The summer months have certainly turned up the heat as far as the weather is concerned, and as a result, air-conditioners have become hot property for many consumers.
For Bathurst businesses that sell air-conditioners, business has been largely favourable.
When local air-conditioning contractors Fridgcon were contacted by the Western Advocate for this story, they reported that they were far too busy to comment, suggesting an influx in business.
There has also been a noticeable spike in air-conditioner sales at Harvey Norman Bathurst, and electrical proprietor Todd Bray said the summer weather has been a key factor.
“This December to January period has been phenomenal,” Mr Bray said.
“We’re in a position where competition is very healthy, and we’re seeing a lot of consumers do the rounds and return to the store.”
“Consumers are coming back because they’re realising that with our knowledge and range of air-cons, they’re receiving the right advice.”
With the weather a hot topic on the lips of consumers purchasing air-conditioners, Mr Bray said the talk has certainly translated into sales.
“The nature of the weather has been a key point of conversation in our industry for the past three or four months,” he said.
“Sales of air-cons have not only been positive here in Bathurst, but across all stores in the region.”
The sales of air-conditioners have been favourable to the point where many Harvey Norman stores throughout NSW could be experiencing shortages of the appliance in the coming weeks.
“Our suppliers are servicing over 86 stores in NSW, and with one of the brands we stock, there’s only 40 or so models left,” Mr Bray said.
“There’s not a lot of stock out there to service the country at the moment.”
“If anyone is in the market to purchase an air-conditioner, I’d suggest they do so as soon as possible with these current weather conditions.”
In terms of fan sales, Mr Bray said there has been some surprises.
“I thought fans would take off a lot better than they have, but a lot of people have been preferring to purchase evaporative coolers and portable air-conditioners,” he said.
“People appear to be happy to spend extra if it means they’re going to be more comfortable in the home during the warmer months.”
Bathurst has seen the full brunt of summer this week, with temperatures yesterday peaking at 38 degrees Celsius.
For today and tomorrow, the weather is predicted to reach a top of 40 degrees, and a total fire ban is in place across the region.