Most homeowners worry about power consumption of a mini fridge before they make any buying decision. Everyone wants to buy a mini fridge that doesn’t consume much electricity and save money on bills.
Mini fridges offer different cooling capacities and their wattages vary accordingly. Generally, a mini fridges consumes power ranging in 50 t0 65 watts.
Most fridge companies manufacture energy efficient models that take less energy while keeping your food fresh and usable.
The latest models of mini fridges are more energy efficient than older models and their small size proves a blessing for energy saving.
To know simply how many watts a mini fridge uses, check the fridge manual where you can find the information about wattage. In case you are planning to buy a new mini fridge for your kitchen or garage, then you should know the power consumption and wattage of that fridge on Amazon or on the seller’s website.
The best mini fridges are those that consumes less power and energy efficient. The higher the wattage of a fridge, the more energy it will consume and ultimately you will have to pay more bills running a small fridge.
Mini fridges don’t run all day and frequently turn on/off according to the inner temperature of a fridge. The fridge thermostat records the inside temperature measurement and signals the compressor to do its job.
The compressor starts pumping fresh air to maintain the desired temperature inside the fridge to keep food cold and frozen in the freezer section. Thus, its power consumption varies on the use of the fridge.
Factors Affecting Power Consumption Of A Fridge
There are many factors that affect the power consumption of a fridge and you can play a big role in enhancing the efficiency of your fridge. These factors include:-
Frequent Use of Fridge
If you frequently open/close the door of a mini fridge, then your fridge temperature will fall frequently and the compression will start working and consume more energy.
Don’t Overfill the Fridge
If you fill your fridge with too many food items, leaving no room for air to flow across the fridge, then it will take more energy to keep the fridge cool and maintain the cooling temperature.
Ensure Fridge’s Door Is Closed
It happens most of the time, you leave the fridge’s door open while using the mini fridge. That will result in loss of inside temperature of your fridge and your fridge will consume more energy to maintain the desired temperature.
Defrost Your Fridge When Needed
Sometimes the fridge temperature rises beyond the set temperature that results in build-up of ice and snow besides the wall, shelves and door of the fridge. This will require your fridge to work hard by consuming more energy. In such a situation, you need to defrost your fridge to maintain the temperature and run at the optimal settings.
Maintain the External Temperature Around the Fridge
It happens most of the time during winter or summer, the temperature in your kitchen or garage increases more than the temperature of your fridge. Your fridge will try to work hard to maintain the inner temperature and may stop working properly, leading to more energy consumption. Therefore, you should insulate your kitchen/garage by cooling or heating to sustain the surrounding temperature.