How To Save Energy And Money For Holiday Shopping

The holiday season is an exciting time of year–but it’s also an expensive one! If you’re trying to save for your holiday shopping, it is important to cut costs wherever you can. Did you know that roughly 16% of your monthly electric bill comes from your refrigerator? These small changes can add up to big savings and put some extra holiday cash in your pocket:

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Keep your fridge ⅔ stocked: Your fridge and freezer will use a lot of energy to replace all the cold air that flows out every time someone opens the door. Keeping your fridge and freezer at least 2/3 full, will lessen the amount of air that can leak out.

Clean your condenser coils: If you have dirt and dust built up around your condenser coils, it’ll impeded airflow around the appliance, forcing it to work harder than it has to. It’s been said that you can save 15% of the electricity that your fridge uses by keeping the coils clean!

Keep an eye out for frost build-up: If the frost building up in your freezer is ¼ inch or thicker, it’s time to thaw it out. Your appliance will work much harder than it needs to with a frosty build-up, using a lot more energy!

Always cover your liquids: Did you know that storing uncovered liquids in your fridge will actually cause your compressor to work harder? It’s true! Uncovered liquids will add moisture to the interior, and can possibly contribute to  a frost build up. Save money and energy and make sure all of your items are covered tightly before entering your refrigerator!

A broken refrigerator can also consume much more energy than one which is operating properly. If you suspect your refrigerator is malfunctioning, Speedy Subzero can repair it for a fraction of the cost of a new model. We serve Long Island, New York City, Connecticut, and New Jersey, and same-day service is available – call us anytime at 866-782-9376 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians.

The Refrigerator Dictionary

When deciding on purchasing a refrigerator, or simply understanding how your current one works, we know that there are a variety of terms that you may not be familiar with. So the experts at Speedy Sub Zero decided to put together a little glossary of commonly used fridge features to help give you some info on your most used home appliance:

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Compressor: This is the heart of your refrigeration system. The compressor compresses low pressure gas into high pressured gas to adjust its temperature. Once this process is complete, it moves into the condenser for the next step of the process.

Condenser: This is where all the magic happens. This part of your fridge condenses that gas from the compressor into a liquid refrigerant that helps keep your refrigerator cold.

Gasket: If your fridge door is closing properly, your gasket may be to blame!  This is the rubber lining that works it’s way around the door of your refrigerator, locking in cool air to keep your items safe for eating.

Drain Pan: Your drain pan is located next to your compressor and has a very important job. It collects all of the excess water that is left over after the defrost cycle so you don’t wind up with a leaky mess on your floor.

Energy Rating: Energy Star rates your unit on a scale from A-G based on how well it operates in normal conditions. The higher the rating, the less energy is consumed.  This is important to not only reduce energy, but also reduce your utility bills as well.

Evaporator : An evaporator fan draws air from the refrigerator and blows it over the evaporator coils. The liquid refrigerant absorbs heat from the air and the air blows back into the refrigerator at a lower temperature, cooling the refrigerator.

Of course, if you still have questions regarding the components of your fridge, or something’s not working properly, call the experts at Speedy Subzero. We are open 24/7/365 – even on Thanksgiving, and  guarantee one-hour service to all of Long Island and New York City. Give us a call to schedule your appointment at 866-782-9376.

Thanksgiving Leftovers: A Guide To Storing

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that can only mean one thing–preparing to eat lots of turkey leftovers for days to come!

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But many of us don’t know just how long we can safely store or leftovers, or the best way to do so!  To keep your Thanksgiving leftovers fresher longer, you’ve first got to ensure that they’re being kept in a safe storage environment. Most Thanksgiving leftovers will stay fresh and tasty for at least a few days in the refrigerator and a month or more in the freezer.

