Memphis Ice refrigeration

meghan Refrigeration, Small Business

4 Key Considerations When Buying Commercial Refrigeration

If you’re a business owner in the food industry, quality refrigeration is vital to your establishment. However, the price of refrigeration can be steep. Whether you’re buying your first piece of equipment or in need of an upgrade, it’s important to know what you’re looking for. To help you along the way, we’ve compiled the four most important key factors to consider when buying commercial refrigeration.

1. Space & Size

The first way to narrow down your commercial refrigeration options is to focus on how much space you have available. Measure your kitchen (or wherever the equipment will go) and then consider the dimensions of the refrigeration itself. Width, height, and depth should all be included.

We recommend consulting with a licensed installer to help you maximize your space and secure your investment. A professional can help you identify opportunities for vertical equipment, as well as discuss your potential future business requirements in order to ensure that your equipment lasts for many years to come.

2. Functionality

Functionality will also play a key role in your commercial refrigeration decision. Whether you’re buying refrigeration for your bar or walk-in, you’ll want to think about the ease of accessibility you’ll need. Functionality factors include:

  • Accessible temperature control
  • Compressor location
  • Condenser location
  • Door type
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to reach

3. Energy Efficiency

Just like you’ll want to be conscious about the price of your refrigeration, you’ll want to be aware of your establishment’s energy consumption. It’s important to know that powerful refrigeration equipment doesn’t have to mean high energy bills skyrocketing through the roof.

When seeking energy efficient refrigeration equipment, look for the Energy Star rating. In addition, consider refrigeration units with glass doors. Compared to open display units, enclosed refrigeration units can reduce energy. Chest freezers also release less cold air than upright freezers.

These are just a few examples of how you can reduce energy consumption. Once again, a professional can help you explore other quality options.

4. Support

If you’re a business owner with a need for refrigeration, you know the crippling dread that follows when you realize your refrigeration has suddenly stopped working. How long until the food spoils? Will you have to temporarily shut down business for the day? And how long until a qualified professional is there to solve the problem? This kind of emergency eats up time, money, and peace of mind. 

That’s why when buying commercial refrigeration, it’s crucial to know what support you have in place should something go awry. At Memphis Ice, we treat our customers like family. With our decades of experience, preventative maintenance program, and largest fleet of technicians in the area, we’re ready to help you when you need us.

More than just an ice machine and refrigeration distributor, we’re your partner. Ready to reach out? Get in touch today.

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