How To Balance The Temperatures Between Your Restaurant Kitchen And Dining Area


One common problem in many restaurants is trying to maintain a balance so that everyone is comfortable. For example, a commercial kitchen can get really hot, and your employees might feel as if they are sweltering because they're standing over hot ovens and burners. If you crank up the air conditioner so that your employees are comfortable in the kitchen, however, you might find that your dining room customers are reaching for their sweaters -- even in July. This can be an issue, but following these tips can help you maintain a balance:

Consider Creating Zones

If you are currently using the same system and thermostat to cool your entire restaurant, from the back of the kitchen to the main dining room, it can be challenging to maintain comfort levels. Installing two units or creating two "zones" is a good idea in these cases. Then, you can control the temperatures differently for different areas. This can prevent employees from having sweat dripping from their foreheads and customers from wanting to hurry up and leave because your air conditioner is working a little too well.

Use Fans in the Kitchen

Sometimes, no matter how much you crank up the air conditioning in the restaurant, your employees might still be hot when they're in a stuffy commercial kitchen. Introducing fans into the environment can be a good way to keep everyone cool without having to rely on your air conditioning unit quite as much. Just make sure that you place fans out of the way; you don't want anyone to trip and fall over a fan while carrying a huge stock pot or a tray that is filled with plates, after all.

Switch Around the Seating in Your Restaurant

Right now, if you have dining tables that are positioned right above or below your air conditioning vents, you might find that your customers will always be cold when sitting in these spots, particularly when the AC is blasting. Moving the tables around so that none of them are too close in proximity to the vents can help a lot with this. You could also work with a commercial HVAC company to move your vents so that you do not have to rearrange your seating.

It can be tough to keep both customers and employees happy at the same time, especially when it comes to temperatures. If you follow these tips, though, you might find that you are actually able to find a balance.

Contact a company like Associated Mechanical Contractors, Inc. for more information and assistance. 


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