Maintaining comfortable environments for customers and staff in the retail industry are crucial to sales and productivity. Retail outlets which are too cold or too hot result in shorter customer browse times and reduced employee productivity. Airius destratification systems can help eliminate this problem.
Airius supply a range of destratification fans to suit open, exposed and suspended ceiling facilities. For use in aisled applications check out our Narrow Aisle Series, specifically designed to provide an elongated airflow to maximize spread down aisles while minimising interference with open reach in cases.
In supermarket and convenience stores large temperature differences are commonly found between cold chiller/freezer aisles and hot bakery/deli sections, whereas in retail outlets heat rises away to the ceiling making ground floor conditions too cold and upper floor temperatures too hot. Running costs for heating and cooling systems are a huge expense; particularly wasteful when HVAC systems are unable to reach set conditions and cannot maintain a consistent environment.
The Airius destratification system offers the perfect solution to this problem. By continuously and silently mixing internal air to balance temperatures you can maintain a consistent level of comfort throughout the store, whilst reducing the workload on your HVAC system, saving up to 50% on heating and cooling costs.
The benefits of destratification are well recognised within the retail sector and Airius have helped thousands of retail stores reduce their energy costs and opimise comfort for occupants, from retail giants such as Morrisons and Marks & Spencer, to local convenience stores such as The Co-Op and Nisa. Destratification is also endorsed by the Carbon Trust, who recommend destratification as one of their top cost and carbon saving measures.
“Our Edinburgh Outdoor Experience store has a single floor store layout, opening out into high roofed area with a ground floor café and gallery sales area; this open space had two issues; the gallery space being too hot during the summer, whilst the ground floor café was too cold for customers during the winter. We originally controlled the temperature with large AC units but the result was never satisfactory at either level.
We installed the Airius system to move air from the high level gallery down to ground floor level, this brought the temperature on the gallery down to a comfortable level during the summer and resolved the cold customer issue in the café throughout the winter. The Airius system was installed during the summer whilst the AC system was closed down for servicing and we were happy to find the environment now comfortable without the AC running. As part of some trials we shut down the AC heating system and tested several thermostatically controlled wall heaters and found the temperature across both levels more than satisfactory with the temperature well balanced. This has now led to the entire AC system being decommissioned with a considerable reduction in electricity consumption. We now consider destratification systems as a key part of our refits and store design for new openings. This helps us achieve improved customer comfort, operating efficiency and contributes towards reducing our carbon emissions.”
“I confirm my order for a further 4 x model 25’s for use in our Tonbridge branch. The staff in Folkestone are very happy with the performance of the units there, the thermostat has been turned down way beyond the point that I thought was humanly possible! I will put pen to paper and write a letter as a satisfied customer.”
“Optimum Control Technologies is actively involved in LIVE energy monitoring of the various elements of electricity use in Supermarkets. One of the age old problems has been the temperature variations in supermarkets caused by ‘spillage’ of cold air from chiller and freezer cabinets. We knew the solution was to use fans to mix the cold and warmer air. The problem was how to do this safely and unobtrusively – we had looked at a number of alternative fans – but they presented safety and noise problems.
We then discovered the Airius range of purpose built fan units – designed specifically for supermarkets. We were cautious as always and decided to run a limited trial – the results were amazing and defied all the sceptics: A) Customers’ noted the improvement in cold aisle temperatures immediately (it had been a regular cause of complaint), B) Temperatures throughout the store became more balanced without making a single change to the air conditioning settings, C) They had no visual impact – even with a
relatively low ceiling height, D) They did NOT have any impact on refrigeration running costs despite many predictions they would – the reason we know this is because we are measuring live the running costs of the refrigeration system”.
“We purchased 6 Airius fans for our self-storage company as we were having problems with condensation when there was a large fluctuation in temperatures. After we installed them it completely solved our problem and we haven’t had any condensation in over 4 years since we have had them. We keep them on 24 hours a day and they are very cheap to run. Customer service is excellent, especially after one stopped working after 2 1/2 years and they sent a new one out to replace it almost immediately. I would highly recommend Airius fans.”