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Best Time 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 spring, fall, and winter are all better times to buy an air conditioner and schedule AC installation:


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 inventory is high so you can often get the AC unit you want at a lower off-season price.


The summertime sunshine is gone, and with it, so is the outdoor heat. We have extra inventory on hand—for central air conditioning and duct-free air conditioning—and want to clear it out. This is the best time to find the best deal. Keep an eye on our specials page in the fall for a great deal on an air conditioner and 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 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 technicians.

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. Have a look at our air conditioner options to see the vitals 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 heat to come to you. Make sure you’re ready for summer ahead of time.