Cool summer weather may seem great, but has its downfalls

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Hot and muggy temperatures are often the usual during the summer months, but the mild summer is a welcomed gift. It’s not too hot, but perfect for taking a stroll or opening up the windows to save on a little energy.

How it may affect people’s moods differently, it’s also having a polarizing effect of businesses.

Sullivan Hardware Owner Pat Sullivan says the cool summer is fantastic for all things gardening.

“Oh my gosh, it’s been awesome.  I mean, people are outside!” said Sullivan.

Sullivan says an order of annuals is expected Tuesday.  It’s a shipment he says is unheard of this late in the season.

“It’s almost August We never buy annuals in August,” said Sullivan.

Without the heat, it seemed likely that ice cream parlors may take hit.  It turns out, it’s quite the opposite.

“They might be in their jacket because it’s a little bit cooler out, but they’re still going to come in and get their homemade ice cream,” said Sundaes Homemade Ice cream owner David Buckner.

Buckner says ice cream sales are actually up 5 percent over last July.  His shop also roasts its own coffee.  Bucker says coffee sales are up 10 – 12 percent over last year.

Basketball courts are bustling.  Water to stay hydrated is great.  But, no one seems to be taking a dip to cool off.  Windsor Village Park’s Splash park was awfully lonely Tuesday.  Kids said they wanted to get in because they’d worked up a sweat playing outside.  But, they said they knew if they ran through the splash park they’d be too cold once they got out.

Another lonely aspect Tuesday was the scheduling chalkboard at Thiele Heating and Air Conditioning.

“The problem is a lot of people are keeping their windows open right now,” said Thiele Operations Manager Jason Braun.

Typically July is filled with leaking and overworked a/c units.

“The capacitors inside the units usually on really hot days start to blow,” said Bruan.

Braun says the last time he can remember business this slow was the summer of 2004 when Indy saw temps struggle to hit 90.  He’s hoping August brings the heat.

“I know it’s been out of sight, out of mind, but as far as pricing, as far as being one of those people who are going to be stuck if it does reach 90 degrees in August, now is a good time to call,” said Braun.

Braun said it’s likely many Hoosiers have units that need repair or are low on Freon but don’t know it yet because they haven’t had to crank up the air conditioning.  He says right now is a good time to call and have the unit checked because they’re offering good deals to keep some businesses flowing and they have an open schedule for convenient time slots.

 

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