Cool Room Installation for Your Business: Factors that Determine the Size You Need07 August 2019
In order to estimate the dimensions of a business-ready cool room, begin with a sheet of paper and an open mind. Find a quiet space to think and begin by writing down all of the items that’ll be stored inside the refrigerated room. Impacted by the size of the installation site, let’s make sure this initial design factor doesn’t influence the size of the cooling envelope too much.
Splitting the Cool Room
One single space maximizes the available installation area. The modular walls and insulated fittings drop into place around the room’s own walls, so there are no extraneous fixtures or doubled-up compartmental setups in the design blueprint to steal precious site real estate. Alternatively, a two-room configuration provides a convenient dual-role layout, with one sealed room performing as a workspace while the second room functions as storage space. Things become a little more energy inefficient when multiple cool rooms line up together. With each independent cooling space adding its own walls, the available space is no longer exploited in a practical, energy-smart manner.
Circumventing Spatial Limitations
The size of the room, which is probably located close to a working kitchen, affects its dimensions. That’s true enough, but there’s a way around this obstacle. If a refrigerated space needs to be large enough to store a set amount of perishable items, why not take the problem outside? Indeed, outdoor-situated cool rooms are becoming popular, although they’re built from more expensive materials. Weatherproof and impact-resistant, these exterior models are still an option if a restaurant or hotel doesn’t have enough room for a large cooler.
Operational Impact: Assessing Internal Factors
Workflow-wise, there needs to be a passage running through an operational cool room. Is there space for a wide trolley and to access all of the room’s stored food? Can the stainless steel shelves in there be switched out for a set of wire-framed shelving? And that brings the designer around to another question, an issue that concerns air current circulation. Large or small, there must be enough excess space in a cool room to allow its cooling energies to penetrate the entire chamber.
Posed to begin work, the insulated panels and cooling systems can’t begin assembling until the spatially assessed project has been finalized and approved by the business owner. There’s the open room, all ready for the walk-in cooler, but the area hides a number of installation obstacles. Observing those size-determining installation impediments with a keen eye, an installation professional sees them as manageable design factors. For poor venting hindrances, some light construction work takes care of matters. Then, opening a line of communication with you, the business owner, it’s time to see whether a single room or dual-space cool room layout will suit your workflow.
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