From the main entrance to loading docks in the back of the store, Berner air curtains provide a long-term solution to reducing supermarket operational costs while supporting the in-store experience and sustainability goals.
Grocery stores and other retailers use air doors to:
- Save energy
- Support the customer experience
- Reduce employee turnover & complaints
- Protect against flying insects – chemical-free
Where Grocery Stores Use Air Curtains:
- Customer Entrances: Stores use both ambient and heated air curtains on these high-traffic main entrances, along with or instead of a vestibule. Berner’s aesthetically pleasing air curtains protect the front of the store from outside temperatures and traffic fumes as shoppers come and go.
- Employee / Service Doors: Store managers use air curtains over man doors to protect the back of the store. They shield the opening from outside temperatures, secondhand smoke, truck exhaust, and flying insects.
- Receiving Doors: Air curtains offer an energy-efficient way to protect the loading dock when unloading stock. They keep indoor temperatures stable, flying insects out, and the interior fume-free.
- Walk-in Coolers / Cooler Rooms / Beer Caves: The benefits of using air curtains to maintain refrigeration temperatures: energy savings through decreased compressor run times, as well as the diminished threat, and associated costs, of food spoilage.
- Shopping Cart Doors: Large grocery chains combine air curtains with cart-sized openings to both dry shopping cards and diminish heating/cooling loss.
Berner has AMCA certified air curtains allowed by ASHRAE 90.1-2019 as an alternative to vestibules. By using an air curtain to meet energy codes and maintain indoor comfort, stores are left with more floor space for product. As smaller grocery stores keep trending, this becomes a crucial benefit as every square foot is important.
To learn more about how air curtains work, click here.