Keep It Cool: Considerations When Buying a Cold Room
There are numerous different industries that can make use of cold/cool rooms and countless different applications for them within those industries. Whatever you'll be using your cold room for, be it preservation of stock or otherwise, it will certainly form a useful part of your site. However, before you make your purchase, there are a number of factors you should consider. That way, you'll know you're getting the best use out of your purchase in the long run.
Portable or Fixed Panel?
If you're in construction and your cool room will need to be removed after a set period of time, then going for a portable option certainly makes sense. However, if you don't need to move it, then a fixed option may be less expensive in the long run. Portability may sound convenient, but really ask yourself whether it's necessary on a fixed-location site; you may find it beneficial to sacrifice that convenience.
Indoor or Outdoor?
Equally, it's possible to install a cool room as a stand-alone outbuilding or to add one to an existing construction. Knowing which you'd prefer - and where exactly it will go - will help the specialist you purchase the room from to advise you best. It's worth remembering that, if the cool room is placed outside as a separate construction, it will need adequate weather protection in order to keep it secure and undamaged.
Big or Small?
It's possible to purchase and construct cool rooms in many different sizes. It's worth measuring up exactly how much space you need before you speak to a specialist. That way, they'll be able to advise you exactly what square footage is most efficient for you, both to utilise all the floor space and to be able to move around comfortably inside it.
High or Low Power?
Again, knowing how you intend to power your cold room before you speak to the specialists will be helpful. Some smaller cool rooms may be possible to hook up to generators, but larger options may need to be hard-wired into the power circuit. Knowing which of these options you're going with - and where you're going to physically place the cool room in order to facilitate getting that power in - is important.
Naturally, a lot of these factors will depend on what you're using the cool room for, and what specific type of cool room it is - but whatever the specifics, these general considerations will still apply, and it's good to have an idea about them before you seriously look into making a purchase.