Energy Efficiency Comparison: Holding/Proofing Cabinets

Energy Efficiency; The Proof is in the Pudding Insulation

As our world continues to focus on energy consumption, Curtis Restaurant Supply is heeding the call to action by offering more efficient options for our customers. Metro heated holding/proofing cabinets are some of the most reliable in the industry. While there are many things to consider when choosing which type of cabinet you will need, I want to touch on one of the most pressing questions we get: What are the differences between insulated and non-insulated cabinets?

Metro C5 1 Series (non-insulated) and a Metro C5 3 Series (outward insulation)

Insulated Cabinets

An insulated cabinet simply means that the cabinet has been built with fiberglass or foam inside the walls to help prevent heat loss. In addition to heating more efficiently, the insulation also keeps the outer surface of the unit cool – this protects employees from burns while working and keeps the temperature of the kitchen cooler since minimal heat is being released into the surrounding air. Non-insulated cabinets provide the basic value and reliability needed for holding/proofing, but will be hot to the touch and will emit heat while they are turned on.

Non-insulated & Outward Insulated Cabinets

Metro C5 4 Series provides performance and value.

Metro offers different options for the insulation used on their heated cabinets. Insulation, regardless of the kind used, certainly provides energy efficiency at some level. The difference in energy costs between the Metro C5 1 Series (uninsulated) and a Metro C5 3 Series (outward insulation) is roughly $150/year. The cost difference between the two can have you seeing a return on your investment in less than 18 months. Even by making a small investment in basic insulation, the energy savings are clear.

Metro C5 4 Series are high performance insulated holding cabinets coupled with high energy savings. These cabinets are by far more efficient and more energy friendly compared to a non-insulated unit. These units boast foamed-in-place insulation in addition to the outer insulation – and the results clearly point to their efficiency.

Curtis Restaurant Supply stocks the C5 1 Series (non-insulated) and the C5 3 Series (outward insulation). The Metro C5 4 Series may be ordered by contacting one of our knowledgeable consultants. We are also proud to help our customers navigate the many options in heated holding/proofing cabinets and can help you choose the exact unit that will best fit your operation.

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