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Integrated Fridge Freezer

Fridge Freezers are also available as integrated fridge freezers or semi-integrated. An integrated fridge freezer fits neatly in to your kitchen, with the door covered by a panel that matches your kitchen cupboards. When closed, the fridge freezer is completely hidden and looks like just another kitchen unit.

Your kitchen may need to be specially adapted to accept a integrated appliance if it already isn't.

Temperature settings

Some refrigerators are now divided into four zones to store different types of food:

-18 °C (0 °F) (freezer)
0 °C (32 °F) (meats)
5 °C (40 °F) (refrigerator)
10 °C (50 °F) (vegetables)
The capacity of a refrigerator is measured in either litres or cubic feet (US). Typically the volume of a combined fridge-freezer is split to 100 litres (3.53 cubic feet) for the freezer and 140 litres (4.94 cubic feet) for the refrigerator, although these values are highly variable.

Temperature settings for refrigerator and integrated freezer compartments are often given arbitrary numbers (for example, 1 through 9, warmest to coldest) by manufacturers, but generally 2 to 8 °C (36 to 46 °F) is ideal for the refrigerator compartment and -18 °C (0 °F) for the freezer. Some refrigerators require a certain external temperature (60 °F) to run properly. This can be an issue when placing a refrigerator in an unfinished area such as a garage.

European integrated freezers, and refrigerators with a freezer compartment, have a four star rating system to grade freezers.

* : max temperature = -6°C. Maximum storage time for frozen food is 1 week
** : max temperature = -12°C. Maximum storage time for frozen food is 1 month
*** : max temperature = -18°C. Maximum storage time for frozen food is 3 months
*(***) : max temperature = -18°C. Maximum storage time for frozen food is up to 12 months
Although both the three and four star ratings specify the same maximum temperature of -18°C, only a four star freezer is intended to be used for freezing fresh food. Three (or fewer) stars are used for frozen food compartments which are only suitable for storing frozen food; introducing fresh food into such a compartment is likely to result in unacceptable temperature rises

June 21, 2024
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