Utility Refrigerator is aiming to help customers stay on “the cooling edge” with products that use eco-friendly refrigerants, following changes in rules relating to the use of refrigerants in commercial foodservice equipment.
Rules have been put in place in California to phase out hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) that have a high Global Warming Potential (GWP) by the end of 2020, which has prompted the company to act.
The company claims that Hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) refrigerants in new Utility Refrigerator equipment offer less of the drawbacks of hydrocarbons, and many pluses.
This technology has been integrating into its reach-in, roll-in, undercounter, equipment stand refrigerators, prep tables and other equipment.
HFO coolants chill more effectively than propane or isobutene and can also cool larger spaces, are less flammable, and can feature a larger charge in the system that provides higher volume cooling and faster cooling reaction time.
Unlike hydrocarbon-based equipment, HFO-cooled Utility products also allow the option of a remote condensing unit, saving space and enabling compressors to be placed away from the kitchen entirely.
Most important for operators who must be compliant while still working safely and efficiently, Utility products using HFO refrigerants provide all the preceding benefits while slashing GWP up to 85% over more polluting, less efficient HFC-based systems.