So that you missed out on shopping for an air conditioner. now what?


Metro Vancouver resident Jim Bug, 52, thought he was getting good by planning a number of days forward.

On Tuesday morning, when meteorologists predicted a weekend warmth wave for many of BC, Bug headed to his native Greatest Purchase retailer to purchase air conditioners. They are saying it was the one retailer within the space the place the leftover merchandise was proven on-line.

“When it will get above 30 right here, it will get a bit of oppressive,” Bug stated. “And I simply knew [this weekend] Wasn’t going to be a wonderful sight.”

When the bug got here in, there have been 40 air conditioners in entrance of the store. As he spoke with a gross sales affiliate, he seen that every unit was eliminated inside the subsequent half-hour.

Thankfully, he managed to seize two in time – one for himself, and one for his neighbor.

Greatest Purchase Canada says it typically receives new shipments of air conditioners, however provides do not final lengthy. (AP Photograph/Nevada Enchantment, Brad Horn)

Meteorologists count on temperatures within the Fraser Valley, the place the bug lives, to hit the excessive 30s this weekend. Within the inside, temperatures are anticipated to exceed 40C.

As temperatures rise from yr to yr on account of local weather change, an rising variety of bug-like persons are deciding it is time to attempt to purchase their first air conditioner. In accordance with a BC Hydro examine final yr, air conditioner use has tripled since 2001 and reaches 34 p.c of households in BC.

Those that waited too lengthy to purchase an air conditioner this yr could also be out of luck this weekend. A fast search on-line exhibits little or no inventory obtainable at shops within the Decrease Mainland.

‘They depart too shortly’

Jason Wiersma, a retailer chief at Greatest Purchase in Langley, says demand for air conditioners has greater than doubled yr over yr for the reason that retailer started working 4 years in the past.

Wiersma says new items arrive all through the week, however they do not final lengthy.

“They go in a short time,” Wiersma stated. “I see folks ready for them within the car parking zone.”

BC Hydro says that air conditioners positioned in a window are extra environment friendly and price efficient than moveable ones. (AP)

For anybody nonetheless hoping they’re going to be capable to discover an air conditioner earlier than summer time is over, Wiersma suggests checking on-line repeatedly and ordering a unit for fast pickup or supply.

The most well-liked fashions are moveable air conditioners, he says, as a result of they’re probably the most handy and straightforward to put in. They sometimes value between $300 and $700. Nonetheless, BC Hydro cautions that also they are inefficient and price extra to function than conventional window fashions.

Central AC gross sales are additionally rising

But it surely’s not simply cheaper fashions which are driving gross sales.

Roy da Silva, operations supervisor for Professional Ace Heating & Air Conditioning at Burnaby, says demand for central air con, which prices 1000’s of {dollars}, has grown 60 p.c over the previous yr.

The 2020 BC Hydro examine exhibits that air con use has tripled prior to now 10 years. (shutterstock)

“5 – 6 or seven years in the past, folks used to take it arduous as a result of on the lengthy weekend of August they might at all times be scorching, so to talk, for a few weeks,” da Silva stated. “However now the warmth wave is coming a lot quicker, earlier and longer.”

Da Silva says this yr potential prospects are beginning to inquire about shopping for a unit in Could. Throughout a seven-minute interview on Thursday, da Silva acquired 4 cellphone calls from potential purchasers.

excessive warmth well being hazard

Kate Weinberger, an assistant professor within the College of British Columbia’s College of Inhabitants and Public Well being, says that whereas temperatures in BC could not appear as excessive as these in Canada and different components of the US, they’re nonetheless thought of harmful.

“I believe we have to take this actually significantly from a well being standpoint,” she stated. “The truth that lots of people in Metro Vancouver haven’t got air con goes to be doubtlessly problematic throughout this summer time’s occasion.”

Weinberger says this weekend’s warmth wave is extra worrying as a result of night time temperatures aren’t anticipated to chill a lot and are comparatively early within the season for a warmth wave of this magnitude. She says each of these components could contribute to the upper threat of loss of life.

These most in danger embrace seniors, infants and youngsters, and folks with pre-existing well being circumstances.

contribution to local weather change

Nonetheless, regardless of the advantages of air conditioners, many vitality specialists level out that the majority cooling expertise makes use of loads of vitality and may make warmth waves worse in the long run, contributing to local weather change.

This June, a record-breaking warmth wave within the western US prompted the Hoover Dam to drop the water degree within the reservoir to its lowest degree.

For these in B.C. who haven’t got the luxurious of air con—as a result of they missed it or as a result of they do not wish to contribute any extra to local weather change—there are methods to maintain cool at dwelling.

Listed here are some ideas from BC Hydro:

  • Open the home windows when it’s cooler at night time and shut them to let the new air escape in the course of the day.
  • Preserve the blinds right down to keep away from the solar.
  • Use a ceiling fan, which makes use of one-tenth of the vitality of an air conditioner.
  • Use much less massive home equipment: Grasp your laundry to dry and fireplace up the barbecue as an alternative of the oven.
  • Take quick, chilly showers.





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