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What is a fridge-freezer?

27 May 2024

A fridge-freezer is a practical appliance that combines both a fridge and a freezer in one unit. This saves space and offers the convenience of having both functions at your fingertips. But how exactly does this appliance work and what should you look out for when buying it? In this article, we tell you all about it and introduce you to Homie fridge-freezers.

How does a fridge-freezer work?

Most fridge-freezer combinations have one motor that drives both the cooling and freezing part. This means that when the appliance cools, it cools both the fridge and the freezer. This system is efficient because it uses only one compressor for both parts.

Is every fridge-freezer energy-efficient?

The energy efficiency of a fridge-freezer combination can vary greatly. Newer models often carry energy labels such as A, B, or C, indicating that they use relatively little power. It’s important to pay attention to this, as a fridge freezer is constantly on, making it a significant part of your energy bill.

Why choose a fridge freezer?

A fridge-freezer is ideal for smaller kitchens where every inch counts. You don’t need two separate appliances, which creates more space to move around. Moreover, installation is easier and you have less maintenance because you only need to manage one appliance.

Can I put my fridge freezer in the shed?

Not all fridge freezers are suitable to be placed in unheated areas such as a shed or garage. It is important to check that the appliance has a climate class that matches the ambient temperature of the intended room. Models with a climate class such as SN-T function well in temperatures from 10°C to 43°C.

What does a fridge-freezer consume?

Energy consumption varies from model to model. A model with energy label B can consume around 120 kWh per year, while an older model with label E can consume up to 230 kWh. A more fuel-efficient energy label can ultimately save you a lot on your energy bill.

How do I make sure my fridge freezer lasts longer?

Regular maintenance of your fridge freezer can significantly extend its lifespan. Defrosting the freezer at least once a year, and keeping the condenser and rubber seals clean, help keep the appliance working properly.

How do I defrost my fridge-freezer?

Defrosting a fridge-freezer is quite simple. Switch off the appliance, remove all parts and leave the door open to allow the ice to melt. Use a suitable scraper to carefully remove the ice without damaging the inside.

What is the lifespan of a fridge freezer?

The average lifespan of a fridge freezer is between 13 and 15 years, depending on use and maintenance. Regular cleaning and correct temperature settings are important for long-term use.

How do I choose the right size fridge-freezer for my household?

When choosing the size of your fridge freezer, you need to consider the size of your household and your eating habits. A general rule is that you need around 100 to 150 litres of fridge space for the first two people in the household and another 50 litres for each additional person. Do you have a lot of frozen food? Then make sure the freezer compartment is ample. Also measure the available space in your kitchen to make sure the fridge-freezer fits.

What is the difference between a freestanding and a built-in fridge-freezer?

Free-standing fridge freezers are more flexible in placement and often cheaper to buy than built-in models. Built-in models, on the other hand, offer seamless integration into your kitchen, which can contribute to a sleek, tidy kitchen. The choice depends on your personal preferences and the design of your kitchen.

Can I place a fridge freezer next to a heat source?

Placing a fridge freezer next to a heat source such as an oven or radiator is not recommended. Heat can negatively affect the efficiency of the fridge-freezer, requiring the appliance to work harder to keep food cool and frozen. This leads to higher energy consumption and can shorten the lifespan of the appliance.

Rent your fridge freezer from Homie

Still not sure which model of fridge freezer best suits your needs, or want to stay flexible without making a big investment right away? Then consider renting a fridge freezer. With us, you can choose from various models, so there’s always one that fits your lifestyle and space perfectly. Whether you have a large family and need lots of storage space, or are looking for a compact model for your studio, Homie offers flexible rental options.

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