Considerations When Purchasing A Walk-In Cooler or Freezer
- March 24, 2020
Purchasing any major kitchen appliances for your commercial kitchen space is a big deal. Regardless of the financial aspect of the purchase, but you have to make sure the appliance you are getting is adequate for your kitchen space and needs. This applies to walk-in coolers and freezers as well, and here are a few items to take into consideration when purchasing a walk-in to ensure you get what’s best for you.
- Location of Unit - There are two types of walk-in coolers and freezers; indoor and outdoors. Benefits of an indoor unit if you have the available space are ease of access for staff and employees, and an extra layer of security. Outdoor walk-ins are great in situations where there’s not a ton of available space inside the building, or more space is needed than what’s currently available inside. Aside from those points, as long as the floor is hard and level, a walk-in cooler can be installed.
- Storage Space - as previously noted, available space vs storage space needed can play a huge roll in what walk-in cooler you may need. If you have enough available space indoors to fit a unit and provide adequate storage space for your kitchen then an indoor cooler may be the way to go. If you need more space than what’s available an outdoor unit may be a better solution for you.
- Refrigeration - after you have determined the size of the storage space you need to make sure you get a refrigeration system with enough power for the space needed. An underpowered refrigeration system will run hard and strain itself, leading to extra wear and tear and eventual issues. An overpowered system may not cycle enough to allow for proper humidity remove from within the cooler / freezer and can lead to issues such as icing. Aside from the proper size refrigeration system there are also different types of refrigeration systems. A remote refrigeration system, for example, allows for a system that is located outside the building even when the walk-in unit is located inside, and reduces the amount of heat and noise in the builder where the walk-in is located.
- Accessories - there are numerous accessories that are available for walk-in coolers that may be beneficial to your needs. If you have a unit that may have employees and staff going in and out constantly and may require the door to be left open for an extended period of time you could look into plastic strip curtains to help keep cold air in the unit. There are thermostat / temperature alarms designed to alert you if the refrigeration system is not running properly. Kickplates that can be installed on the door to protect it from damage. Be sure the browse the accessories available and see what will work best for you and your unit.
- Quality - be sure that the walk-in cooler meets all standards and codes so that it is certified in your area. ALL HoodMart® Walk-In Coolers and Freezers made in the USA and are UL Listed Panels and Doors, NSF Listed, EISA & U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Compliant, and Listed and Certified for all States, including City of Houston, State of Oregon, New York City. Custom Hurricane Approved Units Available.
If you are still unsure of what walk-in cooler or freezer system to go with you can try the Hoodmart Walk-In Builder. HoodMart provides our customers with a wide range of walk-in coolers and freezers - as well as all walk-in accessories such as door hinges, kick plates, and light fixtures. HoodMart Walkin Coolers are Guaranteed To Pass ALL City & State Codes. If you still have questions regarding the purchase of your walk-in cooler or freezer, please feel free to contact one of our experts today by calling us at 1.800.715.1014 or by contacting us through our live chat system.