Refrigerator Maintenance and Energy Saving Tips.
Make your refrigerator as less as possible energy-consuming, so it contribute less to the environment and save your money on electricity. Here are some points on refrigerator maintenance plus some tips to make your fridge energy-saving
Refrigerator Maintenance :
· Keep the door seals tight so that such unnecessary air swap can be avoided.
· Defrost the freezer regularly; do not allow the frost build-ups more than a quarter inch. Ice buildup restrains the freezer’s ability to keep proper temperature and forces the freezer to work harder than necessary to offset it.
· Clean the coil once a year.
The condenser coils expel heat the refrigerator to the outside air. Normally it is located in the back of the refrigerator. When block with dust, it will not properly expel the heat out of the refrigerator, hence the compressor will work harder which leads to unnecessary energy waste. You can simply vacuum the vents and coils to clean them. Be sure to unplug the fridge before you do this.
Tips for energy-saving refrigerator :
Here are 6 tips to make your fridge reduces the energy consumption :
1. Temperature of fridge should be kept between 37-40°F. To check this, put a thermometer in a glass of water and leave it on the middle of shelf for 24 hours. The ideal temperature for freezer is 5°F, put a thermometer into freezer to control it. Colder temperature will mean a waste of energy.
2. Keep both fridge and freezer filled. Frozen food makes the temperature stable than air does. Note that every time the fridge is opened the cold air in it releases out and replaced with warmer air from the room. This will cause the temperature inside the fridge rises sharply and forces your fridge to work harder to cool the new air.
3. Do not position your refrigerator at a warm place, such on sunlight or in direct contact with hot appliances, such as microwave, cooker or dishwasher as this will make the compressor work harder.
4. Let foods getting cool before storing them in the fridge. It takes less energy to cool cold food than hot.
5. Cover the food and drink to avoid moisture as evaporation will force your fridge work harder. Use aluminum or plastic cover instead of paper.
6. Clear the fridge top to ensure proper compressor’s air circulation.
By doing the proper refrigerator maintenance and energy saving tips, you can help reducing the emission thrown to the atmosphere through your fridge. However, if your fridge is more that 10 years, you should be thinking of replacing it with a new one, because refrigerators manufactured before 2000 emits twice or even three times more than the newer models, as well charge you double or even triple cost on electricity bill than the new model does. In other words, your new fridge will generally save enough energy to compensate its purchase price. Learn more reasons why you should switch to a newer model, and read our buying guides to get most efficient fridge.