Foodie’s first installed eight Airius Model 15 fans at its 8,000- square-foot store in South Boston. Managers were so pleased with how the destratification fans warmed up the store for both employees and customers that they recently installed another system of seven model 15 fans at their store in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
Michael Stameris, Facilities Operations Manager for Foodies said “Before the Airius fans were installed at the Boston store, employees, especially checkout clerks near the store entrance, complained about being cold.”
Using a thermal scanner store managers could clearly see the temperature difference between the hotter ceiling area and the store’s cooler floor, and with the recent cold winters in Massachusetts, some customers had also complained about being chilly.
After fans were installed on each side of the checkout lane and throughout the store, clerks told managers they now were too warm. “I lowered the temperature in the store,” Stameris explained “but on the next day, they said they were still too hot, so I lowered the temperature a second time!”
Another factor that led Foodie’s to the Airius system was the fan’s low use of electricity and easy plug-and-play installation. “These fans really use a small amount of current,” Stameris remarks.
With ceilings of about 14 feet in South Boston and a range from 12 feet to 16 feet at the Duxbury store, the Airius Model 15 has worked well at circulating hotter air to the floor. Airius supply systems for both open and suspended ceilings, which service commercial buildings with ceilings from 8 to 125 feet high.
Foodie’s also installed Airius fans above its open case frozen food aisles, where managers believed that cold air was spilling out. “We were pleased to find that the column of air is so pinpoint to the floor that we could install the fans only two or three feet off the centre of the open cases,” Stameris said. “It’s very precise.”
At Foodie’s Duxbury store, one manager’s office is located on an elevated mezzanine area. “Her work area is too warm, while employees on the floor below the mezzanine are too cold” Stameris said. Three Airius fans are being installed along the ceiling in the elevated area and Stameris is certain the Airius system will solve the problem.
“Grocery stores with frozen food aisles, open refrigerated cases and entrances frequently opening and closing for shoppers make it tough for managers to keep thermostats at their set points and are a real challenge when it comes to keeping temperatures balanced” Stameris said.
However Stameris believes he has found the solution to overcome this with Airius. “I’m a believer in the Airius system,” he said. “I’ve seen firsthand how it has helped.”