As the second warmest year ever, 2022 reminded us of the pressing issue of global warming and its effects on our climate. The recently released European State of the Climate report revealed that temperatures across Europe are rising at twice the global average, with a staggering 2.2°C of warming since pre-industrial times. At Sescom and PCB Technical Solutions Ltd, leading facility companies specializing in HVAC systems, we understand the critical role of temperature control, especially in retail stores during the summer.
In this article, we will discuss why it is essential to maintain optimal temperatures in retail stores, how heatwaves can impact HVAC systems, the importance of preventive maintenance for HVAC systems, and the need for facility managers to have a contingency plan for summer heat.
Why is it essential to maintain optimal temperatures in retail stores?
For retail stores, maintaining optimal temperatures is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, comfortable temperatures create a pleasant shopping experience for customers, increasing their dwell time and potential for purchases. Secondly, consistent temperature control helps preserve the quality of perishable goods, such as food or cosmetics, ensuring their freshness and safety. Lastly, an adequately cooled environment protects delicate electronic equipment, preventing overheating or malfunctions.
How can heatwaves impact HVAC systems?
Heatwaves exert significant strain on HVAC systems, leading to potential malfunctions and system failures. During extreme heat, these systems often operate at their maximum capacity or even beyond it, pushing them to their limits. If there are any existing weaknesses or areas where preventive maintenance has lapsed, the chances of breakdowns increase. As a result, facility managers may experience an influx of emergency repair calls, leading to extended wait times for repairs and system downtime.
“Issues with high temperatures in retail stores bare consequences to both shoppers and staff alike. Shoppers seek refuge from the high ambient temperatures outside within retail units, and staff require a comfortable environment to perform to their best. When this goes wrong, the impact on both shoppers and staff is hugely felt and this is why temperature related issues are the number 1 most complained about issue within retail units.
As a HVAC provider, these few weeks of high temperatures every year turn out to be our most busy periods.”- Charlie Boult – Service Manager, PCB Technical Solutions Ltd
What is the importance of preventive maintenance for HVAC systems?
Preventive maintenance plays a vital role in ensuring the reliability and longevity of HVAC systems. Regular inspections, cleaning, and servicing help identify and address potential issues before they escalate into major problems. By conducting routine maintenance, facility managers can optimize system performance, enhance energy efficiency, and mitigate the risk of unexpected breakdowns during peak demand periods, such as heatwaves. Investing in preventive maintenance not only minimizes disruptions but also extends the lifespan of HVAC equipment, saving both time and money in the long run.
“Being ahead of the game by having a service contract in place, a service visit scheduled prior to the summer months, and being up to date on all repairs can avoid the necessity for call outs, increased stresses on the HVAC systems, and avoid complaints from shoppers and staff alike.”- Charlie Boult – Service Manager, PCB Technical Solutions Ltd
Some key aspects of preventive maintenance for HVAC systems include:
- Filter Cleaning and Replacement.
- Coil Cleaning.
- Component Inspections.
- Refrigerant Level Checks.
- Calibration of Thermostats and Controls.
Why should facility managers have a contingency plan for summer heat?
Having a contingency plan for summer heat is crucial for mission-critical facilities that rely heavily on HVAC systems. Even seconds or minutes of system downtime can result in catastrophic consequences, including significant losses in production time, revenue, and damage to critical equipment. By proactively evaluating and preparing HVAC systems ahead of potential heatwaves, facility managers can maintain uninterrupted, continuous service and avoid costly system downtimes. A well-defined contingency plan ensures swift response and effective mitigation strategies in case of unexpected HVAC failures, safeguarding operations and minimizing the impact on the business.
Taking precautionary measures, such as preventive maintenance and developing contingency plans, is essential to ensure uninterrupted operations, protect critical equipment, and mitigate the financial and operational risks associated with system failures. At Sescom and PCB Technical Solutions Ltd, we understand the importance of maintaining optimal temperatures in retail environments, and our experienced teams are committed to providing reliable HVAC services to help businesses thrive even during the hottest summers. Stay cool, stay efficient, and stay ahead with our comprehensive HVAC solutions.