If you have a store where you sell perishable goods, refrigeration is vital to avoid product spoilage and to ensure that your customers get their products in the desired state temperature-wise. As it turns out, placement of commercial refrigeration units is crucial and it has something to do with why the said units are always found on the farthest ends of retail stores. If you own a store or are planning to open one soon, read below to see why this placement trend exists.
Keep the chills away from customers
Commercial refrigeration units are maintained at low temperatures 24/7. This means that the units themselves and the air adjacent to them is cold. Under normal conditions, customers do not want to experience a chilly store. This is one of the reasons why the units are mostly kept on the far ends where the chills from the units will not dampen the ambience of the retail store.
Keep warm air away from the cold units
In a turn of events, commercial refrigeration units are also kept at bay because they function more effectively away from people. The crowded areas of the stores (near the cashiers) are warmer than the back ends. The refrigeration units are therefore installed at the ends because that is where they'll use the least energy to operate. In warmer zones, they would use much more power to retain the same lower temperatures.
Avoid unnecessary handling of the units
It is the nature of curious customers to check out different products in a store even when they don't intend to make a purchase. The same fate befalls refrigerated units. Therefore, if the units were to be located in more central positions, customers would handle them continuously. Not only would this tamper with the refrigeration process and risk product spoilage, it would also increase repairs and wear.
Ease of maintenance
Lastly, commercial refrigeration units are best installed on the ends of a retail store because, being electrical appliances, they need to be installed along the electrical grid. This is unlike other products in stores which need no such connectivity. For this reason, these units have to be next to walls where the electrical circuitry passes through. In addition to that, the outer perimeters of the store pose the least interruption to normal operations when these units have to be repaired or maintained.
If buying commercial refrigeration units for your store, therefore, pay close attention to where you install them. Their productivity and efficiency may depend on it.