How to Choose a Walk in Refrigerator

Keeping your food refrigerated at an optimal level can prevent premature spoilage and save you money in the long run. Compared to reach-in refrigerators, walk in refrigerator offer larger storage capacity and energy efficiency to reduce your operating costs by lowering the need to replace spoiled foods.

The insulated walls of your walk in refrigerator protect the food from external temperatures and ensure that cold air stays inside and the temperature is stable. Insulation is classified by its R-value, which indicates how well it resists heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation.

Walk-in Refrigerators: A Comprehensive Guide to Cold Storage Solutions

Consider the layout and rack configuration of your walk in refrigerator as well as the amount of aisle space you will need for carts and inventory movement. Ideally, you should leave 40 inches of space for each aisle and 60 to 70% of the interior space should be used for product storage. If you plan on using a cart to load bulk items, make sure to consider its height and width so that it does not impede the use of interior aisle space.

For easy installation and to avoid any disruptions to your business, choose a pre-assembled walk-in freezer or have one assembled on-site at your facility. Pre-assembled walk-ins are less expensive than built-in models and require less time for installation. They also come with a standard deadbolt lock to secure the door and a standard digital or dial display. If you choose a pre-assembled walk-in, check the unit’s dimensions against your building’s doorways and hallways to ensure it will fit.