Whether it is for a commercial facility or a large residential facility, purchasing a walk-in cooler can be a large investment, so it is important that you are informed about the walk-in cooler you choose. A walk-in cooler is just what it sounds like-it is a place to store refrigerated food products, before and after preparation. They are much larger than a standard cooler, which makes them perfect for large food storing purposes. The size of the walk-in cooler you choose should be equivalent to the number of meals you intend to serve daily. For example, if you operate a restaurant the typical size walk-in cooler is about 1.5 cubic feet of storage for each meal you intend to serve on a daily basis. Walk-in coolers are available in a wide range of styles, sizes and designs, but here are a few of the key benefits you can expect from a walk-in cooler.
It is a common misconception that a walk-in cooler will cost a lot to power, and although it is a major expense, the cost to power a walk-in cooler is often much less than the combined cost to power several individual standard size refrigerators. Also, if you have an industrial-grade walk-in cooler, the internal components are designed to work much better and much more efficient than standard consumer coolers. There are also several ways to reduce the operating costs, such as equipping the cooler with quality insulation and/or installing walk-in curtains. You can also minimize energy costs by providing regular maintenance, such as routinely checking the gaskets and door sweeps for wear and replacing them when necessary.
The majority of walk-in coolers need about the same amount of maintenance as a standard residential or commercial air conditioning unit. Meaning, you should have the cooler ventilation and airflow inspected at least once a year and the condenser coils should be cleaned once a year by a certified technician. The interior walls of the walk-in cooler should also be routinely cleaned. Keep in mind that most walk-in coolers are made from stainless steel or aluminum; stainless steel is easier to clean and maintain than aluminum, which tends to dent easier and is more difficult to clean.
Obviously, the best benefit of a walk-in cooler is the size, but another great benefit is the ease of installation. These units can be installed directly on top of a solid concrete floor, so there is no need to install specialized flooring.