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Adjusting the best refrigerator temperature for food:
What you need to know

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Adjusting your fridge at the appropriate temperature not only allows you to enjoy fresher tasting food but also helps to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle. Read through this post on Frigidaire Arabia to know how to set the best refrigerator temperature for food as well as understand refrigerator & freezer temperature control correctly.

What is the best refrigerator temperature for food?


1. What is the right temperature for a refrigerator?


Household refrigerator temperature range is recommended between 1.7 and 3.3 degrees Celsius. This range of temperatures aids in delaying the development of bacteria and preventing food spoilage.


It is important to remember that each component in the fridge may have somewhat varying temperatures. For instance, the door drawers’ temperature could be a little warmer than the refrigerator inside. That is why investing in a thermometer to measure the temperature in various parts of the refrigerator is always a good idea.

2. What is the right temperature for a freezer?


-18°C or lower is the recommended temperature for a freezer. This level of temperature aids in maintaining the frozen state of food and inhibits the development of germs and other microbes that can lead to foodborne diseases.


It is advised to constantly verify the freezer's temperature with a thermometer and tweak the settings as necessary to retain the right temperature.

3. Adjusting refrigerator temperature: Minimum or maximum?


The temperature of a refrigerator is not recommended to be adjusted to the lowest or highest setting.


Too low a temperature in the refrigerator could make your food become frozen, damaging the taste and texture of certain foods. Raising the refrigerator temperature higher than necessary, however, will encourage the spread of hazardous bacteria that damage your food.


To guarantee that the inside temperature stays stable, preset the temperature of your fridge to the proper range of 1.7 and 3.3 degrees Celsius by using a thermometer.


Adjusting refrigerator temperature: Minimum or maximum?

How to check refrigerator and freezer temperature?


Latest refrigerators
normally come equipped with an automated temperature indicator inside the appliance or occasionally on its exterior, allowing us to verify the refrigerator temperatures incredibly simply.


We advise purchasing a thermometer if your refrigerator does not come with such feature. These thermometers are precisely designated for refrigerator use, and they are now sold online or can be found at kitchen equipment shops.


Put the refrigerator thermometer in the area where you want to check if the temperature has been set properly or not. Before reading the temperature result, let it stay there for a couple of hours. After that, you can determine if the temperature control on your refrigerator needs to be changed.

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Understanding your refrigerator temperature control


In order to keep your refrigerator at the appropriate temperature, you need to figure out how to properly use it, which involves being familiar with the temperature settings, also known as temperature controls.


The controls can appear different based on the brand and type of your refrigerator; however, they normally operate via either labeled power levels or numbered buttons.

Where is my refrigerator’s temperature control located on?


The temperature control on most refrigerators or upright freezers nowadays is located on an internal panel or an external slider. For some kinds of refrigerators, the freezer container includes a temperature control panel, that adjusts both the refrigerator and freezer temperatures.


Besides, the refrigerators’ temperature controls may be located towards the back or bottom of some older versions. And the temperature ranges or numbers may be written on the control's slider or dial.


Where is my refrigerator’s temperature control located on?

How to adjust the refrigerator temperature controls with numbers?


Generally, the actual temperature in the refrigerator isn't immediately associated with the numbers set on the temperature controller. The fact that even if you set the temperature controls to "1", the inside refrigerator won't instantly reach the specified temperature.


In most cases, the numbers on the temperature controls reflect the range of power levels from 1 to 5 or 1 to 9. And the biggest number represents the maximum power level.

How to adjust the refrigerator temperature controls labeled with words?


You are recommended to check the manufacturer's handbook if the terms "cold”, “colder", or "coldest", or the terms "low", "medium", or "high", are printed on the refrigerator's temperature controls.


Inspect carefully if it offers instructions on how to adjust the refrigerator temperature controls. You may find the appliance manufacturer's suggestions for the ideal temperature setting for preserving many kinds of food.


When in doubt, proceed with the moderate option, which is frequently referred to as either "recommended" or "normal".

Other suggestions to keep the refrigerator temperature cool


One key tip to ensure normal refrigerator temperature is to avoid overloading the appliance, as this could block airflow and leave certain parts of the refrigerator warmer than others.


In addition, to prevent the cold air from escaping, it's recommended not to open it too frequently.


Frigidaire’s range of big family fridges offers a wide variety of features that assist you keep your household refrigerator temperature at safety range, including NutriFresh inverter compressor that maintains stable temperature, Smart sensing technology to protect superior humidity and temperature levels, Auto-Close door to reduce cold air loss.


Other suggestions to keep the refrigerator temperature cool

If you are in the market for a new family refrigerator with large capacity, don’t miss out the following products from Frigidaire Arabia:

  • NutriFresh inverter compressor maintains stable temperature in your fridge
  • Frost-free design ensures no frost accumulated inside
  • Generous capacity to stock-up and store everything you need
  • Steady supply of cold air to save energy and keep food fresher for longer
  • Large capacity to accommodate just about any container you want to fill
  • Frost-free design that saves you time
  • Smart sensing technology to maintain superior humidity and temperature levels
  • Superior tight seal to keep food frozen for two days in case of power outage
  • Auto-Close door to reduce cold air loss

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