How to choose your refrigerator
Is your refrigerator on its last legs? Running out of space? Need a change in your kitchen? A new fridge is just what you need! However, with the range of models, sizes and functions, choosing one may seem daunting. Here are a few tips to help make your life easier when the time comes to buy a brand new fridge.
The first thing you should do, before you even think of models or size, is measure the space where your new fridge is going to go. It may seem silly but a lot of people overlook this step and get an unpleasant surprise when their appliance doesn’t fit. It’s important to leave space on the sides, above and behind the fridge to allow air to circulate and maximize the appliance’s efficiency. Make sure you take the dimensions with you when you go see your specialist.
Another important point to take into account is the model. One door, two doors, top or bottom freezer, water dispenser, colour… All of these factors can have an effect on your choice. Refer to this article to find out more.
Once you’ve chosen your model, it is crucial that you decide on the volume, or the capacity, that best suits your needs. In fact, your fridge will use almost as much electricity when it’s half empty as when it’s full. Similarly, a fridge that’s too small, and fuller, doesn’t allow air to circulate as well, wasting a lot of energy.
Choice of volume depends mostly on the number of people living in your home and how much you’ll be using your fridge. Do you always eat at home? Do you freeze a lot of food? Do you live with hungry teenagers who raid the fridge three times a day? These are all questions you should ask yourself before coming to a decision.
As an indication, we estimate that a couple without kids needs a refrigerator of about 14 cu.ft. To this volume, add about 2 or 3 cu.ft. per additional person.
Type of cold
There are usually three types of cold: static, brewed and no-frost. These methods of refrigeration vary depending on the model and brand.
It distributes the cold naturally, meaning the coldest part is at the bottom, just above the fruit and vegetable drawers. This type of refrigeration saves more electricity, but requires storage areas for each type of food.
An external fan optimizes the circulation of cold. The cold is more evenly distributed than the static cold method and the return to the starting temperature, after opening the door, is twice as fast.
Ventilated cold (or no-frost)
An internal fan ensures the temperature is consistent throughout the refrigerator. This method also prevents frost and cross-contamination of odours. The return to the starting temperature, after opening the door, is three times as fast as the static cold method.
Ask your Corbeil specialist to help you decide which type of cold suits you best. Note that an electronic thermostat could also be an interesting option as it is much more precise and reliable than an internal control.
Some models may be noisier than others. It is important to ask advice from a specialist to choose a less noisy model if this is a priority point for you. It will sometimes take some sacrifices to have both: the desired performance and a very low noise level.
The fridge is one of the most energy-consuming household appliances in your home. The electricity it needs to work often accounts for up to 20% of your electricity bill. To minimize the costs related to your fridge’s energy consumption as much as possible, look for Energy Star qualified appliances. These use at least 15% less energy than the Canadian standard.
Remember that good insulation is also important to maximize on your fridge’s efficiency. Make sure that the doors of your appliances are equipped with efficient waterproof joints so you never lose cold.
And there you have it! You know everything there is to know about refrigerators. Now you just have to drop by your nearest Corbeil specialist to choose your new appliance!