One could easily argue that your refrigerator is in the top three of the most important appliances in your home, if not easily number one. Until the power goes out and we’re worried about spoiled milk, we often take for granted the convenience of the refrigerator.
But along with it being the most important kitchen commodity, it is also the biggest household energy user, simply because it runs constantly. That’s why, when it’s time to trade in for a new model, it’s best to consider an energy efficient refrigerator or freezer. Refrigerators more than 10 years old use up to 50% more energy than new energy-efficient models.
Start by incorporating some of these tips and tricks in your refrigerator use and care in order to increase efficiency, prolong the life of the appliance and save you money!
1. Set the refrigerator temperature between 36 and 38 degrees. Setting it even 10 degrees lower can increase energy use up to 25%.
2. Gently vacuum the refrigerator’s condenser coils about every three months. Excessive dust buildup makes the refrigerator work harder and run longer.
3. Make sure your refrigerator and freezer doors seal properly.
4. Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator rather than on a counter top. Frozen items will help cool the refrigerator as they defrost.
5. Refrigerators and freezers work better fully loaded.
If your existing refrigeration or cold storage unit – including beer boxes, walk-in coolers, soda boxes, reach-in coolers, and other refrigeration systems – isn’t cooling properly, turn to the Virginia HVAC repair experts at Easter Tech. Speedy repair at an affordable price is a guarantee. Contact us today!