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Freezers & Coolers
The NEWS was very busy at the AHR Expo in New York City, visiting as many booths as possible in search of new products. Below is a comprehensive list of all the refrigeration and ice machine products we found on the show floor.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published what it described as “The Final Draft Version 3.0” which deals with product specifications for Energy Star-qualified commercial refrigerators and freezers. The standards will take effect Oct. 1, 2014.
Ever since opening its first stores in the Western U.S. in 2007, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Inc. has placed a focus on being a leader in energy efficiency and sustainability within the food retail industry.
Sept. 11, 2013: DOE Issues Notice of Rulemaking and Public Meeting on Walk-In Cooler/Freezer Efficiency Standards
In restaurants, those large, walk-in refrigerators and freezers need to be energy efficient to help maintain sometimes thin profit margins. And they need to run quietly so as not to disturb customers who may find themselves seated close to the kitchen.
It certainly appears that impartial judges have taken a liking to the practical HVACR components frequently added on to freezers and coolers, which help the units run efficiently and accurately.
Two manufacturers recently released literature guiding food service decision makers to helpful data regarding the purchase of commercial-grade refrigerators and self-contained condenser coil cleaning units.