Improving Refrigerator Efficiency: What to Know

Because most refrigerators, ice makers, and freezers are constantly running, it is normal for these kitchen appliances to make up roughly fifteen percent of your building’s total energy bill. Such a significant percentage means that improving refrigerator efficiency will result in cost savings for your business.

Improving Refrigerator Efficiency

Installing an evaporative fan controller is a great way to reduce energy expenditure. Most current refrigeration systems use a motorized fan that is in constant operation as long as the machine is turned on. Running a fan like this actually works against the refrigerator because it produces heat. This means that a traditional fan not only uses energy constantly to stay running; the refrigerator uses more energy than necessary trying to cool itself as the result of the increase in heat.

Ultimately all of this extra work will lead to a premature breakdown of your refrigerator. An evaporative fan uses a high-efficiency motor that solves many of these current problems and can reduce energy consumption by as much as 40 percent. Such a high reduction in energy means that you can recoup the cost of the installation in less than a year.

Other practices can help reduce your refrigeration system’s energy consumption:

  • Keeping up with maintenance and making necessary repairs quickly
  • Keeping the refrigerator coils clean
  • Upgrading to an Energy Star- certified, solid-door unit
  • Turning off door heaters
  • Using night curtains on any refrigerated display cases

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