A guide to purchasing commercial refrigeration

You may already know how important a commercial refrigeration unit can be for your business, especially if you’re a new company or looking to expand. Commercial cold storage comes in all shapes and sizes and one of the biggest benefits is that units are well tailored to your needs and budget.

However, all that choice can be a little overwhelming, making it more difficult to actually decide on the right unit for your specific needs. This guide helps to make more sense of what is out there and how each unit can help your business grow.

Types of commercial refrigeration

Firstly, it’s important to take a look at exactly what types of refrigerated containers are available and what each one is best suited to. Both the size of your business and the type of product you stock will impact upon your final decision.

Portable cold storage units

Refrigerated ContainerStandard refrigerated containers come in sizes of 10ft, 20ft and 40ft. They require no planning permission and are highly portable, so can be left on-site or used for distribution. They’re also made to a food grade standard, making them suitable for both foodstuffs and non-foodstuffs.

Mini chillers and blast freezers

Blast FreezersSmaller businesses such as restaurants, cafes and caterers may find that a regular cold storage unit is too large for their needs. Mini chillers, with a smaller pallet capacity, are the perfect solution to this and can be stored both indoors and out.

Mega/wide span cold stores

Mega Cold StoresFor companies with the opposite problem, mega cold stores are a sensible choice. With extra-large storage capabilities and the option to join multiple units together, these stores offer a fantastic solution and are great for outdoor use.

Cold rooms

Cold RoomA smart option for larger businesses with internal space is the cold room. Cold rooms are built into already existing areas of your premises and can be fitted with shelving and pallet storage. If you need an easy access solution for bulk produce, this is the solution for you.

Bespoke refrigeration units

Bespoke refrigeration unitsFor businesses with very specific or unusual needs, a custom-made unit can be the most sensible option. From meat rails and dry ageing to double stacking and remote temperature systems, you can create a cold storage solution to fit your needs with bespoke planning.

Purchase or rent

With any commercial cold storage unit, you will have the ability to purchase or lease depending on your needs.

Cold Rooms for Purchase

When you purchase your unit outright, you’ll see savings in the long term despite the larger upfront cost. The purchase option is most suited to businesses that know what type of cold storage they need for the foreseeable future and want to commit to a unit. You can purchase a commercial refrigeration unit either in full or by standing order/direct debit.

Renting Cold Storage

Renting is a great option for any business that needs a cold storage solution quickly but may need to change or expand their unit capacity in the near future. Renting a unit gives you more freedom if you’re unsure of your company’s needs at the present time and can be paid in monthly installments.

Cold Storage Leasing

Another option, lease to buy, is perfect for any business that wants to try out commercial refrigeration for a period of time, with the option to buy it outright further down the line if suitable.

All these options offer you a degree of flexibility, so that your business can find the right cold storage solution based on its individual needs. At CRS IE, we will only recommend to most suitable solutions for not only your business requirement, but also your budget. So, for  expert advice on your next cold storage purchase and a completely transparent service call CRS IE today, or visit www.crs.ie.

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