What are the advantages of having a fan / cool pantry. What is the cooling system used?

Attended last Saturdays living smart class at Barrett house. We were shown the cool pantry. What are the advantages of having a cool pantry. I've never seen one before. Where can I get more information about it. In process of starting renovation in the near future. Thank you.

Asked by Joan

4 answers

  • To create a good pantry, try use the thermal properties of your floor and isolate the temps of your ceiling or surrounding walls. I.e. use material like 50mm stone slab as your floor base (it attains and keeps the cold really well), Extra insulation, additional void or packing on the pantry ceiling - To stop the roof heat travelling back in. -Keep the heat out and the cold will in and you have an ideal cool pantry.

    Answered by Eamon Corless
    Green Beret
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  • Ensure your larder is well insulated and sealed of all involuntary drafts, ensure the door is sealed and insulated.

    Put a fan up near the ceiling, ducting to the outside, with an insect cover on it and place an inlet air point at the floor level, insect proof, at he oppersite end of the outlet duct, draw cool air dry air from below the house or duct it in from a cooler area of the outside.

    Place a time clock on the fan so that it runs at the coolest time of the evening, say 1am to 7am. Keep refrigerators out of the larder unless the machinery is outside of the room, is remote of the fridge.

    Answered by Kerry Haycock Rating: 0
  • A cool pantry is great way to minimise the size of your fridge that you need. Many people (me included!) are guilty of just chucking all your fruit and veggies in the fridge when in fact, they can go into a pantry which is well ventilated and has airflow from under the floorboards - like the one at Barrett House.
    A fridge can use up to 15% of your household electricity, so putting in a smaller fridge can be a great way to lower your energy bills

    Answered by Anthony Weinberg (staff) Rating: 0
  • adding a little to AW's answer:
    The cooler items are before they go into the fridge then you require less energy to get them down to the normal 4-8 degree range.
    Items like bottles of wine for example are better kept cool while being stored.
    A typical fridge/freezer still uses a lot of electricity. Buying a power meter plug is very revealing. I'd be surprised if your fridge/freezer wasn't using 3kwh or more a day.
    So a 'cool' pantry serves a double purpose in reducing use of the fridge as well as reducing how much the fridge may need to decrease the temperature of something placed into it.
    One tip - whenever daylight saving starts/ends - vacuum out the dust from around your fridge/freezer so it's ability to suck air through its cooling system is improved. Also make sure you've got a gap at least 8cm from the back of it to the wall for the air to circulate as well as a gap of 3cm either side.
    {You did say you were renovating}

    Answered by Andrew Roydhouse Rating: 0

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