Whether you’re a small business owner or the operator of a large scale retail enterprise, choosing the right commercial refrigeration unit can make a huge difference to your businesses productivity, energy usage and the convenience it provides for your staff. Many convenient solutions have become commonplace among the commercial refrigeration market, along with some lesser known, but still equally important features that are worth mentioning. We’ll take a look at 3 Import Features of a Commercial Refrigeration Unit and see what benefits they offer to business owners and the general consumer.
1. Automatic Defrosting
Automatic defrosting has basically become an industry standard feature among commercial refrigeration units. The benefits are instantly identifiable; as there’s no need to manually switch off the unit and allow the machine to melt excess build-up of frost or ice. In today’s range of commercial refrigeration units, automatic defrosting is achieved via a heated tray, which uses excess hot gas from the compressor to thaw and evaporate any ice or moisture. Due to the large amount of ice and moisture that a commercial refrigeration unit produces at any given time, it’s necessary that this function operates at all times.
While automatic defrosting does contribute to greater energy consumption, the convenience it provides greatly outweighs its downsides. The time that you would need to spend emptying the unit and allowing it to evaporate excess ice or moisture, would severely disrupt business and naturally, make for a large portion of very unhappy customers.
2. Self-Closing Doors
When your customers are in a hurry, it’s expected that they may overlook common courtesy. Even something as simple as closing the refrigerator door becomes an after-thought (remember, these are the same people who’ve had a long day at work and just want to get home). It’s this assumed negligence that can cost your business a lot of money. Refrigeration displays are regularly opened/closed on a daily basis, which results in greater running costs in the long run. This is because the unit has to work harder to compensate for the loss of cool air, since opening the door releases cold air and brings warmer temperatures inside.
While this should be a standard feature among most commercial refrigeration units, always be sure to confirm it with any new purchase you make. This is doubly important if you’re planning on making a bulk purchase of multiple units; imagine having a set of four or five refrigerators open at any given time? Save yourself from unnecessary energy consumption and make sure to invest in self-closing refrigerators.
3. Polyurethane Foam Insulation
Polyurethane foam is the third generation advancement of existing foam blowing agents. It offers low thermal conductivity, high compression strength and resistance against many chemicals and solvents. All of these impressive features lead to higher insulation qualities, which means that your commercial refrigeration unit is capable of retaining colder temperatures; resulting in less energy consumption overall. This is obviously a huge plus to business owners and for the consumer, since they can always expect consistently cold beverages and products all year round, no matter what seasonal changes occur. So, be sure to always check that your next refrigeration unit has the insulation capabilities that polyurethane foam offers.