7 Horrible Mistakes You Must Avoid Before Purchasing Cold Rooms and How You Can Fix Them
Whether you own a butcher shop, supermarket, pharmacy or any other type of business with perishable products, a cold room is an essential investment. After all, they keep perishable products like dairy, produce and beef, for example, from spoiling. Also, certain pharmaceuticals must be maintained at a specified temperature to remain safe and effective. Sometimes when considering the price, other equally or more important factors are overlooked. With that in mind, here are seven horrible mistakes to avoid before purchasing cold rooms and how to fix them:
Cold room is the wrong size
One of the most common mistakes that are often made is purchasing a cold room that is either too big, too small or does not fit into the intended space. Remember, rooms are measured in cubic meters. This means that you must consider the height and depth as well as the length and width to determine the optimum size of your cold room. Also, purchasing a cold room that is too big or too small is another horrible and costly mistake.
When it comes to purchasing cold rooms size matters. Make sure the cold room will fit the intended space. The last thing you want to have happen is for your cold room to arrive and it doesn’t fit into the space. Also, make sure you choose a cold room that has enough storage space to comfortably store your products. This will allow the cold air to circulate through the room and maintain proper temperature. A cold room that is too small will result in cramming products into a limited space. This will cause uneven cooling temperature that can spoil products, not to mention making it very difficult to find the items you need. On the other hand, if the room is too big you will end up paying to cool a large portion of empty space resulting in wasted energy and higher electricity costs. That’s why its best to purchase a cold room designed to meet your specifications.
Excessive electricity usage
Another horrible mistake to avoid is overlooking the amount of electricity usage the cold room expends to operate. When this occurs you will pay more for electricity than you should which increases the operating cost of the unit.
Consider the energy efficiency of the cold room by reviewing it's Coefficient of Performance (COP) and its Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER). The COP/EER is an international standard used throughout the commercial cold storage industry that factors fuel consumption per kW/ton of cooling to determine energy efficiency. Cold rooms with higher COP/EER ratios are more energy efficient than those with lower ratios. Look for cold rooms with an energy efficient design and high capacity motor. This will provide an increased cooling capacity while reducing energy consumption.
Lack of serviceable parts
Not realizing a cold room does not have serviceable parts is a horrible mistake. Without serviceable parts there is nothing you can do to repair a unit if a major component like the motor burns-out. Faulty wiring, overuse, and electric surges are some of the common causes of motor failure. Your only course of action in this case is to quickly replace the entire cold room before products begin to spoil.
Before purchasing a cold room it is imperative to ensure it has serviceable parts. This way if a component fails prematurely the part can be easily repaired or replaced. A cold room with serviceable parts not only protects your cold room investment, it also helps prevent a loss of revenue from having to discard spoiled products.
There have been many occasions where a business owner didn’t realize how noisy the cooling motor was until the cold room arrived. Some cold rooms are so loud the noise can be deafening. This will be distracting to workers and annoying to customers.
Therefore, for the sake of your employees and customers, make sure you check the amount of noise the cold room will emit. This is easily determined by checking the decibel level for noise output on the specification sheet for the cold room you are considering to purchase. For instance, cold rooms with a 75 dB (A) rating have a relatively low noise level similar to that of a toilet flushing.
Items to bulky for unit
Forgetting to check whether or not your cold storage products are too bulky or heavy is a horrible mistake to make before purchasing a cold room. Storing products that are heavier or bulkier than the unit was designed to accommodate can damage it and even cause the walls to separate from the floor rendering the unit completely inoperable.
This is why it’s always a good idea to make sure the cold room is sturdy enough to accommodate the total capacity of your storage products. Our cold rooms are available in a variety of sizes and are built to suit the cold storage capacity requirements of our customers.
Unit does not stay cool due to frequent door openings
When purchasing cold rooms many often forget to consider how often the door will be opened and closed throughout the day. This can be a horrible mistake for any business owner. Florists may notice flowers wilting sooner; supermarket produce spoils quicker; and pharmacists may have to discard expensive pharmaceutical supplies.
Always consider the number of times you anticipate opening and closing the cold room door each day before purchasing a cold room. Also, when outside air begins to mix with the cooler air inside the room it can affect humidity levels, an important factor in maintaining product freshness. Purchasing cold rooms with a dehumidifier and an ultrasonic humidifier that regulates humidity will keep perishables fresher for longer periods of time.
Temperature range not ideal for your cold storage needs
It can be disheartening to learn when your cold room arrives that your products require a cooler temperature than it is designed to maintain. Some cold rooms simply have a very limited temperature range.
Make sure the cold room has a wide temperature range that not only meets your current needs, but future storage requirements as well. We have one of the widest temperature ranges in the industry. With a temperature range of +20 to -80 c, our cold rooms give our customers the flexibility they need to meet their current and future cold storage requirements.