Today’s HVAC systems are serving supermarket owners and customers in two ways: a significant reduction in energy usage, while providing a comfortable, inviting store environment.
Karen O’Shea, of Wakefern Food Corp. in Keasbey, New Jersey, employs a system that is both energy efficient while maintaining in-store dehumidification. Wakefern’s ShopRite store uses a regenerative drying technology that proves efficient when heating or cooling the store. Secondary systems that are employed are designed to efficiently control store humidity levels, writes Progressive Grocer.
Similarly, Wisconsin-based Save More Food Markets, Inc., has been adding newer HVAC units to better control air flow and to keep an older unit still employed from running too hard.
The growth of the HVAC market has been progressively increasing. A report from MRRSE says that the worldwide market will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 5.50 percent between this year and 2020, with the total value of the market growing from $81.1 billion from last year to $130.7 billion by 2020.
In January, Navigant Research released a leaderboard on HVAC vendors. The top ten vendors are Trane, Carrier, Daikin Industries, Johnson Controls, Mitsubishi Electric, LG Electronics, Fujitsu, Lennox International, Rheem Manufacturing and Samsung Electronics.