Cold rooms are essential for any busy kitchen, and in this article we take a look at some of the top tips when considering such a purchase.
Is your business likely to increase over the coming years? This is an important question to ask at the beginning of the process, as you may need to consider a cold room that can be extended if this happens. Thinking short-term only could have a negative impact on your company’s future and cause you and your employees a headache if your cold room becomes unfit for purpose. Increasing the size of commercial cold rooms can be both costly and wasteful.
New and Shiny
It goes without saying that a new cold room is just that; however, our advice is to look at cold rooms around 10 years old. This will help you in your decision-making process. Older ones that are still working to full capacity clearly have longevity, and it is these brands you should be considering. There are many brands on the market so do your research.
All About the Interior
It’s worth knowing that many manufacturers install standard shelving in their cold rooms; these can leave under-utilised gaps and waste much-needed space. Talking to a supplier such as fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/cold-rooms/integrated-cold-rooms, who can provide shelving that works around your needs both present and future, is therefore a prerequisite.
It is essential that you take into account the running costs of your cold room. Some cheaper models are exorbitantly expensive as energy costs mount, so be aware that you may end up paying much more over the years if you decide on a cheaper one. It’s also worth exploring the thickness of the insulation, condenser type and low energy motors and how these can reduce the use of power.
So you have purchased your new and shiny cold room and are set to go! Teething problems quickly show, so what should you do? The answer is re-wind. Make sure that before you purchase you have a full understanding of the support package in place during and after installation. You need to make sure that your supplier’s customer care is second to none and that you can call on them at any time if you run into trouble.