Important Considerations (Other Than Price) When Choosing a Vaccine Refrigerator
When it comes to buying a vaccine refrigerator for your pharmacy, clinic or medical practice, we’ve all fallen into that trap of haggling for the “best price available,” and buying the cheapest option that fits our requirements and budget at the time. We have also all learned that what might be the cheapest option initially, may wind up costing us a lot more than we bargained for in the long term.
The downside of just focusing on the purchase price, is that we tend to ignore the ongoing expense of running and using the refrigerator after the initial purchase.
After we’ve bought, installed and stocked the refrigerator with vaccines, only then do we fully appreciate the ongoing running costs and the additional costs associated with stock loss and repairs if the fridge breaks down.
It is with this wisdom in mind that we recommend to anyone who is looking to buy a vaccine refrigerator, that you take the time to look not only at the purchase price, but also at the hidden costs.
You may find that by paying a higher purchase price, you can actually save money in the long-run. Here are three important points to consider before you buy a vaccine refrigerator.
1. Energy consumption
Probably the most important expense to consider before buying a vaccine refrigerator is the running costs of the refrigerator.
You’ll find some suppliers promote the energy consumption of their vaccine refrigerators, while others may not. Therefore it’s best to check with suppliers regarding how much power is required to operate the refrigerator, before making a decision.
Once you know how much power is required to run the refrigerator for 24 hours, you can further extrapolate this to calculate the total cost of running the refrigerator for the expected life of the product.
Do this calculation to compare similar products and you’ll be surprised at how much you could save on running costs over the years.
When it comes to energy consumption, it’s also worth considering what type of refrigerant is used to cool the vaccine refrigerator.
Non-HCFC (hydrocarbon fluorocarbon) refrigerants like R 290 and R 600a are known for their positive thermodynamic properties, and therefore they don’t require a high power load (and cost) to keep things cool effectively.
Another bonus is that non-HCFC refrigerants reduce greenhouse gas emissions and therefore the impact to the environment is reduced.
The design of the vaccine refrigerator also plays a role in energy efficiency and power cost savings, so look for refrigerators with thick insulation and optimised air cooling systems.
Opt for a refrigerator that is manufactured with high-quality materials and tested to international standards for temperature control and reliability. It is also important to ensure that your vaccine fridge is Quality Care Pharmacy Program compliant.
If possible, check failure rates with suppliers to ensure that the vaccine refrigerator you choose minimises your chances of losing expensive vaccines from cold chain breaches or unexpected breakdowns.
3. ValueAlways check the warranty period provided by suppliers and verify if the cost of parts and labour are included with the purchase of the vaccine refrigerator. It may well save you money in the long-run by not having to replace your vaccine refrigerator earlier than expected. We hope these guidelines have been helpful. In light of this topic, we would like to present you with a
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The LIEBHERR MediLine vaccine fridges are approved by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia Quality Care Pharmacy Program (QCPP) for the safe and secure storage of valuable vaccines. With HCFC-free refrigerant R 600a to reduce running costs and protect the environment.
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If you are in the market for a quality vaccine refrigerator, this is an excellent opportunity to invest in a top quality product at a reduced price.
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