4 Tips on Increasing Commercial Refrigeration Efficiency
Sunday, March 6, is a wacky holiday known as National Frozen Food Day. Keeping your food frozen to maintain shelf life is a vital part of your commercial refrigeration system. Not only is it important to perform regular refrigeration maintenance, but you should also take steps to make your system more efficient. This will help maintain the shelf life of items easier and will lower your energy bills. Here are TODCO Mechanical’s four tips on increasing the efficiency of commercial refrigeration and freezers.
Check Door Gaskets
The door gaskets and closers need to be doing their job and sealing the door properly on your refrigeration and freezer units. If they are wearing out or becoming faulty, humid air can find its way into your commercial refrigeration or freezer unit. This can spoil your food quicker and causes your refrigeration to work harder, increasing your energy bills.
The coils on your refrigeration unit will collect dust and other debris over time. The dust can bog down the coils, causing the heat transfer in the system to work at a lower capacity. This can make your system work harder and your goods will struggle to stay cold, gradually increasing your energy bills. Cleaning the dust off the coils will greatly improve the heat transfer.
Install Energy Efficiency Controls
There are many energy efficient technology controls you can install on your refrigeration system to increase the efficiency of the system. The first thing you can do is install adaptive controls for your anti-sweat heaters. This will allow the anti-sweat heaters to turn themselves on and off automatically instead of them running constantly when they are not needed. While this doesn’t do much for the efficiency of your system, installing motion sensors for your refrigeration lighting will save you a lot on energy bills since the lights will only come on when the door is opened.
Promote Airflow Around Coils
Whenever you are building a new store or storage unit, it is a good idea to promote airflow around the unit so the coils will not have to work as hard. Even in your current commercial property, you can move the refrigeration units away from the wall so there is plenty of airflow around the coils.