Buying the right ice machine should not be a difficult undertaking. It’s just a matter of having the right information. When on the market for a new ice machine, you should be prepared to know the type of ice you want, how much ice you want produced and what kind of machine is best for your particular needs.
Ice Cube Types
There are a few different types of ice to choose from such as: cubes, flakes and nuggets. Cubes are typically used for drinks because their larger size means they take longer to melt. However, there are also half-cubes, which as the name suggests, are half the size of normal cubes. Flakes are often used for holiday displays and other events. In addition to their visual appeal, flakes can also be used to pack food easily. Nuggets are small, easily chewable and they melt quickly. Nuggets are popular in restaurants, and can be a nice alternative to ice cubes.
Once you have chosen the type of ice you want, you should figure out how much ice you need produced on a daily basis. If it is just for your household, then a home ice machine will probably be a good fit for you. If you are working at a restaurant or a cafeteria, you will probably have to gauge the amount of ice needed in terms of pounds. Commercial ice machines are able to churn out approximately 60 to 100 pounds a day.
The type of cooling system you want is another decision you will need to factor in. Air-cooled machines do not need a lot of water, but they do require a good stream of electricity. Water-cooled machines, on the other hand, use a significant amount of water, but typically use less electricity.
The final thing you need to consider when buying an ice machine is how much space is required. If you own a business or restaurant, you need to measure out how much space you need and where you can install the ice machine. Once this is done, it’s just a matter of purchasing the right ice maker and having it installed.
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Colman Heating & Air understands the importance of finding the ideal ice machine. Our knowledgeable and friendly professionals can help provide you with more information on commercial ice machines as well as maintenance checkups. Call Colman Heating & Air today to talk about your ice machine needs.