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4 Reasons Why NOW is the Time to Consider a Cold Store Dehumidifier

Cold storage facilities commonly encounter the same challenge from frost. When left uncontrolled, these issues can result in dangerously slippery conditions, impacting on health and safety and posing a risk to product quality and integrity. Additionally, ice buildup impacts on refrigeration equipment, and increases maintenance needs. So why not change the game and focus on the root cause of the problem?

“It’s a cold store, of course it has ice!”. It's a common misconception that because temperatures are below freezing, then ice will occur. However, this does not have to be the case.  In fact, the buildup of condensation and ice is a sign of uncontrolled humidity in the storage facility. Water, frost, or ice on walls, the ceiling, shelves, or the floor, occurs when warmer moisture-laden air infiltrating the cold store quickly condenses due to the colder temperatures.

Moisture can enter the cold store through doors, ventilation systems, or even be emitted from the goods stored or the people working there. This condensation and ice cannot be fought only by changing the temperature. Using a cold store dehumidifier will target the moisture at its source and offer a range of other benefits to cold store operators.

Here are four reasons why now is the time to consider a dehumidifier for your cold store:

  1. Cold stores are the notorious consumers of energy.
    Refrigeration equipment that is covered in ice will consume more energy than necessary. Older dehumidifiers will also use more energy compared to the latest energy efficient systems. Munters family of desiccant dehumidifiers offer an excellent range of industry leading systems.

  2. Get ahead of summer.
    Cold stores work hard all year round but during summer months it can be even harder to prevent ice buildup. With more warmer ambient air infiltrating the cold store, it’s important to secure the best indoor climate conditions for your facility ahead of the summer peaks.

  3. Improve safety.
    Condensation that turns to ice in cold stores is a Health & Safety hazard. Slippery floors, falling ice from ceilings and packaging, and mist and fog can lead to potential disaster. Controlling condensation is the key to preventing these, making your cold store a safer place for employees and forklifts.

  4. Product quality & efficiency.
    Collapsed packaging and ice on products can lead to product quality issues. Barcode scanning problems due to ice on labels also affect efficiency. Stop the ice and these issues go away.

So why not change the game and focus on the root cause of the problem?

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