Do you need a cost-effective, high-capacity refrigeration unit for your cold room to keep it at the required operating temperature? If so, MTCSS can install split refrigeration or monoblock systems for all sizes and types of cold room. Both types of cooling unit are designed to carry out the same function, but what are the performance differences between split systems and monoblocks – and how do you decide which cooling method is right for your business? Let’s take a look.
Of all the components used in the construction of an industrial walk-in freezer, the door is one of the most important. Nevertheless, it’s easy to regard it simply as a functional part that keeps the cold in and intruders out. Walk-in freezer doors offer a hygienic airtight seal to optimise the internal temperature of the store, keeping energy consumption to a minimum. If designed and installed in line with your business’s needs, the freezer door also boosts productivity by allowing your staff easy access to stock whenever required, with rapid opening and closing eliminating wasted time when shifting products around the warehouse.
If you’re looking to purchase a cold room, you probably know that there are a lot of things to consider – from floors and doors to shelving and lighting. But what about the ceiling in your cold room? It’s just as important to think about how your roof will affect cold room performance and heat retention. While modifying the entire building to insulate your cold space might be prohibitively expensive, there is another solution available from MTCSS – a suspended ceiling.
Inefficient cold rooms can quickly become both expensive and unreliable. This can be offset through regular servicing, professional maintenance, and high-quality parts. However, long term inefficiency, or spiraling repair costs, is a sign that more fundamental changes are needed.
In these cases, your two options are to replace the old system with a new cold room or to refurbish your existing unit. The most cost-effective option depends on the cause of the inefficiency in the old unit and how easily it can be fixed, and the potential long term costs of running the unit following refurbishment – i.e. how much would refurbishment save you compared to the lifecycle costs of a new unit.
Farms, restaurants, shops, and catering services all rely on cold rooms. Sadly, this rather unglamorous part of the business often gets neglected – which can lead to problems over time.
If you’ve forgotten about cold room maintenance, you could see running costs creeping up, product damage, and even develop issues with your building. Luckily, cold room refurbishment offers an easy solution to this problem.
The installation of a cold room is essential for many farm shops, food retailers, and pharmaceutical businesses but, with pressure growing on finances and the looming threat of economic uncertainty in the UK, it may be tempting to reduce costs in the short-term. However, the cold room installation cost should never be the sole consideration when choosing a unit for your business. The size and quality of the store, the reputation of the manufacturer, and their after-sales services and technical support all affect running costs. Economising now could cost more in the long run. If you’re planning on installing a cold room, what factors should you take into consideration?
Condensation in cold rooms can be a persistent and problematic issue, caused when warm air from outside contacts the cool surfaces of cold store doors, door frames and metal fixtures. Condensation should never be ignored in cold rooms as it can cause mould to grow, cause costly damage to the structure of the store, and may breach health and safety regulations. Identifying and resolving the root cause is, therefore, important.
Agricultural producers in the UK face several challenges. Fresh food, such as fruit and vegetables, doesn’t stay fresh for long: within days of picking, it is unfit for human consumption as potentially harmful bacteria develop, while the appearance of deteriorating food is off-putting to consumers, so preserving produce for as long as possible is central to maximising profits.
Independent producers face stiff competition from multinational corporations who have the logistical and financial muscle to ship huge quantities of food from overseas, while concerns over post-Brexit subsidies for farmers also pose challenges for the future. Therefore, minimising lost produce and maximising sales turnover is central to every farm’s success, with cold storage rooms a core asset.
Cold storage rooms are functional but invaluable facilities that are essential for preserving fresh produce and maintaining it in the best possible condition prior to sale. They may not be particularly elegant, but that doesn’t lessen the need to choose one carefully based on several key variables. The more suited your chosen cold room to your business operation, the more valuable an asset it will become.
If you’re planning a cold room installation, make sure you consider these factors to ensure you select the facility that is most suited to your business.
For many businesses, cold storage rooms are essential assets, keeping produce or other goods in the best possible condition before sale. However, operating costs can be high: they tend to be in use 24 hours a day, and maintaining cool temperatures is demanding on electricity.
Whichever unit you choose to install, important installation, operational and cold room maintenance tips can help ensure that it runs at maximum efficiency, keeping electricity bills as low as possible.
When you’re running your own business, it’s worth taking every little bit of help on offer. Capital allowances can be claimed when you purchase essential assets that you use regularly in your business, including machinery, equipment, and vehicles. These are classed as ‘plant and machinery’, the cost, or partial cost, of which can be deducted from your profits before tax, reducing your obligations and increasing your profits.
