Tips to Increase the Efficiency of Your Refrigerator

Tips to Increase the Efficiency of Your RefrigeratorRefrigerators are hardworking machines that run 24/7; they deserve some TLC. Other than cleaning out food, you need to take the time to do some routine maintenance to ensure it will continue to run longer. Here are tips to keep your refrigerator running more effectively and keep your utility bills down.

1. Check the door seals

A loose seal will allow the cool air from the refrigerator to seep out, causing your fridge to work harder unnecessarily and wasting energy in the process. First, ensure there are no food residues on the seals (clean them using a toothbrush with a baking soda solution and water twice a year). Do a dollar-bill test—put the bill in the door and close it so that half of the bill remains outside while half is inside. If it slips out effortlessly, have the door seals checked by a pro. Also, if your fridge malfunctions, only use original spares. For example, if your Samsung fridge has issues, only use Samsung refridgerator parts for spares.

2. Keep the coils clean

If the condenser coils are full of dust, your refrigerator won’t run efficiently. Pull the fridge from the wall twice a year to reveal the coils at the back, or remove the grille if the coils are located in the bottom front. Unplug the machine and use a vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment to clean it. Once it is clean, the heat from the fridge will be carried away easily, making your cycles run for shorter periods.

3. Set the right temperature

The temperature in your fridge should be set between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit while the freezer should be kept at 0 degrees.

4. Fill it up

Your fridge needs “thermal mass” to maintain low temperatures. Cool drinks and foods help to absorb the warm air that streams when its door is opened. If you like eating out, or your fridge is too big for your needs, keep several jugs of water in it.

5. Be prepared

In cases of a power outage, keep the doors shut and use the foods in your pantry. A closed refrigerator will preserve food for approximately 48 hours when full, and 24 hours when half full.

6. Cover everything

Most foods in the fridge contain moisture. If left uncovered, this moisture would leach into the air, and the compressor will need to work harder to remove it. Also, most foods will absorb the smells of other foods, and they will taste weird.

Since your refrigerator works nonstop, ensure you take good care of it and follow this advice to ensure that it will run more efficiently. This is the only proven way to make it last longer.

Planning a Patriotic-Themed Party

 Planning a Patriotic-Themed PartyWhether you are celebrating a veteran in your life or getting friends and family together for a major holiday, a patriotic-themed party is both enjoyable and meaningful. If you would like to throw a patriotic bash, try incorporating some of these easy, fun ideas.

Decorate Simply
You want the atmosphere of your event to be festive, but you don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy decorations. Instead, stick with a red, white and blue theme that reminds attendees why you are celebrating.
You can’t go wrong with adding American flags in all sizes, and including Armed Forces flags is another special touch. Get a flag from each branch of service, and label the flags so your guests can learn more about each Armed Forces division.

Honor Our Heroes
Whether your party takes place the 4th of July, Memorial Day or another holiday, it’s always the right time to honor our heroes. We would not be able to celebrate these holidays without the service of our brave veterans.
There are so many different ways that you can honor our veterans. Use pictures of your family members who are veterans to decorate, create a fun-filled veterans pop quiz or ask veterans present at the event to give a short speech about their time in the service.

Include Themed Food
One of the most memorable aspects of any special event is the food! Fortunately, you don’t have to hire a world-class caterer to have delicious food that fits in perfectly with your themed event.
If you want to take your party to the next level, create a menu that coordinates with your red, white and blue patriotic theme. When you are deciding on menu items, think of the needs, likes and dislikes of your guests. The menu for a party that is filled with children and young families will likely look different from the menu for an event that is mostly comprised of senior citizens.

One of the easiest ways to include your theme is through the use of color. Fill a large tray with red and blue berries, and include white dip to complete the palette. Make homemade red, white and blue popsicles, or simply stick small flags in your cupcakes or other baked goods.

Your event does not have to be fancy and perfect to be memorable. Instead, focus on creating a warm, welcoming environment for all of your guests.

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