Unusual Spring Temperatures Create Early Demand for Air Conditioning Hire

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Following one of the warmest Springs on record, Andrews Sykes has experienced a 50 per cent increase in air conditioning hire enquiries compared to the same period in previous years.

With global temperatures rising; more industry sectors requiring a highly controlled indoor environment and a general uptake in air conditioning as a whole, the hire market is now less reliant on a hot summer...

Following one of the warmest Springs on record, with April averaging 10.7C (according to the Met Office), Andrews Sykes has experienced a 50 per cent increase in air conditioning hire enquiries compared to the same period in previous years. An early peak of enquiries were received during the final third of April when temperatures soared: 27.8C was reached (in Surrey) – one of the hottest April days since 1949. To deal with the increased demand, Andrews Sykes has recruited an additional 11 members of staff. The warm weather was particularly good timing as Andrews Sykes launch the new PAC60 air conditioning unit.

Andrews Sykes cites three main reasons for this increase in demand:

  •      Emergency call outs: organisations switch on their in-built air conditioning for the first time after winter to discover faults or inefficiencies that need to be fixed. Renting portable air conditioning enables the organisation to function as normal until the problems are rectified.
  •      Contingency planning: the unseasonal temperatures have alerted organisations to the possibility of a long hot summer and so they are putting contingency plans in place (such as the option to hire equipment at short notice) to maintain suitable working conditions, should this occur.
  •      Servicing: where air conditioning is a necessity rather than a luxury (as in some manufacturing or industrial settings) organisations are hiring portable equipment in order to undertake planned maintenance work, to ensure their in-built system will cope with conditions over the hotter summer months.

Steve Reeve, Sales Director at Andrews Sykes said: “There are no industry wide figures available for portable air conditioning hire but as we have the biggest range of equipment, it is highly likely that these statistics are representative of the UK as a whole.

“The UK’s air conditioning hire market is gradually becoming less seasonal but there are clearly peaks in activity, such as this spike in April. With global temperatures rising; more industry sectors requiring a highly controlled indoor environment and a general uptake in air conditioning as a whole, the hire market is now less reliant on a hot summer for all of its business. Of course we do benefit during summers such as the one in 2006.”

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