What is the right temperature setting for your refrigerator?

Every
refrigerator was designed with one goal in mind; keep your food cold.
Just exactly how cold is up to you; most refrigerators allow you to
adjust the internal thermometer to keep your contents at the exact
temperature that you prefer. Programming your fridge to the right
temperature seems like an easy task, but in fact it can be difficult
to perfect. Turning the thermostat down too low results in frozen
milk and icy watermelon chunks. On the other hand, open the door to a
refrigerator with its temperature even just slightly too high and you
might see (or smell) a dozen rotten eggs or a bag of spoiled oranges.

 

Speedy
Subzero is here to help solve this dilemma and keep your fridge at
the temperature that is best for you.
What temperature should
my refrigerator be?
The
professionals at Speedy Subzero say that the ideal temperature of a
refrigerator is between 35 and 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Water freezes
at 32 degrees, so it is recommended to keep your fridge at least a
few degrees above the freezing point to avoid turning your orange
juice into an orange slushy. 40 degrees and above is what is referred
to by many experts as “The Danger Zone” because, as The Kitchn
reports, this is where bacteria growth rates begin to triple.
Many
newer models have a digital programmable thermostat which allows you
to choose a precise temperature to maintain. However, many of us do
not have this luxury, and instead have a manual dial you must adjust
without knowing the actual temperature. If this sounds like your
fridge, Speedy Subzero (with some help from Lifehacker) has put
together a list of tips and tricks to help you figure out the
temperature of your refrigerator and maintain a constant cold.
  • Invest
    in a refrigerator thermometer. This is the only way to be absolutely
    certain that your fridge is at the exact temperature you want it to
    be.
  • Keeping
    your fridge well stocked will help it better hold its temperature
    when you open the door. This will also result in lower energy
    consumption.
  • If
    you pack your refrigerator too much, however, you can restrict
    airflow, which causes uneven cooling and a higher electricity bill.
  • Store
    the items you want to keep coldest in the back or the bottom of your
    fridge. The cooling element is located in the back, and the bottom
    naturally stays cold because warm air rises.
  • Do
    not put food that is susceptible to spoiling on the door. It is not
    uncommon for items on the door to reach temperatures above 50
    degrees.
  • Minimize
    the opening of your refrigerator. Know what you want to take out
    before you open the door and when getting multiple items, take them
    all out in one go-around.
  • Let
    hot food cool down before putting it in the fridge. Putting those
    steaming hot lasagna leftovers in the refrigerator warms up the
    space around it and can affect the temperature of other foods.
Speedy
Subzero has been servicing refrigerators in New York, Connecticut,
and New Jersey for over 60 years. We stock 99% of our parts in our
“warehouse on wheels” which allows us to be at your door within
an hour of your phone call. Visit our website for more information
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advice!

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