Walk-in refrigerators are ideal for a variety of reasons. For instance, these systems expand cold storage capacity, extend the shelf-life of ingredients, improves organization and inventory management, and increases overall efficiency of your operations.
Whether you’re in the market for a commercial walk-in cooler or a walk-in freezer – or both – we specialize in designing customized units!
Benefits of Customization
What are the benefits of a custom walk-in refrigeration system? The process is straightforward. It is simpler to build a unique walk-in to specification than purchasing a prefabricated unit that doesn’t meet all the needs of your operations. This is an inconvenience that could cost you more in the long-run.
For starters, you will need to identify what your commercial refrigeration will be used for. What types of food will you store, and for how long? As a result, this will determine how powerful a system will be required to handle your inventory effectively. Generally, walk-in freezers will require a higher powered system.
Secondly, you must consider the space you require. The type of food and number of deliveries you receive each week will impact the dimensions you will need. Furthermore, prepare and plan for future growth to ensure you don’t have to spend more money down the road. It is better to have a little extra capacity than less. However, it is essential that you monitor costs, as too much excess space can increase expenses.
Thirdly, determine the location of your walk-in unit. Ensure you have enough space and the most efficient layout for an indoor unit. Outdoor walk-in refrigerators are ideal for facilities with less space. Local codes and regulations must be met regardless of where your walk-in will be located. This also includes accommodating for the appropriate piping for refrigeration, electrical, and plumbing.
Components of a Walk-In
Panels make up the top, bottom, and sides of your walk-in unit. They lock together to create the overall dimensions of the unit, maintaining the cool air. The appropriate panels will cut energy cost and increase efficiency based on its ability to maintain critical temperatures. If you are in the market for a walk-in freezer, panels will be thicker to ensure cold air is maintained effectively
The right insulation determines how effective your walk-in will be at resisting heat. The 2 most common types of insulation that you will likely consider: polyurethane and extruded polystyrene. The type you choose will determine the effectiveness and sizing of your walk-in.
Polyurethane insulation has a high melting point of 700° F. This type of insulation does a good job at preventing heat from entering the unit, but can be more costly.
Alternatively, extruded polystyrene is more affordable, and is effective at keeping heat from entering your system.
Determining the type of insulation will consider the required holding temperature of your unit, the quantity and weight of products, and the effectiveness of the air filtration system during opening and closing of the unit’s doors.
Floor panels are optional for walk-in coolers. In fact, flooring depends on the application of your walk-in unit. Floorless models are ideal for heavier loads, transportation of bus carts, and units with heavy shelving. Alternatively, aluminum flooring is appropriate for general use and freezers. It is important to note that while coolers don’t require flooring, freezers do.
The construction and design of your walk-in door is critical. This is because doors are the most used part of the walk-in. These doors go through frequent opening and closing during operations. As a result, heat can easily rush into your unit, compromising the effectiveness of your cooler and increasing energy costs.
When finalizing your door installation, consider a variety of options and features, such as durable gaskets, and high-quality hinges and locks. This will ensure maximum efficiency. Also, an automatic door closer can be beneficial to ensure the door isn’t accidentally left open.
Generally, refrigeration compressors come with ½ HP motor for coolers, and a 1 HP motor for freezers. The type of refrigeration system you will need will depend on your walk-in size and layout.
Remote systems sit outside the building. These systems are your most cost-effective option. Furthermore, remote systems will drive heat and noise outside, creating a more beneficial environment for staff and guests
Top mount systems hang down from the cooler box. Top mounted compressors offer easy access to your food items.
Side mount systems are attached to a side panel. This is effective for buildings with low ceilings. However, these systems will reduce the amount of shelf space your facility will have.
Cleaning & Maintenance
Regular cleaning and maintenance protocols are essential for your entire facility. Implement a thorough cleaning schedule and regular maintenance.
Thorough cleaning includes wiping down shelving and mopping the floor. Ensure spills and splashes are tidied. During your regular cleaning, it is important to inspect the unit for signs of wear and tear. Inspect your shelving, refrigeration system, as well as gaskets. Maintain these components and ensure that they are performing optimally. Defects can impact the unit’s ability to maintain cold temperatures.
Build The Right Walk-in Cooler or Freezer Today!
Babak Food Equipment specializes in custom built walk-in refrigerators. You’ve come to the right place if you’re in the market for a walk-in cooler, freezer, or both. From connecting with suppliers, to building your business’ unique customized design – we take the lead in ensuring your walk-in system is top quality and competitively priced.
We are your one-stop shop for custom built walk-in refrigerators. Tell us what you need and we’ll make the impossible possible. Contact us today for 1-on-1 consultation!