When a business needs to be able to refrigerate its wares, then it will inevitably need to invest in a cold storage solution. For many small businesses, a large refrigerator or chest freezer may suffice, but for many more, a more spacious, more reliable and more efficient solution is needed.
Continuing to rely on chest freezers or refrigerators may be tempting for a business owner, since installing a commercial cold room can seem like a big investment – however, it can prove significantly more costly to continue using your old cold storage solutions!
For example, a properly installed commercial cold room can provide advantages over refrigerators and freezers like:
One thing that commercial cold rooms can provide in abundance is space – above a certain volume, the number of refrigerators or freezers required to chill everything adequately will take up far more space than a single cold room would. A commercial cold room, on the other hand, is just one room, making it much more manageable and consolidating your cold storage into one single large space.
Within the commercial cold room, much more effective space management and organisation is possible, and your cold storage can be organised with shelves or other space-savers to make sure the items you are storing are more readily available than they would be if crammed into a conventional freezer.
When it comes to efficiency, a commercial cold room beats a collection of refrigerators and freezers on all counts. Energy efficiency is greatly improved when cold storage solutions are consolidated in a single well-fitted and well-equipped commercial cold room. The single room allows the use of only one large chiller unit instead of a large number of smaller units, and sturdier, more effective insulation means that less energy is needed to chill the same overall area, helping keep your electricity bills down. This consolidation also helps with maintenance, by providing one, easily-maintained system, and reduces maintenance costs and downtime.
A commercial cold room is also a safer option than a large number of smaller chillers. With fewer chiller units running and more integration with your building, the risk of a fire or electrical problem is lower, while employee health is improved by a walk-in commercial cold room versus a bank of chest freezers or a row of commercial fridges, which can be linked to increases in back pain and ache among your staff as they continually stoop to retrieve items or stretch to lift them.
Of course, you should always consider cost when choosing a cold room. With lower energy demands, fewer components and only one chiller instead of many, it’s easy to see how a commercial cold room could save your business money. For more information on how a cold room can help you, or to speak to one of our expert advisors about whether a commercial cold room is suitable for your business, you can get in touch with MTcss on 01886 833381 any time or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be delighted to help you.
MTH Hinged Doors are cold room insulated doors designed to protect the internal temperatures of cold rooms and freezers against the higher temperatures of the outside world. With a set of MTH Hinged Doors for your cold rooms or freezers, you’ll be able to keep the rest of your premises at ambient temperature and maintain your cold rooms at the precise temperature they require for optimum functionality – but what kinds of applications does this technology have? What kind of businesses will benefit from this, and how will it benefit them?
Made of polyurethane and metal components, an MTH Hinged Door is a relatively lightweight and high-strength insulated door, and unlike folding doors or cold-room curtains, it is a solid mass, replicating the cold room walls and providing far greater insulation capacity than a curtain or other thin, flexible barrier could.
With this greater insulating ability, you will be able to maintain more of a temperature gradient between the cold rooms and the rest of your premises, and with a more lightweight construction than other, all-metal cold room doors, access to the cold storage area will quicker and easier. With reduced opening and closing times due to the lighter hinged doors, your cold areas will lose less of their chill to the ambient areas each time someone accesses the cold room, making your chillers more efficient and requiring less work to reach the optimal temperature after a member of staff opens and closes the door.
With less time spent reaching the optimal temperature, and better insulation properties than their rivals, MTH Hinged Doors reduce overall energy use and running costs of businesses, making multiple cold rooms more cost-effective and energy-efficient!
These cold room doors are available in specifications suitable for chillers and freezers. They are ideal for use in chilled cold rooms, and these chillers are commonly used to store and ripen fruit and vegetables, in meat processing plants and slaughters, cheese factories, shops specialising in large volumes of chilled food like delicatessens and dairies, and in the ice-cream making industry.
For more information about MTH Hinged Doors and their applications in your industry, your individual business requirements or the possible advantages and disadvantages that MTH Hinged Doors can have for your business, get in touch with MTcss today! You can go to the dedicated MTcss web page for MTH Hinged Doors or send them a message via their contact form to ask about what MTH Hinged Doors can do for your cold rooms – or, if you’d rather speak directly, you can call them on 01886 833381 at any time. The experts on the other end of the line will be happy to help you choose the perfect doors to suit your requirements.