Décor & Design

The 411 On Staying Cool With ACs This Summer (Win!)

May 15, 2024

With temperatures rising and predictions for a hot summer, we’re sharing tips from Best Buy Canada to help you cool down before things heat up. Last year, Best Buy saw air conditioning unit sales start as early as April in anticipation for the heat waves coming over the summer months. Ninety per cent of total AC sales are portable air conditioners, and they expect to see strong demand again this year as soon as customers experience the heat. To learn more about cooling gadgets and how you can gear up early to avoid a scramble to beat the heat, we chatted with senior category leader Kayne Masih. Plus, we’re giving you a chance to win! —Vita Daily

Given the surge in demand for air conditioning units last year, what trends do you anticipate in consumer behavior as we approach the hotter months this year?

AC sales are closely related to weather so we expect to see very strong results as soon as customers experience the heat. We always plan to sell out by end of season.

Can you share any new or unique features that consumers can expect from air conditioning units this year, particularly in terms of energy consumption and noise reduction? 

New technology for Inverter Compressor reduces power consumption and reduces the noise significantly. There is also a constant need to drain the water tank from your AC depending on the humidity level in your home and some brands have created self-evaporating features into the units where customers don’t have to take these heavy units to a drain to get rid of the water built up inside over time.

Could you elaborate on the factors driving the current demand for air conditioning units in the West Coast, especially in regions like British Columbia?

West coast demand driven by BC is very strong since BC doesn’t have a lot of homes with central AC which is pretty standard across the rest of Canada. We split our demand almost 50/50 East and West.

With the significant increase in portable air conditioner sales, how is Best Buy Canada addressing the potential challenges of meeting such high demand?

We have to place strategic bets since inventory is planned almost 9 months in advance of the season. We currently have strong inventory going into the warm summer months. SKUs start to sell out as the season progresses, but we always see a major spike when there are heat related warnings in the country.

In what ways has Best Buy Canada adapted its product offerings or strategies to cater to the evolving needs and preferences of consumers when it comes to cooling gadgets?

Our customers have gravitated towards Portable ACs since there is a large percentage of rental housing that doesn’t allow the use of Window ACs. Portable ACs are also much more flexible for customers and allow the option to move to different locations within the home as needed.

What are some key considerations for consumers when choosing an air conditioning unit, and how does Best Buy Canada assist customers in making informed decisions?

Window type, noise level and room size are the primary considerations as there are unique products that offer solutions for these. We work with our partners to ensure all of the most relevant information is included on the product pages online.

Win! A $700 De’Longhi 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner From Best Buy!

One lucky Canadian winner will receive a $700 De’Longhi 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner from Best Buy! To enter, head over to Instagram, follow @bestbuycanada and @vitadailymedia and make sure to fulfil all the entry rules in the caption of the corresponding contest post. Contest opens May 16, 2024 and closes May 23, 2024. Complete contest rules and regulations herePlease note: if you are the winner, you will receive a DM (direct message) in Instagram directly from @vitadailymedia. Please be wary of fake accounts, which often use similar handles with an extra or missing letter, number or symbol. We will never ask for a payment or for your credit card number, and we will never ask you to click through a link. If you are unsure whether you have been contacted, via Instagram, by us or a fake account, email us before responding.


  1. Pnina Lutwak

    May 16th, 2024 at 9:34 am

    Keep cool swimming


  2. Lynda Larsen-Baldry

    May 16th, 2024 at 9:38 am

    Running Fans and drinking lot of water

  3. Florence Cochrane

    May 16th, 2024 at 9:43 am

    Fans and cold beverages. @fcochrane2019

  4. Melanie Centis

    May 16th, 2024 at 10:07 am

    Swimming to keep us cooled off

  5. Lynzee Freeman

    May 16th, 2024 at 10:15 am

    We stay cool by having cool showers & lots of swimming but would definitely love to cool down with this AC

  6. Donna Doyle

    May 16th, 2024 at 10:16 am

    I only have fans to try to keep me cool. An air conditioner would be great.

  7. Charmaine Fenech

    May 16th, 2024 at 10:39 am

    We stay cool with sprinklers and water gun fights


  8. Amanda M.

    May 16th, 2024 at 10:44 am

    I love my misting fan, just park myself in front of that baby and I’m cool as a cucumber. 💙

  9. Biatta Novokshonoff

    May 16th, 2024 at 10:52 am

    Dunking in the river and hiding in a cool conditioned room!


  10. Karly Zbaraschuk

    May 16th, 2024 at 11:00 am

    Lots of fans, dips in the pool and trips to the beach!


