Research has shown us time and time again that customers feel much more comfortable and prepared to spend more time in a shop if it is properly cooled. In fact we have also seen evidence that many customers’ mood improves when they are able to escape the blazing sunshine for some cool solace in a store. If you have a small retail shop this is of course what you should be looking to create in your store, and here are the air conditioner unit options which you should be looking at in order to achieve it.
The first option we are going to look at is ducted AC which has caused some confusion amongst many small business owners. In terms of residential and large businesses this is by far and away the best option, it is efficient, it is effective and it is a system which is incredibly durable and will last for a very long time with minimal maintenance. With this being said, it is also one of the most expensive options on the market and a system which requires a lot of upheaval in the business to install, making it a difficult choice for small retail shops. As a general rule here you should ignore this type of system unless you are in a location which is hot all year round or if the ductwork has already been done and you are simply looking to upgrade.
Single Split System
A single split system air conditioner is one of the most common options for small retailers as it is reasonably priced, efficient and the installation can be completed with ease. A split system will feature a unit inside the building which pumps out the cooled air, and a unit outside of the building which will create that cool air. If a business requires AC in more than one location they can simply add an additional unit inside and out, and so on until they have all areas covered. This is much cheaper than a central system and even if one unit should break down, it will not affect the others. The only downside with this type of unit is the logistics of placing an outdoor unit, which may not always be feasible.
Multi Split System
A multi split system air conditioner offers from a single split in that it will have multiple units coming from a single outdoor evaporator unit. Up to 9 indoor units can be operated from a single outdoor unit and they use sensors to monitor the temperature inside the building to ensure that each area maintains the same temperature throughout. The clear benefit to these systems is that a business can preserve outdoor space in only having a single unit, and units can be installed on both wall and ceiling, allowing businesses to cool customers from the moment that they enter the store. The cost of installation for a multi-split system is higher given the amount of pipework required, and maintenance also comes at a greater cost.
These are generally considered to be the best options for any small retailer who is looking at purchasing an AC system for their cooling needs.