The Importance of Airflow Management in Reefer Trailers

The Importance of Airflow Management in Reefer Trailers

Airflow management in reefer trailers – It may not seem like something that an average person would think about. Airflow in a refrigerated trailer versus that in a traditional container is not something that an average person would think about. But if you are moving fresh produce or other refrigerated products, it is a very important subject.

There is a huge difference in refrigerated (reefer) trailers and containers. The air flow moves differently in each of these containers, and it makes a difference in how well the cargo is preserved. Poor air flow circulation can cause the product to be partially or entirely ruined before it arrives at its destination.

Airflow Management in Trailers vs. Containers

Airflow in a reefer trailer is pushed in through the top of the trailer and circulated from the back of the trailer to the front. Along the way, the air becomes warmer because of the distance it has to travel before being recycled through the refrigeration unit again. This means that much of the product at the front of the trailer is being held at a warmer temperature than that at the back. This can lead to product loss and contamination.

Airflow in a reefer container is handled much differently. The cold air is pumped into the container from the bottom of the unit. This is done because of the way the floors are made in the container. Known as a “T” floor, the air flows more evenly through the container and remains cooler throughout the recycling process. This results in the product being kept in a more stable and safer temperature environment.

Reefer trailers do not use the T floor in their units because of the additional weight this adds. Trailers are restricted by weight limits, and reefer trailer manufacturers would prefer more space in their trailers than more weight. So, the top airflow system is used.

Diagram of how airflow moves in cold storage containers

Peace of Mind with Containers

If you are concerned with the safety and quality of your cold storage units, you may wish to convert to cold storage or reefer containers instead of using trailers. The containers will protect the product more effectively and reduce overall spoilage.

360 Portables offers two different types of reefer containers. Each container is capable of easily maintaining a temperature of -20 degrees to 70 degrees. This allows companies to transport a wide variety of products using the same containers. Investing in refrigerated containers is a very cost-effective way to transport your product safely while reducing loss.

Building with Refrigerated Shipping Containers

Building with Refrigerated Shipping Containers

Refrigerated shipping containers offer people a chance to create something wonderful from something that is no longer used for its original purpose. Repurposing a refrigerated container for your project is cost effective and there is so much opportunity for creativity. Some of the ways you can use a shipping container include:

art studio built from a shipping container

Create An Art Studio

Refrigerated shipping containers are designed to protect its contents from temperature changes. Even if you decide not to use the refrigeration unit, the insulated walls will be perfect for protecting artwork from temperature fluctuations. Create a private studio for yourself to enjoy or have the container set up so that you can display and sell artwork. The fact that the gallery is located in a container is sure to attract many people out of curiosity alone!

Start A Specialty Garden

The insulated walls in a refrigerated container are perfect for managing specialty gardens. If you need to have complete temperature control to grow your plants, you will love how well containers work for this purpose. You can set up shelving, watering systems, and grow lights in the containers with ease. This is great for specialty flowers and plants that require extensive care to grow.  Finding interesting ways of arranging your garden will come with ease if using hooks or stands to add interest.  You can make a private oasis!

portable flower shop from a shipping container

Design A Pop-Up Flower Shop

Refrigerated containers are perfect for storing flowers. You can get a little creative with the container.  Add wheels to it so it is mobile and easily create a pop-up flower shop!  You can travel to different locations and events and spread the joy that only beautiful flowers can bring.  Maybe this can be your fun second job?

Create A Cold Spa For Beauty Routines

You have heard of Hot Yoga or thermal spas, why not create a cold spa? Cold has been shown to improve fat burning and many people find being cold for a period of time refreshing and rejuvenating. You can create a beautiful spa area where you can provide various services all while being perfectly chilled.

Take Your Office With You

Travelling hair salons is becoming a viable profession.  Many people like the convenience of not going to town for a haircut.  Others can’t drive for a beauty appointment.  With a mobile salon, you can take the beauty to your customers.  Of course, you’ll want a smaller shipping container for this purpose!

portable hair salon from a shipping container

There are many things that you can do with a refrigerated shipping container. These items are great for food storage, restaurant storage and are perfect for emergency situations and in disaster areas.

Containers are available in 10, 20, and 40-foot sizes.  One of these sizes can easily accommodate any project that you have in mind. Containers are sturdy, insulated, and able to be mounted to wheels if necessary. The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can create from a shipping container.