CHICAGO — Summer is heating up, and the added heat produced by dry cleaning processes can lead to employee fatigue and increased human error. So how do dry cleaners combat the heat? That was the basis for this month’s AmericanDrycleaner.com Wire survey.
Direct or indirect cooling devices are popular tools for making dry cleaning production more tolerable during the dog days of summer. Portable fans are the most popular choice (cleaners could choose any or all of six types, or indicate they don’t use cooling equipment), utilized by 57.1% of respondents. Running a close second, at 47.6%, is swamp coolers.
Other cooling equipment utilized includes spot cooling systems (23.8%), air conditioning (14.3%), portable evaporative coolers (4.8%), and “other” (4.8%). The “other” category included exhaust fans.
Only 4.8% of respondents say they don’t use these cooling devices in their plants.