Make The Right Choice
When choosing new refrigeration equipment, there are several factors to take into account.
You should check with the manufacturer who should be able to advise you of annual energy usage levels, and ensure that they are ECA Scheme registered and have rigorously maintained quality control and policies.
Breakdown rates, leak tolerances etc should be subjected to strict controls.
Ensure that your supplier can offer maintenance contracts, and preferably that they use factory-trained technicians to carry these out. You should also check that your potential supplier has achieved the ISO 14001 environmental standard.
Choose a refrigerator size based on the needs of your kitchen, and consider what refrigerant it uses: in independent tests Hydrocarbon has been shown to use up to 13% less energy than the widely used R404a refrigerant.
Ensure that your supplier has a "Zero Leak Tolerance" policy with regard to its refrigerant, as small leaks can double energy consumption.
Trident Refrigeration supply tips on choosing a refrigerator with an energy efficient design, and emphasise the importance of regular service and maintenance in keeping running costs and energy usage to a minimum. Regular servicing is vital for food safety reasons but can also have a dramatic effect on energy consumption:
A partially blocked condenser increases energy usage by 23%
A 15% Refrigerant leak sees a 100% increase in energy consumption
A faulty door seal will cause an 11% increase in energy consumption
Incorrect temperature settings cause a 6% increase in energy usage
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