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Energy Saving Tips For Your Commercial Refrigerator For The New Year

Commercial refrigeration units use up a considerable amount of energy. If you use a commercial refrigeration unit for your business, here are a few energy saving tips to implement in 2016 to cut down on your energy costs.

Invest In An Energy Efficient Unit

One of the easiest ways to cut down the energy costs associated with your commercial refrigeration unit is by investing in an energy efficient unit. If you are using an older refrigeration unit, you may want to consider upgrading your unit in 2016. Newer, energy efficient models use considerably less energy than older models. The older your unit is, the bigger energy savings you will most likely experience when you upgrade your unit.

Make sure that your new unit has been certified as an Energy Star unit. This is the government’s system for identifying products that meet their energy-reduction standards.

Pay Attention To Location

The location of your commercial refrigeration unit can play a big role in how much energy it needs to use on a daily basis. 

To start with, good ventilation around your refrigeration unit will help it work more efficiently and last longer. You’ll want to make sure that there is enough room around your unit for air to move freely. 

The temperature of the room where your refrigerator is located plays an important role as well in how much energy it uses. Make sure that your commercial refrigerator is not placed too closely to other cooking equipment that generates or puts off a lot of heat. If possible, you should also try to keep the temperature of the room where your refrigeration unit is located a little cooler than the rest of your business. Your unit will not have to work as hard in a cooler environment.

Clean Your Unit At Least Once A Month

It is important to clean the outside of your unit at least once a month. You’ll want to clean the condenser coils at least once a month. Dirt and grime can easily build up on your condenser coils and cause your unit to work harder than necessary.

You should also wipe down the seals around your door and make sure that no dirt has been able to accumulate along the seals. This is also a good time to inspect your seals and make sure that they are not cracked, damaged or loose. A damaged seal will allow the cool air inside of your unit to escape and will cause it to use additional energy to stay cool. If the seal is damaged, fix it as quickly as possible.

Keep Your Unit Full

You should try to keep your unit as full as possible without overfilling it. It actually takes less energy for a refrigerator to stay cool when it is full than when it is empty, so be sure to fill it up! If you have drawers or cabinets inside of your unit, be sure to place items inside those as well.

If you don’t need to fill your unit with food, just place milk jugs filled almost to the top with water inside of your unit. They will take up space and help your unit operate as efficiently as possible.

Schedule A Yearly Maintenance Check

Finally, in order to extend the life of your refrigeration unit, make sure that you schedule at least a yearly maintenance check with a commercial refrigerator technician. They can perform any necessary repairs and clean all the working parts on your unit. This should make it more energy efficient and will also help you get more years out of your unit.

Start implementing the energy savings tips outlined above in order to reduce the energy costs your business incurs as a result of using a commercial refrigeration unit this year.