Why Are Built-in Fridges So Inefficient?

Refrigerators are touted to be appliances that eat away most of your electricity consumption on a daily basis. Now, you cannot ‘unplug’ them or leave them on stand-by. They have to function at full throttle all the times, or else they become even more inefficient and start consuming more energy than before. With several green technology marvels today, there are refrigerators that are able to function well and consume almost 20% lesser power than previous version. When you buy a refrigerator for your kitchen, make sure you look for an Energy Star rating (a C isn’t so bad for your fridge) and stay away from built-in refrigerators.

The visible benefits of built-in refrigerators

Since built-in fridges look good and occupy less space in your kitchen, they are a huge favourite amongst apartment dwellers and studio room dwellers. They come in various sizes and shapes, have compartments to help you store your leftovers, and look chic in your kitchen. Moreover, they fit exactly into your space like kitchen cabinets and wardrobes, making your kitchen look modular and stylish. Thanks to all these benefits, style-conscious households rely on built-in fridges to fulfil their cooling and freezing food needs. But there is a downside…

Built-in fridge energy inefficiency

These benefits shroud the fact that built-in refrigerators are not energy efficient at all! In fact, most green living organisations recommend people to stay away from them, since they consume far more energy when compared to other fridge models, they are prone to repair and overhauls constantly, and look worn very quickly.

Built-in fridges take a lot of energy to regulate their compressors. Moreover, these refrigerators have freezers and ice makers at the same level as the rest of the fridge. Hence, when you open the fridge door, not only does the refrigerator become energy inefficient, the freezer sections also experience a huge temperature rise, in turn drawing a lot of energy from the electrical source

The biggest problem however is heat dissipation. The fridge takes heat out of the fod and pumps it out of the back of the fridge. With a built-in fridge there is no ventilation so they all need a fan to circulate fresh air over the cooling fins on the back of the fridge. This fan consumes extra electricity.

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Which fridge models are more efficient?

At the time of writing, there are advances being made in the refrigeration and cooling realms but none of them are so far commercial. We highly recommend top freezer models as the most efficient refrigerators. French style refrigerators, with double doors, one for the fridge and one for the freezer, are also great energy savers for you to consider.

Phil Turner uses the cheapest energy supplier in Ireland, but that is still not enough to bring his electricity bills down. He has learned to pay very close attention to the energy efficiency ratings whenever he buys new appliances.

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