While it’s true that commercial fridges and freezers are essential in restaurants, supermarkets, and fast food outlets they can cost a lot of money to run. Typically as these large appliances operate around the clock to keep items cold or frozen, fridges consume around 17,000 kilo-watts of electricity while freezers consume around 38,000 kilo-watts. This usually results in high electricity bills.
The main issue for businesses is that when large scale appliances such as these don’t run at optimum capability they are in effect working harder to produce the same results. This in turn leads to higher energy bills. With this in mind here are 6 ways that businesses can optimise their coolers and reduce their utility bills.
Careful control of anti-sweat heaters
Anti sweat heaters are used in a commercial setting to prevent condensation and frost build up on glass doors. The problem is that if they’re left on permanently they can seriously hike up your energy outputs. For this reason you might want to ensure adaptive controls are installed which automatically detect when heating is needed and cuts the power when not.
Check seals are fully working
Door gaskets and seals can be problematic from time to time and a leaking seal can cause warm air to enter refrigeration compartments if not working correctly. This not only results in energy waste, but it might mean spoilt food too. Therefore ensure all seals and gaskets are serviceable at all times
Ensure coils are dust-free
You’ll also want to ensure your cooler is free from dust, particularly the coils. Cleaner coils optimises the heat transfer within the system and therefore expend less energy.
Ensure proper airflow
Commercial fridges and freezers aren’t exactly small and therefore take up a lot of space. Despite this, it’s important to make sure that the unit has a good degree of airflow circulation running around it. If airflow is limited the heat exchange coils can’t function properly and it will result in wasted energy.
Install motion sensor lighting
How many times have you gone into your walk-in fridge or freezer to find that someone has left the light on? In order to avoid this and save on your energy bills consider installing motion sensor lighting that automatically switches on when someone enters and switches off again after they leave.
If you operate open refrigerated cases you might want to think about installing night curtains. This helps keep any unnecessary cool refrigerated air from escaping during non-business hours.
So there you have it, 6 tips to reduce your energy bills for commercial fridges and freezers.
As well as offering up advice, here at Static Electrics we also fix and maintain commercial fridges and freezers. With over twenty tears of experience within the industry our highly skilled team can detect and repair any problem fast. If your commercial fridge is costing you a small fortune to run and you aren’t sure why, then contact us today on 07 5445 8305 and put us to the test.