Running a successful restaurant means making a million decisions daily. Ordering, staffing, menu planning, the list can seem never-ending. What if I told you that simple changes to your HVAC system could not only make it easier to operate your building’s energy systems, but could also save money?
Automating heating and cooling using remote connectivity provides a host of benefits. Adding remote connectivity into your restaurant gives facility managers an easy way to monitor and control everything from building temperature and humidity, to programming optimal indoor and outdoor lighting, to ensuring your freezer door hasn’t accidentally been left open. And the savings can be profound. Studies show that energy management systems (EMS) provide a comprehensive solution that can result in the reduction of energy bills of up to 41% in standalone retail.
Given the resounding advantages, it’s common for owners to think switching to a remotely connected system requires cumbersome and costly new equipment. In reality, new equipment requirements are minimal. According to Greg DuChane, Restaurant Vertical Leader for Trane, “Many small-to medium-sized buildings can see a return on investment within 18 months or less.”
5 Ways Remote Connectivity Controls Costs in Restaurants
1. Reduces costly truck rolls
When you don’t have a comprehensive view of your heating and cooling equipment, any minor issue can result in a truck roll. At $150-$500 each, this troubleshooting can add up quick. With remote connectivity, an initial diagnosis can often be done by your own team, no matter where they are located and on any device.
For starters, your facility manager can receive automatic alerts if an issue arises. Then, they can remotely assess and diagnose the issue to understand exactly what’s wrong and what steps to take to fix it. If it’s a simple fix that you can repair on your own, you won’t have wasted valuable time and money on an unnecessary truck roll. This means you’re back up and running quicker and you only pay for external help when required.
2. Increases energy efficiency
When operating a restaurant – whether it’s a single standalone building or multiple QSRs – the more you can automate, the more efficient your operations become.
Consider for a moment, a system that is pre-configured to automatically adjust based on daily business needs. In the morning, the lights come on and the heat (or AC in the summer) kicks in as your first employees arrive to start their day. At the start of the lunch and dinner rush, the system automatically adjusts to keep temperature and humidity at optimal levels for ideal customer comfort. Finally, at closing time, you don’t need to rely on an exhausted, part-time employee to remember to turn the lights off and the heat down; the system does it automatically. Meanwhile, your facility manager can set alerts and check controls remotely to make any tweaks to account for real-time changes.