How to choose a fridge: tips for efficiency
Choosing a fridge is one of the most important decisions in planning any kitchen. Beyond aesthetics, it's essential to be clear on certain guidelines that will help you have an efficient fridge: the energy class, the installation and your family's needs, among other things.
Take a look at these tips to find out how to choose a fridge.
How to choose a fridge in 4 steps
- Size: this will depend on the amount of food you tend to store and how many people are in your family, as well as the space available in your kitchen, both vertically and horizontally.
- Style: what style do you like most and is best suited to your kitchen? You can choose separate home appliances that give a touch of design, or integrated home appliances that blend in perfectly with certain façades.
- Energy efficiency class: did you know that the fridge is the home appliance that consumes the most energy? Decide whether you prefer to pay a little more for a good energy efficiency class, because it might lead to significant monthly savings on your energy bill. Take a look at the details.
- Warranty: when making an investment like this, you should take into account the warranty offered by the manufacturer, so you can avoid possible future expenses. As you know, the longer the warranty, the better.
Energy efficiency classes of fridges
The energy efficiency class will be reflected on the label of your fridge, like on any other home appliance. These tell you their electricity consumption on a scale that goes from A to G (from more to less efficient). At IKEA, we only offer you fridges in the A scale.
- Class A+++: consumes 60% less than the Class A and up to 75% less than other fridges with a lower energy class.
- Class A++: consumes 40% less than Class A.
- Class A+: needs 20% less energy than Class A.
Sizes, installation and other aspects to consider
You should consider some further details when choosing a fridge, always looking out for efficiency and savings, as well as greater sustainability thanks to lower electricity consumption.
Did you know that if you choose a fridge with an integrated fan, you can save fresh foods for longer? The fan makes the cold air circulate uniformly, keeping the temperature constant and well distributed.
Also bear in mind:
- The usable interior volume of the fridge, not just the exterior size.
- The point of installation should be far from heat sources, with sufficient space for the ventilation system and to be able open the doors freely. Follow the advice of the experts.
- If you use the freezer a lot, choose a model with a large freezer. If, on the contrary, you mainly consume fresh products, try to have more fridge space than freezer space.
- Choose models with independent ventilation systems so that they maintain the humidity and temperature of the fridge and freezer appropriately and separately (this means you'll prevent odours from mixing).
- The noise level is also important. For a fridge to be considered silent, it must be below 40 dB. If it's between 40 and 47 dB, that would be a normal level of noise, and above 47 dB would indicate a very noisy model. This information appears on the labels.
How to get the most efficient fridge
Finally, after choosing the fridge and having it installed in the kitchen, you have the most efficient fridge possible.
One of the most important things is to maintain the appropriate temperature inside the fridge and freezer: 3ºC in the fridge and -15ºC in the freezer. To always keep that temperature, avoid leaving the door open for too long and don't put hot food inside.
In addition, another thing to take into account for a more efficient fridge is to keep it clean and organised. How? Watch this video!
It might be hard to believe, but if you clean your fridge regularly, it will last longer. If you clean the rear part and keep it dust-free, it will consume less energy and the interior filters will last longer. Also, pay attention to the rubber seals around the doors, making sure that they are not icy or dirty, which prevents them from closing properly. Here are some tips for cleaning your home appliances.
We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try to do something new with them yourself? But do remember, any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products will prevent them from being resold or used for their original use, thus invalidating IKEA product warranties and your right to return.