Guide to Buying a Refrigerator / Freezer

 


Article by: Andrew Gates

When it comes to buying a new refrigerator, or refrigerator-freezer combination, there are a number of factors that need to be considered before you make your purchase. Factors that will, influence the best buy for you are in three broad categories:
  • The environment , Cleaning Solution: Why We Need To Read The Label And Be Aware Of The Contents where the appliance is to be installed
  • The environment , Add a Dynamic Design Accent to Your Home with the Right Staircase where the appliance is to be installed
  • The load you will place , Choosing A Linoleum Floor For Your Home on the appliance
  • The total cost of owning and operating the appliance.

    At Myshopping.com.au you can compare a great range of appliances, and assess them according to their specifications, brands, prices and vendors.

    The environment

    Most kitchens , 3 Benefits of Owning a Patio Awning have a refrigerator, but not all are located in the kitchen. , Pictures need placing with care if they are to look their best and enhance your home Before you make a decision about the appliance, you need to measure the space it will occupy. Make sure you measure the available width, height and depth, taking into account the space available for opening the refrigerator doors. , You Get What You Pay for when it Comes to Above Ground Pools Remember that fridges generate heat , 3 Benefits of Owning a Patio Awning on the outside , New-age Paint Thickening & Rheological Additives : Solvitex & Solvizen in order to cool the inside , Home Appliances, Select Them on Price or Energy Efficiency? the cabinet, therefore there needs to be adequate space around the unit to allow the heat , Energy Conservation - Simple Tips that Will Reduce Your Energy Bill to dissipate. If it is to be enclosed within a cavity, be sure there is ventilation available through the top of the cavity. You can choose a refrigerator to be modelled to reflect and enhance the d?cor of the kitchen , Two Story Homes: More Bang For Your Buck into which it is being installed.

    There are a number of basic design , Energy Conservation - Simple Tips that Will Reduce Your Energy Bill differences that you can consider. Each different design , You Get What You Pay for when it Comes to Above Ground Pools has an impact on how it fits into your environment , Soundproofing... What Is It? as well as other aspects of the unit.

    Single compartment refrigerators are units with only fresh food , Dealing with Bright Sun In Your Windows space and no freezer compartment. They are generally automatic defrost units.

    Single door , How To Refinish A Vinyl Or Tile Foor Using Floor Finish. refrigerators have a small freezer compartment built into the main cabinet. These are usually manual defrost and are often referred to as small bar refrigerators.

    Cyclic defrost refrigerator/freezers are generally two door , Deck Design - Why Firm Foundations Are Essential units in which the freezer unit is manually defrosted, but the fresh food , Posh Pool Table Covers – The Latest Trend In Customized Décor compartment defrosts automatically using either natural , You Get What You Pay for when it Comes to Above Ground Pools warming of the cabinet during the 'off cycle', or a small electric , Feng Shui Interprets Homes in the Hills heater on the refrigerator evaporator.

    Frost-free refrigerators are generally two door , You Get What You Pay for when it Comes to Above Ground Pools models that have automatic defrost in both the freezer and fresh food , Feng Shui Interprets Homes in the Hills compartments. Well-designed frost-free refrigerators can have a lower energy , New-age Paint Thickening & Rheological Additives : Solvitex & Solvizen use than cyclic defrost models of the same size

    Vertical/Upright freezers are front-opening door , Two Story Homes: More Bang For Your Buck freezers allowing contents to be accessed and loaded quickly, thus minimising the time that the door , Celadon wares: the old and the new is open.

    Chest freezers have a top opening lid and are generally more economical than vertical freezers but less convenient to use, and are manual defrost.

    Within the two-door category, units are available with top freezer compartments, bottom freezer compartments or as side-by-side units. Generally speaking, top of bottom door , Solar Energy Use In Home Design freezers are more energy , Soundproofing... What Is It? efficient than side-by-side units, which are also limited in shelf-width space. Side-by-side fridges however, do offer some benefits in kitchens , Painting Concrete Basement Walls - Add Colorful Spice to Your Basement with limited space because the doors , Pictures need placing with care if they are to look their best and enhance your home are not as wide as doors , Posh Pool Table Covers – The Latest Trend In Customized Décor on top or bottom door , Prefabricated Building Manufacturers freezer units. You can search Myshopping.com.au to compare the prices and performance specifications of these different model combinations.

    The load

    The load you place , New-age Paint Thickening & Rheological Additives : Solvitex & Solvizen on the appliance affects how effective it is as a refrigerator, and how much it costs you in the long run. It all boils down to size. What capacity refrigerator should you buy? To answer that question, you need to consider what-and how much of it-you will put into it. So let's look at size first.

    Small refrigerators are typically 200 litres to 280 litres, medium 280 litres to 400 litres, large from 400 litres to 560 litres and extra large from 560 litres to 800 litres. Depending on the lifestyle you lead and how often you shop for fresh foods, , Deck Design - Why Firm Foundations Are Essential two people need around 220 litres to 280 litres of refrigerator capacity. For each additional person, add another 30 litres. A family of four therefore, should consider a refrigerator/freezer capacity of something in the order of 300 litres to 360 litres. You can search Myshopping.com.au for refrigerators of different capacities.