  11. Karen Anderson

    May 16th, 2024 at 11:13 am

    Spray parks 💜

  12. Coralee milhomens

    May 16th, 2024 at 11:23 am

    I keep cool by drinking cold water

  13. Helen Cichon

    May 16th, 2024 at 11:46 am

    Thank goodness we had two of these units in our rental cottage in Muskoka last year. It rained almost all week and it was hot and muggy. I don’t know what we would have done without them being there were 6 adults, 2 children and 2 dogs. I VERY highly recommend them. I will definitely need a couple in my new condo this summer to keep cool during our infamous muggy summertime. Thank you!

  14. Carole

    May 16th, 2024 at 12:47 pm

    Fan, ice cold water and swimming.


  15. Mary D.

    May 16th, 2024 at 1:17 pm

    Keep the blinds closed during the day. Don’t run large appliances in peak periods. Keep yourself hydrated.

  16. Wing Fan

    May 16th, 2024 at 1:58 pm

    My Condo is hotter than the oven during summer. The best thing I can do is to put on the blackouts curtain. But the room gets dark because of it and we can’t enjoy the summer sunshine at home. This De’Longhi 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner From Best Buy will be a great help for us to enjoy the summer by keeping us cool at home! Please let me win 🏆 @@cooking_mama_yyz

  17. Joy D

    May 16th, 2024 at 2:03 pm

    Sitting in the shade with a glass of ice lemonade and feeling the breeze off the lake at the family camp. @joymariemd

  18. Anna Given

    May 16th, 2024 at 2:22 pm

    Sitting in front of a fan

  19. Dustin Guspodaryk

    May 16th, 2024 at 2:26 pm

    Go cycling or hiking on top of mountains.. very refreshing and good excercise
    Instagram @d.garyk23

    thanks for the giveaway

  20. jeff

    May 16th, 2024 at 3:01 pm

    head out in the shade and lets nature breeze do its thing @jefftraderc

  21. Rosalie Reeves

    May 16th, 2024 at 3:04 pm

    I try to keep the house cool with blinds, fans and swim when possible.

  22. Catrina Lyttle

    May 16th, 2024 at 3:16 pm

    Swimming is a great way to keep cool in the summer.
    @aliceltranty on IG

  23. Sheena A

    May 16th, 2024 at 3:32 pm

    I like to keep cool in the summer and having a small pool in the back and hanging out there to keep our temperature down. That and lots of popsicles lol @i.am.sheena

  24. Selena Halliburton

    May 16th, 2024 at 4:08 pm

    With cold refreshing showers!!

  25. Toby Collins

    May 16th, 2024 at 4:08 pm

    Ice cream! @toco11

  26. Am

    May 16th, 2024 at 4:10 pm

    I hide out in the basement.

  27. Wanda Tracey

    May 16th, 2024 at 4:28 pm

    I swim in the pool.

  28. Cindy

    May 16th, 2024 at 4:31 pm

    I live in the sunny okanagan with plenty of lakes rivers and creeks.. I stay close to the water and keep my house closed up


  29. l p

    May 16th, 2024 at 4:38 pm

    keeping screened windows and doors open. thanks

  30. Katie

    May 16th, 2024 at 4:43 pm

    # screened windows keeps room cools and let in fresh air

    Instagram handle; katieq__que

  31. Adriano

    May 16th, 2024 at 4:57 pm

    Fans and ice packs

  32. Rosa

    May 16th, 2024 at 5:14 pm

    I’m planning to keep cool this summer by using blackout curtains, staying hydrated with my cucumber, mint and coconut water drinks and investing in a good air conditioner (hopefully I win this contest) @rosa16sept

  33. Leah Hagerty

    May 16th, 2024 at 6:46 pm

    Jump in the river !


  34. Wendy Germaine

    May 16th, 2024 at 6:51 pm

    / I am a senior and need good A/C I have blinds but they are not great

  35. Wendy Germaine

    May 16th, 2024 at 6:53 pm

    instagram wgermaisne For the entry above

  36. Avena Pertab

    May 16th, 2024 at 6:57 pm

    I like to keep cool in the summer by going to the beach and playing around in the water. I also go to different malls to stay cool as I don’t have an ac.

    Xovenus (IG )

  37. Michelle

    May 16th, 2024 at 7:42 pm

    Waterguns fights outside, cold water and ice packs on the forehead

    Ig: canadianmama86

  38. jan

    May 16th, 2024 at 8:10 pm

    Time to go swimming when it’s too hot

  39. Morris Elfenbaum

    May 17th, 2024 at 12:06 am


  40. L. Lou

    May 17th, 2024 at 2:24 am

    Cool drinks and staying in the shade. 😎

    @canloulife on IG

  41. Elly Hristov

    May 17th, 2024 at 2:32 am

    I love keeping cool by staying in the shade with a cold drink!!! @elly_e_r

  42. Amanda Masters

    May 17th, 2024 at 8:39 am

    I love swimming, we have a huge beaver floatie that’s a lot of fun.

