Whether it’s a restaurant, hotel or hospital, any business in the hospitality industry needs a commercial freezer to keep stored food cold before it’s served to guests. However, just like a lot of huge appliances, commercial freezers in Eugene, OR are very expensive assets. Since they cost so much, if you’re considering buying a commercial freezer, you need to put a lot of thought into the decision. Here are a few things to think about before you take the plunge and buy a new commercial freezer.
What size freezer do you need?
A kitchen crew needs 1.5 cubic feet of storage space for every meal that’s being served per day. If you’re running a large restaurant, you’ll obviously need a big commercial freezer to hold all that food. On the flip side, smaller restaurants need smaller kitchens. If your restaurant gets super busy one night, or if you host a big event, what happens if you run out of space to store your cold food? It’s best to over-plan by having a bigger freezer, if you have the space and the budget.
Do you have enough space?
Depending on the size on the unit, commercial freezers can take up a whole lot of space in your kitchen. Before you buy a unit, you need to take into careful consideration how big your kitchen is and how much room you can dedicate to a commercial freezer.
Where will the freezer go?
Before our customers call us to install commercial freezers in Eugene, OR, we need them to know exactly where the appliances will be installed. The last thing installers want is to deal with an indecisive chef or kitchen manager who keeps changing his mind on where to put the commercial freezer! Assuming you have space, you should place your commercial freezer near the food preparation area to save time walking back and forth to the freezer. Keep in mind that all commercial freezers need to sit on an insulated floor in order to work properly.
What size do you need?
A commercial freezer obviously needs to be able to keep food very, very cold. Your food may get warm and spoil if you buy a big freezer, but a refrigeration unit that’s too small to cool the freezer. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if your refrigeration unit is too big for your freezer, you’ll be wasting a ton of money on the electric bill. Units that are too large will cycle on and off more frequently and run up your costs.
What can you afford?
Commercial freezers are expensive, but they’re not really something you can afford to go cheap on. A low-quality freezer is bound to break down more often, and possibly not keep your food as cold as you need it to be. Lower-quality freezers can also rack up higher energy bills, which could end up costing more in the long run. We recommend paying what you can afford for a freezer and trying to save costs elsewhere.
Once you’ve thought about all of the questions above related to commercial freezers in Eugene, OR, give American Refrigeration Inc. a call to find out what we can do for you and your business.