During summer, restaurants must keep their clientele comfortable. If you are a restauranteur, you know you're competing not just against other eateries but also against outdoor activities. Of course, you rely on a functioning HVAC system, but there are different ways to promote comfort. Below are some suggestions for keeping your restaurant cool this summer.
4 Ways to Keep Your Customers Cool in Summer
1. Serve Frozen Drinks
One of the best ways to keep customers relaxed without cranking the HVAC system is to chill them from the inside out. Serve frozen drinks as a refreshing treat. If you have a liquor license, promote your daiquiris, Piña Coladas, and margaritas. These delicious, frozen cocktails will lure in customers and keep them comfortable in your restaurant. If you cannot serve liquor, consider investing in a slush maker. This type of frozen drink is ideal for both adults and children.
2. Install Oscillating Fans
Another way to cool customers without running an expensive air conditioning system all day is to install oscillating fans. Fans facilitate air movement that pulls heat away from your patrons' skin and helps them stay comfortable, even when the mercury's rising. Fans are inexpensive to purchase and operate and are available at any home improvement or department store.
3. Offer Outdoor Seating
If you can, provide seating outdoors on a patio or the sidewalk in front of your building. Rig a canopy to provide shade, and your customers will enjoy a breezy meal al fresco, whatever the weather.
4. Arrange for Yearly HVAC Maintenance
To reduce the cost of running your air conditioner, have it inspected every spring. An HVAC contractor will oil the motor, change the filter, check and replace belts, and clean the blower, so the system operates at peak efficiency. This maintenance will save you money on utility bills and ensure the system will keep your restaurant a comfortable temperature even on the hottest days.
To schedule HVAC maintenance or repair this summer, contact Dickerson's Commercial Refrigeration & HVAC in Lexington, KY. They are locally owned and have served businesses throughout Fayette County since 1968. In addition to HVAC issues, they also specialize in walk-in cooler and freezer repair and maintenance. Visit their website to learn more about their services, or call (859) 254-1436 to arrange a consultation.