The popularity of telework caused by the pandemic grows, more and more people to purchase air-conditioning systems, in order to be as comfortable at home than in an office tower.
The last week ended above normal, which are a maximum of 21 degrees Celcius during the day in the metropolitan area.
The humidity will be joining the party this week. The mercury should reach 31 °C in Montreal tomorrow, and 32 °C on Wednesday.
“You’re going to live days that are really like in the month of July, two months in advance,” says Simon Legault, meteorologist for Environment Canada.
There is no doubt that this heat combined with the telework foam the sale of air-conditioners, according to sellers.
“There are some who have their office at home. It starts to be hot during the day, ” says the co-owner of Sinergie Freshness in the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Saverino Pilejji, which notes an increase of sales of approximately 30 %.
Patrick Bourassa, Patrick Bourassa heat Pump, is also overwhelmed and is talking of work at home.
“People say that the summer generally, they work in the office tower in the city centre, but that they remain at the house not air-conditioned this year. Then they do install “, says he.
A month to wait
Quebec also there is a great excitement in the race to the air conditioning, especially because of the telework.
“We are overwhelmed. If someone wants to buy an air conditioner today, it will have to wait at least a month. Usually, it only takes a week or two, maximum, ” says Steve Dubé, owner of air Conditioning Dubé, in the borough of Beauport.
Moreover, a sudden rise in mercury is a risk factor for heat stroke, according to the head of sector for Emergency health, Sylvain Lafrance.
“If we can work outside under an umbrella or in a shelter, excellent. Direct sunlight, of course, this is not recommended. This is not long and the heat can be a traitor “, he explains.
– With Jérémy Bernier, Le Journal de Québec