It is HOT! The temperature has most definitely been a lot warmer recently than it has for a while as we plough our way through the summer months. So, let us ask you a question – how cool is your fridge?
Just like us, electrical equipment gets warmer when the temperature increases in its environment, and refrigeration equipment is no exception! Not only does the heat make your fridge work harder to keep its contents cool, it can also increase your energy bill as it does so. However. there are some great tips below to help you ensure your unit is working efficiently and to help keep those energy costs down through the summer months.
Cover up food – food stored in a refrigerator should always be done so in air tight containers. Leaving food uncovered (including drinks) can cause it to release moisture inside the fridge, which in turn makes it work harder to keep its contents cool and dry.
Stock it up – yep! A fully stocked fridge is a more efficient fridge. Our fridges use much less energy when they are stocked up than they do when they are empty. You should be aiming to have zero large empty spaces in there, but be mindful not to overload too much as that can disrupt the air circulation inside the unit. If you don’t want to purchase lots of food in fear of it going off, then put in some bottles or jugs of water to take up those empty spaces, a good idea in this heat!
Shut that door – we’ve all done it, left the fridge door open while we get ingredients out or stood there for a minute or two deciding what we fancy to eat. Well don’t! Leaving the door open for longer than necessary allows the cool air to escape meaning the fridge then has to work hard to get back to that temperature. Instead, know what you want before you open the door, and if you need to do numerous trips then shut the door between each one.
How’s your seal? – the seal around the door on the refrigerator ensures it is air tight, meaning none of the cool air inside can escape as long as the door is shut. It is however important to check for signs of wear and tear in these seals, as if there are any slight cracks or rips your fridge will be working harder than it should be and using more energy.
Let food cool down – you should never place freshly hot food inside your refrigerator as the heat from the food can cause the temperature inside the fridge to increase. Always allow food to cool before placing it in the fridge, whilst being mindful of food safety standards.
These are just a few great tips that can help keep your refrigeration equipment stay cool and efficient this summer!