Unlike your home, it would seem that there are limited options in reducing your heating bill for a restaurant. Your customers demand a certain amount of heat in the cooler months of the year, and you take the chance of losing customers by changing the thermostat in an attempt to save money. There are, however, a few things you can do that will reduce your heating bill without affecting your customers' comfort.

Use the sun to your advantage

If your restaurant does not have a skylight, it may be worth it to install one or more of them. In the winter months, they let in light that will work to heat your business's interior, thereby reducing the cost of operating your heating system. Of course, what helps in the winter may hurt in the summer, but there are insulation covers that can block out the sun in the warmest months of the year. Your windows can be utilized in the same manner as a skylight. If you have tinting on your windows, you may want to think about removing it. Although it can help save money on your AC in the summertime, it hurts in the winter. Using blinds for windows will allow you to control the sunlight, so it can help you in the winter as well as the summer months.

Install programmable thermostats

By programming the temperatures, you can prevent employees from changing the thermostat to suit their particular preferences for comfort. This is especially true for the time before and after your restaurant is open to customers. Once programmed, you can prevent others from making changes. Programming a thermostat for temperatures that are needed for certain times of the day or night can often reduce your heating bill.

Give your heating system an annual tune up

It is important that your heating system is operating in peak condition in order to provide the heat it is capable of delivering. If there is a component that needs replacing, it may take longer to bring the air in your restaurant to the temperature you desire. The longer your system is operating, the more it will cost you. The same is true with a thermostat. A faulty thermostat can also cause a larger heating bill than necessary. Calling a heating technician to look over your system and do an inspection as well as cleaning and lubrication of critical parts will allow your system to perform at its best.

The three ideas above may help you, but as you look for other possibilities for your restaurant, keep in mind that you want to reduce your heating costs without affecting your customers' dining experience.

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