Bars, cafes and restaurants are more popular than ever in the UK, but how do you differentiate yourself from the competition and provide the perfect venue for your customers? Keeping those bottom lines on track can be a problem as well, particularly when you have to fork out on steadily increasing bills for heating your premises and keeping customers in comfort.
According to the Guardian recently, energy prices could be rising as much as 28% for some customers over the next twelve to eighteen months. If you’re on a fixed tariff, you may well be coming to the end of your contract and facing a sudden hike in prices.
One possible solution that is starting to attract the hospitality industry is switching to infrared rather than traditional convection heating. From lowering your costs to cutting those important carbon emissions, there’s plenty to be said about this heating system. Not only can you now install state of the art panels but you control them smartly and make sure you stay on top of your utility bills for a long time to come.
Infrared heating is considered more energy efficient than traditional convection heating. You often need to put on your radiators to heat up the air in the room and maintain this throughout the day. There’s also less heat lost due to draughts and the like which can be problematic for some locations. The new range of A+ energy efficient panels on the market nowadays mean that they are a highly cost effective solution to heating a restaurant or bar space.
Lower Your CO2
Like any business, your bar, café or restaurant needs to act in a sustainable way. If you want to boost your green credentials and move away from fossil fuels, then changing to infrared heating can be perfect way to lower your carbon emissions, particularly if you use a renewable energy supplier.
Step outside on a summers day and you’ll feel the heat of the sun instantly on your face. You get the same thing with infrared heating. As soon as you switch it on, you notice the effects. You don’t have to put the central heating on a few hours beforehand and waste money on warming up your restaurant or bar space. If you have problem areas such as walls that are subject to damp, you will also find that because infrared heats the area directly you could suffer from fewer problems.
More Comfortable Heating
You don’t get people stuck near a radiator or ones sitting too far away. If your establishment is in an old building it can often be difficult to cope with draughts and cold spots. Because infrared heating works on warming up objects, including people, rather than the surrounding air, you get a better coverage and everyone feels comfortable.
They Look Great
Bulky radiators and the like can get in the way. Infrared heaters come in a variety of designs. You can get ones that fit under the floor and are out of sight, sleek panels that can be placed on the wall and ceilings, ones that act as mirrors and even ones that double as works of art. You can literally find an infrared panel to suit any location, whether you have a traditional looking pub or a more modern restaurant design.
The great news is that infrared heating is easy to install and has very low maintenance needs which means you don’t have to worry too much about them breaking down. Most reputable suppliers and manufacturers supply 10 to 15 year warranties and the only work you need to do is give the panels a wipe down every so often.
If you have been considering more efficient heating in your bar, café or restaurant, then infrared is certainly one technology to consider.