As a restaurant business owner, we understand that HVAC is not your area of expertise so we have put together this easy to read guide to help you understand the importance of your air conditioning and refrigeration equipment with advice on how to create comfort for your staff and customers with tips on how to prevent dreaded breakdowns and costly repairs.
HVAC units, especially for restaurants, are critical to the running of operations and its success all year round. Restaurants are unable to operate without constant heating and cooling systems to keep your customers comfortable and their ingredients fresh.
We all know poor food quality and uncomfortable experiences result in a loss of customers and in the work cases, you could potentially be serving customers food that puts their health at risk of getting sick if your ingredients and products are not stored correctly at the proper temperatures. When this happens you can’t prevent the spread of negative reviews in Google, Tripadvisor or even on social media.
Air Conditioning & Comfort
Commercial air conditioning equipment for restaurants are designed to keep your kitchen and food prep areas cool comfortable for staff to work in, especially as there are ventilation requirements in order to meet health & safety requirements.
The success of a restaurant is much more about the food. Customers nowadays expect comfortable dining experiences and have become a primary reason as to why they choose to frequently visit a restaurant, or not. However, as you may know from experience, it is not as easy as it seems to maintain a constant temperature within a busy restaurant environment.
Each customer has their own levels of preferred temperature, constant opening of restaurant doors as customers enter and leave brings in drafts, meanwhile, your kitchen is working at 100% capacity and the heat is sweltering. This is just a small insight into why creating restaurant comfort is challenging. At times you may have even experienced kitchen orders migrating into the restaurant which may not offer a pleasant experience for all diners.
The other challenge is ensuring your staff don’t tamper with the AC thermostat in a desperate attempt to improve comfort for a customer or even for themselves. It can be even worse when you see a customer attempts to change the temperature and they change the preferred settings previously set.
Why restaurant comfort is challenging:
- Within the kitchen, cooking by-products such as smoke and grease regularly accumulates in the AC ventilation systems and equipment causing a decrease in performance.
- Added kitchen heat from dishwashers, ovens and grills require extra cooling during busy times. This heat may be required in the main restaurant or in restrooms so it’s important to have an HVAC system advanced enough to provide heating and cooling solutions simultaneously.
- High levels of humidity from the kitchen can affect the performance of your HVAC system’s ability to equalise temperatures and manage restaurant comfort.
This is why when purchasing & installing HVAC equipment for your business or restaurant, it is important you consider the design and customer experience and discuss your options with an experienced air conditioning and refrigeration company. They will be able to provide you with extensive knowledge and advice on the types of specialised HVAC equipment to install that produces optimal restaurant comfort conditions.
VRF systems are newer HVAC technology and are designed to solve many of the problems described above to achieve complete restaurant comfort. VRF systems can provide simultaneous heating and cooling solutions, whilst being much quieter in operation compared to other HVAC systems (which is an added benefit essential to restaurant comfort). Depending on which system you implement you may even achieve lower energy costs as they work more efficiently than traditional rooftop or split systems.
By improving the air quality in your kitchen you can expel bad air and replace it with conditioned fresh air whilst keeping the air moving in the right direction. This requires proper ventilation design and prevents cooking by-products and humidity from reaching your customers in the dining room.
If you are facing any of these restaurant comfort challenges get in touch with ADK today. Our highly skilled and experienced engineers can take care of all your HVAC restaurant cooling needs. We understand that every part of a restaurant needs to be designed to deliver the best dining experience for your customers.
The level of refrigeration storage and efficiency of cooling goods is extremely important for your restaurant in order to minimise food waste and keep food fresh. Here we look at how to select the right systems for your business and how to correctly maintain and care for your walk-in freezers, blast chillers, display cases and cold rooms.
Managing a restaurant can be stressful, however when your chef reaches into a chiller to grab ingredients only to find everything warm things can get heated quickly. These types of situations can be avoided with planned preventative care and inspections of your commercial refrigeration equipment. Neglect over time can cost your restaurant a lot of money and heavy repairs can be pricey.
Properly maintained restaurant refrigeration equipment won’t need repairs. With proper care, your fridges and freezers will last much longer as their life cycles are extended as they are maintained which is much cheaper than the cost of replacing them completely.
Refrigeration maintenance contracts are greatly advised for restaurants helping to keep your units clean whilst optimising output and efficiency by replacing worn out parts before they break and causing bigger problems. The more efficient your HVAC systems are the less money you have to spend on electricity. Maintenance plans are an easy way to limit unnecessary expenses in repairs and energy.
Restaurant Refrigeration HVAC Guides
Don’t waste your money on buying the wrong size and unit types. Check out our guide on the key things to consider when buying commercial refrigerators for your restaurant.
It’s no secret that preventative measures and regular inspections can save you money in the long-term. Check out these key steps you can take to maintain your commercial refrigeration systems.
For any restaurant, having planned HVAC inspections are an essential part of operations and if left ignored can cause serious disasters and breakdowns along with health and safety concerns.
Depending on your commercial refrigeration requirements and how many units you have, you may need either a yearly inspection or 2 site visits per year. Read this article to find out why.
When it comes to selecting a HVAC company it is important you conduct a company check, specifically for their experience, qualified credentials and any references or customer reviews.
This useful emergency guide will highlight the key areas and step to follow, should your commercial refrigeration unit/system suddenly break down.
At ADK, our expertise in bar and restaurant HVAC design, installation and maintenance services has gained us the trust and respect as the go-to Restaurant Air-conditioning & Refrigeration contractor for many established restaurant brands across London.
During our years of service, we have maintained high standards and achieved various accreditations for this. We are FGAS registered and all our engineers are qualified to repair all sizes of systems with refrigerant.
We offer a complete end-to-end solution, designing and installing the perfect air conditioning and refrigeration systems for your bar and restaurant. Our expert team handles the whole process tailoring our works for minimal disruption to your schedule, making sure each system is completely tailored to each space.
Planned preventative maintenance visits can be arranged with clients tailored to their personal requirements within a timescale to suit their business needs and budgets. Tailoring our works for minimal disruption to your schedule, we’ll ensure that your air conditioning & refrigeration unit is maintained and that your cooling system is always working to the best of its capabilities, as efficiently as possible.
For more information about our restaurant HVAC services, please get in touch with us today or call 0208 831 8900 and we’ll be more than happy to help you with anything you need. Alternatively, you can contact us to request an engineer and site survey.