Fridges may be “Cool” but most of us will only need to discuss fridges when it comes either buying a new one or replacing an old one.
This guide will teach you everything you need to know about buying a fridge so that when you visit your local store you’ll exactly what you are looking for.
You need to consider the following when looking for a new fridge.
Your Family & Your Home.
In Ireland, the type of fridge you buy generally is dictated by the size of your family and where you live. The size of our houses and design of our kitchen means we may be limited to the type of fridge that can fit into your home. Also, if you have a large family a larger fridge may be required to ensure that your food is in tip-top condition when you go use it.
There are a number of different designs that you can choose from. Below are the most common types of fridges available in Ireland.
- Fridge Freezer: Fridge freezers are the most common fridges sold in Ireland. These fridges are generally the taller type and come with 2 doors. 1 section is for the fridge to keep your food cool and fresh, the other section is for keeping your food frozen. The setup of these vary. You can have the freezer on top or bottom. You can have a split of 60:40 or even 80:20. Which one you choose depends on the size of your family and how often you intend to do your shopping.
- Fridge: The standard fridge comes with 1 door and an icebox in the main compartment of the fridge. These are ideal, if you don’t freeze a lot of items but like to have the option should the need arise for small items that will be used in a short time frame. These ice boxes would not be good for freezing items over long periods of time.
- Larder Fridges: A Larder Fridge is a fridge without an icebox. These fridges are suitable for homes that may have a separate freezer such as a chest freezer. If you already have a chest freezer a larder fridge will suit your needs and save you money as you don’t have to run an icebox that will be unused.
- American Style Fridges: American style fridges have become very popular fridges in Ireland. These fridges have double doors and come in a range of configurations. You can have a freezer on one side, fridge on the other. Also, available is to have the freezer in drawers underneath the double doors. These fridges are generally larger and can hold more food and drinks. This makes them ideal for the larger families. These fridges regularly come with such accessories built in, such as filtered water systems and ice making machines.
- Integrated Fridges: Expert Laois stock a wide range of integrated fridges. These fit seamlessly into your kitchen cabinets give a sleek finish to your kitchen design.
Energy Efficiency is not something we normally consider when buying a fridge but we must remember that a fridge is running in your home 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. It uses a considerable amount of energy. Some research shows that running a fridge can be 7% of our annual energy costs. Buying a fridge that is more energy efficient could save you money in the long run
Smart Fridges. Smart Fridges are still relatively new idea in Irish homes. They are slowly becoming more and more readily available as people adapt to the benefits and prices start to come down. Whether we really need smart fridges in our homes is open to debate but people love gadgets and people are starting to integrate them into their homes. What can Smart Fridges Do?
- View the contents of your fridge from your phone. Smart Fridges such as this one from Samsung has cameras integrated into it that allow you to view the contents of your fridge from your phone. This could be handy if you are out and about and can’t remember if there’s anything in the fridge for dinner.
- Track Items Freshness and Expiry Dates. Fridges will message you when an item is about to go out of date. You can set reminders on food items that need to be used by a certain date.
- Family Communication. As the kitchen is Smart Fridges will become a point where Families communicate. Apps will be able to show calendars for other family members.
- Entertainment Hub. Screens integrated into fridges will allow us to control the music within our homes, listen to the radio, watch movies while we cook.
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