Refrigeration Installation – The investment of a lifetime

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The investment of a lifetime. If ever a business investment should be carefully considered, its a refrigeration Installation.

Growing businesses often make significant investments, with investments in commercial or industrial refrigeration equipment ranking among the largest of capital investments likely to be made.

Refrigeration Installation

Refrigeration installation capital expenditure is almost always a huge financing factor for food based business. However, there is an important implication which is regularly overlooked; being that refrigeration systems drive colossal life cycle running costs due to their ravenous appetite for electrical energy. Throughout a typical life cycle, a refrigeration plant will drive energy costs that dwarf its original capital cost; reflecting on this fact should enforce how crucial energy efficient refrigeration systems are to the operating costs and profitability of reliant businesses.

The advice taken and the refrigeration installation options chosen will play a critical role in a company’s operation and profitability for many years. With all this in mind, refrigeration procurement should be one of the most carefully considered and informed investments company directors ever have to make.

Unfortunately, while businesses drive for more tangible efficiencies such as staff productivity, the less well understood business expense of refrigeration energy is often overlooked and rarely optimised. The difference in total cost of ownership between best practice and the opposite end of the scale is startling; for large business and corporations the potential energy over-spend does in many instances run into six or seven figures annually.

Time and time again I see huge refrigeration installation investments being made where the key stake holders (which should be senior company directors) are not given any choices nor understand key refrigeration expenditure decisions.

And if the above isn’t enough, there is another hugely important factor to consider with refrigeration investments – Refrigerant Choice. With the government agencies and law makers internationally recognising that traditional synthetic refrigerants are bad environmental news, sweeping legislative changes are being introduced throughout Europe and the USA.

Natural refrigerant technology is becoming mainstream in Europe and will follow rapidly in the USA; its a technology with a stable and known future; safe from the ever changing HFC market place & legislative landscape. When investing for the long-term or with an ethical approach, employing a natural refrigerant technology is a must. Sustained investment in HFC refrigeration systems is far from a wise business decision in todays developed world.

The advice taken and the refrigeration installation options chosen will play a critical role in a company’s operation and profitability for many years. With all this in mind, refrigeration procurement should be one of the most carefully considered and informed investments company directors ever have to make.