Okay guys. It’s been officially over a month since macho kid and I moved into a new apartment. We’re finally out from living with my mom and life as an independent family (mother and son tandem hehe)
Along with moving out, is arriving to a bare space. Our new home wasn’t furnished at all and we need to fill in the essential furniture and appliances so it’s live-able. My top priorities? Bed, stove, cabinets, microwave oven, and a refrigerator.
The last one is a MUST because everyone needs a ref to keep their leftovers, packed meals, jop’s fresh milk and such.
What do I look for in a refrigerator?
- A personal-sized ref would be perfect for a single mom like me with 1 son, or a new couple!
- Efficient in cooling
- Must be from a reputable brand
- Low energy consumption to save on electricity
All of these were fulfilled by our new personal ref from MABE and that’s what I’ll be reviewing today. Including tips and tricks to keep your cooling device working efficiently!
MABE Personal Refrigerator MAV3BAERSL Specifications
Rated Frequency 50Hz
Rated Current (A) 0.45
Energy Consumption (kw.h/24h) 0.298
Lamp Power 10
Climate Class ST
Refrigerant R600a (23g)
Net Weight 22kg
Protection Class I
Insulation Blowing Agent Cyclopentane
Price: P8,995 at Lazada Philippines
Don’t worry, we’re recycling the bottles. We just stock up on essentials and most food I keep in the freezer are my meal prep for my fitness goals
You can adjust the thermostat by rotating the switch from min-max. It doesn’t have numbers as guides but that’s okay. But that’s okay. You can just set it as Normal which is the safest setting for a ref.
The inner ref area is divided into 4 parts:
- Freezer – Can keep a few microwave containers and frozen meat
- Chilling area with a divider
- Vegetables/Fruits at the bottom
You can keep a week’s worth of grocery in here.
I love that it cools whatever’s inside pretty fast. My water can go from room temperature to cold in less than 4 hours.
The brand MABE is also part of the GE Brand, reputable and the leading exporter of home appliances.
Macho kid was super duper duper happy when we got our ref! Myself included! So far so good. We’ll keep this post updated within months or years to come.
Tips for Keeping Your Refrigerator Running Efficiently
1. SEPARATE YOUR APPLIANCES.
If you have space in your kitchen, put your refrigerator as far away as possible from your oven and dishwasher. The heat generated from your oven, stove, and dishwasher will force your refrigerator to work harder to maintain its cool temperature, increasing your electricity bill in the process.
2. STOP GRAZING.
Remember. No matter how many times you check your fridge. The content will still remain the same unless you go to the grocery store LOL.
Frequently opening and closing the door puts strain on your trusty old fridge. Try to avoid mindlessly eating in front of the refrigerator (with the door open), lest you let too much cold air escape the fridge.
3. INSPECT AND CLEAN THE GASKETS.
You probably don’t pay much attention to the seal around the perimeter of your refrigerator door, but that little bit of rubber or plastic is essential to helping your fridge run optimally. Also called a door gasket, the seal can get dirty or worn out over time. Use warm water and mild soap on a sponge or old toothbrush to gently scrub any dirt off the door seal. To test whether the seal is tight and in good working order, close a dollar bill in the door so that it is half in and half out of your fridge. If your gasket isn’t tight enough, it won’t hold the bill firmly in place (if this is the case, you should look into replacing the seal).
4. DON’T STORE HOT FOOD IMMEDIATELY
If you have containers of leftovers, don’t put them straight into the fridge while they’re still hot; they can dramatically raise the fridge’s temperature, making the compressor work harder to cool the fridge down. If you let your food cool to room temperature before putting it in the refrigerator, you’ll take some of the strain off your fridge. Just remember, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions that perishables should be left out of the fridge for no more than two hours (one hour if the temperature is above 90°F).
5. KEEP IT CLEAN
Your refrigerator’s condenser coils release heat, making the compressor run. When dust, dirt, and pet hair gather around the condenser coils, the system overheats, the compressor breaks down, and your refrigerator can’t keep your food cold. Depending on what type of refrigerator you have, you can probably access the condenser coils from the back (pull your refrigerator away from the wall) or from the bottom front (remove the grill). Use a vacuum or bristle brush to clean the coils every few months, especially if you have a pet that sheds.
6. DON’T KEEP THE TEMPERATURE TOO COLD.
The FDA recommends keeping your fridge at or below 40°F and your freezer at 0°F. You might think that setting your refrigerator to the coldest setting will make your food last longer, but keeping the temperature colder than necessary is a bad idea. Not only will your electric bill be higher, but the compressor will need to run longer to keep the fridge colder, which wears it out faster.
7. ALWAYS COVER FOOD TO MINIMIZE EXTRA MOISTURE.
It might be tempting to quickly stash an uncovered bowl of berries or chicken in your fridge, but take the extra time to transfer your food to closed containers. If your food is uncovered, the moisture in the food is released into the air and your fridge is forced to work extra hard to keep things dry. On a gustatory level, covering your food will also help ensure that it doesn’t get weirdly dried out.
Remember. No matter how many times you check your fridge. The content will still remain the same unless you go to the grocery store LOL