Every year with the onset of summers, one electronic product that makes to the buying list of a lot of consumers is the air conditioner. Humid summers or the extremely dry ones, air conditioners have become indispensable in places where temperatures soar up to a sweltering 50 degrees.
With scores of air conditioners available in the market, with varying sizes and price tags, it might be difficult to understand which type is suited for what purpose. Read on to better understand the different type of air conditioners available for consumers in the market and the purpose they have been designed for.
What people usually do is to buy any electronic product; they go to their nearest as well as trusted electronic shop, ask the salesmen for the best suggestion and buy it. Breaking away from the norm, let’s go through a bit by bit guide to help you buy the perfect AC for your house. Air conditioners have become a necessity and are now found in almost every household, not only in the metropolitan cities but also in the small cities.
With the advancement of technology, consumers are very well aware of their necessities. After all, they now have a wide variety of brands and product offerings to choose from. If you ask me, there are three main commandments that will guide consumer buying behavior and they are – Energy Efficiency, Healthcare and Innovation. These days brands are emphasizing on launching energy efficient five star rated Air Conditioners.
The ACs are now exceptionally designed including the value added features, which are especially developed for Indian markets, focusing on health conditions, consumer requirements and climatic patterns. Air conditioners nowadays are not just cooling devices; they are also upgraded with innovative features. Some of these specs include air purification, humidity control and even features that repel mosquitoes in a non-toxic way so that you can have a sound sleep without worrying about serious epidemics like malaria, dengue, etc.
Let me explain you step-by-step, what exactly has to be considered while making the best choice in AC:
1. Energy Efficiency:
With the mercury levels rising and increased tariffs of electricity, an energy efficient AC model is a mustbuy. These days, almost every Air conditioner comes with star ratings energy efficiency ratings which are also known as EER. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) standardizes the EER. Any unit that comes with higher number of stars will consume less electricity and vice versa.
The choice of capacity of the air conditioners depends on the floor size of the room in which you want to fit in the AC. If you want a rough idea, an area range of 120-140 Sq. feet needs 1 ton, 150-180 Sq. feet needs 1.5 ton and 180-240 Sq. feet needs 2 ton cooling capacity.
3. Window or Split AC:
The next deciding factor is whether you need a window AC or a split AC. This majorly depends upon every person’s choice. However, window AC is cheaper and easier to install than split AC. And, split AC are more quiet, pleasing and have better air distribution.
4. Air Quality:
AC with a good filter is extremely important for improving the indoor air quality. Indoor air quality plays a very important role. A good filter not only provides a good cooling performance and energy efficiency but also prevent the
evaporation coil choking caused due to dust.
5. Pricing of the Product:
Price is yet another important factor to decide based on your requirements. More features and high star ratings make the price go even higher. With every star rating, the price tag goes up by approximately 2,500 INR. Also, the inverter AC is normally 20 percent higher than a five star rated split AC.
6. Requirements for Installation:
Window ACs are comparatively easier to install as it comes in a compact unit designed for attaching to the windows. Split AC has a compressor unit indoor and one outside the room that is basically for better air flow. Always remember to get the installation done by an authorized service center. This is because the parameter of an air conditioner depends a lot on a good and bad installation.
7. Cooling Speed:
Air conditioners should have at least two cooling speeds, minimum two fan speeds and an adjustable thermostat. This is because you may want to use variable speeds depending on the different timings of the day. If it also comes with an energy efficient setting then it would prove to be beneficial as it will save energy while ensuring optimum cooling. You should also check how close your room is to the kitchen or if the room wall is directly exposed to the sunlight. In that case, you’ll need an AC which has a higher cooling capacity.
If you use the Air conditioner on an average of 8-10 hours a day for 3-4 months in a year, then I would recommend you to buy at least 3 Star rated AC. However, if you use your air conditioner for 5-7 months, then you should definitely go for a 5 Star rated AC. Furthermore, if it’s almost 10-12 months, then opt for cooling only or Hot & Cold Inverter Air conditioner. If you keep these things in mind, you’ll be making a smart investment.
9. Maintenance and Cleaning:
Air conditioners are like cars, they require regular servicing for remaining in best condition. Once you install the AC, don’t forget to get the servicing done quarterly for getting optimum performance.
10. After Sales Service:
After sales service is also important which include other add-on features like warranty. Always go for a good service oriented brand that has the capabilities and well network for meeting the servicing need of the product.
Air conditioners are now not only meant for cooling, but also as a multi seasonal product that can be used as a heater in winter season. The hot and cold air conditioners save almost 35 percent more energy when compared to heaters. In a humid weather like Mumbai, you need to have an air conditioner. It provides maximum comfort during monsoons if you go for an AC that has the capacity to control humidity.
12. Other Features:
It is important to check the noise levels of the model which should preferably range between 19 to 60 decibels and not more than that. Some more features to keep in mind are the sleep mode, dehumidification function, auto restart facility, and a few others. This will help the air conditioner last longer.
Advantages of Window ACs:
- Can be used for a smaller room where there is space constraint
- Comparatively easier to install than a split AC
- No need of drilling walls for concealing air tubes
- Can also be used as a heater to stay warm in winters as most models come with built-in heaters
Advantages of Split ACs:
- Fast cooling in comparison to window ACs
- Wide Blowers which can push higher volumes of cool air
- Doesn’t require a window room and can be fitted on any wall
- Makes less noise because the condenser and compressor are placed outside
Advantages of Inverter ACs:
Consistent Cooling – The compressor constantly runs and controls the speed for even cooling and maintaining a constant temperature
Quick Cooling – The speed of the compressor changes with the room temperature which makes it quickly adjust and cool faster
Less Noisy – They are comparatively quieter than the non-inverter air conditioners
Lasts Longer – The compression has lesser load so you can expect it to last longer
Power Efficient – It doesn’t have to always touch the maximum cooling speeds and in turn consumes less power