Almost everyone uses a refrigerator these days. Freezers and refrigerators are an essential part of our household appliances. However, choosing the one that fits your requirements is a major part of buying one. A French door refrigerator of 500l capacity is usally a bank-breaker for a single person.
Here’s a simple guide that takes you through the many fridge types, focusing on the names and style. Monitoring equipment that can be used like thermometers for monitoring freezer temperature, so on and so forth get mentioned.
Types of refrigerators and freezers:
The name speaks for itself. The freezer of this
The most common of all the fridge types found everywhere. This is the regular fridge layout with the freezer on top with a swing open door and a refrigerator section below it.
The side-by-side is a self-explanatory name as well. The freezer and refrigerator are placed side-by-side providing
These seamlessly integrate with the rest of the kitchen and generally come with unfinished tops and sides. These are wider but have not much depth. You need
These are baby sized, (not literally), smaller units that can fit into smaller grooves and spaces. They provide less capacity compared to the aforementioned types and typically best for dorm rooms, bedrooms, home bars or offices.
Now that you know what fridge to buy, you can opt for monitoring equipment for your appliance. Freezer temperatures can be checked with the help of thermometers. These are not used much for household purposes but are widely taken up in the commercial space. They are portable units and cost-effective. The right way to use the thermometer is to place it in the centre of the middle shelf. Do not use it on the door, it makes no sense and the calibration is innacurate.
Some refrigerators also come with built-in temperature check and control mechanism for ease. It takes about 5 to 30 seconds for the thermometer to calibrate depending on the size of your appliance.
If you own a glass one, your thermometer may take up to 5 minutes and 2 minutes for a thermocouple.
From sensor systems to tracking your cooler, a number of really quirky monitoring units are doing the rounds in the market. Remote monitoring systems like Monnit provide optimal temperature maintenance and alerts a person when the temperature goes out of the safety zone or simply if you unintentionally leave the refrigerator door / cooler door open.
Reasons to invest in one:
- Cost effective and better food security.
- Cooler tracking mechanism to help your refrigerator stay in the optimal range.
- Security alert, should there be a case of unsafe temperature zone reach or if the cooler door is open.
- Power usage is monitored.
- Helps to predict equipment failure or need for repair.
- Wireless sensor system so you need
notworry about plugging it in.
- Over 60+ sensor types are available.
- Ethernet, Cellular USB or Serial Gateways are available for the wireless gateway of your sensor.
- Access it any time, anywhere. Alerts sent in the form of free text or email.
- Low cost and easy to set up
- Low power and sustainable (long life span)