Refurbished petrol station chocolates are melting while the cashier is being blinded
Low winter sun
The Customer, the business owner had his premises remodelled but it wasn’t until the winter when the overhang which protected the windows from the high summer sun offered no protection from the low winter sun that new problems materialised. The staff are dashing about wasting time covering up or moving the chocolates to stop them from melting meaning the customers couldn’t purchase them, the chiller units are working overly hard and is going to but strain on the compressors prematurely wearing them out and costing a lot more to run. The Cashier staff are being blinded and can’t oversee the forecourt to read the car registrations or see to turn on the pumps, they can’t read the till screen and the bar code reader can’t read the bar codes because it’s being over lit…Oh and is there anything you can do about blocking phone signal to get them off their phones? One big must is the shop and all its contents must be clearly visible to entice people in so no dark or reflective films.
The heat and the glare issues need to be dealt with separately and very differently.
The glare is dealt with a dark foil roller blind which blocks out + 95% of visible light but you can still see though it so when it needs to lowered the forecourt is still visible. The issue with using a very dark film for this application is at night the cashier will struggle to see out as it is a fixed product, also if the cashier needs to wave to someone bringing something to their attention they can’t be seen behind a dark film but a blind can be lifted as required.
The heat is dealt with one of the lightest at 70% visible light transmission but most powerful window films on the market the Solar Gard LX70 and here fitted to single glazed laminated glass still reduces solar heat gain by approximately 40% and also due to the very high metal content can help with reducing electromagnetic energy i.e. phone signals. The noticeable benefit of this film is that is that isn’t noticeable at all.
Foil Anti-Glare Roller Blind in Cobalt
Solar Gard LX70 Window Film
The results are immediate the cashier has a flexible solution to the low winter sun addressing eye strain and headaches and any previous issues with the till making them a lot happier doing the “till shift”.
The chocolate and the cashier are no longer melting and the staff are not wasting time moving things as the sun moves, the shop is more comfortable for everyone including visiting customers and the fridges and the shop air conditioning is working under a lot less strain extending the life of all their critical but serviceable components and reducing energy and the businesses CO2 output considerably. Speaking with the owner he said “even with the product being initially on the expensive side there will be payback very quickly for sure and it will last for decades all being well” and with a 16 year warranty on the film its completely feasible making it a very smart purchase.
“The window film is working well and we do not have melting chocolate anymore, so it has done the job, thanks for this.”Laurels Service Station, Horncastle