Ways to Reduce Energy Costs For Commercial Ice Machines
A commercial ice machine is a valuable addition to any business or home but the costs of running them can be a downside. The good news is that, in most cases, the energy costs tied to commercial ice machines can be significantly reduced just by following a few simple steps.
Choose Air-cooled Water
One thing that could be eating up energy is the way your commercial ice machine cools itself. Many ice machines are water-cooled, meaning that they not only use water to make the ice itself but also use it to keep the machine cool. This can be extremely inefficient, often times using and wasting more water than the amount of ice the machine actually creates. To save water opt for an air-cooled ice machine.
Another tip to save energy on cooling your ice machine is to store it in a well-ventilated area so that it doesn’t overheat.
Clean your Commercial Ice Machine Regularly
Cleaning your commercial ice machine is essential if you want it to function smoothly. While cleaning is of course necessary for sanitary reasons it also prolongs the life of your machine and prevents your ice machine from working twice as hard to yield the same result. This will save on energy costs over time.
Make sure that you keep a regular cleaning schedule so that cleaning becomes a habit. If you would rather avoid cleaning, there are many commercial ice machines that have self-cleaning functions so that you can set it and forget it.
Filter and Monitor your Water
The quality and quantity of the water you use for your ice machine can be contributing to a larger energy bill. Just as regular cleaning is necessary, it’s also important to ensure that the water entering your ice machine is clean. Many commercial ice machines have optional water filtration systems that will ensure that only clean water is entering the machine, reducing the risk of any particles that could damage or erode your machine in the long run. Make sure you also check the water pressure to ensure that you aren’t pumping more water into your machine than you need.
Research the Model of your Commercial Ice Machine
Lastly, the best thing you can do to save on energy costs for your commercial ice machine is to research the make and model to ensure you’re complying to all the recommended practices. This will keep your ice machine in tip top shape and running smoothly.
By following these simple steps, you can save a considerable amount of money on the energy used to run your ice machine. At the very least, ensuring that your commercial ice machine is well maintained will keep it running optimally, saving energy costs.
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