Putting a full size refrigerator in a small bedroom, any health risk?

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  1. agkm800 macrumors 6502a

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    I am thinking about putting a full size refrigerator in my room for my own use. But, I am a bit worried about any health risk it may cause. The refrigerator is pretty new... bought it less than 3 years ago.

    Is it a bad idea? Or, is it just same as putting a big screen TV in a small room?
     
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    What health risk does a refrigerator create? Other than loading it up with a bunch of junk food.
     
  3. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    It could fall on you in the middle of the night.

    My advice is to be weary of the eskimos living within your freezer.
    What? You dont have eskimos? Strange. :confused:
     
  4. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    I don't think it would cause any health risks. Maybe a slight temperature drop in your room?
     
  5. pelicanflip macrumors 6502a

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    Err...I think a full sized refrigerator is a bit OD. I use a mini fridge for my dorm room, and it's more than enough.

    One concern you might have is the amount of electricity it saps up, that is, if you're paying your own bills.

    Another thing you'd risk is just overeating all the time, cause it's so readily accessible.





    Or maybe the snow ninjas will come in the stealth of the night. :eek:
     
  6. jknight8907 macrumors 6502a

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    If anything it would be a temperature increase.
     
  7. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a

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    Just put all your food items on top of your AC. I do that all the time when I'm eating cereal late at night and get tired. I just put the bowl on the AC and when I wake up it tastes just as good!
     
  8. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, then report back on how your food poisoning is progressing.
     
  9. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a

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    Now that's a good way to lose weight. :p Much better than diet pills. :D

    My friend actually lost 20 pounds in a month because he ate some really old chicken and didn't realize he had food poisoning. He was medicated for such a long time because of it.
     
  10. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    Haha we should market it:
    Billy Mayes here for 'Can 'o Stomach Vir.........too soon?
     
  11. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    A refrigerator is a heat exchanger. Heat from the inside is exchanged to the outside. And, as it is an inefficient system, more heat is produced on the outside. So yes, the room will be warmer. But no - no toxic fumes of electromagnetic fields will grow a brain tumor or shrink your testicles.

    However, moving the monster may hurt your back.

    Don't get fat!
     
  12. yg17 macrumors G5

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    It'll only be a health risk depending on what you put in it.
     
  13. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    Considering that people are actually killed by soft drink vending machines, this is not surprising.

     
  14. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    LOL with all the extra food you can store in a full sized fridge and eat coupled with the fact that you will be walking less to and from the kitchen since its in your room.... the only risk I see is obesity
     
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    It would increase the temperature as it releases hot air.
     
  17. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I've slept with a fridge under my bed for the past three years in college. Not full size, but also not harmful.

    You shouldn't have any problem unless you're taking Lunesta, "There have been reports of "sleep-driving," "sleep-eating," or other unusual behaviors in people taking sedative-hypnotic medications. In general, people do not remember doing these things when they wake up in the morning. These activities can be dangerous, since people are not fully awake or alert." ! :p :eek:
     
  18. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    Reading the thread title, I thought that golf had gone more extreme than I remembered.

    Health risks indeed.
     
  19. agkm800 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    All the jokes aside, I am glad to confirm that it is okay.

    When I was very little, about 25 years ago, I remember hearing my dad's engineer friend saying something like we shouldn't put a refrigerator in a small bedroom because it can be a health risk. Obviously, not because of over eating or the junk food.
     
  20. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    ...or, what you take out of it and put in yourself. ;)
     
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    Unless you plan to put a LOT of food in it, it will be largely empty and that will cause it to run inefficiently.

    And if you do have a LOT of food, then you're racing to eat what you can before it gets spoiled. That's the most annoying thing I've found about living by myself.
     
  23. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Maybe if it had a sudden and severe freon leak quickly displacing the Oxygen in your room while you were asleep suffocating you, freon has very low toxicity. If the room is sealed an old refrigerator may have enough gas for a lethal dose. The lethal dosages occurring at over 100,000 PPM for short periods of time (Emergency 106-107).

    From what I have read of HFC-134a (used in modern refrigerators) it has even lower toxicity then freon. According to the Nation Research Council in rats the lethal dosage by inhalition is 567,000 PPM for four hours of exposure or 750,000 PPM for 30 minutes (Toxicity 25). The NOAEL being 50,000 PPM (Toxicity 33).

    These studies were conducted for submarines given the sealed environment. The only reference I could find to a even a freon related death are suffocation from industrial or submarine accidents. That or intentionally huffing freon at high concentration from plastic bags. I could not find any deaths related to HFC-134a.

    References:

    United States. National Research Council. Committee on Toxicology. Toxicity of Alternatives to Chlorofluorocarbons: HFC-134a and HCFC-123. Washington D.C., National Academy Press, 1996

    United States. National Research Council. Emergency and Continuous Exposure Guidance Levels for Selected Submarine Contaminates: Volume 2. Washington D.C., National Academy Press, 2008
     
  24. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    Refrigerators (or any air conditioner) don't cool. They just separate the hot from the cold.
     

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