The refrigerated display case is essential for certain types of catering such as a sandwich shop, a pastry shop, a snack bar, a self-service restaurant, etc. It allows products to be presented to customers while keeping them cold in order to preserve them.
If you plan to invest in a professional cold showcase for your business, find through this guide all the parameters to take into account to make the right choice.
The type of cold in the refrigerated display case
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To choose the right refrigeration display case, take into account the type of cold it produces:
- Static cold which prevents food from drying out. On the other hand, it blocks the homogeneous distribution of the temperature throughout the showcase. A refrigerated display case with static cold is more suitable for medium-sized butchers and pastries.
- The ventilated cold can dry the products stored there, but allows a better distribution of the cold. Also, the formation of unsightly fogging on the window is limited.
The type of food to be stored
Your choice also depends on the type of food you will store in your counter:
- For meats, dairy products, cakes, fruits and vegetables, etc., you will need a refrigerated display case with positive temperature.
- If you present frozen and frozen products, opt for a refrigerated display case with negative temperature.
Open showcase or closed showcase
When you choose your refrigerated cabinet, you have the choice between a model with glass doors, that is to say a closed showcase or an open model without doors. The latter is more engaging for customers since they only have to reach out to grab the product. This type of window is more suitable for a restaurant that offers self-service or even supermarkets. However, it consumes a lot of energy. If you absolutely have to choose an open showcase, opt for a model fitted with an air curtain or night curtain.
To save energy, it is advisable to opt for a closed display. Indeed, a refrigerated display case with doors consumes half the energy compared to an open model. Furthermore, although LED lighting makes it possible to enhance products, it consumes much more electricity. In addition, since interior lighting produces heat, the cooling system must be reinforced, which consumes even more energy.
It is the refrigerant that will allow the production of cold in your window. Pay attention to prohibited fluids such as CFC, HCFC and HFC. To make the right choice, do not hesitate to inquire with a refrigeration specialist.