Spring, summer, fall, and winter, everyone uses several major kitchen appliances throughout the year. Over the years, appliances like the range, the refrigerator, and the dishwasher grow old and begin to see problems, but did you know this could apply seasonally, too? Hot and cold outdoor temperatures, as well as your area’s electrical load, can all have a deep impact on your appliances’ performance. Here’s how different seasons affect kitchen appliances and what you can do about it.
The spring brings an increase in warmth, a relief to the work your heat-producing appliances put in during the coldest of months. In this phase between the coldest and the hottest seasons, one could put in some routine maintenance for kitchen appliances, ensuring they are ready to take on the heat. This includes deep cleaning and repairs if necessary for laundry machines, refrigerators, dishwashers, and ranges.
In the summer, you will likely need to make some adjustments in how you use your kitchen machinery. For instance, baking during the summer could cause your house to become warmer than comfortable, and opening the windows won’t help; they might make things worse. At the very least, you’ll be taxing your air conditioning even harder. One should provide relief for the refrigerator by ensuring it is in a shaded, well-ventilated spot and cleaning its coils when necessary.
In the fall, your refrigerator will not have to work as hard and the season for pulling out all the stops on your range approaches. Like spring, fall is a good season to perform maintenance tasks; the temperate weather gives you the comfort preferred for the job and prepares you for the harsher winter season.
Heat becomes highly valuable this time of year, including in Maryland, where temperatures are not too harsh but not mild either. Due to the holiday cooking that often takes place in winter, it is important that you inspect your range ahead of time. As all major kitchen appliances produce heat, winter is the most taxing time of year for them.
Time of Day
On top of the season, the time of day can also affect kitchen appliances. Based on your local electrical load graphs, you can see what time of day has the heaviest electricity usage in your area. In general, low-use periods are before 9 am and after 9 pm. Using your kitchen appliances during off-peak times can help sustain your local power grid and save money. In case the power goes out, protect your appliances with surge protectors for when the power comes back on.
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