Heat causing demand for cooler homes

January was the warmest month on record for Sydney, also felt by other cities around the country, causing a high demand and need for cooler homes.

January was the warmest month on record for Sydney, also felt by other cities around the country, causing a high demand and need for cooler homes.

Although autumn is known as a cooler season, experts predict that the January heatwaves will return, causing a high demand and need for cooler homes.

January 2017, marked the highest number of Australians seeking the services of airconditioning installers, according to Oneflare, the the online marketplace helping to connect Australians with professional trades and services.

Data from Oneflare found that in January 2017, over 1000 Australians in Sydney alone, requested the services of an airconditioning installer as temperatures reached over 45 degrees in some areas.

According to data, Blacktown appeared to have the highest need to cool down with over 15 per cent of requests in Sydney coming from this region.

Across the country, the total number of requests for an airconditioning installer in January equated to 50 per cent of total requests for the service in 2016, showing that January in particular has been unbearably hot for most.

Rosario Costa from Rossair Industries lists his airconditioning business on Oneflare and describes the demand for his services at the moment as “absolute mayhem”.

“The demand has been beyond expectations and it’s because of the consistency of hot days. One or two days, it’s OK but when you’re having three or more hot days in a row, people are realising they need to do something,” Mr Costa said.

COO of Oneflare, Ken Tabuki says that the demand for this service type last month was was incredible, showing a 140 per cent increase from those needing the service in December.

“Trends that show large spikes in a single month often imply that something has occurred to trigger a high amount of Australian requesting the same service at once.

“Across the board we’ve seen an increase in customers coming to Oneflare in search of professionals no who can help them complete their jobs,” Mr Tabuki said.

The public are being urged to stay cool during the hot weather. If tenants do not have access to airconditioning in their homes, stand up fans and hydration can help.

  • (Oneflare is a joint venture with Fairfax Media).
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