Need to invest in walk-in cooler installation for your business? Or is it time for a new walk-in freezer or a combo of the two? These are costly appliances, which means you need to be informed about the many things to consider before making a purchase.
Here are the basics you need to know regarding walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer installation, so you can make the best decision for your business.
Types of units
You first need to determine whether your business needs a walk-in refrigerator, a walk-in freezer or a unit that’s a combination of the two. Walk-in refrigerators keep foods cold but not freezing, typically around 41°F. Walk-in freezers keep frozen foods around 0°F. A combination unit includes a separate section for the foods that only need to be kept cold and a section for foods that need to be frozen.
Indoor vs outdoor units
Walk-in coolers can be installed either indoors or outdoors. Specially-made units are available for outdoor walk-in cooler installation, and the process involves pouring a concrete pad to support the unit. These units typically feature a rain roof and a door hood that keeps water from finding a way in. Some outdoor walk-in units also contain a heating unit that keeps food from getting too cold when temperatures outdoors hit the below-freezing mark.
Size and space of the unit
It can be tricky to calculate the size of the walk-in unit you need to hold food at your business. Start by checking the amount of open space available if you’re having the unit installed indoors. As a general rule, you can calculate the space you need by accounting for 1 cubic foot of space per 28 pounds of food you’ll be storing.
Keep in mind that the evaporator coil may take up some space inside the unit. There are several upgraded units that have these systems outside of the box to free up more space inside. Custom-made units are available, but you’ll need to have detailed drawings and be prepared to pay the expenses involved in custom work.
Size of the refrigeration system
You also need to determine the size and type of refrigeration system you need. This refers to how powerful the system is, as well as whether it’s for refrigeration, freezing or both. The overall size of the unit will determine the power requirements of your system—more cubic footage requires more power.
Energy and efficiency
In some cases, you’ll need to bolster your electrical system to account for a new walk-in cooler or refrigerator. Make sure you understand the specs regarding efficiency of the unit, and check with an HVAC pro to see if you’ll need the services of an electrician prior to installation.
Looking for more information on walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer installation? Contact American Refrigeration Inc today. We’ll guide you through the process of selecting the right unit for the needs of your business, and we’ll take care of professional installation and any maintenance concerns that may arise during the unit’s lifespan.