How to save energy on your commercial refrigeration units

Supplier: Heccater By: David Barling
15 July, 2014

Commercial refrigeration is a very important aspect to many food and beverage businesses across the globe.

From keeping kitchen facilities and ingredients in its fresh state inside commercial premises, to huge commercial chiller equipment to be used in restaurants, convenience stores and the like, the need to preserve fresh and frozen goods, perishable or not, is indispensable to their day-to-day transactions of such businesses.

Whether it is a small, medium, or huge business, being wise and efficient with refrigeration energy consumption will definitely convert to financial and environmental savings.

Some owners of big businesses might regard operational energy consumption as a small thing for their total operating costs. However, when you think about it, a huge amount of this energy consumption savings is brought about by commercial refrigeration. Therefore, long-term energy saving on commercial refrigeration is equivalent to huge business savings.

Here are some quick and practical energy tips on how to save energy on your commercial refrigeration units:

Energy-saving tip 1: Defrost on a regular basis.

Ice should be prevented, because ice buildups that are greater than 5mm can reduce cooling efficiency.

Energy-saving tip 2: Adjust your commercial fridge's temperature accordingly.

Merely lowering the temperature is not enough. Commercial drink fridges must be optimally maintained at 3 to 4 degrees celsius, whereas commercial freezers must be maintained at -15 to -18 degrees celsius. To do this, you can use a thermometer, switching off display or internal lighting and controlling anti-moist heaters.

Energy-saving tip 3: Make sure doors are sealed, and that gaskets and hinges are working properly.

This is to prevent leaking of cold air, to preserve the cooling quality of the commercial fridge.

Energy-saving tip 4: Keep glass door fridges on a level surface.

Commercial chillers should be positioned on a level surface so the doors can easily close.

Energy-saving tip 5: Scatter food and beverage before you compress them.

Doing this will ensure proper initial circulation of cold air; therefore decreasing time it will take to freeze. Likewise, do not over-stuff the freezer, because this interferes with the overall cooling capacity of the commercial fridge.

Following these 5 quick and practical tips in saving energy consumption on your commercial drink fridges does not just save you time, money, and energy in preventing unnecessary repairs and replacements, but will also save and promote growth of your business in the long run because of its reliability. Just make sure you do these on a regular basis.