Posted by Patrick Maness
An average piece of kitchen equipment sucks up more energy than most people would expect. Looking into replacing an ice maker with new commercial kitchen equipment can result in a major improvement in your monthly bills, reducing energy costs while using water in a much more efficient way.
Surprisingly, there are plenty of differences in ice machines that many people may not know about. For instance, three types of ice alone can be made by different machines. While the potential for flaked ice or nugget ice to interest customers is high, ignore them when looking for new equipment. The sustainability supplied by cubed ice is more than enough to make it the clear victor in your machine style - it melts slowly and stays cold longer, an important piece of sustainability that requires less power to be used by the machine in general, and thus less energy applied to a bill.
Chilling processes also differ - when it comes to how the ice gets cold, air-cooled machines are less expensive to operate, but they make the trade-off by raising a room's overall temperature and struggling in warmer climates. These machines do help conserve water compared to water-cooled machines, however, which means they'll take up fewer overall resources. In comparison, while a water-cooled ice machine operates more efficiently overall, its consumption of resources makes it insufficient for many locations, especially those with water conservation codes.
Filters, maintenance and consumption important
Storage needs are important to consider as well, especially in making sure a machine runs as efficiently as possible. Knowing how much ice is needed during a day - the general rule is one pound per drink - will help avoid any situations where too much water is consumed or too little ice is actually made in the process, making for max efficiency and few problems.
Regular maintenance also needs to be conducted on a machine, but again, the short-term cost is nothing compared to the long-term gain. Some machines, with regular care, can last as long as 10 years. Regular cleaning schedules need to be done at least once a month and condenser fans need to be cleaned regularly. Not only should air filters be added to the fray, but water filters need to be considered. Adding these components can extend warranties by as much as two years, while they'll improve overall performance and lifespan.