In the commercial refrigeration industry, energy efficiency is a hot topic. Even if your business just opened its doors last week, you should be thinking about how to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on utility costs.
The good news is that you can do plenty of simple things to make your refrigeration system more efficient. Here are the top three tips for reducing energy consumption.
Changing the doors.
The door is an important part of the refrigerator. It’s the only way that cold air can enter and leave your unit, so it’s important to be sure that your door has a high R-value or resistance to heat flow. A lower U-value (or the coefficient of heat transfer) will also help you save energy by keeping more cold air inside your refrigeration unit.
The g-value refers to how well-insulated an object is, and this number should be as low as possible for maximum efficiency when it comes to commercial refrigerator units.
If you want better insulation on your doors, try changing them out for higher quality models with better insulating properties such as polyurethane foam or fiberglass insulation mats, both of which are effective at blocking heat transfer through their surfaces while still allowing enough light through them so that people outside can see inside easily without having any trouble reading labels on packages, etc.
Replacing the refrigerant.
Regarding refrigeration for businesses like restaurants, farms, catering, and others, a lot of energy is used to cool the coils. In fact, more than half of your energy use can be attributed to this process. The refrigerant that does this job is a greenhouse gas regulated by the EPA and expensive for you to buy in small amounts or refill your system with.
But there are ways you can save money and energy by recycling your old refrigerant:
– You’ll need an EPA-certified technician trained in handling these gases who will inspect your system before removing any old equipment or adding new materials.
– He or she may recommend using a new type of refrigerant (for example, one with less global warming potential).
If so, they’ll also install new components at this time; if not, you’ll have saved yourself some money — and helped prevent pollution!
Keep the coils clean.
The first step to effective energy savings is keeping your equipment clean. This includes cleaning both the condenser and evaporator coils regularly. The condenser removes heat from inside the unit, while the evaporator transfers heat from outside into the unit. If these parts aren’t kept clean, they can become clogged with dirt or dust, interfering with their ability to do their jobs well. This will mean lower efficiency ratings for your refrigeration system and higher utility bills for you!
In addition to cleaning as needed (or before there’s an issue), technicians can do the high-pressure washing of internal components — including compressor fins- during scheduled maintenance periods.
Reducing energy use in your commercial refrigeration system can save money and help the environment.
If you want to save money and help the environment, reducing your commercial refrigeration system’s energy use is a great place to start. Adding insulation around refrigeration units, conducting maintenance on compressors and motors, and using more efficient compressors or motors can reduce your utility bills while doing your part for planet Earth.
As you can see, there are many ways to save energy in your commercial refrigeration system. Whether by making simple adjustments like changing the doors or replacing the refrigerant or more complex ones like cleaning the coils on your coils, these actions will help reduce your carbon footprint and save you money!
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