You should love the temperature, lighting and air quality controls in your restaurant. Your building management system (BMS) should be proactive or at least responsive to changing weather conditions. But is it? Do you love it?
Tina Turner sings that "Love is but a sweet old fashioned notion. What's love got to do with it? Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?"
If your BMS and your employees are your heart, and "weather" stands in for "love," we assure you that weather has a heck of a lot to do with your restaurant's operational costs. The best BMS will set its tune to the weather, and you should be able to love it!
Buildings Are as Dynamic as the Weather
Your building is affected by the sun and weather, much as you and everything else on earth are affected.
In the morning, as the sun rises, the east and south sides of your building heat up while the west side stays cooler. The number of windows on exterior walls, the partitions in your building, insulation and airflow all play significant roles in the heating and cooling of your building throughout the day.
By midday, most of your building experiences heating from solar gain. In the afternoon through evening, the roles are reversed for the west and east sides of your building. What do you think happens during an overcast day, when there is a storm or when the season's change?
Does your building automatically adjust to these changes? Or, is it set to one predetermined setting for each season?
Your building, employees and guests are all dynamic, just as the weather each day is dynamic. A smart, software-based building management system synced to a local weather feed can optimize the energy efficiency and comfort of your restaurant and provide you a very short payback period.
Optimizing Your Restaurant's BMS for Weather, Comfort and Energy Efficiency
Pictured above is a graph of real data from a 75F customer. As you can see, the smart building management system saved the customer 32% in energy consumption related to cooling costs in the summer months.
Beyond dynamically responding to weather throughout each day, the smart BMS can analyze data collected during the events of each day and combine it with your local weather forecast. This process allows the system to map the thermal model of your building, which enables airflow from your HVAC system to be supplied only to when and where it is needed.
Outside air intake is optimized for quality and temperature. The pressure of both your kitchen and dining area can be monitored separately to prevent pressure imbalances, which can have adverse effects on staff and guests if outside air intake and your exhaust system are not in harmony.
Your restaurant achieves maximum indoor comfort, improved air quality and energy savings throughout the year. The time and costs given to your restaurant's BMS can be reduced up to 50%, as the entire system is automated and can be monitored remotely via a cloud-based solution through a Web portal or mobile app.
You may also be able to save on advanced lighting solutions that can run on smart schedules that are responsive to weather, sunrise and sunset. As HVAC and lighting likely account for over 50% of your energy costs, as they do in most commercial buildings and restaurants, the operational cost savings are substantial.