Heat brings out need to keep things cool
Buying a new air conditioner was the last thing she thought she'd be doing less than a week after a cold snap brought snow to parts of New Hampshire.
Bernier waited until Friday when temperatures soared into the 90s.
"It went from winter to hot," the Fremont woman said before heading off to the bank to get some cash to make her purchase.
Fans and air conditioners have been hot sellers all week long.
"Sometimes it takes one to two days of the heat to penetrate and then people start panicking," said Karen Vinson, co-owner of Ace Ben Franklin.
"We've been selling them since the heat wave was announced Monday. We're hopeful that it keeps on driving business," said Dave Lewis, Lowe's store manager.
One trend he has seen is an increase in sales of portable air conditioning units. While window units have always been a big seller, portable air conditioners that roll across the floor are gaining popularity.
Jeff Brodeur, manager of Benson Lumber & Hardware in Londonderry, said air conditioners and fans began selling Tuesday night and haven't stopped.
Benson's still has several 5,000 and 8,000 btu air conditioners in stock for those who have decided to wait until the heat wave hit.
Store workers said many customers have come in looking to replace old air conditioners while others wanted another one to add to the units already being used to keep things cool.
It wasn't too busy at Aubuchon Hardware in Bedford on Friday, but sales associate Walter Moore said he expected sales to pick up through the weekend as the late spring heat continued.
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