Not all commercial refrigeration is built the same (here’s how to optimize yours for energy optimization)
Decreasing the amount of energy your commercial refrigeration system consumes should be a priority for any business owner. Commercial refrigeration often makes up the majority of your electric costs. Energy optimization for commercial refrigeration can reduce the amount of energy consumed by your system, which can save you a significant amount of money every year.
Many industries use commercial refrigeration as part of their operations. Not all of these systems are the same, so energy optimization solutions will look different for each industry. There are a few solutions, though, that can help just about any industry with commercial refrigeration.
Here are a few tips for optimizing the energy consumption of your commercial refrigeration.
Check the seals
Regularly inspect the seals on your refrigerator doors to make sure there are no leaks or cracks that let the cool air escape. You should also inspect the gaskets on any pipes to make sure there are no water leaks that can be expensive or create other issues.
Check for water and rust
Besides looking for water leaks from the gaskets, you should also check the drains and hoses. Make sure there are no cracks along the sides of your hoses and look out for any clogs in your drains. These can keep your refrigeration system from working properly, which can drive up energy consumption rates or cause bigger problems.
Install variable-frequency drives (VFDs)
An energy professional can install VFDs on your refrigeration systems. VFDs help control the amount of power your motors and compressors consume, which ensures these components do their jobs with a minimal amount of energy.
Install electronically-communicated motors (ECMs)
The fans in your refrigeration system require powerful motors to operate them. These motors can consume a lot of energy, but you can replace them with ECMs. ECMs can do the same job as the standard motors but at a much lower energy consumption rate.
Get an energy analysis
An energy professional from Energy Optimization can visit your facility for an energy analysis. This is a service we offer nationwide to help identify what parts of your refrigeration are consuming the most energy. Then we can develop solutions to help lower these energy consumption rates and improve the lifespan of your system.
Contact us today for more information or to schedule an energy analysis.