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Considerations When Buying a Commercial Cold Room

When your business requires storage for chilled food products, you need to make sure it holds a consistent temperature, and by ensuring it is energy efficient, you can keep bills down, too.

There is a wide range of commercial cold rooms available on the market, so the key to choosing is to understand what is required from the room for your business. Each will have different features, so knowing your priorities will help.

Typical Features

There are some features you will want to make sure your cold room has, like various settings appropriate to different products. Sliding doors are popular because they make the space easily accessible, and a modular construction makes installation straightforward. Panels are available in lots of different sizes to give you the flexibility to tailor-make the chiller exactly as you need it. Some panels might even have a window to allow you to see the contents without needing to open the door and affect the temperature. An airtight seal will also help to maintain a consistent temperature.

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Other Considerations

Think about the temperature range the unit can maintain, and compare that to what is required for the food you store. How it’s stored is also important; what shelving comes as standard, and what modifications or additions are available to allow you to future-proof your business. Consider too what maintenance is required.

If you are thinking of a walk-in cold room, you should have questions around ensuring adequate levels of hygiene, and how to maintain the efficiency of cooling. The best cold rooms can cope with storing lots of different perishable lines, from fresh produce to meat or dairy. They should be able to comfortably manage a temperature range from 50°C below freezing to around 15°C above.

Once you have drawn up your wish list, visit a specialist retailer like Fridge Freezer Direct and talk through their options for commercial cold rooms.

For more information about the laws relating to commercial food storage, read the official guidance from the Health & Safety Executive.

Whatever the model you choose, be sure to familiarise yourself with the running of the unit and diarise the maintenance as outlined in the guides to avoid temperatures rising above what you expect and that is required by law to keep food safe. 

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