Home Hacks

How to stay cold when it’s hot

Story by Jeremy Press

Jeremy Press (aka the Appliance Whisperer) of Appliances by Design has agreed to provide home appliance tips and advice to LOCAL Life readers. Got a great home appliance tip? Contact him at [email protected]

It’s May. The colors are in full bloom and the weather is heating up. As we shed those last couple of days of cool weather and look toward the next few months of ice-cream-melting, skin-burning sunshine, beware of your refrigerator. During this time of year when the warmth really starts to hit, refrigerators have a few tendencies that you want to be aware of.


Don’t sweat it

The refrigerator can sweat. Many times during big temperature upswings, the outside of the refrigerator (specifically the freezer side) can sweat on the outside. This is not abnormal so do not be alarmed. Make sure the door of the refrigerator or freezer is closed firmly. If this continues more than a day, make sure there is nothing blocking your air vents inside the unit.


Let it breathe

Now, more than at any other time of the year, is air flow important. There are three places to check. The first is in the front at the bottom of the unit. You will find an air grill there. Make sure this is not blocked up at all. An open and clean bottom grill means the refrigerator is getting the proper amount of fresh air it needs to keep the compressor and fan systems working optimally.


Go with the flow

When packing the refrigerator do not block the vents with food. Doing so will prevent the other items in your fresh or frozen section from getting to the proper temperature. Have a great start to our hot and sunny season. We hope you enjoy those cold snacks and drinks.



Cool Fridges


Smeg Fiat 500 Minibar
This practical and eye-catching home accessory
is another demonstration of why the Italian domestic appliance manufacturer Smeg has for so long been at the top of its game internationally. This unique refrigerator was handmade with genuine original Fiat 500 parts. Available at Billy Wood Appliance and Appliances by Design. $10,000.

Hestan KRB Series 36” Bottom Compressor Refrigerator
This refrigerator with a bottom-mount freezer delivers exceptional food preservation, customizable storage and deeper capacity to a standard cabinet cutout. Special technology results in independent ventilation for each compartment and provides uniform and precise temperature control. Available at Appliances by Design. $11,199.

Monogram 30” Integrated Glass-Door Refrigerator
With fully-integrated panel ready installation, this refrigerator blends in seamlessly with your existing cabinetry. LED lighting on the sides and top of both refrigeration and freezer compartments illuminates your food with gentle white light. The convertible lower drawer is capable of storing fresh food, wine, or frozen food. Available at Billy Wood Appliance. $9,130.

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