Whether you are remodeling your home or just looking to replace your refrigerator, chances are that you are having a difficult time in determining where to start and what factors you should be considering. Refrigerators have come a long way since the 1950’s. In fact, with so many new sleek designs and technical features, some fridges are so cool that some might even call them “hot.” Purchasing the right refrigerator will minimize future instances of refrigerator repair. Below, you’ll find the top 4 things to consider when buying a new fridge for your home:
When is the last time you have even looked at the newest fridge models? They have come a long way since freezer-topped boxes. Today, many of the newer models are built-in and side-by-side. Even French-style doors are quite trendy nowadays. When thinking about what kind of form you want, you will need to think about the size and overall style of your actual kitchen first.
Built-ins are able to be integrated into your kitchen cabinetry and hidden behind doors– it might leave your friends guessing where the fridge actually is! Side-by-side models are designed so that the fridge and freezer doors are in a vertical position, one alongside the other. The French door style has two doors to access the fridge, with a drawer on the bottom for the freezer.
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Although we may all want a built-in television in our fridge, not all of our budgets will be able to afford a feature like that. When considering the features that you want included in your new fridge, keep in mind your budget. A basic fridge will include features like auto-defrost, smudge-free surface, ice dispenser, water spigot and adjustable shelving. The truth is that you do not need much more than that, but if your budget allows it, why not go beyond these basic features, such as zoned temperature controls, integrated LCD TVs, iPod dock, touch screen panel and door alarm?
Although an energy-efficient fridge may cost a bit more upfront, it will certainly be worth the investment in the long run as you will be able to save a significant amount on your utility bills in the upcoming years. Some energy-efficient models even offer rebates to sweeten the deal. If you are interested in saving a bit more money each year, look for refrigerators that have the Energy Star logo on them as well as the EnerGuide label.
Not all fridges are created equal. You will want to consider your storage and cooling needs. For example, if you eat a considerable amount of fruits and vegetables, chances are that you will want a fridge that has a greater ability to keep those foods fresh for a long period of time, so look for a fridge that has humidity controls. On the other hand, if you tend to store a lot of meat, you will want to browse for a model that has a meat keeper and a larger freezer.
Shopping for home appliances can be an enjoyable experience– just be sure to know what to look for when you are doing your research.
And when the time comes, contact C&W Appliance Service for your refrigerator repair needs.