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If you have a restaurant or other business that needs a large amount of cooling space, a custom walk-in cooler may be just the thing you need. However, one consideration you will need to think carefully about before making the investment is what type of custom walk-in cooler will best meet your needs. There are two main types of custom walk-in coolers: indoor and outdoor. Both types have many advantages and disadvantages. The best thing to do is to consult with a commercial refrigeration specialist before deciding what type of custom walk-in cooler is right for you.

Custom Walk-In Cooler

Here are some things to consider about outdoor custom walk-in coolers:

  • They do not take up space inside your business
  • The installation and delivery process can be faster with outdoor units.
  • Because the unit is already outside, the warm air produced can be easily released without needing additional units and running refrigerant lines through your business.
  • When you receive chilled food deliveries, it is easy to put them away if you have an exterior door.
  • You will either need to put a door in your wall to access the cooler or you will have to walk outside every time you want to access it.
  • Because of extreme temperatures, it will use more energy, making operating costs higher.
  • It may require additional components like a sun canopy, a fence, a snow roof, etc.

Here are some things to consider about indoor custom walk-in coolers:

  • They cost less in various ways, including purchase price, installation cost, operating cost and maintenance cost.
  • They provide easier access to you and employees.
  • They are not visible outside your business, deterring theft.
  • They require significant indoor space and may need a reinforced floor because of the weight of the unit and its contents.
  • They can heat up your building or require refrigeration lines to be run to the exterior.