Did you know that the average life span of a freezer is 20 years? That's a major commitment! So when you buy a new freezer, you want to be sure you find the one that meets all of your needs and criteria. Here are a few things you should keep in mind before you buy a new freezer.
Here at the Home Know-It-All, we find ourselves recommending ENERGY STAR qualified appliances often, for a variety of applications. This one is no different! An ENERGY STAR qualified freezer can save you up to 40 percent of the energy used by a freezer from only 10 years ago, and uses 10 percent less energy than a new, non-ENERGY STAR qualified model.
Choose the Chest
Upright freezers, though they take up less floor space, are somewhat less efficient than chest freezers. Here's why: heat rises and cold falls. Chest freezers, when opened, don't leave the cold anywhere to fall to, but opening an upright freezer allows more cold air to escape, reducing efficiency.
Select Your Size
Be realistic when choosing the size of your freezer—saving an extra five percent on your purchase price by buying the next bigger model isn't necessarily a better deal. Bigger units use more energy, and space left empty inside a freezer is a major energy drain. Typically, a family of four shouldn't need larger than a 10-cubic-foot model.
Decide About Defrosting
A freezer with manual defrost can provide big energy savings compared to one with automatic defrosting. But with manual defrost, you have to remember to do it, and defrosting does require a little time and effort. ENERGY STAR suggests not letting more than a quarter of an inch of frost build up inside your freezer before defrosting. Visit Green Energy Efficient Homes for more freezer purchasing and energy saving advice.
Until next time,
The Home Know-It-All