Considerations Before Buying A Cold Storage Room

Choosing a cold storage which will best suit your needs can be baffling. There’re many aspects that need to be considered such as cost, energy efficiency, maintainability, capability of the storage to maintain stable temperature, etc. 

Before deciding to buy a cold room, you need to consider a few important aspects such as:

For what purpose the cold room will be used?

For what purpose do you want to purchase a cold room? Do you need a commercial cold storage for the needs of the hospitality industry or a laboratory cold room for pharmaceutical requirements? 

An industrial cold room not just protects farm produce, seafood and pharmaceuticals, but it can also be used to preserve operational IT servers and equipment whose performance and durability get negatively affected by the heat they produce. 

Hospitality, food processing, supermarkets, manufacturing and the chemical industry find wide use of cold storage that are hard-wearing, durable, easy to clean and maintain. 

Capacity of the cold room:

Your operational needs will determine this aspect. How fast your stock is spent designates the capacity of cold storage you require. Your cold room size must surpass the bulk of stock you want to preserve. It must have sufficient room for shelves, racks, aisle space to roll large quantity of food items in and out, airflow etc. Volume of the products, opening between the wall, pile and ceiling – all these aspects need to be considered. 

According to cold storage manufacturer, consumers should install larger cold storage than installing multiple smaller cold room to provide the equal chilling facility. 

Temperature range required in the cold room:

You need to comprehend that different stock needs different temperature range for preservation. For example, items that need to be preserved for shorter time span like fruits, vegetables, cooked meat, milk, sauces, cream baked goods, etc must be stored at temperature around 3°C-12°C to stop microbial action. 

Meat, raw seafood and some dairy items need temperature range from -3°C-4°C. For longer duration storage of raw food material such as chicken, dessert, solidified veggies, pasties, bread, etc temperature need to be maintained from -5°C -20°C.

Similarly, a pharma company would use a pharmaceutical cold storage for preserving diverse under-trial drugs which need different temperatures for storage.

Africhill is a pioneer in offering commercial cold rooms for supermarket, pharma, hospitality and other sectors to cool or freeze fruits, vegetables, chemical, meat, beverage or other goods. Call us now for a quotation!