Refrigeration Techs Keep Holiday Parties on the Rocks - in a Good Way

November 28, 2011
KEYWORDS refrigeration
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
‘Tis the season more people pay attention to refrigeration — the natural kind.

Christmas traditions are based on Sumerians trying to defeat winter and bring back the sun for more time in the sky; Romans and Greeks burning candles to retain the sun’s light and warmth; Teutonic and Celtic tribes burning holly, pine, fir, and spruce to fight off winter demons; and Norse legends advocating the god Woden rising on a eight-legged horse protecting people from the cold. All of which add up to many of the Christmas traditions we have today.

But it is all pretty antirefrigeration stuff advocating getting rid of the cold. But then there is Irving Berlin, who lived in California and while missing the white Christmases back East, wrote a song about his need for seeing snow.

Where mechanical refrigeration enters the wintery picture is with ski slopes needing some help in the snow creation department. Also, there’s those stunts pulled in some year-round warm-weather communities where snow-creating equipment is used or snow is brought in refrigerated trucks to temporarily cover an open area so kids can frolic in the snow for an hour or so before it melts — enough time for camera and film crews to record the fun for the evening news light feature.

But mechanical refrigeration folks know their expertise is needed year-round in virtually every part of the world. Frozen and refrigerated foods and drinks need more reliable temperatures than what might be provided by outdoor ambient temperatures in even the most Northern climates; and it remains a necessity in Southern climes.

Nowhere does that become more apparent than at the holiday season. Consider Thanksgiving, Christmas parties, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Eve and Day. Consider the food that is prepared ahead and either kept in freezers or refrigerators until time to serve it and all the leftovers that are kept in the fridge afterwards. And then there’s the beverages, starting with a cold beer on Thanksgiving during the football games and through the drinks containing ice cubes on New Year’s Eve along with the requisite champagne that has been kept chilled for just that toast at midnight and ending with more cold beer during all the football games on New Year’s Day.

So let the legends defame cold. Refrigeration folks know their value this time of year. If not, just wait until a bar has its ice machine go on the fritz at this time of year. A service tech at that time is more appreciated than any fellow in a red suit.

Publication: 11/28/2011

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

Recent Articles by Peter Powell

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 Energy Efficiency Forum

Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Rajan Rajendran

Rajan Rajendran, newly appointed director of the Emerson Innovation Center, talks about the new $35 million facility and how it will function on the University of Dayton campus. Posted on Aug. 29.

More Podcasts


NEWS 08-25-14 cover

2014 August 25

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Prohibiting HFCs

EPA is proposing a rule that would prohibit some HFCs in select refrigeration applications. Do you agree with this move?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con