If you have ever walked down the frozen aisle of your local supermarket … grabbed a soft drink from a vending machine … requested food at a deli … or gone into a cool room to get a cold slab of beer … then you have interacted with a commercial refrigeration system before.
The primary purpose of a commercial refrigerator is to preserve fresh and frozen food in a cold environment. However, the way in which a refrigerator achieves this simple task can be quite complex.
For starters, there are many environmental factors that come into play. During the process of chilling or freezing, the temperature of the product can change considerably. For example, a product may enter the fridge or freezer at a hot temperature, which in turn affects the performance of the unit itself.
Other factors that influence variations in Temperature, include:
- Size and shape of the product
- Volume of stock
- Initial temperature of the product
- Thermal properties of the product (density, thermal conductivity, and freezing temperature etc.)
For these reasons it is important to establish the most optimal freezing and cooling conditions early.
Any reputable installer will take the time to determine your exact cooling needs. By doing this, you are more likely to receive a commercial refrigerator that is reliable, affordable to operate, and meets your supply and demand needs.
Types of Commercial Refrigeration Systems
There are many types of mobile and permanent cooling solutions to choose from. Which one is right for you will depend on your industry, the type of products you store, and the layout of your premise. Other factors include the number of staff, environmental conditions (i.e. humidity, seasonal changes), customer demand, and your budget.
To help you choose the most suitable cooling solution, here is a simple breakdown of the most common products:
Commercial Cool Rooms
The main benefit of a commercial cool room is the large storage space. Most models have in-built adjustable shelving to let you store a variety of goods. But also enough floor space to temporarily store pallets, trolleys, and cages that contain stock.
Of course, you have the freedom to either choose a standard size, or order a custom model to meet your unique layout and storage needs. Generally speaking, you should purchase a cool room that is larger than what you currently need. This extra storage space will allow you to meet increased customer demand later on.
Reach-in Freezers and Refrigerators
These are cold units which are secured by either a sliding or swinging glass door. They are available in upright and chester-style designs. Thanks to the glass door this makes it easy for customers to see what stock is on offer before they open the door to grab the desired product.
Solid-door reach-in freezers and refrigerators are ideal for commercial kitchens. They are typically placed near the cooking area so that ingredients can be easily accessed in very little time.
Cold Display Fridge
Ideal for when you want to display a range of chilled food to potential customers. They come in a range of designs – either bench top or floor standing – and shelving configurations to store different types of products. For example, a polar refrigerated counter with in-built deep dish containers would be used to display different ice cream flavours.
Bar fridges are specially designed to store chilled beverages in both cans and bottles. They typically have adjustable shelves to let you store different combinations of products in the one fridge. For extra security many models have integral locks and the glass doors are often made of double-glazed panels.
Talk to the Experts
Whether you are installing from scratch, or replacing an existing commercial refrigeration unit, a new cooling system is a major investment. Understandably, you want your hard-earned money to go into a solution that is reliable, easy to maintain, and guaranteed to last for the long term.
To get the best value for your money, take the first step by talking to a professional refrigeration company.
When you get in touch with Frankii Commercial Refrigeration, we will take the time to personally assess your workspace. We will not only assess your layout but also determine your cooling needs and offer a range of solutions.
Best of all? You get an obligation-free quote to help you take the next step.
Discover how Frankii can implement the best cooling solution for your business. Simply call 0411 302 715 or fill out the online contact form. We’ll be happy to discuss your needs and give you an obligation-free quote.