Feb 28

4 Things to Consider When Buying a New Refrigerator

Refrigerators are not just a major purchase, but a crucial investment for your home that keeps food fresh for longer – and it’s the reason why so many people aren’t as inclined on replacing it even if it’s an eyesore or it racks up the utility bill for your condo unit or humble HDB flat.

Here’s what you should be looking out for when buying a refrigerator:

  1. Special features

Different refrigerator models have different features as their selling points, from ice-makers, through-the-door ice, or even a hot water option.

But while they may have features that can make preparing or storing food easier and more convenient, they do come with the drawback of adding more to your utility bill, so be sure to only choose the ones with features you really need.

  • Size

Be sure to pick one that’s appropriately sized for your home. As an investment, a fridge can’t simply be too big or too small – it must fit the area you have in mind perfectly.

However, keep in mind that size doesn’t always mean storage capacity. If one unit has thicker walls than the other, then it will most likely be able to store less than the unit with thinner walls.

As much as possible, try not to throw out your old refrigerator if you can still get it to work. By keeping the old refrigerant and preventing it from getting into the environment, you can prevent extra greenhouse gas emissions.  

  • Freezer space

If you plan on storing a large amount of frozen foods, or simply making ice for future refreshments, having a sizeable freezer space will be important.

Top freezer models tend to use the least amount of energy and are more affordable, so they’re usually the safer bet when you want a refrigerator that will save you more money in the long run.  

Bottom freezers are also a good option, but they tend to have more issues than simply finding food. Not only will the food be stacked on top of one another, adding to the weight, but they will also be more difficult to pull out of the drawer as a result.

  • Energy Certification

Because it uses electricity 24/7 to keep food fresh for a long time, your fridge will be the biggest energy user in your home next to your air conditioning or your television.

With recent improvements in insulation and compressors, refrigerator models released today are guaranteed to be much more efficient and use much less energy than older models released years before.

Though initially expensive, having the right energy-efficient refrigerator will not only last you a long time, but also save you on added energy costs in the long run.

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