A more efficient refrigerator!
Even if your refrigerator is new and at the forefront of the latest trends in home appliances, you can improve its efficiency! But above all, the choice of model is important, especially in terms of its power consumption.
Before buying, look at the energy consumption data of the device
An American refrigerator like the RCA 7.5 Cu. Ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator, consumes 378kWh per year, since it offers many compartments and different refrigeration functions.
As for the the RCA 4.5 Cu Ft Single Door Mini Fridge, which is a small model of undercounter tabletop refrigerator, it only consumes 253kWh per year.
Do not hesitate to look at the energy consumption figures to get a better idea and especially put this energy consumption in perspective of the volume and possibilities offered by the refrigerator in function of its purchase price.
The climate class is also important
The climate class, meanwhile, comes in the form of an ambient temperature range in which the refrigerator is located, which must be observed for it to operate optimally. The refrigerator product sheet always shows this.
There are eight climatic ranges, from SN-T (extended tropical) which designates use in a room where the temperature is between 10 ° C and 43 ° C, to class T (tropical) from 18 ° C to 43 ° vs.
In a kitchen, most climate classes are suitable, but if you want to put the refrigerator in a basement, a cellar or on a balcony or veranda, it may be useful to pay attention: A refrigerator may have difficulty operating, if it is exposed to too low or too high temperatures.
Seals like new
In terms of maintenance, it is essential to take the time to monitor the wear of the seals on the refrigerator doors, to make sure that the aplliance is always airtight. Otherwise, not only will the device consume more, but it can also seriously affect the preservation of food.
Remember to defrost
It is also necessary to defrost frequently the section dedicated to freezing, especially when you notice that the frost collects on the walls. It takes only 2 mm thick frost for the consumption of the freezing part to increase by 10%, it is far from negligible! To do it, take advantage of a moment when you have few frozen foods. Unplug your refrigerator, or turn off the freezer if possible, then clean it with warm water.
Dust is its enemy
Finally, it is also very important to clean, at least twice a year, the condenser grid located at the back of the refrigerator. This part tends to attract dust, which hinders proper functioning and can cause breakdowns. A brush and a vacuum cleaner with plastic tipped nozzle make cleaning generally quick and efficient. Do not forget to unplug the refrigerator: if you do not open it during this cleaning session, your food is not likely to spoil during the few minutes that the procedure usually lasts.
Organizing the storage of your food well, the key to success
A well-maintained refrigerator is an efficient refrigerator, but this also requires a good organization of food stored inside. Because everything has a specific place in a refrigerator, even if it is not always explicit. Certainly, we know the vegetable bin, called Fresh Box on Thomson models, and the shelves for bottles. But did you know that the temperature tends to vary depending on the locations in the refrigerator? The upper part is the coolest, between 0 and 4 ° C. It is the ideal place to store meats, fish and poultry, but also for homemade and fresh dishes, or even cream.
The central part generally offers a temperature between 4 and 6 ° C. Dairy products such as yogurts and cheeses, cooked fruits and vegetables or cold meats are all foods that have their place in this space. At the bottom of the refrigerator, where the temperature is around 8 and 10 ° C, there is mainly the vegetable drawer, intended to logically accommodate vegetables, but also fruits. This temperature range allows them to avoid being attacked by the cold and too much humidity, for good conservation. Finally, in the refrigerator door, the temperature is between 6 and 8 ° C. Use the shelves to store eggs, drinks, milk and butter.
By adopting these good reflexes, you can optimize the use of your refrigerator without much effort, while ensuring optimal preservation of your food. This inevitably results in savings, not only in energy, but also in terms of food. And with proper maintenance, your refrigerator will be able to last longer without problem. How to be a winner on all fronts!