The big differences between residential and commercial cooling

Refrigeration, including freezing, is a mainstay of most homes and a great many businesses. The used by homes and businesses are based on exactly the same technologies. However, there are some very important differences between a freezer designed for domestic use and one made for business purposes. You could be forgiven for thinking that commercial fridges are just used for storing food in supermarkets and restaurants but they are in fact used by pharmacists to store certain drugs and also used by Florist Gloucester way such as to keep their arrangements fresh. It is due to this variety of uses that it is important they are durable and versatile.

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There are several key areas of difference, each with its own unique reasons. Some of the main differences include:


There are more types of freezer used in the commercial world than the domestic one. The domestic world is dominated by reach-in freezers. These can also be found in the commercial world, albeit with a few key differences designed to maintain more constant and even temperatures such as better insulation on the door. Chest freezers can also be found in domestic environments, but have rather fallen out of favour in recent years as people prefer the easier organisation and accessibility of reach-in freezers.

Commercial chest freezers, on the other hand, remain popular. A chest freezer makes more complete use of the available storage space than a freezer with shelves or drawers, making it very useful for commercial environments. These are joined in the commercial world by freezer types that will not be found domestically at all in normal circumstances, such as walk-in freezers and shop floor display freezers.

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It is true of many things that commercial versions tend to be tougher and more durable than their domestic counterparts. This is simply because freezers in domestic environments are likely to encounter a lot more use and physical wear and tear than a domestic one. They see much more constant comings and goings throughout the day than a domestic fridge which will likely only really be used at meal times. For this reason, they are physically tougher and designed to stand up to much more physical wear.

This applies to their physical build quality, but also to the components used inside. Mechanical components used in commercial freezers tend to be tougher, heavy duty ones compared to those found in domestic applications. This is both to help them stand up to more rigorous usage and because businesses stand to lose more than homes in the event of equipment failure.


Commercial freezers tend to be more powerful than their domestic counterparts, and in particular equipped with more powerful compressors. This quite simply allows the cooling system to work more intensively and deliver a more powerful cooling effect. This allows for faster, more effective freezing and ensures that very low temperatures are maintained well.

This is not because commercial freezers necessarily need to keep food at lower temperatures than domestic ones or, in most cases at least, even freeze goods any faster. Rather, it is a matter of reliable freezing and temperature maintenance. The lower-powered compressors found in domestic freezers are not as good at maintaining the low temperatures needed for freezing, and this means that temperatures vary between different parts of the freezer. The more powerful compressors in commercial freezers allow temperatures to be lowered and maintained more consistently and effectively.