How to Choose the Best Lab Refrigerator
Looking for a laboratory refrigerator? You’re not alone. Cold storage is essential for most labs. From storing testing samples to lab chemicals, laboratory refrigerators have an essential role to play. The wrong kind of refrigerator can result in spoiled substances and huge financial losses. This article will eliminate the guesswork and highlight exactly what you need to consider when purchasing a lab refrigerator.
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Start with Features
First, examine the features of each potential laboratory refrigerator. Ask yourself what would work best for your daily needs. Not sure where to start? Consider the features below:
Investigate the temperature controller in each prospective unit. Premium laboratory refrigerators should come with a microprocessor
temperature control system. Microprocessors are highly preferred over other options because of their uniform temperature regulation
and precise digital control.
What space do you have available? If your setting is cramped, consider an undercounter or countertop design. If you have a large facility
and need vast amounts of storage, consider spacious, multi-door designs.
Shelving and Storage
Open each prospective refrigerator and look at the shelving and storage space inside. Considering your application will help you
determine what internal storage layout best suits your needs. Pull out basket drawers are helpful for organization and give easy
access to samples.
Locks and Alarms
Check for a security system or keyed door locks. These measures prevent unauthorized personnel from accessing your refrigerator and
its contents. In addition, check to see if the refrigerator has integrated temperature alarms. These alarms alert you when temperatures
rise or fall outside programed settings. A great safeguard.
Investigate the unit’s air circulation system. Forced draft air circulation delivers effective circulation of cool air, ensuring uniform cooling
throughout the chamber. This helps prevent uneven temperature pockets that could damage stored contents. A forced draft air
circulation system also prevents large temperature swings every time the door is opened.
Consider your application and what substances your refrigerator will store. Do you store lab cultures? Chemicals? Samples? Different
materials have different required temperature ranges that must be maintained for proper storage. Thermal probes in glycol bottles are
provided in certain units to keep track of internal temperature fluctuations.
When making any purchase, consider your budget. The pricing of a laboratory refrigerator is influenced by many factors including size, temperature control systems, certifications, and more. Look for a unit that contains your desired features but is not excessive in additions you don’t need. This should lead you to a refrigerator and a price point that you’re happy with.
Choose Safety and Professionalism
Safety in laboratory refrigeration is key. If your lab stores flammable or volatile substances, choose a cold storage unit made specifically for these substances. Once safety is established, consider your professional image. Dorm and household refrigerators are unreliable and unprofessional. In addition, there's a strong chance you won't be able to file a warranty claim for a household refrigerator or freezer since these units generally have an intended use restriction. Thus, your money and materials are at high risk.
Another area at risk could be your insurance policy. Commercial insurance policies vary widely in coverage and exclusions, so it's essential to review the specific policy that your laboratory has in place. Choose a unit that safeguards your facility and supports your professional image.
By now you should have a solid foundation on what to look for when buying a laboratory refrigerator. Take these principles with you in your quest. ABS supplies premium laboratory refrigeration for ultimate accuracy and untouched efficiency.