New Supermarket Construction: Why Your Dehumidification Supplier Should Specialize in Supermarkets & What You Should Expect Before, During and After Installation

Supermarkets come in all shapes and sizes, with multiple formats, footprints, and geographies to consider. Unlike other retail spaces, they have varied internal environments, including a possible mix of open cooking areas and restaurants, sections for produce, frozen food, and general merchandise, as well as office space. Controlling the humidity in such diverse space conditions proves extremely challenging. This is why it is important to work with a dehumidification supplier that specializes in supermarket environments – one that will provide solutions specifically designed to solve dehumidification challenges for you from the bottom up. Your stores aren’t one-size-fits-all and your HVAC solution shouldn’t be, either.

Humidity control is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to supermarket HVAC and can cause both comfort and safety issues for your customers and staff. Look for a company that guarantees that it will control humidity in your stores, while saving you on energy costs. How can they make that guarantee? By selling you an out-of-the-box solution that is tailored by supermarket experts to the unique challenges of a supermarket environment, that can be easily integrated into your store design taking the entire store and its mechanical systems into account.

Before Installation: Collaboration is Paramount

When standard commercial HVAC units are used in a supermarket environment, they operate with an inefficient, brute force methodology. You need a solution that can be tailored to perfectly meet each store’s grocery and sales floor needs, so look for a dehumidification solution provider that not only has the right products for the unique supermarket application, but also has the experienced team on-hand to partner with and provide support to your engineering and design teams.

Before your HVAC supplier even starts working, they should ask to see your plans. They should look at your store layout to see what they can do to maximize your entire building’s efficiency. At this point, they should also meet with your Engineer of Record (EOR). It takes considerable assessment and engineering work to truly control humidity in individual supermarket environments, so your HVAC provider should understand these needs and be willing to work with your engineers to provide the best solution.

Your HVAC supplier should take a holistic approach, creating a tailored solution that will make the best use of energy and find savings given the supermarket’s design and mechanical equipment. A good example is utilizing heat reclaim; additional energy savings can be garnered by taking the heat from your refrigeration racks, and rather than having a roof condenser dissipate that heat, harnessing it for reuse through a reclaim coil in the HVAC unit.

Ensure that your HVAC supplier is prepared to collaborate with your control contractors on a solution, rather than offering their own proprietary controls that the contractors must try to make work on-site. Choose an HVAC company that offers a control platform that easily integrates into your specified building automation system.

Your HVAC supplier should also be working closely with your refrigeration contractors to ensure that your store maintains a comfortable environment without overcooling, and that refrigerated cases perform at optimum levels with no fogging, icing, or condensation.

Finally, your HVAC provider should collaborate with your mechanical contractors to ensure that the units are fast and easy to install, saving you money on construction costs.

During and After Installation: Great Service and Guarantees are Essential

Opt for a company that takes the time to do a full factory start-up – a company that will actually start the unit, test the program in different modes, and make sure that all the components are working in sync with each other before delivering to your site. Ensuring your units are in perfect working order before delivery will speed up installation and minimize downtime.

Post installation, look for an HVAC supplier that offers a solid warranty and lifetime technical support to help you troubleshoot any problems even after your warranty has expired.

At CES, our state-of-the-art Multi-Path systems are built by supermarket experts and backed by the best warranty in the business, as well as lifetime tech support. They are also built to last longer than any other dehumidification HVAC system available – 20 to 40 years – compared to the standard 15 years.

As the supermarket dehumidification experts, we coordinate our efforts with your team, including your EOR and your control, refrigeration, and mechanical contractors. You enjoy ongoing access to our team of supermarket HVAC engineering specialists, and your system design will be based on best practices from our entire customer base.

Our custom Multi-Path units are designed for fast, simple installation and are given a full-factory start-up so that everything is plug-and-play when they arrive on-site. They are the most energy efficient and cost-effective dehumidification HVAC systems on the market today, delivering an average of 20%-30% energy savings. We offer a complimentary store design and energy use analysis to show you costs, savings and results before you sign.

Why is Multi-Path the Smart Choice?

  • Guaranteed to solve your humidity problem
  • Long unit life – built to last 20-40 years
  • “Plug and play” design simplicity
  • Compact, lightweight, easy to install
  • Adaptable to any region and all load conditions
  • Low lifetime cost of ownership
  • ROI in less than 2 years

Why Work with CES?

  • Supermarket experts
  • Complimentary store design and energy use analysis
  • Controls customized for your store
  • Reduced environmental impact
  • Unmatched energy savings
  • Free lifetime technical support
  • Best-in-industry, non-prorated warranties

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