  43. Lillian Poulton

    May 17th, 2024 at 9:03 am

    We use floor fans, ceiling fans and use outdoor blinds

  44. Jordanna Haire

    May 17th, 2024 at 10:06 am

    Snorkelling at the river with my son and hubby. 10 plus year tradition. 🤿☀️🏞️

  45. Riley Mullen

    May 17th, 2024 at 12:04 pm

    I’d love to win this for my 2 kiddos, it gets super hot in our place and this would be a life saver

  46. Dijana babic

    May 17th, 2024 at 10:57 pm

    Closing my blinds , sleeping in basement and swimming in cold lakes
    My instagram handle @yannvancity

  47. @darlenemagrel

    May 18th, 2024 at 6:43 am

    New technology for Inverter Compressor reduces power consumption and reduces the noise significantly. There is also a constant need to drain the water tank from your AC depending on the humidity level in your home and some brands have created self-evaporating features into the units where customers don’t have to take these heavy units to a drain to get rid of the water built up inside over time.

  48. Chantal Piche

    May 18th, 2024 at 7:11 am

    Take a swim in the lake

  49. Danny M

    May 18th, 2024 at 9:00 am

    Having some ice cold beverages!

  50. Elaine G

    May 19th, 2024 at 8:26 am

    Air conditioner and iced tea.

  51. Kath

    May 19th, 2024 at 4:49 pm

    We keep the blinds down during the day.

  52. Jenelle Fraser

    May 19th, 2024 at 5:10 pm

    Popsicles. Lots and lots of popsicles! Haha. @jenelleefraser

  53. Kimberley C

    May 19th, 2024 at 7:32 pm

    Lots of day trips out to the lake! @kimmiecapp

  54. Pam Humphrey

    May 20th, 2024 at 7:18 am

    I like to keep cool by staying hydrated with homemade lemonade and water.

  55. Chris Martin

    May 20th, 2024 at 10:14 am

    Swimming at a friends pool with an ice cold beer.
    @capt._leafsaholic on insta

  56. Kelli Brost

    May 20th, 2024 at 10:32 am



  57. LeiK

    May 20th, 2024 at 7:26 pm

    using damp/wet towels around my neck

  58. Jessica Reis

    May 21st, 2024 at 11:41 am

    My family eats a ton of freezies and popsicles to keep cool
    Ig: proudmomjess

  59. Michelle

    May 21st, 2024 at 6:20 pm

    We keep cool in the summer with cold drinks 🍹
    IG: @michelle_policelli

  60. Xu Li

    May 21st, 2024 at 9:46 pm

    Drink lots of water! @xuliang889

  61. Michelle Cox

    May 21st, 2024 at 10:05 pm

    We like to head to the beach and / or spray parks!


  62. Rita Duff

    May 22nd, 2024 at 4:12 am

    cool drinks and the beach @duffmr

  63. Ming K

    May 22nd, 2024 at 10:08 am

    I go for swims and stock up on cold drinks in my fridge @squirmer03

  64. Kath

    May 22nd, 2024 at 2:21 pm

    A cool shower

  65. Lana H

    May 22nd, 2024 at 2:24 pm

    I like to cool off at the lake


  66. Jill MacAulay

    May 22nd, 2024 at 5:15 pm

    I stay cool in the summer by hanging out by the pool – following on IG @jillmacaulay8883

  67. Cindy zheng

    May 22nd, 2024 at 7:12 pm

    Swimming and drink


  68. Jan J.

    May 22nd, 2024 at 7:39 pm

    With a nice cold drink and staying out of the sun

  69. Winnie Tong-Luo

    May 22nd, 2024 at 7:40 pm

    Have a cool drink @sweetsweetpapaya

  70. Yung L

    May 22nd, 2024 at 8:19 pm

    Swimming @lyungcrl

  71. Hoda

    May 22nd, 2024 at 10:49 pm

    Drink cold water!
    Thank you
    FB: Hoda Montazeri Motlagh

  72. Mimi B

    May 23rd, 2024 at 6:20 am

    I keep cool by keeping the windows and drapes closed during the day.

    Instagram: Mimi.travel.photo.journal

  73. Micheline Boyle

    May 23rd, 2024 at 12:05 pm

    I use fans to keep cool.

    IG winnie_hook

  74. Louise Lormestoir

    May 23rd, 2024 at 7:26 pm

    Swimming and eating ice cream. @bella_loulou1

  75. Benfa

    May 23rd, 2024 at 7:44 pm

    Swimming and drink water


  76. Jiayin

    May 23rd, 2024 at 7:46 pm



  77. Tiesha Dorleans

    May 23rd, 2024 at 8:39 pm

    Swimming. @SweetTD93

  78. Cathy Manley

    May 23rd, 2024 at 9:03 pm

    Going to the beach and swimming as much as possible. Also having many cool showers. cathymanley_

  79. Eileen @604girl

    May 23rd, 2024 at 10:04 pm

    I love going to the lake to cool off in the summer.

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