Whether it is to reduce running costs or to meet sustainability targets, caterers have never been under more pressure to operate an energy efficient kitchen.
The ideal solution, of course, is to take advantage of continued product development and invest in the latest energy efficient appliances, packed with features to conserve energy and drive performance. The reality is not always so easy.
Covid-19 has placed pressure on budgets and capital expenditure investments have inevitably been hit as a result.
With uncertain futures across the industry and widespread ‘purse-tightening’, major kitchen investments are not always possible.
Finance packages such as leasing or interest-free finance agreements may offer one solution, but when it comes to refrigeration, the answer to improving efficiency and cutting costs could be closer to home — and a lot cheaper too: replacement refrigeration door seals.
“When equipment overheats, or when the fridge is not reaching temperature, often the seals are to blame. That’s why we always urge any caterer to check for faulty parts like a refrigeration seal before they look for new equipment,” says Damian Slater, general manager at Filta Group.
“It could save the investment of a complete new appliance, which would be a welcome relief for any operator in this challenging economic climate. Damaged seals let cool air escape from a fridge or freezer, which means they could be using more power to keep the contents at a low temperature.
“In fact, a broken seal can mean refrigeration equipment is using as much as three times more energy, which will hike up energy bills.”
Filta recommends that caterers replace fridge seals, or door gaskets as they are also known, every six to 18 months to maintain energy efficiency.
And for those that might be put off by the prospect of having to get somebody in to measure and order the seals and then come back out to fit them, Filta offers a cost-effective and less disruptive alternative in the form of its FiltaSeal solution.
“With FiltaSeal, an engineer is despatched within five working days. In one visit that engineer will measure and make the seal on-site using patented technology, correctly fitting the new seal first time, every time,” explains Slater.
“It’s cheaper and quicker for the customer, without compromising on quality because the materials used are the same standard as the OEM seals. There is no risk of supply issues, as can be the case when sourcing OEM seals from overseas manufacturers, and most importantly at this challenging time, it is cost-effective too — particularly when compared with new appliances.”
Slater says that FiltaSeal can extend the lifetime of a fridge, subsequently delaying the need to fund a new appliance either through upfront capital investment or ongoing payments using a finance scheme.
“It is a cheap, quick and cost-effective solution that can maintain energy efficiency without compromising on quality.”