An essential component of many facilities, an industrial freezer room allows you to store and preserve a range of goods. It provides you with the space you need to organise your storage optimally, streamlining your business and saving your staff time and effort. Like with other pieces of equipment, choosing an industrial freezer room requires taking into account a range of factors and requirements to make sure you get the unit that best suits your needs.
The size of your freezer room will depend on what you need to store, the available space you have and the level of organisation you require. Keep in mind that the larger the freezer room, the more expensive it will be to buy and maintain. However, larger industrial freezer rooms are certainly more efficient than a number of smaller chillers providing equivalent cold storage space.
If you need to store goods between 0°C and +18°C, then a chiller or an ambient cool room may be ideal for you. If your goods require lower temperatures to be preserved, then you will need a freezer room that operates at temperatures between 0°C and -40°C.
The industry you work in will also have an impact on your choice as it determines the features of the cold room you will use the most. Certain industries, such as food and pharmaceuticals, have specific standards for hygiene and prevention from contamination. This makes an easy-to-clean and maintain freezer room a necessity. Other industries, like agriculture or chemical processing, may require a hard-wearing, durable cool room. So, make sure to consider what industry your freezer will be serving and the requirements which that industry will place on your cold storage.
Considering that freezer rooms can use a lot of energy, they can be rather expensive to utilize. Due to this reason, it is important to check the energy rating of the equipment that you are getting and ensure it is high. A high energy rating means that the unit will consume as little energy as possible in order to run effectively.
To make life easier, manufactures of industrial freezer rooms often include useful features that improve their daily operation and performance. They include:
- Automatic defrost – it is generally a standard on most coolrooms. With off cycle defrost, the unit shuts off for short periods. Electric defrost, on the other hand, actively melts ice, ensuring continuous and efficient refrigeration.
- Emergency escape – it is a simple internal button that opens the door, increasing functionality. Some models may include a panic button inside or trace heaters to prevent the door from freezing shut.
- Self-closing doors – this feature helps to reduce running costs as coolrooms have to work harder when the door is open and warm air gets inside the unit.
- Rebated door close ‘Flush’ with wall panels – in addition to preventing potential theft, this feature also helps retain the internal temperature, thus saving energy.