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Do Portable Ice Makers Consume Higher Amount Of Energy?

Ice has been a staple for homes and businesses to enjoy cold drinks and other recipes. The only downside to producing your own is that, if done traditionally, it is incredibly time-consuming. There is a more convenient and efficient way to do this — with a portable ice maker

With refrigerators and freezers already having high energy rates, most would think twice about getting an ice maker, fearing its possible costly power usage. So the question is, do portable ice makers consume higher amounts of energy?

The answer is no. Generally, portable ice makers consume around 350 kWh a month. Compared to refrigerators and freezers that use roughly two to three times our new inventions, it is significantly lower and more energy efficient. The effect of having a portable ice maker on your electric bills is almost negligible since it uses less power versus the other appliances. 

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The energy-efficient technology of most ice makers, especially the newer ones, makes having one a good investment. It reduces your carbon footprint while conveniently giving users a good amount of ice in return.

Startup Energy

On average, ice makers consistently run on 100 watts. However, the only time they will consume more energy is when they are switched on and are warming up. A unit will need about 200 watts to get a kickstart then it continues on less power. The startup lasts for about 15 minutes. Then, as it begins to make the ice, electricity usage will drop and regularize. 

Portable ice makers will continue to use less energy if they are maintained well, and you follow these tips to reduce consumption. 

Use An Adapter

A portable ice maker will either work with a 120V or 220V outlet. It will differ depending on the model. One way to easily allow electricity to flow through it is to connect it to an adapter. Using one will also help the unit give optimal performance and have it consume less power.

Cold To Room Temperature Water

Using warm water to make ice will only eat up more energy. Ice makers work by decreasing the temperature of the water so that it will freeze easier. Put cold water instead when filling it up to make things easier for the machine.

Put The Ice Maker In A Spacious, Cool Place

An ice maker has fans on its sides to help cool down its contents. The appliance needs sufficient space around it to have its fans operate effectively. In addition to putting the unit in an open place, also avoid warmth and direct sunlight.

If the ice maker is in a cramped or heated space, the fans will have to work twice as hard, therefore, using more energy. Save those extra watts by putting the unit in a spacious and cool place.

Regular Descaling and Cleaning

Prevent the buildup of limescale and additional pressure on the evaporator by maintaining the condition of your ice maker. A dirt-free ice maker will also lessen the electricity needed for the unit to work. Clean the unit regularly and descale any accumulation you find for better performance. A machine that hasn’t been descaled or cleaned will need more power to make ice. 

Pick A Good Ice Maker

Apart from their unmatched function, quality ice makers are energy-efficient and safe to use. Do due diligence to examine the device’s specifications, particularly its consumption and energy-saving features. Read ice maker reviews online or ask a friend for their recommendation.

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