A Look At Cool Rooms Throughout History

Civilisation has depended on ways to store their goods throughout history.  Before refrigeration there were few methods to keep foods fresh for a long time. Often meats would be salted or dried in order to save them.  Most consumables had to be used almost immediately or they would spoil.  Refrigeration has been a mainstream technology for the past years, but there were many attempts to do so before the age of compressed gasses.

Before freezers and refrigeration people found ways to keep food wares cool by using the earth’s natural thermal properties, but this process was only cool and not cold. Food could be kept in the 40’s and 50’s Fahrenheit.  If a group lived in the right region, then often ice was packed in from the mountains and packed into rooms or small storage areas to keep it frozen.  This process was time consuming and costly and often ineffective.

In the 18th century research began on the process of compressing gasses, which suck heat from the surrounding air causing it cool and freeze. Some work was even done by Ben Franklin himself.  Strangely enough, the thing that drove the industry was beer and breweries around the world.  Simply put, the brewers of beer needed an effective way to brew and store their product.  One of the first rooms ever to be continuously refrigerated was in fact on the merchant sailing ship, The Dunlin in 1881.

In 1911 General Electric came out with the first refrigerator which was powered by gas, but it was large and expensive.  In the 1930’s Frigidaire came up with the system that used Freon, a dangerous gas which depletes the Ozone layer. Until this time the main way to keep things frozen was still the archaic and not very sanitary ice box.  Issues with iceboxes included problems with health concerns as they would become mouldy and tainted easily.

In the 1950’s it became relatively common and easy to create and make ice, and in this path, it became common to be able to make refrigerated areas or cool rooms.  Freon (made by the DuPont company) gave rise to these wonders of the modern age.  Due to this great achievement, we can live anywhere, ship frozen foods anywhere and have the ability to have a variety of foods at a fraction of the cost it would have been to ship them using old methods.

As technology and wisdom grows, cool storage rooms get better and more efficient.

What Is A Cold Room Used For?

As the name suggests, a cold room is a room that has a lower temperature than normal. This doesn’t just mean leaving the windows open for it to get chilly, instead it is a room that is insulated and set to be a certain temperature. There are lots of reasons that a cold room could be used, but generally speaking they are used when a standard refrigerator just isn’t up the job.

Usually it is business premises that have access to cold rooms rather than people having one at home but that doesn’t always have to be the case. If you have a need (or want) to keep a large number of items chilled then a cold room could be exactly what you are looking for.

The good news is that when it comes to cold rooms you can have them made to your exact requirements, whatever those needs are. This means that you can have a small one made if you need to or you can go all out and have a large room converted. It really depends on how much you are going to be storing at one time. Cold rooms can be used to store more or less anything that needs to be chilled to avoid it becoming perished – food goods, drinks etc.

The most common place you will see cold rooms used is the hospitality and food industry. Businesses premises here tend to use them to store large amounts of food. This allows them to buy the items that they need in bulk and to be able to store them without worrying about them becoming perished. When you think about it, it does make sense because realistically there is only so much that can be stored in a traditional fridge.

When you look at getting a cold room set up and installed you’ll find that there are many different types to choose from. This is good news because it means that whatever you are looking for there will be something to suit you and your needs. One of the more handy features is the fact that cold rooms can come with a thermometer and thermostat set up. This allows you to have the room as cold or as cool as you need it and to change this later down the line. This is great news because it means that your cold room becomes a lot more versatile. There will be times when just keeping food items cool will be enough but there will be others when you really want your food to be more or less frozen. As long as you have chosen the right set up for your cold room then you should be able to adjust this as you need. However you do need to bear in mind the time it will take for the room to change in temperature, especially if it is a large room – so the change won’t be as immediate as you might like.

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