Commercial Refrigeration Going “Green” – R744 & Retrofit Viable Options Over R22

Refrigeration Goes Green Even in the recesses of your local grocery store or corner pub, the initiative to provide cleaner air and a more stable environment is alive and well. We don’t often think about grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and other businesses as being Green, but in reality these types of businesses are being charged by The Montreal Protocol to clean up their act completely by 2030. Commercial refrigeration currently relies heavily on R22 as a refrigerant; however, this kind of refrigerant is known to deplete the ozone layer. With the worldwide phase-out of ozone depleting HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) including R-22, we need to start thinking of other alternatives, especially Green alternatives. Under the terms of the Montreal Protocol, the U.S. agreed to meet certain obligations by specific dates: January 1, 2004: U.S. is required to reduce its consumption of HCFCs by 35% below U.S. baseline cap. January 1, 2010: U.S. is required to reduce its … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment – Comprehensive Maintenance Checklist

Spring has Sprung! Thoughts turn to blue skies and flowers. (Shh! Yes, it is snowing right this very minute in Chicagoland!) Have you given thought to your commercial refrigeration needs? Probably not. When everything is chugging along in perfect working order, preventative maintenance often slips our minds. So, we’d like to give you a gentle reminder that preventative maintenance is always better than trying to find a cure for something that has already met its demise. The best way to stay on top of your preventative maintenance needs is to keep a to-do list. Sounds like one more thing to add to your already full schedule, but it can be very simple. No need to complicate things. All you need is a straightforward checklist with the following: Task Department Person Date Checked To make things easy for you, we've put together a list of items you should check on a regular basis. Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Checklist Basic Refrigeration Maintenance Check … [Read more...]

Avoid Refrigeration Break Downs During Chicago Blizzard Weather

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A large storm system is approaching Chicago.  Word on the street is that this could be the biggest Chicago blizzard in a long long time.  While this type of weather can be fun for kids who are looking for a few days off of school, it can be a nightmare for Chicago restaurants. Here are a few reasons why. These winters are often typical to Chicago, and they can lead to big problems with commercial refrigeration equipment.  Extremely cold weather can cause coolers and commercial freezers to run warm.  Large amounts of snow fall can also cause equipment to break down and lead to costly repairs. This is especially true when the compressor units of your commercial refrigeration are located outside where drifting snow can get drawn into cooling condensers.  When this happens the compressors can shut off due to an internal safety switch.  During times of snow accumulation and or drifting snow, care should be taken to insure outdoor compressor units don’t get buried in snow. … [Read more...]

7 Reasons Chicago Restaurants Should Upgrade To Energy Star Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Today

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Chicago restaurant owners more than anyone, know the enormous financial burden of their restaurant’s energy bills.  Energy costs are a part of doing business, but they’re a big part and they’re only getting bigger. In fact, restaurants use about 2.5 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings.  The worst part, most of that energy is waste.  It’s estimated that 80% percent of the $10 billion annual energy bill for the commercial food service sector is used on inefficient food cooking, holding and storage equipment.  Chicago restaurant's have been a growing community of more green consciousnesses, and we know they can continue to improve on energy efficiency. It's for those reasons we're encouraging more Chicago restaurants to switch to Energy Star products.   This is the Year For Chicago Restaurants To Switch To Energy Star Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, here’s why.   The Energy Star program began in 1992 as a partnership … [Read more...]

3 Easy Refrigeration Energy Consumption Tips To Save Money

With the current economy teetering back and forth on a recovery, Chicago restaurants need to make every penny count and go as far as they can.  As Chicago’s premiere commercial refrigeration and ice freezer maintenance, repair, and sales company… we’re here to help stretch your restaurant’s energy dollars with some helpful tips. The three tips we’re covering today are easy to implement and don’t cost anything for your restaurant to initiate.  But don’t let these tips' lack of needed effort fool you into thinking it’s not real savings.  Implementing these fast energy savers will save real dough in your restaurant’s kitchen.   Defrost Your Restaurant’s Food On A Regular Basis How does your restaurant currently defrost your food?  Are you traditionally just using the practice of defrosting food under running hot water?  How about developing a schedule and pattern to defrost your food.  Think about this: If a two-gallon-per-minute faucet is used … [Read more...]

Illinois Energy Star Commercial Refrigeration Rebates

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While our business may be as a Chicago commercial refrigeration and ice freezer maintenance, repair, and sales company, it's our customers that keep us passionate and motivated.  They value not only our timely and great service, but also our expertise.  We have always felt as part of our service to not only provide exceptional quality, but also to help our customers save some of their hard earned money. Here are some rebates that ComEd is offering as part of their initiative to decrease energy output.  (Please note, these rebates, thru ComEd, come with a list of prerequisites.  Click here for more info some of the policies) Walk- in Commercial Coolers / Freezers Upgrade LED Refrigeration Case Lighting LED lighting performs much more efficiently as the temperature drops in walk-in coolers and freezers LED lighting uses up to 50 percent less energy and emits less heat than fluorescent systems Replacing fluorescent refrigerated case lighting with LED illumination can … [Read more...]