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Where You Should Put Your Refrigerator

If you
looked at the title of this article and said to yourself, “in the
kitchen, duh,” then you are mostly correct – however, there is a
little bit more to it than that. While your refrigerator will serve
its purpose just about anywhere you put it in the kitchen, there are
some ways to maximize its efficiency; more specifically its
energy-efficiency.
Did you
know that the refrigerator can account for 10% of your monthly
electric bill? There are several ways you can reduce this number,
such as opening the door less or vacuuming your condenser coils, but
the location of the appliance can also play a large role.
If you
are redesigning your kitchen, or simply have some free space to work
with, follow these tips to place your refrigerator in the most
energy-efficient spot possible:
  • Place your
    refrigerator against an exterior wall.
    Unless
    you live in a climate where it is hot year-round. The reason for
    this is that exterior walls tend to be cooler than interior walls
    because they are exposed to the outdoor temperature.
  • Keep your
    refrigerator away from your stove.
    Your
    refrigerator should always be as far away from heat-generating
    appliances (mainly your stove) as possible. When you are cooking
    something in the oven, the radiant heat can affect your refrigerator
    and make it work harder to keep cool.
  • Keep your
    refrigerator out of direct sunlight.
    You
    should keep your refrigerator out of direct sunlight for the same
    reason you keep it away from the stove. If the refrigerator is
    absorbing the sun’s rays all day long, it will begin to warm up,
    causing the compressor to work harder to maintain your desired
    temperature.
Following
these tips will help keep your refrigerator colder while using less
energy. If you are still experiencing inconsistent or high
temperatures in your fridge, there may be a mechanical issue. If you
live in Long Island or New York City, call Speedy Subzero Repair at
866-782-9376. We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau and Suffolk
counties and can fix any make or model of refrigerator.

How to Reduce Your Refrigerator’s Energy Consumption: Do’s and Don’ts

With
the weather warming up, a big concern of homeowners across the
country is their electricity bill. If you are looking to keep yours
down during the warm summer months, you don’t have to sacrifice your
family’s comfort; instead, the answer could lie in your kitchen.
The
refrigerator is the only appliance in your home that runs 24/7,
making it one of your primary energy consumers. We often don’t give
refrigerators the attention they deserve, but using the tips below
could result in a significant savings on your monthly utility bill.
Do these three things to
save money on your monthly electricity bill:
  • Vacuum your
    condenser coils every six months.
    Keeping
    these coils clean will allow them to efficiently release heat and
    keep the inside of your fridge nice and cold.
  • Regularly inspect
    your gasket for cracks.
    Your
    gasket (also known as the rubber door seal) is responsible for
    keeping warm air out; if it is cracked or damaged your electricity
    bill could skyrocket.
  • Keep your fridge
    well-stocked.
    Keeping your
    refrigerator stocked with food will help it retain its temperature
    when the door is opened. Beware of over-stuffing though, which could
    restrict air flow and lead to warm spots.
DON’T do these three
things to save money on your monthly electricity bill:
  • DON’T place your
    refrigerator near heat-generating appliances.
    Keep
    your refrigerator away from your stove and out of direct sunlight if
    possible – exposure to either of these things can cause it to warm
    up.
  • DON’T keep your
    refrigerator door open for long periods of time.
    Every
    time you open the fridge, cold air escapes. Save energy by
    minimizing how many times you open your refrigerator door and how
    long you keep it open for.
  • DON’T put hot food
    in the fridge.
    Let your
    freshly-cooked food cool down before putting it in the fridge,
    otherwise it will warm up the interior and make your refrigerator
    work harder to keep cold.
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 any time at 866-782-9376 to schedule an appointment with one
of our licensed technicians.