Winter in East Bridgewater, MA is cold. Sometimes it’s extremely cold. And if you’re in this region, you’ve surely had the experience of walking into a store or other small business only to discover that parts of the building – particularly at the front, near the door and windows – are quite cold.
These areas are cold despite the fact that the store staff is cranking up the thermostat, as much as they’re allowed to do. Heat costs money but customers need to be comfortable in order to shop – you can see where the business owner is forced to make some difficult choices.
Why are the front of stores so cold? Lots of times, it’s the entranceway and store windows that are at fault. This is especially true in older buildings where the modern insulated glasses we use today just aren’t present. Large glass windows and doors can contribute a significant amount to heat loss – a phenomenon where the warmed air produced by the store’s heating system is released to the outdoors. And where warm air can get out, cold air can get in. That’s how you get the chilly drafts customers hate.
Upgrading the Store Entranceway & Store Windows Can Help Reduce Heating Costs
If you’re planning to be in your current location for the long term and you want to reduce your heating costs, it’s time to take a serious look at your store windows and entranceway. There are aesthetic conditions to take into account – seen objectively, does the front of the store look the way you want it to? – as well as energy efficiency and security considerations.
Small cracks, gaps, and vulnerabilities along the window sills may not be easily seen with the naked eye. However, these openings can be responsible for a tremendous amount of heat loss. Additionally, if there’s any actual damage to the window – such as a small crack in an out of a way spot – the amount of heat loss increases significantly. Broken windows also represent a vulnerability criminals might try to take advantage of. Increase security and save money on your heating bills by upgrading the entranceway and store windows.