Cold storage rooms can be a great addition to any home as it provides home owners with the opportunity to store goods that do not need to be completely refrigerated but that could benefit from cooler air. As an example, if you are entertaining a house full of guests and want to have soft drinks cool enough for consumption without having to take space in your refrigerator, a cold storage room could be quite advantageous. With that being said, cold storage rooms aren’t just a hollowed room in the basement of a home, they are constructed a specific way to both protect the inside of your home and to provide air circulation for stored objects.
Wall Thickness and Insulation
The first factor that is taken into consideration when a cold room is designed is the thickness of the walls and the insulation (if any) that should be installed. It is advised that if you are building your own cold storage room to use insulation. The thickness of the walls will help to ensure that the room does not get affected by harsh weather and temperatures. As an example, if you reside in an area that is prone to deep-freezing, you will want to ensure that your cold storage walls are thick and insulated to protect your stored goods so that they don’t freeze.
Door Frame Heater and Floor Heating System
Depending on your use for the cold storage room, you may want to consider installing a door frame heater. For cold storage that is expected to reach -0°C a door frame heater will help to ensure that the door does not freeze shut. The majority of homes do not require a door frame heater as their cold storage will not reach such a significantly low temperature. Another component to consider is a floor heating system. Although the walls of your cold storage may not reach below 0°C, your floors might. With the use of a floor heating system you can prevent the build-up of ice through your floor. It is important that you consult your contractor to determine if it is a viable component for your home.
The final and one of the most important components to a cold storage room is some type of air exchange system. In order to ensure that air is sufficiently cycled in and out through the walls of your cold storage, have your contractor install an air exchange. Plus, this will help to keep energy costs low because you won’t be wasting any excess energy with the use of a two-way pressure valve or another type of economically safe ventilation system.