Common Issues for Cold Storage Systems

Cold storage setups vary depending on a variety of factors. From functionality and utility to product type and necessary temperature, the needs of each system create a specific setup. Regardless of what your product is or how often you need to open the cold storage to access that product, a few common issues remain. 

You’ll Likely Experience Ice Buildup & Condensation

Unless you’re already utilizing a dehumidification system within your climate control system, you’ll likely experience both condensation or ice buildup within your cold storage facilities. 

Regardless of what kind of Cold Storage facility you’re managing, high relative humidity will cause water vapor to build up in the form of condensation. This can cause slip hazards, product contamination, compliance issues, or frozen coils. Over time, frozen condensation can wreak havoc on your equipment and your product, causing problems with frostbitten food items and ice-damaged evaporators.  

The best way to deal with this specific problem is to add a desiccant dehumidifier to your climate control system. The dehumidifier will pull water vapor from the air and expel it from your facility. Using a desiccant dehumidifier will ensure products and equipment will stay moisture-damage-free and your coils will stay out of defrost, improving their efficiency.  


You’ll Have Problems with Damaged Packaging

If your products are stored in corrugated or paper-based packaging, you’ll probably see a fair bit of damage from mold and mildew. While this may seem like it’s only an issue in traditional storage facilities, it’s actually more common in cold storage facilities.  High relative humidity will cause boxes to absorb moisture, leading to their eventual collapse and product damage.

A commercial dehumidifier solves all of these problems: condensation on packaging and building surfaces, damage from mold and mildew, product degradation, frozen coils, and excessive coil defrost cycles. The dehumidifier will lower the relative humidity in the storage facility and prevent damage of both your product packaging and the product itself. This could save a company thousands a year from product loss. 

How a Dehumidifier Sets Your Cold Storage Facility Apart from the Rest

Desiccant dehumidifiers are designed to work in low dew point conditions like what you see in a Cold Storage facility.  It works by adsorbing moisture using a desiccant material and then using a heated air stream to draw the moisture back out of the desiccant material and expelling it from the structure. Normal mechanical dehumidifiers can’t work because the dew points are below freezing so liquid water can’t effectively be removed from the space.

A desiccant dehumidifier is designed to sustain the necessary relative humidity level to maintain the quality and safety of your cold storage products and equipment. For more information on adding a dehumidifier to your cold storage facility, contact the team at Therma-Stor.