Energy-Efficient Fridge to Keep Your Cool

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You might not notice it but your refrigerator has a hefty job. It is in charge of preserving what you store in it. At the right temperature, your kids’ milk for their cereal meal or your favorite food that is likely to go bad quickly will be definitely safe to consume.

You are too worried about your perishable food spoiling rapidly so it is practical to store them all in your freezer and you think that a fully-loaded freezer is the most conducive to efficiency. But there are many additional strategies to keep your refrigerator running at peak performance.

Here are several ways you can rely on to make your freezer work at A1 efficiency:

Fridge and Room Temperature

Sometimes during the summer, your mood shifts as the heat can either be vexatious or pleasurable—if the cold bothers you more. Your fridge experiences the same mood swing depending on the room temperature. The temperature of the refrigerator may fluctuate with summer or winter as the room temp cools off or heats it up.

The right temperature margin as per U.S. Food and Drug Administration is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Make use of an additional thermometer. Keep in the center of your fridge’s middle shelf. Ensure it sticks to the designated margin for safe food storage.

Gasket Havoc

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Gaskets are used to seal gaps at refrigerator door jambs and headers. Obviously, the purpose of gaskets is to prevent the cold from exiting. If the door gasket is damaged; gapped or torn, resulting in air leakage, it will be hard for your fridge to function well in maintaining the right temperature. This will definitely cause you a higher energy bill on the next reading. You do not want that. So it is best to always check on the door gasket for damages.

Allow Enough Room

Allow enough space for a fridge to do its function by allowing air to flow around its outer—at least one inch on each side. If you are not able to do so, chances are higher energy bills or worse, the appliance could fail to work properly.

Make Food Items Breathe

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We have discussed the importance of airflow around your fridge’s exterior. Now let’s talk about the inside. It is also important for your food items to have the proper airflow. Pack the items closely not squeezed together. In this way, each item is kept colder.

Keep an Eye on Spill and Spoilage

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Prevent spills, especially from raw meat juices as they contain harmful bacteria. These juices may drip onto ready-to-eat food and eventually contaminate it with bacteria. Defrost meat in a container with a cover and place it on the lower shelf. Spoilage bacteria can grow rapidly in cold spaces such as your fridge. So try to keep an eye on spoilages and remove the item at once.

Regular Coil Cleaning

The coil is usually situated on the lower part of the fridge. If dirt is harbored on the condenser coil, energy consumption will likely increase and equipment could fail. Cleaning it regularly will help the fridge perform efficiently. To do so, just turn off the refrigerator and clean it using a vacuum or a brush.

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