A refrigerating chamber or cold room is a warehouse in which a specific temperature is artificially generated. It is generally designed for storing products in an environment below the outside temperature. Products that need refrigeration include fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat, flowers. The first cold rooms were called snowfields. This was a well with retaining walls, of small or large dimensions, with openings where snow was introduced, and ice was extracted. The purpose was to keep the ice even if the snow melted.
As the name suggests, a cold room is a room that has a lower temperature than normal. This doesn’t just mean leaving the windows open for it to get chilly, instead it is a room that is insulated and set to be at a certain temperature. There are lots of reasons that a cold room could be used, but generally speaking they are used when a standard refrigerator just isn’t up to the task.
Usually it is business premises that have access to cold rooms rather than people having one at home but that doesn’t always have to be the case. If you have a need (or want) to keep a large number of items chilled then a cold room could be exactly what you are looking for.The good news is that when it comes to cold rooms you can have them made to your exact requirements, whatever those needs are. This means that you can have a small one made if you need to or you can go all out and have a large room converted. It really depends on how much you are going to be storing at one time. Cold rooms can be used to store more or less anything that needs to be chilled to prevent it from going bad – food, fruits, drinks etc.
The most common place you will see cold rooms used is the hospitality and food industry. Business premises here tend to use them to store large amounts of food. This allows them to buy the items that they need in bulk and to be able to store them without worrying about them becoming perished. When you think about it, it does make sense because realistically there is only so much that can be stored in a traditional fridge.
When you look at getting a cold room set up and installed you’ll find that there are many different types to choose from. This is good news because it means that whatever you are looking for there will be something to suit you and your needs. One of the more handy features is the fact that cold rooms can come with a thermometer and thermostat set up. This allows you to have the room as cold or as cool as you need it and to change this later down the line. This is great news because it means that your cold room becomes a lot more versatile. There will be times when just keeping food items cool will be enough but there will be others when you really want your food to be more or less frozen. As long as you have chosen the right set up for your cold room then you should be able to adjust this as you need. However, you do need to bear in mind the time it will take for the room to change in temperature, especially if it is a large room – so the change won’t be as immediate as you might like.
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