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The Best Options for Air Conditioning in Calgary

Staying cool and comfortable during hot summer weather is important. Air conditioners help keep your home comfortable, but with the different options available how do you know which one to choose? Check out these Calgary AC options to help you decide.

Types of air conditioners for Calgary homes

Window air conditioners

As the name implies, window AC units are placed in a window in your home. They blow cool air inside and eject hot air outside to lower the indoor temperature. Window units come in a variety of sizes to cool different sized rooms. They offer easy Air conditioning installation; simply secure the unit in a window and plug it in.

Portable A/C units

Portable AC units are self-contained, mobile units. You place one on the floor of a room and run the vent hose through a wall or window so it can exhaust heat outside. They are often noisier than other kinds of AC units and typically only cool rooms less than 500 square feet.

Ductless air conditioners

A ductless or split air conditioning system is becoming a more popular option for AC installation in homes without a forced-air HVAC system. The system contains two terminal units: one located outside the building and one located inside.

A/C installation for whole-home air conditioning

Central air conditioners are also made up of an exterior unit and an interior unit connected by refrigerant tubing. They make use of the same blower fan and ductwork as your heating system and are the most effective way to cool an entire home. Before an air conditioning install, it’s important to determine what size unit your home needs.

Keep your home cool and comfortable all summer by talking to an HVAC company about an air conditioning install. They can help you decide which type and size air conditioner is best to meet your needs.

Where to buy an air conditioner in Calgary

But where is the best place for Calgarians to buy a central air conditioner? And what do you need to know before making a decision? Here’s what you need to know.

Hardware chains and warehouse stores

Because the stores want to ensure the installation is done to their high standards, they are careful to choose reputable installers. The store you bought the unit from will be your primary contact and will manage appointments, scheduling, and warranty issues.

Brand-certified air conditioning installers

Would you prefer to support a hard-working local business? There are hundreds of independent, locally-owned installers in Calgary. They handle all aspects of the job, including quoting, scheduling and installation. Installers can be generally found through a quick Google search.

Full-service providers: Companies like Advanpro offer air conditioner installation as part of a comprehensive service offering…that includes air conditioner maintenance, duct, and furnace cleaning, furnace, and plumbing services. These companies will typically employ multiple installation teams, allowing them to provide timely service even during the peak season.

The advantage of choosing a full-service company is that you can also take the opportunity to have your ducts cleaned so that your new unit isn’t blowing dust particles into your home. Many will give you the option of signing up for an annual maintenance program, to keep your unit running in tip-top shape for years to come.

Smaller owner/operators: These small businesses consist of an owner/operator who may employ a small staff. As these companies get busy, the limited staff can impact scheduling.

How to choose an A/C installation company in Calgary

Now that you know the options, how do you determine the best place to buy your air conditioner? Here are five tips to help you choose.

1. Get multiple quotes: We suggest getting quotes from 3-5 companies. It’s always a good idea to have the installer visit your home before providing a quote, as this can identify any potential issues that may impact the price (eg. venting concerns, etc.).

2. Research the brands: Make sure you are getting a quote from a reputable brand. Lennox and Trane are the market leaders. Be leery of lower-priced ‘bargain’ models, as you may be sacrificing quality and durability.

3. Ask how soon it can be installed: Find out the company’s installation schedule so you are not stuck waiting as the temperature starts to climb. This year, expect AC units to be in high demand.

4. Ask about financing options: Home air conditioners will typically cost between $4,000 and $8,500. If you don’t have money in the bank and want to avoid inflated credit card rates, many companies offer low monthly payments at competitive rates.

Long-term financing is a great option for those who want to minimize monthly payments. Many independent installers (including Advanpro) provide the option of no payments and no interest for 6 months. After that, the payments revert to an amortized loan over 10-15 years. Your financing application can usually be approved within a few minutes.

If you’d prefer to pay off your air conditioner sooner, ask your installer about their short-term financing offers. Advanpro offers the option of 0% financing on terms of 12, 24, or 36 months. The longer the term, the lower the monthly payment.

An advantage of financing is that it allows you to purchase a higher quality unit (or one with more options and features) without dramatically increasing the monthly payments.

5. Check the reviews: When choosing an installer (including the big box stores) do your homework. Customer rating services such as Google Reviews or HomeStars are a smart place to start.

 

Quote guarantee

Guarantee
When we receive an online furnace or air conditioning quote request and the customer accepts the initial quote, we’ll send a comfort advisor to confirm the provided information and quoted price in person. 

 

If the comfort advisor finds any inaccuracies during the in person visit, we’ll revise the quoted price on the spot. After the quoted price is confirmed with an in person visit, the price is set. 

 

If there are unforeseen complications on the date of install, Advanpro will not pass the additional costs along to the customer. (See exceptions in Terms below.)

 

Terms

The guarantee is not valid if the customer provides inaccurate information when Advanpro seeks to confirm any information about the quote. This also applies to the on-site confirmation visit. 

 

In the exceptional circumstance that the chimney liner required for most furnace installations cannot be installed or gets stuck during installation, the guarantee no longer applies and we will provide a supplementary quote to complete installation. 

