A more successful restaurant with radiant heating

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 13:52

Restaurant owners are continually looking for ways to cut costs while also improving the experience of their patrons. This can prove to be a tricky compromise, as ensuring that customers are comfortable often means spending more money on certain aspects of the business. However, floor heating is one element that entrepreneurs can take a look at to significantly cut operating costs. Heating bills can be sky-high in the wintertime - after all, if guests are chilly, they're likely to be unsatisfied. With radiant heating, though, you can easily reduce your short-term and long-term spending while also keeping customers happy.Here are some of the top perks that restaurants can reap from these systems:Increased comfort
As opposed to a radiator, which blows hot air onto your customers, radiant heating systems emit warmth from panels installed on the floor. As people enjoy their meals, the heat is absorbed through their feet on the ground, meaning they never feel too cold or overheated. Hot air blasting onto patrons from a vent is not only uncomfortable, but may also dry out their skin, especially in the winter.Another problem with forced air systems is that they release hot air that rapidly rises in the room. Particularly if you have a multi-level restaurant, this means that your second or third floor may be 10 degrees or more warmer than your lower zones. The higher your ceilings are and the more levels you have, the greater this issue becomes. Of course, you don't want your customers on the top floor to feel too hot, while those on the first floor are freezing. Radiant heating offers an even temperature from ceiling to floor, meaning that kind of inconsistency isn't a concern.More design and layout freedom
Say goodbye to unsightly baseboard registers, floor registers and baseboard radiators with a radiant heating system. This not only provides a more visually appealing restaurant, but also gives your architects and interior designers total flexibility. You can implement floor-to-ceiling windows, place artwork wherever you please and also position your tables and chairs however you see fit without worrying about heating elements getting in the way.Plus, if your restaurant has patio seating, you have the freedom to make use of this space even during the colder months. Convection heating just isn't practical for heating outdoor areas because the heated air will merely blow away. Outdoor radiant heaters, on the other hand, warm your patrons instead of the air. Since customers stay cozy, they are likely to stay longer, thus driving profits.Healthier environment
Mechanical blowers aren't just noisy - they also blow dust and other airborne particles around your restaurant, which can make for an unhealthy environment. This can pose a problem particularly for customers who have allergies or suffer from asthma. The last thing you want to do is to alienate those patrons from your establishment, as their loyalty is important to your revenue. Studies have shown that dust mite populations can be reduced by up to 90 percent with radiant heating due to decreased air circulation. By implementing one of these systems, you can ensure that your guests keep coming back time and again.