An air conditioning company has been inundated with calls after Sussex baked in record-breaking temperatures earlier this week.
Brighton-based H&D Air Conditioning said phones had been “ringing non-stop” for the past few weeks as the mercury rose.
The company said they are now fully booked for new air-conditioning installations until September.
Tony Johanson, director of the company, said there has been a flood of calls from homeowners looking for ways to keep their cool.
He said: “The past few summers have been very busy as it’s our peak season of the year – but with the increase in working from home and new build properties being so well insulated we’ve had significantly more calls from households looking to something are looking for a cooling solution.
“Also, there has been a sharp increase in demand for portable air conditioners, particularly for the comfort of the elderly and pets.”
However, Tony said customers have recently had their eye on getting units for the winter months.
He said: “On the hottest two days of the year we’ve had the most requests for air conditioning from customers who want to plan ahead and heat with them.
“Air conditioners are air-to-air heat pumps and now have a dual purpose, providing both heating and cooling for year-round use.
“By reducing VAT from five percent to zero percent, they are also cheaper.”
Temperatures hit record-breaking levels during this week’s heatwave, hitting 37.6C in the village of Herstmonceux on Tuesday.
Demand for bottled water has also increased amid the extreme temperatures, with empty shelves in stores across the city after selling out.
Signs were put up at a Sainsbury’s branch near Preston Park apologizing to customers after they ran out of bottles of still water.
Brighton and Hove is expected to remain significantly cooler for the remainder of the week, with cloud and light showers forecast.
Temperatures will reach highs of 23C, about ten degrees lower than the city on Tuesday at the height of the heatwave.
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