Now that your company’s goods and products are kept in a cool temperature-controlled environment to prevent your produces from deterioration, it’s important that you continually get the best out of your unit so that it provides the many years of consistent service. Following some of these simple guidelines will not only help towards this but help save money.
Keep an eye on temperature
Firstly, it’s important to keep an eye on your temperature control, only cool to the temperature you need, every 1°C saved could reduce your energy consumption by two per cent. This in mind, it is essential that you don’t overfill your units. A unit will be most effective if it is not overfilled (there has to be room for the cool air to circulate).
Don’t overfill or obstruct
Products should not block or obstruct the airflow to and from the coolers in cold rooms, as this will increase energy consumption and compromise the temperature. For example, overloading display cabinets can increase their energy consumption by up to twenty per cent.
Keep doors closed
A simple, but easy mistake to make is keeping the doors closed, make sure doors aren’t left open for longer than absolutely necessary. This sounds simple, but means that loading and unloading tasks have to be carefully organised (Also, make sure all doors on a unit have well-fitting seals that are fully intact).
The location of the unit can be a factor, where possible, keep refrigeration units far away from any sources of heat. For example; you need to leave space around the unit’s vents so it can draw in and expel air.
Keep it clean
It’s as important to properly clean your industrial refrigeration unit as it is your own refrigerator at home. Wipe down shelves, racks, tables, and other storage areas on a regular basis, using the appropriate strength cleaners for the job. Be sure to clean before and after placing new food items in the storage areas. This prevents the contamination of new foodstuffs from the potential residue of the old.
Not in use
When the unit is not in use or outside of trading hours, make sure any lights inside the unit are switched off.
Furthermore, it is important to make sure your product that is going to be loaded into the cold store hasn’t warmed up by being left in an ambient temperature area.
Here are just a few more features to look at for keeping a safe and well maintained unit
- Do not switch off the main power supply
- Ensure that only qualified engineers have access to the control panel
- Minimise door openings to maintain temperature and avoid ingress of humid air
- Check your operating instruction as these must be adhered to at all times
- Ensure that the unit is at the required temperature before loading the product
- The exact time to achieve the required product temperature will depend on the type of product being chilled and its entry temperature
James writes for AHR portable cold storage. When not writing, he can often be found trying to cram things inside his decidedly un-industrial fridge.