With temperature crossing 40°C in the city, the sale of room coolers also known as dessert coolers, especially those made of plastic, has picked up in the tricity.
Since the start of May people are showing special interest in dessert coolers because the rising prices have made it impossible for the middle- class to afford air conditioners.
People prefer these room coolers also because they can be run on uninterruptible power supply (UPS).
Talking to the Hindustan Times, shopkeepers in sectors 18, 22, 29, 35 and 45 mentioned that the rising price of air conditioners (AC) had forced people to look for an alternative.
"Plastic-made room coolers are lighter and create low noise due to which buyers prefer them over normal coolers and air conditioners," Akhil Sachdeva, a manufacturer of desert coolers at Sector 22, said.
In comparison to split ACs and other coolers, desert coolers are easy to move as well as cheaper, he added.
The prices of coolers vary from Rs 6,000 to Rs 15,000 depending on their sizes. Several traders also claim that the electricity consumption of both room air cooler and that of split unit is same. They said the room cooler could run constantly while consuming less electricity due to which it worked better on UPS.
Another trader Ramdev Singh said desert coolers were replacing air conditioners because of their low cost and easy maintenance.
"With the rising temperature, prices of air conditioners are also increasing. Thus, we always prefer desert coolers as they are easy to handle as well as consume less electricity which does not affect our monthly expenditure," Anju Sahini, a resident of Sector 22, said.
Rajshree Sinha, a resident of Sector 43, said they have a split AC in their house but they prefer desert cooler during daytime.
"Desert coolers are the first choice of every household as it is cheaper," she added.