What is Warehouse cooling?

Warehouse cooling is a process that removes energy from inside a warehouse building to another place, in most instances, outside, and in simple terms, is all about moving energy from the inside of a warehouse, where it’s not wanted, to the outside.

 

In this post we will explore the pro’s and cons of processes used and offer some practical advise on good practices used in the industry.

Why use Warehouse Cooling?

Warehouse cooling is generally used to protect temperature sensitive products that are stored within that may degrade if not maintained in optimal conditions- food and pharmaceuticals generally require such measures.

 

Other reasons for warehouse cooling include protection of machinery and personnel working in these areas. Increased productivitie can be achieved when plant and personnel are working in good conditions.

How do you keep a warehouse cool?

There are a number of ways to keep a warehouse cool, passive and mechanical- they all have benefits and drawbacks.

 

  1. Insulation. This obviously has a massive impact on the internal temperature stability by effectively providing a buffer between to areas ie. inside and outside. Whilst this will prevent extreme conditions, it will not prevent high temperatures from building in extended hot conditions.
  2. Thermal Mass also provides protection against temperature fluctuations and is generally used alongside lighter elements such as insulation to limit extremes.
  3. Ventilation uses the physical properties of air to remove heat or provide cooling to occupants. In some cases, ventilation can be used to cool the building structure including thermal masses within. This is particularly effective when used at night and is also known as flushing.
  4. Evaporative cooling, also know as adiabatic cooling uses the evaporation of water to cool air passing over it. When liquid water changes state into a vapor it uses energy which it takes for the medium around it, in this case the air passing across into a warehouse, in effect cooling it. 
  5.  Mechanical cooling systems generally use HFC’s which are fluorinated refrigerant gases that are mechanically compressed and expanded to move energy. The evaporation takes place inside the building to remove heat using fans for circulation (in units known as AHU”s) whilst external units expel this heat to atmosphere.

What are the 3 Key Benefits of warehouse cooling

  1. Preserving products condition. In many cases the lifespan and condition of fresh foods can be extended in optimal condition when they are held at ideal temperatures. Other products and precessed foods will benefit in terms of maintaining their best condition. One example being chocolate in which milk solids will separate in excessive temperature conditions.
  2. Improved working conditions for operatives. Improved productivity is achieved by maintaining working conditions at good temperatures. In terms of this, there are also statutory regulations to consider.
  3. Increased reliability of plant and equipment is also a consideration. In hot conditions plant and machinery can become un-reliable with breakdowns seriously effecting output.

How to Quickly Address Warehouse Cooling problems

Cooling warehouses at the best of times is a challenge. Tightly packed with racking and products, achieving consistent temperatures throughout is a major concern, as is, having the cooling capacity to maintain conditions in extreme circumstances.

Sometimes using temporary systems can be a good way to correct problem areas. Portable equipment can be installed at short notice and has been found to provide good solutions. These portable temporary systems can be hired on contracted terms to suit the business’s operational needs.

 

Key advantages include

  1. Fast procurement of equipment in response to problems.
  2. Flexible hire terms- equipment can be kept for as long as is required. Rental systems can be added to or adjusted as required.
  3. Limit capital expenditure- No upfront capital cost for equipment, leaving additional funds for core business activities.
  4. A full turnkey solution- Specialist companies will design, install and maintain all plant in good condition.

How Can We Help?

Reassuringly, Advanced Climate Rentals has deep understanding temporary warehouse cooling. Having worked with many clients across the UK, large and small, we have built up an extensive knowledge of the challenges around effective warehouse cooling.

 

We have encountered and resolved many of the issues as mentioned above and are ideally placed to react to fast paced situations.

 

Our temporary equipment is designed for rapid installation. Modular in design, it can be extended and adjusted as required in response to any situation.

 

Please take a look at our case studies to understand what can be achieved in very tight schedules.

 

If you have any questions or an immediate requirement please get in touch for assistance.

Warehouse Cooling Case Studies

Temperature Controlled Warehouse Partitioning for Banana Storage

Temperature Controlled Warehouse Partitioning for Banana Storage

Certainly one of the largest and most challenging temperature control projects we have ever carried out. Measuring at 288,000 sq/mt and at a height of 20 metres, this area was partitioned from the main deep chill warehouse for a 15 degree storage chamber.

Temporary Cooling for Chocolate Storage- Logistics Warehouse Cooling

Temporary Cooling for Chocolate Storage- Logistics Warehouse Cooling

Temporary cooling for chocolate storage. Without doubt one of the most challenging projects we have ever completed. This emergency cooling installation presented challenges in terms of equipment positioning and safe working practices.

Turning a Warehouse into a Temporary Coldstore

Turning a Warehouse into a Temporary Coldstore

One of the larger warehouse cold storage conversions we have carried out. From the initial proposal to final commissioning and ongoing support, this project ticked all the boxes for us and a very happy client.

Temporary Ventilation Hire in London for a Production Warehouse

Temporary Ventilation Hire in London for a Production Warehouse

This was one of those jobs that landed very quickly from a client with a number of requirements. As well as experiencing very high temperatures in the production area,

A Temporary Chilled Building for Logistics Operations

A Temporary Chilled Building for Logistics Operations

A great job this one. We were approached to offer a rapid solution for a chilled packing area. Large in size, and to be built within an existing warehouse, the area was to be used for chilled storage and packing of box meals.

Temporary Fruit Coldstore in Kent For a Major Packer

Temporary Fruit Coldstore in Kent For a Major Packer

A really nice temporary chilled storage project. This fruit storage warehouse was finished to a high specification and has been contracted initially for 2 years.

Products

160kw HVAC AHU Hire

160kw HVAC AHU Hire

The ACR 160kw HVAC AHU hire unit is a portable air handling unit that can provide automated heating and cooling ventilation for large spaces.

80kw HVAC AHU Rental

80kw HVAC AHU Rental

80kw HVAC AHU rental for all space cooling and heating applications.

50kw Low Temperature AHU Hire

50kw Low Temperature AHU Hire

Our 50 KW Air Handling Units (AHUs) are the ideal solution for any commercial or industrial cooling applications. They can be hired, installed and working onsite with as little as 24 hours’ notice.

Temporary Cold Store Cooling Rigs

Temporary Cold Store Cooling Rigs

Our Temporary Coldstore cooling rigs are the perfect solution to breaks in your cold chain. We can provide temporary cooling in a hurry so you don’t risk losses or miss out during peaks in demand. Whatever you need, we can bring the coldstore to you.

Chilled Water Hose Hire

Chilled Water Hose Hire

Temporary chilled water hose and ancillaries rental from Advanced Climate Rentals.

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