What should I look when buying a laboratory grade refrigerator and freezer?
Purchasing ENERGY STAR certified laboratory grade equipment will help reduce medical facilities’ costly energy bills, while ensuring the safe storage of a variety of chemicals and specimens.
Consider selecting lab grade refrigerators and freezers with a lower Global Warming Potential refrigerant. Refrigerants with lower global warming potential (GWP) for lab grade refrigerators and freezers include R-744 (CO₂), R-290, and R-170. Selecting an ENERGY STAR certified model with a lower GWP refrigerant means your product will have a much lower impact on the climate if the refrigerant is released into the environment. The GWP compares the warming power of a substance to an equivalent amount of CO2 (GWP = 1 for CO2). Some refrigerants are hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are powerful greenhouse gases with GWPs hundreds or thousands of times higher than CO2. Find lab grade refrigerators and freezers that contain refrigerants with a lower impact on global warming here.
ENERGY STAR Rebates
For a list of incentives, please visit the ENERGY STAR Rebate Finder.
Be sure to look for the ENERGY STAR when shopping for laboratory grade refrigerators and freezers
Current Specification Effective Date: December 2016
Products must not exceed maximum energy consumption in kWh per day, as determined by internal volume and product type under the new Version 1.1 specification.
Laboratory Grade Refrigerators & Freezers Specification (PDF, 797 KB)