Remote or Integral Refrigeration - Which is Best for You?

Remote or Integral Refrigeration - Which is Best for You?

We are often asked the difference between remote and integral refrigeration, and which is better. Well this completely depends on the site. Here we have outlined the differences, and pros and cons of each, to help you decide which is best for your business. 

Integral Refrigeration

By far the most popular, integral refrigeration is simply plug in and go. It is a stand alone unit, with all mechanical parts the fridge needs in order to work, built internally. 

Pros

  • Quick and easily start up.
  • No heafty installation costs.
  • Includes entire refrigeration system, only one purchase required. 
  • Can be easily relocated if needed.

Cons

  • Long term more expensive to run.
  • Usually less interior space for display products.

Remote Refrigeration

Often favoured by larger stores and supermarkets, remote refrigeration means the condensing unit that supplies the refrigeration, is located away from the cabinet, typically outside. 

Pros

  • Cheaper to run in the long term.
  • Noise of condensor/compressor will be outside, so generally a quieter unit.
  • Avoids excess heat indoors

Cons

  • Higher installation costs.
  • General maintenance is much simpler. 
  • Higher capacity

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