As the summer heat sets in, it becomes more difficult and expensive to maintain a comfortable environment for your employees. Here in Sacramento, the summers can be absolutely stifling, and we want you and your team to stay safe during these times. Excessive heat can not only force customers out but also impacts your employee’s work and safety. Luckily, there are plenty of great strategies to keep your business’ temperatures cooler during the summer months.
Optimize Your Air Conditioning Systems
To ensure a cool and pleasant shopping experience, see if you can optimize your store’s HVAC systems. This can be easier said than done but it’ll have a huge impact.
Schedule routine inspections and maintenance for your HVAC units to keep them working at their best. Keep up with your filters, check for leaks, and keep proper refrigerant levels to use your cooler to its full potential.
Install programmable or smart thermostats to regulate temperatures based on when you’re busier. Setting higher temperatures during times you aren’t open can help keep your costs down. A little bit before you open it go back to your intended cooler environment. Give the system a little bit of time to hit that temperature before people start coming in. It’s easier to maintain the temperature in an empty space than one with doors opening and closing.
Divide your business into different cooling zones based on the layout and occupancy. This allows for targeted cooling, optimizing energy usage and providing localized comfort.
Update Your Insulation with More Effective Options
Proper insulation is crucial to keep cool air in and hot air out. Consider these insulation techniques:
Install and replace worn-out weatherstripping around exterior doors and windows. This helps to keep the cool air in and the hot air out. Maintaining room temperatures will help reduce energy consumption and keep cooler temperatures.
Install reflective window films or shades to block out excessive heat from the sun. This reduces the amount of heat entering your store and helps maintain a cooler environment.
Install Air Curtains if You Haven’t Already
Air curtains are an effective and common solution for maintaining an ideal work environment. They keep hot air from into your store while maintaining an inviting entrance. They work by creating an invisible barrier of air that separates the indoor and outdoor environments.
Air barriers help prevent cool air loss and keep hot air out, reducing the workload on your air conditioning system. This results in energy savings and lower utility bills.
Air curtains act as a barrier against insects, dust, and pollutants from entering your store. They help ensure a cleaner and healthier environment for both customers and employees.
Curtains create a more comfortable experience by eliminating air drafts near entrances. By keeping drafts and the outside atmosphere out, it also maintains indoor temperatures. They also minimize temperature differences between the entrance and the rest of the building.
Transparent air curtains allow customers to see inside the store, enticing them to enter and explore. This helps attract foot traffic on street facing entrances. Seeing a full business can even attract people with the promise of quality air conditioning. Making it clear that your store is full of comfortable people in stifling heat can bring patrons in.
Keeping your store temperatures cooler during the summer heat is a must. Doing so is a huge boon for both your employees and your potential customers. By optimizing your air conditioning systems, implementing effective insulation techniques, and utilizing air curtains, you can create a comfortable environment. Remember, a cool and inviting store is more appealing to customers during the hottest days of summer.