If you’re in the hospitality industry, there’s a good chance you need a commercial freezer for your business. Any businesses that host and serve guests on a regular basis—restaurants, hotels, hospitals, etc.—need commercial freezers to store massive amounts of food. However, commercial freezers can cost a lot of money. Here are a few questions to take into account before you hire us for commercial freezer installation in Florida.
What size freezer do you need?
It’s been estimated that a kitchen crew needs 1.5 cubic feet of storage space for every meal that’s being served per day. If you’re running a large restaurant (or other business that serves food), you’ll obviously need a big commercial freezer to hold all that food. On the flip side, smaller restaurants need smaller kitchens. However, if your restaurant gets slammed one night or if you host a big event, what happens if you run out of space to store your cold food? It’s best to over-plan by having a bigger freezer, if you have the space.
Do you have space?
Depending on the size of the unit, commercial freezers can take up a whole lot of space in your kitchen. Before you buy one, you need to take into careful consideration how big your kitchen is and how much room you can dedicate to a commercial freezer.
Where will the freezer go?
Before you hire us for commercial freezer installation in Florida, you need to know exactly where it’ll go in your kitchen. The last thing installers want is to deal with an indecisive chef or kitchen manager who keeps changing his mind on where to put the commercial freezer. Assuming you have space, you should place your commercial freezer near the food preparation area to save time walking back and forth. All commercial freezers need to sit on an insulated floor, so keep that in mind.
Buy the right size refrigeration unit
A commercial freezer obviously needs to be able to keep food very, very cold. If you buy a big freezer but a refrigeration unit that’s too small, food may spoil and will need to be thrown out. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if your unit is too big, you’ll be wasting a ton of money on the electric bill. Units that are too large will cycle on and off more frequently and run up your bill.
What can you afford?
Commercial freezers are expensive, but they’re not really something you can afford to go cheap on. A low-quality freezer is bound to break down more often, and possibly not keep your food as cold as you need it. Lower-quality freezers can also rack up higher energy bills, which could end up costing you more money in the long run. We recommend paying what you can afford for a freezer and trying to save costs elsewhere.
Contact 5 Star Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. when you’re ready to make the leap and invest in commercial freezer installation in Florida!