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Store heating temperature

  • 1.  Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-13-2018 05:34
    Good morning all, just wondering what temperature you guys set your heat inside the store to in the winter?

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    Steve Mundo
    Store Owner
    Bronx NY
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  • 2.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-13-2018 07:24
    Steve,

    I have 2 warm air furnaces set at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

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    Larry Adamski
    Muskegon Laundromat
    Spring Lake MI
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  • 3.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-13-2018 08:14
    Edited by Michael B 12-13-2018 08:14
    ​My Store Has NO Heat, Mother Nature Is My Thermostat.

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    Mike B
    Multi Store Owner
    Sunny Palm Harbor Florida
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  • 4.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-13-2018 08:30
    Quick warm up in the early morning, then the dryers provide heat for the rest of the day.

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    Y Winston
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Chesapeake VA
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  • 5.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-13-2018 10:07
    67-68 minimum temperature. Most people are working loading and unloading machines so it is pretty easy to work up a sweat.

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    K J
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Binghamton
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  • 6.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-13-2018 12:43
    Same as Mike B, no heat setting needed in Florida.

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    Juan
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Cocoa FL
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  • 7.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-14-2018 18:07
    Edited by Richard Cruz 12-14-2018 18:07
    We have had a dip in sales because of a new store down the block, and my partner doesn’t want the thermostat set above 64 deg, but I Am a bit concerned this will only drive customers down the block. Any thoughts on this?

    Steve Mundo




  • 8.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-13-2018 11:45
    68 degrees on wifi thermostats that we control. Got tired of walking in to see employees burning up because the morning shift cranked it up to 78 degrees.

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    Gail Cole
    President
    Coastal Clean Laundry
    Leland NC
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  • 9.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-13-2018 12:49
    We found 70 to be the sweet spot for us in NYC.

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    Paulie B
    Multiple Mat Owner since 1976
    New York City, NY
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  • 10.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-13-2018 12:59
    Edited by Curt Harrington 12-14-2018 05:27
    I use 69 but found that the heat needs to come on in enough time for the machines to warm up. I tried having it come on just before the place opened and all the steel took a while to not feel cold and clammy.
    69 also has another advantage. People washing have warmed themselves up moving clothes from the car to the washer. The drunken bums have not. It really is a deterrent for parasites while not punishing your customers.
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    Curt Harrington

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  • 11.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-13-2018 15:00
    FarNorCal we use the dryers for the heat and a few swamp coolers in the summertime.  However, Paulie's got the regional answer for you in NYC.

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    Les Monthei
    Potential Investor
    Redding CA
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  • 12.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-13-2018 21:25
    Thanks all, I appreciate the feedback.

    We are in business for about 1.5 years, and have recently had someone buy a very small run down store down the block (which we did not anticipate ever competing with us) and my partner does not want to raise the heat above 64 deg. I believe we are now giving customers a reason to go down the block. He is only thinking cutting costs, not attracting/retaining revenue. I had been keeping the store at 67/68 with the thermostat.



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    Steve Mundo
    Store Owner
    Westchester, NY
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  • 13.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-14-2018 12:12
    My store can dip down to the lower 60s in the Winter (in the morning before the dryers warm up the shop).  I have never once turned on the heater.  I would if a customer asked but a customer has never asked.  The bonus of deterring vagrants can't be overstated.

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    R Anderson
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Camarillo CA
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  • 14.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-14-2018 11:39
    It is my experience that when you have competition you need to spend money not look to cut costs. You must invest in face lift of store and have meeting with employees about the need to interact with the customer to build relationships. Try to remember as many names as possible. Unless you give people a reason to come to your store instead of another you must add value.

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    Denise Rubenstein
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Laundermagic of Patchogue
    Bayport NY
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  • 15.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-14-2018 12:09
    I agree with Denise,

    Raising the temp from 64 to 69 is small potatoes and will cost you more in lost customers than the savings gained by keeping them uncomfortable.

    Don't forget, if you lose customers in the winter due to the fact that they found a warmer mat, they most likely won't be back the rest of the year, so the loss is greater than your partner may conceive.

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    Paulie B
    Multiple Mat Owner since 1976
    New York City, NY
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  • 16.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 12-14-2018 17:58
    ASHRAE Standard 55-2013, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, notes that for thermal comfort purposes, temperature could range from between approximately 67 and 82 °F. A more specific range can be determined from the standard but depends on relative humidity, season, clothing worn, activity levels, and other factors.

    We set ours at 68 degrees in the Winter.  74-76 for cooling in the Summer.

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    William Harper
    Store Owner/ Employee
    The Laundry Room of Palmetto LLC
    Peachtree City GA
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  • 17.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 5 days ago
    Steve,

    I am located in New Jersey shore area. I have wireless thermostats in one mat and non-wireless in the other. Also, I can set temp by two day parts (open and closed). I do LOVE the wireless thermostats as I can check the status of temps and adjust as appropriate.

    I set my thermostats for 64 during operating hours and 50 during closure. I wouldn't go much less than 50 during close as I don't want any plumbing problems due to make up air coming in the back (behind the dryers) in non-heated areas. I observe the Customers and staff members as well as my own feeling on being comfortable with temp. Everyone seems to be good. Also, once dryers are in use the temp will usually climb to 68 degrees.

    When it is cold outside, everyone walking in is wearing heavy clothing (coats, sweatshirts, sweaters). I see them peal off their heavy wear and everyone seems comfortable.

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    Ray Benoist
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Ray Benoist
    Toms River NJ
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  • 18.  RE: Store heating temperature

    Posted 4 days ago
    In my stores the thermostats are located about 1 1/2 feet from the ceiling set at 72 degrees.  In the store I recently purchased the customers that have been coming back have commented on how much more comfortable they are compared to the cold it used to be in there.  It never pays to skimp in the heating or the AC.

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    Paul DeFrisco
    Multiple Store Owner
    Lakewood Laundromat
    Lakewood NY
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