Inverter Refrigerator vs Conventional Refrigerator
Mar 3, 2018 · 4 min read
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Most of us love snacking throughout the day which in a way pushes us to frequently open the refrigerator door, stare at the arranged food and finally decide what to pick to snack upon (unless the food is kept on the kitchen shelve). Now, this is quite a time taking process in the sense that the action actually encourages the refrigerator to suck a lot of electricity. Also, it is not always possible to keep a track of the number of times we open the refrigerator door throughout the day for various purposes. Hence, undoubtedly a refrigerator is one such appliance which consumes more energy whatsoever. Not to forget, it works 24x7, 365 days at a stretch, unlike other appliances.

This gave birth to inverter refrigerator which are known to absorb less electricity/energy than that of traditional refrigerator. However, before we get into the comparison, let us take a short trip in the world of both the refrigerators.

Traditional Refrigerator

To start with the conventional refrigerator, most of us are accustomed to using this type of refrigerator. It is quite recently are people are getting used to inverter refrigerator. A compressor is the heart of the refrigerator on which the working of the refrigerator depends. It is the man-of-all-work that keeps up the refrigerator throughout the day and thus encourages it to keep our food fresh and healthy.

The compressor used by the traditional refrigerator is of single speed type which only operates at one speed. In a day, a traditional compressor goes through a cycle of on and off. You might have noticed this cycle in your traditional refrigerator that at one point the unit gets quiet and then compressor works again.

Inverter Refrigerator

The name Inverter Refrigerator comes from the fact that the compressor which is fitted to its body is the inverter itself. This type of compressor can operate at various speeds and at low speed it runs in a longer cycle. Both traditional and inverter compressor cycles on and off; however for inverter compressor, it takes longer at low speed.

Inverter compressor has the power to adapt itself as per the usage habit of the consumer in a day as it can operate at various speeds. Suppose if you are loading stuff in the fridge during which the door is kept open for longer, the compressor will sense and start operating at a higher speed to compensate the loss of cold air and giving way for the warm air that’s also coming in.

Again at night, when there is little or almost no activity with the refrigerator, the compressor runs slow. It uses just the right amount of energy that is required to maintain the temperature of the refrigerator. This is the place where energy efficiency comes into play and it saves almost 20% to 30% on your electric bill.

The Clash: Inverter Refrigerator vs Conventional Refrigerator

  • Conventional refrigerator cycles on and off at a constant speed whereas inverter refrigerator has the power to operate at various speed. It can efficiently work at a low speed and uses the minimum amount of energy that required cooling the refrigerator to an optimum level.
  • A conventional refrigerator is not flexible in the sense that the way it is used throughout the day by the consumers. On the other hand, an inverter refrigerator is super adaptable and works like a pro no matter what way it’s being used.
  • Inverter refrigerator saves way more energy as compared to a conventional refrigerator which is a tad more aggressive in grinding more electrical power.
  • Inverter refrigerator generates low noise as compared to the conventional refrigerator. A conventional refrigerator generally produces a loud noise when it restarts. An inverter refrigerator starts its cycles at low speed, therefore emits less sound.

The Winner

Well, since saving energy along with proper functionality of a refrigerator is the primary factor, the clear winner is the Inverter Refrigerator. Hence, if saving energy and thereby your money is what you are seeking for, then make sure to get an inverter refrigerator.

However, here are few points you must know about an inverter refrigerator before buying one.

  • If you are absolutely new to an inverter refrigerator, then you might see a slow cooling process. Yes, this you can count as a downside, unlike a conventional refrigerator which is quite fast in this case. Presumably, it is induced by the slowed start-ups of inverter compressor.
  • Another drawback is that some manufacturers use R600 Freeon on some of the models they produce. The butane gas has some safety concerns. Therefore, we will advise you to get one which does not utilize R600 Freon for their compressors. However, we also pretty sure that the big companies must be using safety measures, therefore there is no need to get worried on that point.

We have got our winner in this race. However, we would like to know your views. Will you stick to the traditional refrigerator or shift to an inverter refrigerator? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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