You are going about your regular everyday business in your store when catastrophe hits; your old commercial heating unit suddenly quits working. In the middle of a cold day, this can be a serious blow to your business, so you probably are not going to want to shut down the store. While your options may be limited in situations like this because customers are not going to stick around if the store is freezing, there are a few things you can do while you wait on a commercial HVAC service to arrive. Check out this short list of things you can do in a heating emergency in your retail store so that you can keep the doors open for as long as possible.
Close off extra access points if you can.
Retail stores can be really hard to heat because there are doors constantly opening and closing to allow in cold air and allow heated air out. If you want to hold what heat you have in the store for as long as possible, shut down all but one of the entrance points to your store. This will cut back on the number of times doors open to let heat escape.
Use space heaters at the remaining entry points.
It would be illogical to use space heaters throughout an entire retail space, but you can use them in specific areas to help combat the cold. One of those places is your entryway. When the door opens, if there is heat inside the store in that particular area, it will help combat the cold air that will be trying to slip in. Plus, when customers are greeted with warm air at the door, they will not readily notice that the store is cooler than usual. Additionally, it is not a bad idea to use space heaters in other areas, such as in the public restrooms or near the cash registers.
Block off parts of the store that are not in use.
Heat can be better contained in a smaller space, so the larger your store is, the faster the heat you have inside will evaporate and the temperatures throughout the building will drop. If you can, block off areas of the store that are not in use. For example, if you do not have to have anyone in shipping and receiving or in storage, close off these areas and keep the doors shut until the heat is back up and running.
For more information, contact a company like Ongaro And Sons.