Here are some general rules to follow:

  •     Refrigerate leftover Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing, gravy and other cooked side dishes within two hours of serving.
  •     Carve leftover turkey meat off the bones before refrigerating. Be sure to keep the  leftover turkey and stuffing in separate containers.
  •     Divide leftover turkey and other cooked dishes into smaller portions and refrigerate or freeze in covered, small containers for quicker cooling.

Here is a guideline of how long you can safely store your leftovers, so you can enjoy these foods without the worry:

What do you do if you run into an emergency and your refrigerator stops working? Just call the experts at Speedy Subzero, we are open 24/7/365 – even on Thanksgiving. We guarantee one-hour service to all of Long Island and New York City, call us any time to schedule your appointment at 866-782-9376.

Ways To Prepare Your Refrigerator For Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner, and we know our refrigerators are going to get a workout! If you’re hosting your family festivities, you might want to get a head start on prepping your refrigerator now to make room for all of your goodies. Here are some ways to prepare you refrigerator for your Thanksgiving meal:

Clean it out: Nothing is more off-putting than a dirty refrigerator, so be sure to give yours a thorough scrubbing before the big day. Removing all expired food and wiping down down the shelves and exterior will give you a clean canvas to stock up on your favorite Turkey-Day treats.

Rearrange the shelving: Since your turkey and trays of vegetables  can take up a lot of space, you may have a hard time fitting in all of your food in your fridge as it is. Make room for these oddly-shaped items by rearranging the shelves in your fridge. Sliding them out and back will open up your space so that all of your food can easily fit.

Keep extra storage: No doubt that your fridge will be jam packed all day as you move from course to course. Investing in a cooler to store your drinks is a great way to avoid opening your fridge multiple times a day and risking wasting energy and changing the temperature of your unit. Not only that, but storing your drinks in a separate spot will free up that prime refrigerator real estate that is so coveted on Thanksgiving.

What do you do if you run into an emergency and your refrigerator stops working? Just call the experts at Speedy Subzero, we are open 24/7/365 – even on Thanksgiving. We guarantee one-hour service to all of Long Island and New York City, call us any time to schedule your appointment at 866-782-9376.

How To Properly Store Pie

We have officially entered pie season–the most delicious season of them all! And with lots of holiday events coming up, comes a greater chance at having delicious leftovers (score!). From pumpkin to apple and everything in between, all pies should be handled differently when it comes to storing them. Make sure to follow these pie storing tips to ensure you can indulge in these delicious treats the safe way:

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Fruit Pies:
Apple, blueberry and cherry too–All of your pies with fruit fillings can remain covered and stored at room temperature for up to two days after they’re baked. After that, it’s important to keep them in the fridge for another two days of storage. If they’re still lingering after the four day mark, it’s best to toss them! Not going to finish that pie in four days? No problem–fruit pies are one of the few types that actually freeze well. Place them uncovered in the freezer until frozen solid, then wrap in plastic wrap or foil and place back in the freezer for up to four months. When you’re ready to chow down, thaw them at room temperature for one hour and then reheat at 375°F for about 30 minutes.

Pumpkin & Pecan:
Since pumpkin and pecan pie contain eggs in their filling, these must always be kept in the refrigerator. If you’re trying to get a head start on the pie prep, you can prepare them during the week and store the pie in the refrigerator for up to four days before serving. Make sure to wrap the pie in aluminum foil and ensure that your fridge is set to 38°F to avoid the risk of any illnesses.

Cream, Mousse & Custard Pies
These fan favorites are usually a staple at the holiday dessert table.  While they don’t freeze well, you can keep them covered in the fridge for up to four days. You should hold off on topping them with whipped cream until you’re ready to serve to ensure the ultimate level of freshness (and deliciousness).

You can’t enjoy these tasty holiday pies if your refrigerator isn’t in working order. If your fridge isn’t working properly, call the experts at Speedy Sub Zero! We’ve been repairing refrigerators and freezers in the tri-state area for over 75 years! No matter the make or model, our licensed technicians have the experience to get the job done, call us anytime to schedule a same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.