A cold room provides many advantages over a traditional upright or under-counter fridge/freezer, including increased storage space, secure storage of stock, reduce exhaust heat from condenser in kitchen or storage area and the ability to store different items at different temperatures.
In actual fact, typical cold rooms have the ability to maintain temperatures ranging from -50°C to +15°C.
These units are sometimes referred to as walk-in fridges and will typically require a one-off, specialist installation. There are cheaper Modular Cold Rooms available if you have the luxury of space to fit them in.
The smallest, entry-level cold rooms typically retail in the region of £5000 including installation but, because there are certain variables when it comes to installing a walk-in fridge or freezer, cold room installation costs can differ depending on the options required and/or the work undertaken to correctly install it.
Features of a Typical Cold Room
- Some of the typical cold room features include;
- Modular construction that enables quick and easy installation
- Flexible panel sizes
- Optimal temperature management over a wide range
- Have multi functional settings to suit different products
- Cam locking- It ensures that walls, ceilings, doors, corners and floors are perfectly aligned
- Sweep gasket maintains an airtight seal and helps maintain flexibility across temperatures
- Consists of sliding doors
- In some Cold Rooms, there is a view port that allows one to look inside the cold room without the need to open the door
Cold Room Size
The larger cold room the more it will cost to build, install and run so when sizing your store make sure it is as effective as your business needs otherwise you will be wasting money, the good news is generally you can expand Cold Rooms as your business grows.
What to Consider When Selecting Cold Rooms?
- The refrigeration technology they are based on
- The degree of insulation
- The temperature range they can maintain
- Storage space and shelving
- Will it be easy to modify designs in future?
- How demanding will the maintenance be?
Cold rooms can be built outside, this can give your kitchen extra space for cooking equipment. There will be an out-door condenser to consider the location of as well, ideally no more than 50m away from the Cold Store.
Choice Of Unit
There are two types of cold room: integral and remote. Integral units have everything built-in, however remote including a network of pipework and condenser to keep hot air away from the kitchen. These units can take longer to install, and businesses may encounter additional costs if local authority consultation is required prior to installation (this is usually dependent on where the condenser is located).
Shelving or racking is typically unique to the needs of the customer, and many cold rooms come without racking so that it can be installed bespoke to the requirements of the business. Good racking should ensure that food is secure, kept away from the floor and hygienically stored. Racking can be fabricated from stainless steel and is sometimes made from wire mesh for hygiene purposes. Remember you can not drill into the walls of a cold room.
When it comes to make your mind up to buy walk in cold rooms, always spend money wisely. It must be reliable, energy-efficient and ideal enough to keep your products at perfect temperature and to maintain a high level of hygiene ensuring that products are stored in a controlled environment.