Local stores are preparing for a rush of customers trying to cool down.
Staff at the Orchard Supply Hardware in Cedar Hills made sure to stock a big selection of fans and air conditioning units earlier than they did last year.
“Last year, it kind of hit everybody by surprise,” said assistant store manager John Eilers. “It was about June when we started seeing some real impulse on that. Right now we’re already seeing some quick pick up on that. I think they’re eager to make sure they’re prepared for when it does come in the later months when it gets really, really hot.”
Twenty-inch box fans remain popular with customers, he said, and portable air conditioning units have become more popular than window air conditioning units.
“You can move it around and it’s so easy to install,” Eilers explained.
He said Orchard Supply Hardware s also stocking backyard mister systems for the second summer in a row because they were so popular with customers.
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