Refrigerated vans are a common sight on the roads in the UK, but are often misunderstood. We’ve put together a list of common FAQ’s about refrigerated vans to answer some of these queries.
What is a refrigerated van?
A refrigerated van is a vehicle designed to carry chilled or frozen products from one location to another. They’re usually diesel-powered and have an insulated body that will keep your cargo cool or frozen. They’re available in various sizes from small vans that can carry up to two pallets up to large trucks that can carry dozens of pallets or even whole containers full of goods.
How are they different from other types of vehicles?
Refrigerated vans differ from standard vans in several ways:
They have an insulated body which helps maintain temperatures inside the vehicle (between -20°C and -25°C).
They use diesel engines rather than petrol engines because they produce less heat, which helps keep things cool inside the vehicle.
They may also have special features such as temperature monitoring systems and alarms, as well as additional insulation panels at the sides and rear which help prevent heat loss through these areas.
How do refrigerated vans work?
Refrigerated vans use a compressor to pump raw gas through an evaporator coil. The liquid gas turns into low pressure gas on one side of the evaporator coil while absorbing heat from the passenger compartment on the other side of the evaporator coil. This process removes heat from the vehicle’s interior and allows colder temperatures inside the van.
What are the benefits of refrigerated vans?
Refrigeration is an important part of modern life and has many applications — in food storage, transportation and healthcare, just to name a few. Refrigeration keeps food fresh and safe for consumption, while also helping preserve important documents like medical records and historical records that would otherwise deteriorate if not kept at low temperatures.
Are there any drawbacks to using refrigerated vans?
While refrigerated vans provide many benefits, there are some drawbacks as well. For example, if your business does not have enough money to purchase one then you won’t be able to utilize this technology for your company’s benefit; however, you can still get around this problem by renting one from a company that specializes in leasing out vehicles like these so that your business can have access to them when needed without having to buy one outright.
What’s the difference between an insulated and a refrigerated van?
In short, an insulated van is one with insulation between the inner and outer walls of its bodywork, whereas a refrigerated van has added refrigeration systems to maintain low temperatures inside the bodywork.
What does R-value mean?
R-value is the measure of thermal resistance or insulating power of an object or material. It’s measured in units called ‘Rats’ (or ‘Mols’). The higher the R value, the better able it will be to resist heat flow through its surface area.