Cold rooms - why you need one for your business

    Welcome, welcome. Our guess is that you’ve clicked on this article because you are considering getting a cold room for your business. If we got that right, then kudos to you because embedded in this article is everything you need to know. From the types of cold rooms there are to the reasons why you should use a cold room, we have got you covered.
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    But first, let us introduce you to the powerful refrigeration and freezing equipment known as a cold room.

    A cold room can be described as a space that makes use of a refrigeration system designed to maintain a set temperature and preserve whatever is stored in it. Like other refrigeration equipment, a cold room makes use of a condenser, compressor, fan and an evaporation in order to remain cool.

    Although referred to as a walk-in refrigerator, cold rooms are different from other refrigeration equipment in the sense that they can be moved from one place to another to serve different purposes per time. However, they would be a significant addition to your business. This is because their capacity enables them to conserve a great load of items, and the good thing is that cold rooms are able to do this whilst remaining energy-efficient.

    1. Are There Types of Cold Rooms?

    Cold rooms vary on two different scales. They can be classified based on the temperature range used in the cold room. It is necessary to note that the precise temperature of a cold room depends on the product being stored in it. The other basis on which cold rooms can be classified is the size of the cold room.

    2. Types of Cold Rooms

    2.1 Based on Size

    Small cold room

    Small Cold Room - As it relates to size, this cold room type is usually up to 30m³ and is almost always indoors. You can find this kind of cold room used in ice cream shops and catering establishments.

    Medium Cold Room - As the name implies, this cold room type is medium-sized. Usually around 200m³, it is mostly used in hotels, pharmaceutical laboratories and supermarkets.

    Large Cold Room - The size of this cold room is about 3000m³ and it is mostly used on an industrial scale.

    Large cold room

    2.2 Based on Temperature

    Positive Temperature Cold Room: This cold room type can also be referred to as a storage cold room. Its temperature ranges from 0°C–10°C. The items preserved in such cold rooms include beverages, medicine and fresh food or vegetables.

    Negative Temperature Cold Room: Also referred to as a freezing cold room, this cold room type is more intensive in its insulation. Its temperature can be anywhere between 0°C and -28°C, and it is mostly used to store vaccines, frozen food, etc.

    Other types of cold rooms based on temperature include deep freezing tunnels and temperature blast chillers.

    3. Why Should You Use a Cold Room?

    3.1 Size

    There is one thing that cold rooms have going for them over other refrigerating units, and that thing is size. As we have seen in the previous section that described the different sizes of cold rooms, cold rooms provide a great amount of storage space. This makes it a better option when compared with smaller refrigerating units such as deep freezers, etc.

    3.2 Security

    With cold rooms, you can be sure that your products, be it food items or pharmaceuticals, are free from damage and theft. Modern cold rooms have components such airtight doors, gas leakage alarms, polyurethane panels and air extraction systems. These components serve to improve the performance of the cold room and that means you can rest assured knowing that your goods will remain in optimum condition.

    3.3 Organization

    Cold rooms make the organization of your stored products possible and effective. With a racking or shelving system, your products will be stored in an organized manner; and this also makes restocking a smooth and easy process.

    4. How Can Daibau Help?

    Cold room installers

    Now that you know the ins and outs of cold rooms, you may be wondering the first step to take in getting a cold room for your business.

    The first thing we advise is you contact us. Not only are we capable of supplying the equipment you will need for your cold room, we also have experts that will get your cold room installed. We can assist in conducting a site survey to make sure that the space you intend to use for your cold room is suitable and efficient for it.

    It doesn’t end there. We declare our availability to take care of whatever maintenance or repairs your cold room may need.

    It’s a juicy offer, isn’t it? And the good news is you can be the number one enjoyer of all these services. Remember, all you have to do is contact us.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Expert advice on cold rooms by Gochtech Nigeria Ltd

    1. Can cold rooms be energy-efficient?

    Yes, cold rooms can be designed and operated to be energy-efficient. Energy efficiency in cold rooms is important because they typically require a significant amount of energy to maintain low temperatures for storing perishable goods. By implementing various measures, it is possible to optimize energy consumption and reduce costs while ensuring effective refrigeration.

    2. Can cold rooms be customized?

    Yes, cold rooms can be customized to meet specific requirements and fit various applications. The design and customization of cold rooms depend on factors such as the intended use, size, temperature range, humidity control, and storage capacity needed. Here are some aspects that can be customized in cold rooms:

    3. How are cold rooms maintained and cleaned?

    Maintaining and cleaning cold rooms is crucial to ensure their optimal performance, hygiene, and longevity. Regular maintenance and cleaning help prevent equipment failures, minimize energy consumption, and maintain a clean and safe storage environment. Here are some general guidelines for maintaining and cleaning cold rooms:
    - Oil change of compressors
    - Change of dryers
    - Flushing of system & re-gasing
    - Pressure washing of condensers

    4. What temperature can cold rooms maintain?

    Cold rooms can maintain a range of temperatures depending on the specific needs of the stored items. The temperature range of a cold room is typically customizable based on the intended application. Here are some common temperature ranges for cold rooms: -25 degrees Celsius

    5. Are there any safety considerations for cold rooms?

    Yes, there are several safety considerations to keep in mind when it comes to cold rooms. Cold rooms involve the use of low temperatures, refrigeration systems, and specific storage conditions, which can present certain safety hazards. Below are some tips to protect yourself while operating a cold room.
    - Coldrrom jacket
    - Foot wares, not slippers 
    - don’t go near ELECTRICAL panels

    6. Are they moveable?

    Mobile COLDROOMS are moveable. Stationary Coldrroms can be relocated.

    Collins Chukwukere, Gochtech Nigeria Ltd

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    Author: Daibau Magazine

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