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Refrigeration buying guide

Fridges and freezers explained
Energy efficiency information
Useful tips

Fridges and freezers explained
Whether you have large family or it's just the two of you it is important to find a fridge and freezer that cater for your individual needs. There are various makes and models that offer different features and to help you we have put together a guide that will help you make the right choice for your household.

Fridges – There are two types of fridges: One that is smaller and compact and fits easily below your worktop surfaces or secondly those designed to stand-alone and offer a larger storage capacity. Also, look out for the Energy efficient symbol when considering which fridge to buy. This explains how much or little your fridge conserves energy.

Freezers – are mainly used to preserve food for long periods of food and ideal for those nights when you can't be bothered to cook. Most fridges have a freezer compartment but freezers can be sold separately. There are different makes and models and the one you choose depends again on your household needs and layout of your kitchen. Freezers can fit directly under your worktop or stand-alone.

Fridge Freezers – Are the perfect combo and double up as a fridge with a freezer compartment beneath. This is a great space saving solution as well as offering you all your cooling needs in one unit.

American Cooling Fridge Freezers – This is the perfect choice for larger families. They have a large storage capacity for refrigerating and freezing. The design itself is stylish and the main difference between conventional fridge freezers is that they have two doors. American coolers have extra, added features. On the outside you might find a facility for ice or a cool water tap.

Energy efficiency information
On all our appliances you will now find an energy symbol that gives you a guide on the energy efficiency and performance of your appliances. Energy Efficiency is rated using A through to G where A is rated as the most efficient and G being the least efficient. To find out more details simply click onto the energy saving

Cost of consumption
Electricity on refrigeration is measure in KWh/hours and is based on the appliance being used in standard conditions. To work out he average annual cost simply multiply KWh consumption figure by the average unit price of electricity for an approximate energy costing. Savings will depend on the actual consumption used and your electricity supplier. By opting for a more expensive model you can take advantage of the energy-saving features. However, there are certain steps you can take to help with running costs, these include:
  • Making sure the refrigeration is stored in a well ventilated place
  • Keeping the door air-tight on and after use
  • Regular cleaning of the appliance, especially of the door seals
Please note that all refrigeration appliances at are free of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) that have an effect on global warming.

Noise levels
Although this is not a legal requirement some models do carry information on noise levels that the appliance emits. The lower the number, the less noise the appliance emits.

Useful tips
  • When buying a fridge, freezer or fridge freezer think carefully about the needs of your household this will determine what combination and style caters for your needs.
  • Look out for the auto defrost functionality, this will save you time from defrosting your appliances.
  • Size is an important factor to consider. Not only do you need the appliance to fit in with the design of your kitchen but also the storage capacity of you appliance is a key factor. This usually depends on the amount of food you are storing plus the types of food you want to store.
  • Be careful when removing older appliances. Some contain CFC gases that are harmful. If you are unsure whether your appliance contains this gas contact your local council for more details.

Adjustable thermostat – Is a temperature gauge that you can adjust so that food items remain suitably chilled.

Auto Defrost – Is a function that automatically keeps your appliance from freezing over.

Energy Class – Is the energy classification found on appliances. A being rated as the most efficient and G the least efficient. Also see Energy Efficiency.

Energy Consumption – Is the amount of energy used when an appliance is on.

CFC and HFC – are harmful gases that have been linked to contributing to the greenhouse effect.

Energy efficiency – An energy symbol that gives you a guide on the energy efficiency and performance of your appliances. Energy Efficiency is rated using A through to G where A is rated as the most efficient and G being the least efficient. To find out more details simply click onto the energy saving

Fast Freeze – Is the function that will freeze fresh food items once placed in a freezer and will automatically turn off once the item has been frozen.

Freezer capacity – Is the amount of food that a freezer can hold.

Freezer Compartments – Are the drawers in a freezer that stores food items.

Frost free – A special feature that means you don't have to defrost your freezer.

Ice tray – Is a tray that freezes water into ice cubes.

Safety glass – Is the glass shelves in a fridge that are made from strong glass.

Storage capacity – Measured in cubic feet this is the space that a model has for storing food.

Temperature Warning Light – Is a light that makes you aware that the temperature for chilling food items in a fridge is too low and will need adjusting to avoid food from going off.