Practical advice for adjusting the temperature of the different zones of a refrigerator.
How to optimize the temperature setting of your fridge?
To best preserve food and guarantee a refrigerator’s efficiency over the long term, knowing how to adjust the temperature of its various compartments is essential. A good refrigerator temperature setting allows, for example, better and longer storage of food and the preservation of its vitamins and minerals. A badly regulated temperature causes a waste of energy. It can result in freezing of foodstuffs, or on the contrary, a premature reheating of the latter, which is particularly dangerous for certain foods at risk, such as fish or meat. You should also know that the thermostat of a freezer does not necessarily work the same as that of the refrigerator.
Here are some practical tips for adjusting the temperature of the different zones of a refrigerator.
What is the ideal temperature for a refrigerator?
Whether a fridge static cold, cold-brewed, or frost, the refrigerator temperature setting should be well optimized to preserve food; according to a study, the ideal temperature for a good fridge is 4 ° C. However, to keep food fresh, we must regulate the temperature at 1 ° C or 5 ° C . These temperature differences guarantee the food quality. Besides, they prevent bacteria from growing. Besides, for best results, take into account the different compartments of the refrigerator:
- The cold zone: this zone is dedicated to raw meats and dairy products. The temperature of this stage is equivalent to 0 to 4 ° C.
- The cool zone: this zone displays a temperature close to + 4 ° C. It can accommodate baked goods, pastries, and many more.
- The vegetable drawer: its temperature is around + 4 ° C and + 6 ° C.
- The refrigerator door: throughout the refrigerator, this part reaches high temperatures, which must be considered when adjusting. In general, this zone is intended for drinks, yogurts, butter, etc.
The ideal temperature for a freezer is obviously not the same.
What is a ventilated fridge?
A ventilated fridge has the most recent technology in terms of managing the cold inside a refrigerator. Thanks to a ventilation column located in the fridge’s back wall, dry and cold air circulate continuously. A ventilated fridge also has the advantage of keeping food longer, provided it is properly packaged while preventing bacteria from proliferating.
What is the ideal temperature for an American fridge?
An American fridge is a fairly large fridge with a large storage capacity and storage for food. They also have ingenious equipment, such as dispensers for water, ice cubes, or crushed ice. An American fridge’s temperature setting depends on the model: static cold stirred cold or ventilated model. For example, an American ventilated air refrigerator provides a uniform temperature.
Regulate the temperature of a fridge on a scale of 1 to 7
Most refrigerator thermostats allow you to set the temperature from “1” to “7”. It is generally recommended to keep the temperature between 0 ° C and 4 ° C and not exceed 7 ° C.
To properly adjust the temperature of the device, there are four methods.
The ideal temperature of a fridge, a matter of adjustment
Four methods depend on the type of device and its functionality to adjust the device’s temperature properly.
Checking the setting with a thermometer
It is common for some refrigerators to have an electronic thermostat. It is often set to 5 ° C. However, the idea for a good fridge is to have a temperature of around 0 ° C and 4 ° C. All you need is a refrigerator thermometer. This accessory is useful for taking the temperature of each compartment of the refrigerator. Moreover, it can be found easily. To check the temperature, bring a glass of water and a thermometer. Here are the steps:
- Immerse the thermometer in the glass of water;
- Place the glass in the refrigerator, on the middle shelf;
- Wait for 5 to 8 hours before checking the given temperature.
For optimal verification, the thermometer should be submerged in a glass of water. It is important to know the fridge’s ideal temperature, which is 2 to 4 ° C. As the refrigerator’s temperature is not homogeneous, it is necessary to wait for another 5 to 8 hours.
Rotary switch method for ideal adjustment
This tip is simple. Just locate the rotary knob. Usually, there are two rotary switches on this device, one for the freezer and one for the refrigerator. However, great temperature variations should be avoided. This will have an impact on consumption and the motor of the refrigerator. In other words, it is necessary to adjust the temperature gradually. Usually, the rotary knobs have a default temperature. The writings “mini” and “maxi” are placed on the dial of the switch. To regulate the temperature of the fridge, just play with the switch. To reach a low temperature, turn the knob to “max.”
On the other hand, it is necessary to turn the knob towards “mini” to increase it. Taking into account the temperature found, it suffices to adjust it with the rotary switch. To optimize the setting, it is necessary to check whether the temperature is the right one with the thermometer. To do this, you still have to wait for 5 to 8 hours. If the temperature is not adequate, do not hesitate to play with the rotary knob to test the setting. Once the change has been made, mark the setting with an indelible marker. In this way, it is easily spotted.
Adjustment method with the slide switch to adjust the temperature of a fridge
The slide switch is an interesting option to master the regulation of the refrigerator of the house. Locate the slide switch. Usually, this is a small button with a series of numbers below or on top of it. To adjust the temperature, just follow the tips below:
- Push the switch to the right for a low temperature.
- Push the switch to the left for a medium temperature.
- Put the refrigerator in the thermometer for 5 to 8 hours.
- Use a permanent marker to mark the correct temperature.
As with the rotary switch trick, it is possible to shift the switch to the right or the left, depending on the desired temperature. In the event of an accidental disturbance, refer to the brand. Warning! The temperature should be adjusted sparingly. A large temperature difference can affect the operation of the device.
Electronic control method for regulating the temperature of a fridge
The electronic controls are convenient to adjust the temperature of the fridge. To find the control panel, just look at the top of the device. Two arrows are present there. To adjust the refrigerator temperature, press the right or left arrow. It is advisable to choose a temperature between 2 and 4 ° C. Also, it is useful to always check after 5 hours or 8 hours using the thermometer.
How long does it take for a new fridge to be cold?
There is a certain waiting time before filling your refrigerator or freezer when it has just been plugged in. It depends on its transport, the brand, the type of device. The waiting time varies between four hours and twelve hours. For a freezer, you generally have to wait for at least 24 hours.
How to adjust a colder fridge?
To achieve the ideal setting for the fridge in the house, different methods exist. It is a question of finding the best adapts to the fridge or freezer according to its brand and type. For a colder setting, the number “1” is ideal.
How does a refrigerator thermostat work?
The thermostat of a fridge is made up of two blocks: the one with numbers, either from 1 to 5, from 1 to 7, or from 1 to 10, depending on the model. The temperature is regulated, and another which captures the temperature. The appearance of frozen parts in the fridge can be the consequence of an incorrect setting, a breakdown, or a thermostat’s failure.
Other temperature setting recommendations
It is useful to differentiate between the freezer and the “freezer.” As the freezer is specially dedicated to frozen food, the temperature must be below that of the freezer. If the refrigerator temperature is – 18 ° C, the freezer temperature should be – 12 ° C. To preserve the products well, the best solution is extreme cold.