Choosing the Right Freezer
Freezers come in two distinct styles, upright and chest. Each type is specifically suited to address different needs, so take a moment to weigh their strengths against what will most benefit you. Regardless of which style you choose, you will have to consider where you will place the unit and how much food you plan to keep in it. Each of these decisions will affect the style and size of the freezer you purchase.
Placement and Use
Regardless of which type of freezer you choose, there are several issues to consider. One of the most important is where you will place the unit. You want to avoid storing your freezer too close to a heat source, such as an oven or near a window with direct sunlight, as this can force the unit to work harder, reducing efficiency. When it comes to determining how large of a freezer to purchase, bigger may not be better. Freezers less than 2/3 full use more energy, so having a large under-stocked freezer will cost you more money in the long run. Select one that meets your capacity requirements or, if you find you're not utilizing 2/3 of the available space, consider adding jugs of water to fill up the empty space to improve efficiency.
• Place manual defrost units near a drain for easier defrosting
• Keep freezer away from heat sources and out of direct sunlight
• Freezers at 2/3 capacity or more maximize energy efficiency