    Getting the right size is important. If your fridge on average is not at least two thirds full, or your freezer at least three quarters full, it's probably too big for your needs. A refrigerator that's too big and not kept filled wastes energy , Jay And The Jaunty Juiceman Juicer and costs more to run. A fridge that's too small has you constantly rearranging food , Painting Concrete Basement Walls - Add Colorful Spice to Your Basement to make it all fit, which results in wastage of energy , Posh Pool Table Covers – The Latest Trend In Customized Décor because of long periods the door , You Get What You Pay for when it Comes to Above Ground Pools is open and wasted time.

    Also consider the load from the point of view of the shelving capacity of the unit. If you're simply stocking it with large quantities of packaged food, , Soundproofing... What Is It? you may need only small crisper capacity. On the other hand if fresh vegetables , Cleaning Solution: Why We Need To Read The Label And Be Aware Of The Contents and fruit , Gain Space With Clever Designed Kitchen Islands are a large party of your pantry, then you need a unit with substantial crisper capacity. Shelf adjustments and strength are important. Flimsily constructed plastic , Successful Renovation shelving cannot withstand heavy loads, especially door , How Long to Install a New Roof? shelving. You need also to be able to adjust shelving heights to suit the kinds of foods , A Step By Step Guide To Opening Your Swimming Pool you are putting in the unit.

    The less time a fridge door , Successful Renovation remains open, the less energy , Scented Candles make a House a Home! it will consume. Therefore a fridge/freezer with easy access is easier to stock, and easier to use things you need quickly. The temperature , Caring for Your Home's External Siding control is how you manage the load of your fridge. Make sure you know where the thermostat control is located and how it is adjusted, this will help you manage the load of the unit for efficient energy , Complying With the OH&S Act by Testing and Tagging Electrical Appliances in Accordance of AS3760 use and constant temperature. , How To Refinish A Vinyl Or Tile Foor Using Floor Finish.

    Cost

    Here are a couple of facts that you may not be aware of. A typical refrigerator uses between 600 and 900-kilowatt hours of electricity , Electric Boilers per year, which makes it the single most expensive appliance in many households, , Two Story Homes: More Bang For Your Buck making up 20% or more of the total residential electricity , Step Ladders consumption. Nearly all households , Two Story Homes: More Bang For Your Buck have at least one refrigerator and about 30% own two. Nearly 60% of households , Caring for Your Home's External Siding own a separate freezer. So, it's not just the cost of the refrigerator that's important, it's also the cost of owning it.

    The working life of most fridges is in the order of ten years. This is not to say that fridges can continue to work satisfactorily for longer, nor that some a poorly manufactured and give up the ghost after seven years. However a quick calculation of ten years of 20% of your household electricity , Pool Maintenance Guide consumption will soon tell you how much it will cost over its life. So how do you make a choice that will result in the lowest cost? Use the energy , Pool Maintenance Guide rating star system.

    Every major refrigerator and freezer manufacturer , Gain Space With Clever Designed Kitchen Islands has their goods tested by Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand and are regulated for energy , New-age Paint Thickening & Rheological Additives : Solvitex & Solvizen labelling in Australia. They are also regulated for MEPS (minimum efficiency standards). The results of these tests are published and a label is attached to the product , Soundproofing... What Is It? advising of that unit's performance. This performance rating is given a 'star' rating, which enables you to compare different energy , 3 Benefits of Owning a Patio Awning consumption levels of different brands, capacities and types of refrigerator/freezers. You can use Myshopping.com.au to make this comparison very easily.

    Summary

    The following points are a quick summary of the things that will help you buy the right refrigerator/freezer for your situation. Use Myshopping.com.au to make comparisons between makes and models of specifications, energy , How About a Jungle Mural to Put Some Swing Into Your Child's Room? ratings, price and vendors.

  • Generally, larger refrigerators consume more energy. , Essential Guide to Choosing the Right HDTV Antenna A model that is too large will waste space and energy; too small could mean extra trips to supermarket and inconvenience, and inefficient use of the cabinet.

  • It is generally cheaper to run one large refrigerator than two small ones. However, a quick check of the energy , Solar Use In Home Design consumption on the label will give you accurate comparison.

  • Top or bottom freezer units are generally more efficient than side-by-side units. You can check the stars and the energy , How To Refinish A Vinyl Or Tile Foor Using Floor Finish. consumption to compare.

  • Automatic ice-makers and through-the-door dispensers will increase both the energy , A Step By Step Guide To Opening Your Swimming Pool use (typically 100 to 150 kilowatt hours/year) and the purchase price, but may add convenience and reduce energy , How Long to Install a New Roof? wastage by not having the door , Mr. and Mrs. Do-It-Yourselfers opened as frequently.

  • Manual defrost models use less energy , Prefabricated Building Manufacturers than frost-free models, but only if they are defrosted regularly enough to remain energy , Why Hiring a Painting Contractor Makes Good Sense efficient.

  • If two different sized refrigerators use the same amount of energy, , Add a Dynamic Design Accent to Your Home with the Right Staircase the larger model can be considered more efficient because it keeps more space cold , The Beauty Of Remodeling with same amount of electricity. , Celadon wares: the old and the new

    Andrew Gates for comparison online , Deck Railing Designs And Ideas shopping service MyShopping.com.au. MyShopping.com.au helps you compare the different refrigerators from different brands in terms of specifications and accessories. , Electric Boilers You can also compare prices from hundreds of different brands and vendors


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