”My refigerator is powerful. IN fact, it has a direct link to my overall well-being.” (Kriss Carr)
Buying a refrigerator is an important investment. For this reason you should be well informed before you buy one. How to choose among the number of models on the market? Are you looking for a built-in refrigerator
or a freestanding refrigerator
? The first will be recessed in a dedicated unit in your kitchen; the second can be installed wherever you want in the room. Keep an eye on the space you have available, so measure up height, width and depth so to have an idea of which refrigerator you need. Once you know the size, think about its capacity. To get the right capacity means optimizing the appliance use because a refrigerator that is too large will increase energy consumption while a small one will force you to shove in food and cram it thus impeding the fridge to work properly. The capacity depends on the number of people in your family:
- 1 person: total capacity: 110 to 190 lt | fridge capacity: 100 to 150 lt | freezer capacity: 10 to 40 lt
- 2 people: total capacity: 200 to 310 lt | fridge capacity: 150 to 250 lt | freezer capacity: 50 to 60 lt
- 3 people: total capacity: 260 to 370 lt | fridge capacity: 200 to 300 lt | freezer capacity 60 to 70 lt
- 4 or more people: total capacity: over 300 lt | fridge capacity: over 250 lt | freezer capacity: over 70 lt
Keep an eye on energy efficiency! Studies have shown that 70% of overall energy consumption in households comes from large appliances’ use (fridges, ovens, dishwashers, etc.), so you need to pay attention to the energy efficiency label and invest some more money in a class A++ refrigerator
. By buying this class of refrigerators you’ll grant yourself remarkable savings on the energy bill and so you will easily amortise the initial cost.
Another important factor to take into account is the freezer. A refrigerator with freezer
can come in two types: with an upper freezer (double door refrigerator
) or lower (combi refrigerator
). The first type is a refrigerator with a sole storage with a door. In this case the space is not so much and the frozen food is stored all in the same space. Both storages are kept cold by the same compressor. The second type allows for a better optimization of spaces thus having more space and therefore a better freezing of food. Combi fridges often have a double compressor so you can also choose which one you want working.
How many times did you have to defrost your old fridge? This needs to be done every time ice builds-up in the fridge. This ice takes space in the fridge and it makes the compressor work more to make the storage cold. What should you do, then? Choose a no frost refrigerator
! The no-frost technology blows air at a controlled temperature and humidity. It allows for a rapid and homogeneous freezing of food and it obviously avoids frost.
Halfway between traditional fridges and the newest models, there are also ventilated refrigerators
in which a fan homogeneously pushes cold air inside so to have the same temperature in all the fridge. In comparison with no-frost models, they have the advantage of preserving air humidity and so delicate food like fruit and vegetables are preserved better.
If you have enough space in your kitchen, choose an American style refrigerator
(side by side) which is perfect for large families. It is very roomy and with its two doors it let you have a freezer on the left and a fridge on the right. These models are hi-tech and pluri-accessorized. They often come with a water
dispenser and ice
These are the principal featurs of a refrigerator. You’ll find it easier now to find your way among many available products on Archiproduts. But we want to give you just a few more tips: Where should you put your fridge?
The refrigerator’s position needs to be chosen carefully. The position can’t be chosen only by the presence of a socket or by the composition of the sectional kitchen because this way you could hamper the fridge’s efficiency. It should never be placed next to a heat source like radiators, ovens or even windows exposed to sunlight. Choose a ventilated place and don’t push the fridge against the wall: allow a 10 cm space! Silence please!
Choose a silent model. A buzzing fridge 24/7 can be very annoying! Choose a model that doesn’t go over 40 dB. What happens in case of a blackout?
The market offers some fridges that work even if the power is out. It probably seems unimportant but consider the possibility power being out and you’re not home! You need to preserve food even in those cases. Think about it. Maintenance
You need to do a few things over time to keep your fridge working perfectly and last long. Check if the gaskets seal the doors perfectly. A gasket that isn’t working properly can increase power consumption and might cause mold build up.
Clean the condenser regularly, like once a month.
If you didn’t choose a no-frost or ventilated fridge you need to get rid of ice whenever it builds up and when it becomes thicker than five millimeters.