Now with health care leaders advising that we minimize how often we leave the house for shopping and such, a deep freezer chest to store a month (or more)'s worth of perishables has become a pretty good idea. This raises the question of where my new favorite appliance should live?
- Should I keep it in the garage next to the beer fridge?
- Should I find a place inside the house?
If I put it in the garage it will have to work harder to get its interior down to freezing temperature because it is hot out there. That extra work and the humidity might shorten its operating life and efficiency.
On the other hand, if I put it indoors, then it will push its heat out into my air conditioned interior, making my air conditioner work harder to keep my house cool. I imagine that I will be paying to remove the heat from inside the freezer twice. Once to get it out of the freezer and a second time to get it out of the house.
So my question is...
Does a freezer chest last longer if it is operated in a low humidity and cooler air conditioned room than it would if it were operated in a high humidity and warmer garage? And if it does, is the increased life expectancy of the freezer enough to offset any possible increase in total cost of operations?