Repair guarantee

Guarantee
If the diagnosed issue is not fixed by our initial repair, we will dispatch the first available service technician to return and fix it at no additional cost.

 

Terms
If we determine that there is an additional unrelated issue, there may be a charge for the additional repair.

Correct A/C sizing guarantee

Guarantee
If the air conditioner Advanpro installs is determined to be improperly sized for your home, we will supply and install the correctly-sized A/C condenser at no additional cost. 

 

Terms
Advanpro must be immediately notified of any install issues. The guarantee applies for 3 months, starting from the installation date. The guarantee no longer applies if, at any time after the quote or installation, modifications are made to the home that impact cooling requirements.

Correct furnace sizing guarantee

Guarantee
If the furnace Advanpro installs is determined to be undersized for your home, we will supply and install the correctly-sized furnace at no additional cost. 

 

Terms
Advanpro must be immediately notified of any install issues. The guarantee applies for 3 months, starting from the installation date. The guarantee no longer applies if, at any time after the quote or installation, modifications are made to the home that impact heating requirements.

A/C Tune Up

Regular preventative maintenance improves efficiency and extends the lifespan of your air conditioning system, with the following benefits:

 

  • Reduced electricity bills and operating costs. When the unit operates as designed, electricity usage is reduced.
  • Maximized cooling capacity. Home comfort on the hottest of days with minimum run time.
  • Minimized repair bills. Detect and fix small problems before they get worse.

HRV Cleaning

Most homes built in the last few years have a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV), which efficiently replaces stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air, all year round.

 

As with any other air-handling equipment in your home, your HRV should be cleaned regularly to ensure the best possible indoor air quality.

 

If you aren’t sure if you have an HRV, call our team to find out how you can tell.

Duct Work Sanitizing

If you or your loved ones suffer from respiratory issues or allergies, or you’re concerned about the quality of the air that you are breathing, then our sanitizing treatment will give you the reassurance that your ductwork is sterile and free of debris that could negatively impact your respiratory and overall health.

 

Microban is our hospital-grade sanitizing solution, which kills 99.99% of germs, viruses, funguses, molds, and other pathogens.

 

We also offer Benefect, an all-natural sanitizer made from plant extracts, which also kills 99.99% of germs, viruses, funguses, and molds. ​

Exhaust Flu Stack Cleaning

Mid-efficiency furnaces produce a sand-like, mildly-corrosive byproduct. This substance condenses in the exhaust flu stack and collects over time near the inducer/venter motor, restricting exhaust gas flow. Eventually, it enters the inducer motor and causes premature wear on the furnace.

 

Exhaust flu stack cleaning removes the build-up to reduce the chance of motor failure and maximize the life span of your furnace. Preventative maintenance ensures your furnace runs efficiently all Winter long — without costly no-heat emergencies. 

A/C + High-efficiency Bypass

The secondary heat exchanger in a high-efficiency furnace or A/C coil has delicate, closely spaced fins that must be protected during your furnace and duct cleaning.

 

For furnaces that require a bypass, we temporarily install a filter above the heat exchanger or A/C coil, and position our duct vacuum above the filter.

 

This bypass procedure prevents damage by ensuring all dust and debris in your supply duct work is collected before reaching the heat exchanger or A/C coil.

 

Standard furnaces without A/C don’t have secondary heat exchangers or A/C coils and don’t require the bypass procedure.

Furnace Tune Up

Regular furnace tune ups are essential to maximizing the lifespan and efficiency of your furnace, so you can rely on it to keep you warm all Winter long.​

 

During our 30+ point inspection, we check all furnace systems to identify components that are worn out and need replacement. Replacing parts before they break — preventative maintenance — maximizes heating efficiency, avoids no-heat emergencies, and saves on costly service calls. 

 

Home furnaces can last for 20 years or more if well-maintained. A professional furnace tune up every two years helps to preserve your investment for decades.

Reverse Octopus Whip Tool

The reverse octopus whip has eight 16” flexible tentacles, which whip around blasting high-pressure air in all directions as it moves through your duct work.

 

The tool agitates and dislodges the most hard-to-reach dust, debris, and contaminants, moving them toward our duct vacuum for collection and disposal.

Brush Cleaning Method

Our high-speed rotary brushing equipment sweeps the entire interior surface of your duct work, ensuring that all dust, debris, and pet hair are vacuumed away.

 

Physically cleaning the entire length of your duct work ensures that no contaminants are left behind, increasing your indoor air quality and peace of mind.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer fires are a top-five cause of house fires. Cleaning your dryer vent regularly greatly reduces the chance of a dryer fire, plus the following benefits:

 

  • Reduces clothes drying times
  • Lowers utility bills through greater efficiency
  • Extends the life span of your dryer
  • Lessens the amount of allergens in your house

Back Skipper Tool

The back skipper is a 1” diameter rounded ball connected to a long, flexible high-pressure airline.

 

The 1” ball has jets that discharge high-pressure air, pulling the tool and airline through the length of your duct work.

 

The high-pressure air moves the dust and debris toward our duct vacuum, where it is collected for disposal.​