Walk-in Coolers & Freezers For Delis, Bodegas, Liquor Stores, and More
- June 08, 2022
Walk-in coolers and freezers are utilized daily by businesses of all types - restaurants, medical facilities, farms, florists, and more. The primary function is to provide safe storage area for foods, beverages, and other items that need to be stored in temperature and climate controlled settings. Purchasing a walk-in cooler can be a costly endeavor for restaurants, but even more of a stressful purchase for smaller stores like delis and bodegas. Before investing in a walk-in you should know what options are available to determine what options are necessities, what size walk-in works best for you, and more.
A good place to start is determining your size requirements for the location of your walk-in cooler or freezer. You should determine the square footage of how much storage space you need inside the cooler, and that will then be used to determine the amount of space you will need to clear out for the actual walk-in unit. Keep in mind that you will need a certain amount of open space around the entire unit to promote proper air flow. The amount of space available also can help dictate the type of door you need - if the entrance is in a narrow area it may not be possible to install a swing style door and a sliding door may be more practical to allow ease of access. Another item to take into consideration is future growth - make sure the sizing not only can handle the amount of storage you currently need but allows for ample amount of storage space for growth.
Once you have the sizing of your walk-in determined, it’s time to move on to the actual construction. There are several types of materials that can be used with their own pros and cons. For example, the wall panels can be made out of different types of foam insulation. Extruded polystyrene is a similar material like you would find at big box stores, so it’s less expensive but it lacks the improved structural stability and strength you get from other types of insulation. Polyurethane is an alternative type of insulation that has many benefits over the all-foam polystyrene. There is an R value rating system for insulation foam that is used to rate the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow - which basically means the higher the R value the greater the insulating power. Polyurethane has a significantly higher R value compared to polystyrene. Polyurethane is overall a stronger material than polystyrene which makes it less susceptible to physical damage due to impact and stress, and makes polyurethane performs better in load bearing and thermal control type applications.
The final configuration that needs to be taken into account with your walk-in cooler or freezer is the type of refrigeration components. There are several types of mounting options for the components - top mount, side mounts and remote. Top mount is considered the standard mounting location where it is a fully self contained refrigeration unit that sits on top of the walk-in unit itself, where the side mount is similar but the self contained refrigeration unit is mounted to the side wall of a unit. With top and side mount systems the entire cooling unit sits inside the building, which can be noisy and produce significant amounts of heat. A remote system separates the refrigeration components where the compressor is mounted outside the building, which allows for heat and noise to generated outside the building.
There are several other optional accessories and features that you can take into consideration when configuring your walk-in cooler. For example if you have a loading dock and your walk-in cooler or freezer is located nearby, you can install a ramp that allows for easier loading in and out of the walk-in unit during deliveries. By taking all of these items into account before you make your purchase you can feel comfortable knowing that you invested in the right walk-in unit that will help your business today and in the future as your business grows. 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. ALL HoodMart® Walk-In Coolers and Freezers 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 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.