If you are a business owner, new to the world of cold room storage, it can be difficult to know what type of cooling solution you need. There are so many options to choose from and your exact requirements will depend on a variety of factors, including the sector of your business, the type of products to be stored, and the size of the building in which the cold room is to be installed.
A guide to creating the perfect walk-in cold room
Step 1: Decide on a temperature
This is, by far, the most important factor that you will need to consider. You need a cold storage room that will keep your products at a safe, optimum temperature and, dependent upon the nature of these products, there’s a range of cooler, chiller and freezer rooms to choose from.
Cooler and chiller cold rooms will maintain an internal temperature between 0°C – 18°C and, as such, they are perfect for the storage of food products (e.g. dairy products, raw and cooked meats, ready-to-eat foods), horticultural and agricultural products and a variety of chemical and medical supplies.
Freezer room temperatures typically range between -40°C to 0°C and can include everything from blast freezers and carton freezers to deep freezers and individual quick freezing machinery.
Step 2: Choose a refrigerated door
Refrigerated doors are a vital component of your new walk-in cold room. Not only will they support your insulation strategy and help to maintain the internal temperature of the cold room, but in many cases, they can also improve the efficiency of your business’s day-to-day operations.
There are three types of refrigerated door currently available at ECS. The first, sliding doors, which are suitable for storage at -40°C to 30°C and they are a particularly useful option if there is a limited amount of space. They create a wider entrance into the cold room, allowing easier access for forklift trucks, and making it significantly easier for your staff to deliver and remove large pallets.
If access isn’t needed using such large vehicles, a hinged door may be a better option. This type of door can maintain temperatures at -30°C to 30°C and they are ideal for smaller cold storage units. We also currently stock specialist controlled atmosphere doors, which can seal a room up to -5°C.
Step 3: Install a suitable lighting system
A suitable lighting system is essential to the safety and efficiency of your cold room. You will need an adequate level of lighting to conduct your business activities; however, you also need a luminaire that can withstand harsh conditions and will not affect the internal temperature of your room.
Here at ECS, all of our luminaires extract waste heat at the source and they are designed specifically for use in cold rooms. We will take your unique lighting needs into consideration and advise on the perfect luminaire for you and the activities that you plan to undertake in your new facility.
Contact ECS for a full turnkey cold room package
Here at ECS, we understand that business owners lead a very hectic and demanding work life and – as such – we strive to make the process of cold room design as easy and hassle-free as possible. All of our walk-in cold storage rooms are bespoke, designed and built to perfectly fit your space and meet your personal requirements. We can offer honest and useful advice and will help you to create the perfect cooling solution for you and your business.