Climate Center has reported surging demand for air conditioning and refrigeration, with the 'bumper summer' continuing through the autumn and winter.

According to the distributor, sales of air conditioning for the year to date are up more than 16% on last year, while sales of refrigeration equipment are 6% higher, helping to offset the impact of WR Refrigeration going into administration.

Robert Franklin (pictured), national sales manager for refrigeration, said: “The warm summer provided an obvious boost in demand for cooling, but pleasingly this has continued into the cooler half of the year, with very strong demand across our product range.

“The seasonal peaks and troughs we expect in our business appear to be evening out – at least, that is the current picture, probably as a result of a combination of increased involvement in large projects, an expanded product range and heightened sales activity on the ground.”

George Derbyshire, who heads up Climate Center’s air conditioning business, added: “We have been working hard to build our technical support team, and the fruits of this are now coming through.

“Larger projects obviously require a high level of customer support, due to the complexity of the design and sophistication of products involved. We have the experience and knowledge to deliver for customers in this area, and this is being reflected in new and repeat business.”

He continued: “This, combined with our specialist sales team, extensive branch network, and strong partnerships with great brands such as Daikin, Toshiba, Fujitsu and Carrier, is contributing to our success.”