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Best air conditioner sales and deals in May 2022

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Air conditioner sales are starting to ramp up. Although we've yet to experience a major heatwave, peak air conditioner season is rapidly approaching. That means now is the best time to take advantage of cheap air conditioner sales.

Retailers from Home Depot to Walmart frequently take from $50 to $200 off a wide variety of air conditioners including some of the best smart air conditioners we've reviewed. We're also spotting air conditioner sales on portable units. Although these units can be power hungry, the benefit to owning one is that it can be moved into hard to reach areas like a basement or attic. 

The dogs days of summer will be here before you know it, so we're rounding up the best air conditioner sales you can get now. For deals on more home appliances, make sure to check out our coverage of the best refrigerator sales and best air fryer sales

Memorial Day and air conditioner deals

Make note: Memorial Day 2022 arrives on May 30. However, practically all Memorial Day sales for 2022 are now live. As the unofficial start of the summer, Memorial Day is an excellent opportunity to buy a new air conditioner or replace the old one you currently have. Memorial Day appliance sales tend to dominate Memorial Day, so expect to see air conditioner sales from the likes of Home Depot, Lowe's, and Amazon. Make sure to follow our coverage of the best Home Depot Memorial Day sales and Lowe's Memorial Day sales for the best air conditioner deals this season. 

Best air conditioner sales right now

Air Conditioner sales

Cooling fans/AC: deals from $154 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
Summer is coming. That means now is the time to invest in a new air conditioner. Fortunately, there are plenty of air conditioner sales that are slashing the prices of in-window units. After discount, ACs start at just $154. 

Frigidaire 5,000 BTU Compact Window AC: was $192 now $162 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
It's not the biggest discount we've seen, but if you need an inexpensive compact AC, you'll be hard-pressed to find a unit that's cheaper than this. Best Buy has the Frigidaire 5,000 BTU Compact Window AC on sale for $162. It can cool rooms of up to 150 sq. ft and it has dual fan and cooling modes. 

GE 6,000 BTU Air Conditioner: was $250 now $214 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The GE AHQ06LZ Air Conditioner offers three fan speeds and 6,000 BTUs of power that can quickly cool a room of up to 250 sq. ft. It's one of the least expensive air conditioner sales we've seen. It's cheaper than last week's price. 

Insignia 8,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner: was $369 now $349 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Insignia is Best Buy's signature electronics brand. This 8,000 BTU air conditioner can cool rooms up to 350 sq. ft. It offers three cooling settings, a remote, and auto shut-off mode. There's also an indicator light that tells you when to clean its filter. 

LG 10,000 BTU Smart Window Air Conditioner: was $439 now $349 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The LG Smart Window Air Conditioner lets you control your home temperature from anywhere. It also works with Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can use voice commands to turns the unit on/off. It can cool rooms of up to 450 square feet. 

GE Profile 8,100 BTU Air Conditioner: was $439 now $389 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The GE Profile 8,100 window air conditioner is quiet and can easily cool rooms up to 350 sq. ft in size. This smart AC also integrates with the SmartHQ app to monitor, schedule, and control your smart AC from anywhere. It's one of the best smart air conditioner sales we've seen. 

LG Dual Inverter 14,000 BTU Air Conditioner: was $509 now $488 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The LG Dual Inverter AC is the best smart air conditioner (opens in new tab) you can buy. It uses LG's dual-inverter compressor, which continually adjusts its speed, rather than turning on and off like a traditional compressor. LG says this technology should provide energy savings of up to 25%. This model comes with a remote control, works with Alexa and Google Assistant, and can be controlled via the LG SmartThinQ app.

Portable Air Conditioner sales

Gymax Evaporative Portable Air Conditioner: was $176 now $128 @ Home Depot (opens in new tab)
Perfect for your home office, this portable air conditioner offers 3 modes of cooling and a total of 10,000 BTU. It features a water tank which can be frozen and used to power the machine. It also has built-in caster wheels that make it easy to move from room to room. 

Costway 8,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner: was $308 now $276 @ Home Depot (opens in new tab)
This Costway portable AC features 8,000 BTU, which means it can cool rooms of up to 230 sq. ft. It has a 24-hour programmable timer to help save on energy. There's also a built-in dehumidifier function that makes your home less susceptible to allergens such as dust mites and mildew.

Colzer Portable Air Conditioner 10,000 BTU: was $429 now $379 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Colzer portable AC is equipped with two fan speeds (low, high) plus an auto fan to maintain a steady circulation of cool air. It's designed to cover large rooms up to 400 square feet. It's on sale for $399, but click the on-page digital coupon to drop its price to $379. 

AireMax 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner: was $399 now $368 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The AireMax Portable Air Conditioner has the capacity to cool and dehumidify rooms up to 400 sq. ft in size. It features dual filters to catch pet hairs and other particles from clogging internal components and it has three operating modes: cool, fan, and dry. It's one of the best portable air conditioner sales we've seen. 

Ukoke 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner: was $479 now $386 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
Offering 10,000 BTU of cooling power, this smart portable AC can cool rooms up to 300 sq. ft in size. The 3-in-1 unite also works as a fan and dehumidifier. It also works with Amazon Alexa, so you can control your AC via voice commands or via the unit's mobile app. 

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.