Posted on: 10 January 2018Share
For butcher shops and restaurants that serve perishable foods like meat and milk and so on, cool room installation is a prerequisite. For pharmaceutical companies, some drugs need to be stored at a given temperature which calls for the use of cold rooms. In laboratory experiments, some samples need to be kept in the freezer for future use. Apparently, cold rooms can serve a wide range of functions. Because of the necessity of a cold room, you don't want to make a mistake during the buying process and end up with a facility that doesn't meet your storage needs. Here are three mistakes to avoid when buying a cold room.
1. Wrong size
You don't want to end up with a cool room facility that's either too small or too big for your needs. Measure the height and width of the available space as well as the depth. Look for a cool room that fits perfectly in the intended space. Buy one that snugly accommodates all your items to allow air to move freely within the room, thus providing good temperature control for the items.
2. Energy efficiency
Don't ignore the consumption rate of the cool room. Some of the common terminologies in the cold storage industry used to explain the energy efficiency of cool rooms are 'coefficient of performance' (COP) and 'energy efficiency ratio' (EER). It follows that the higher the COP/EER ratio, the more energy efficient a given cool room is. Likewise, lower ratios denote reduced energy efficiency. Always opt for rooms with a higher energy efficiency to lower your energy bills.
3. An ideal temperature range
Imagine you install a cool room only to discover that your items need a different temperature setting, one that the cool room's temperature range is unable to provide. Opt for a cool room with a wide temperature range that will not only meet your current ideals but also remain in operation if your temperature needs vary in the future. For example, a flexible temperature range may be between 19 degrees Celsius to -42 degree Celsius. That way, any perishable item can be stored without it going bad. Remember, the temperature range is usually stated in the specification sheet provided, containing all the technical specs of the cool room.
In the end, look to buy a cool room of the right size, that has a high energy efficiency ratio and offers a wide temperature range.