Refrigerators are a long-term purchase, yet unlike many other major home appliances, often the decision is one that consumers make without fully comparing the benefits between the options that are available. Rajan Gungiah, Business Leader for Digital Appliances at Samsung Electronics SA, shares a few important tips that one should take into consideration when buying a fridge.
Why is it important to choose the right fridge?
In recent years, the traditional refrigerator has been reinvented and is now far more than a convenient home appliance pushed into a corner. They now make a home decor statement, incorporating a wide variety of smart features and trendy designs.
So, where should one start?
Which particular model works best often comes down to size, style, budget and energy efficiency. Start by assessing what is needed before committing to a purchase. Don’t base the decision solely on the exterior design of a refrigerator. Instead, consider the family’s shopping, eating and cleaning habits to ensure the best choice.
What are the need-to-know tips to consider when buying and using a refrigerator?
1. Choose an intelligent design: Seek out smart design features such as high-efficiency LED lighting, which illuminates everything in your fridge and freezer compartments, in order to easily identify the food you need. It utilises 10 times less heat than regular light bulbs, (leaving food unaffected by temperature swings) and incorporates power-saving, eco-technology that consumes 20 times less power than conventional light bulbs. Plus, they last twice as long, saving you money. If you have small children, a stain- and fingerprint-resistant metallic or stainless finish may be more suitable. It’s easy to keep clean and will limit fingerprints.
2. Maximise space: Measure the space available for a refrigerator and make sure that full advantage is taken of every millimetre in the kitchen layout. Make maximum use of all dimensions: height, width and even depth. For example, choose a counter-depth model to gain a few more precious millimeters of storage space.
3. Use the appliance wisely: Most compartments in a fridge are there for a reason. For example, crisper drawers, usually near the bottom of the fridge, work well to preserve vegetables. Store dairy and highly perishable items in the main fridge compartment, as the top of the door is always the warmest place in the refrigerator cavity. Keeping the frequently used items in front means one can simply open and easily remove what is needed. Always remember to store uncooked meat and fish on the bottom shelf to prevent cross-contamination.
Do you have any tips when it comes to location and the overall use of the fridge?
- Always select the best location for the refrigerator without direct exposure to sunlight and with enough space for the refrigerator doors to open easily.
- A fridge which is filled to capacity is more energy efficient, because there is less of a temperature fluctuation. Always leave just enough space for the cold air to circulate.
- Keep at least 100mm of air space behind and at the sides of your refrigerator and 150mm above it. If the refrigerator does not have enough space, the internal cooling system may not work.
- A refrigerator should not be stored unplugged for extended periods of time. Some units require continuous use to ensure proper lubrication of the compressor. If possible, plug in the refrigerator once every few months and let it run for a couple hours.
- Keep your refrigerator upright during moving and storage, turning a refrigerator onto its side can cause oil from the compressor to run up into the filter and get trapped.
- During a power outage a fridge will stay cold for about 8 hours and a freezer may stay cold for about 48 hours. Don’t open the doors unless absolutely necessary.
For more information about choosing a fridge, visit samsung.com.