services we offer, and then get in touch with any questions or to schedule a consultation. Don’t wait for the summer heat to come to you. Make sure you’re ready for summer ahead of time.

If you aren’t ready to get a new HVAC system but need an expert eye, you can schedule your next tune-up and keep the stress and hassle out of maintaining your system. No matter what you need we’re always just a phone call away