Welcome to my blog. My name is Vernon and this is my HVAC blog. Because I live in England, I never used to think about air conditioning. I mean, who would need air con in such a cold and wet place. However, because I suffer from hayfever, my brother suggested that I installed HVAC. I took his advice and I was really impressed. I could keep the air fresh in my home without needing to open the window and the filter on the air con helped to stop dust particles from getting in my face. I decided to start this blog to encourage others to invest in HVAC.
For small business owners, energy costs have increased by approximately 43% over the last year alone, and in spite of government attempts to lower prices, the situation is just likely to get worse for small and medium business owners. For restaurant, pub, and other food and beverage businesses, the costs can be even higher as you're running cookers, fryers, dishwashers and other machinery all day long.
Luckily, there are ways to save money. To reduce the cost of cooling your establishment in particular, there are several things you can do.
1. Invest in an Energy Efficient Chiller
When choosing a chiller for your restaurant or pub, keep energy efficiency in mind. The efficiency of a chiller is expressed in British Thermal Units. A single BTU raises a pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit, and it takes 1.8 BTU to raise a pound of water 1 degree Celsius. Talk with a chiller rep to see which rating is the best for your establishment.
If you purchase one that is too large, you may end up using more power than you need. On the other hand, a chiller that's too small will have to run constantly to keep up with your cooling demands, and that will also waste energy.
2. Consider a Chiller With a Variable Condenser Water Temperature
Some chillers allow you to change the water temperature in the condenser. This helps to save energy because when the temp of water is closer to your target indoor temperature, the condenser doesn't have to work as hard. If you have a chiller with variable temperature settings, lower the temp in the condenser, but make sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations on limits.
3. Consider Separate Chillers for Separate Areas
To save money on cooling costs, you may want to invest in two chillers or a chiller that allows you to set up separate cooling areas. The kitchen in most dining establishments and pubs tends to be hotter because of all the equipment, and as a result, you need high power cooling in that area.
However, the customers in the dining room may get too cold if the chiller is running at the same capacity in that area. Look for a system that allows you to set up different cooling areas. That way you don't waste cool area unnecessarily in your dining area.
4. Invest in Other Energy Efficient Measures
Your chiller alone can't be responsible for the efficiency of your establishment. You also need to support the chiller with other energy efficient measures. In particular, consider investing in energy efficient window treatments to keep out the sun—although it may not shine often, you don't want it blasting into your pub, heating it up too high.
Consider investing in lights that produce less heat. Also, make sure that the ventilation is strong in your kitchen. If you don't have hood fans actively pulling out the hot air, you will end up spending more on cooling than you should. In the dining area, make sure that you have ceiling fans to keep the air moving.
5. Use Programmable Thermostats
Just as residential cooling systems can be connected to a programmable thermostat, so too can industrial chillers. Talk with your chiller installer or a chiller repair professional about putting in a programmable thermostat. Generally, you can add these to existing chillers or put them in with new chillers.
With a programmable thermostat, you never have to worry about accidentally leaving the chiller on when it doesn't need to be. Instead, you can set the controls so that they automatically turn the chiller on and off as desired. If you have lots of different managers and employees closing your restaurant at night, this can be essential, as you don't have to worry about anyone forgetting to adjust the thermostat. In many cases, you can also adjust it remotely with an app.