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Know everything you need to know about Air Conditioners before making a purchase decision. Here’s the Ultimate Air Conditioner Buying Guide.
1. Window Air Conditioners:
Window Air Conditioners are suitable for usage in a single room with not more than 1 window. They do not take much space and are comparatively cheaper than Split ACs. The capacity ranges from 0.75 ton to 2 ton. Window ACs come with inbuilt dust filters to remove small dust particles.
2. Portable Air Conditioners:
Portable Air Conditioners are ideal for rooms without windows. They are easier to set up but take up more space than Window ACs. Portable Air Conditioners are also costlier and use more energy than Window Air Conditioners.
3. Split Air Conditioners:
Split Air Conditioners are ideal for medium and large rooms. They come with an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. The capacity ranges from 0.75 ton to 3 ton. Split ACs cause less noise, have various temperature controls, and come with many pre-installed functions like dust filter, bacteria filter, auto-clean, and dehumidification.
4. Inverter Split Air Conditioners:
Inverter Split Air Conditioners are ideal for large rooms and outdoor spaces. They are more expensive than Split ACs but consume far less power while maximizing cooling. Capacity ranges from 1 ton to 3 ton. Inverter ACs cause less noise while maintaining a constant room temperature.
Read more about different Types of Air Conditioners in detail.
It can be tough to choose the right air conditioner for you. If you buy an AC with a larger capacity than required, it will cool faster but consume more power as well. Whereas, if you go for a smaller capacity, your running costs will run high as it will take longer to cool. Pick a suitable AC depending upon the following factors:
- The size of the room depending upon the length, width and height.
- The type of room like living room, bedroom or outdoor room.
- The Number of windows present in the room with Cooling Mirrors or Shadings and type of curtains on the windows.
- Installation type like floor, ceiling and walls.
- Direction of Installation like East, West, North and South.
- Depends on which floor you are located.
|Room Size||Capacity||Window AC Cost||Split AC Cost||Inverter AC Cost|
|Below 80 Sq. ft. (9×10 ft.)||0.75 Ton||15k to 22k||21k to 28k||–|
|Up to 110 Sq. ft. (10×11 ft.)||1 Ton||20k to 27k||22k to 29k||25k to 33k|
|Up to 180 Sq. ft. (10×15 ft.)||1.5 ton||24k to 35k||24k to 40k||29k to 45k|
|Up to 210 Sq. ft. (10×20 ft.)||2 Ton||30k to 42k||32k to 55k||40k to 70k|
AC Energy Rating
It basically calculates with the help of BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) rating which ranges from 1 to 5 Star. A 5 Star rating will have higher cooling efficiency and less power consumption.
|Star Rating||Units Per Day||Cost Per Day||Cost Per Year||Cost for 5 Years|
|1 Star||16||Rs 160||Rs 58400||Rs 292000|
|2 Star||14||Rs 140||Rs 51100||Rs 255500|
|3 Star||13||Rs 130||Rs 47450||Rs 237250|
|4 Star||12||Rs 120||Rs 43800||Rs 219000|
|5 Star||11||Rs 110||Rs 40150||Rs 200750|
Note: Assuming unit cost @ Rs 10.00
Depending upon the type of Air Conditioner we can see the amount of savings within a span of 1 year.
|Type||Price on Avg (1.5 Ton AC)||Units Per Day||Cost Per Day||Cost Per Year||Cost for 5 Years|
|Window AC||Rs 28000||16||Rs 160||Rs 58400||Rs 292000|
|Split AC||Rs 35000||14||Rs 140||Rs 51100||Rs 255500|
|Inverter AC||Rs 40000||12||Rs 120||Rs 43800||Rs 219000|
Note: Assuming unit cost @ Rs 10.00
AC Features and Functions
Below are the most important features for a normal Air Conditioner to increase the rate of cooling and life span of compressor.
It helps in sending the clean air by removing heavy smoke dust particles which are very small and minute. This helps in breathing fresh air.
It is useful during humid weather like rainy and spring season and keeps you cool.
With the help of Outdoor unit, the bacteria particles like heavy dust particles, animal hair and pollen which are very small are filtered. This helps collect all these kinds of particles and makes the appliance span longer.
Cooling and Heating:
With the help of this feature, we can turn back to hotter conditions during winter and cooler conditions during summer.
Auto Clean Function:
This function helps in preventing the growth of organisms by keeping moisture away from inside the compressor, which helps in better cooling and increases the lifespan of the compressor.
During night time, we can set the timing for a certain temperature, it automatically shuts down the power when the minimum temperature is achieved. It helps decrease electricity bills.
AC condenser uses 2 different types of coils (copper and aluminium). Copper coils help in getting the cooling done faster and also have a longer lifespan. Whereas Aluminium coils are cheaper and more durable which takes more amount of energy with lesser lifespan.
A touchpad or Remote Control with LED lights will be highly suggested which can be helpful during night time for easier temperature controls and sleep mode settings.
Make sure your AC comes with Dual Airflow vents like up and down; left to right. This helps you keep your room cooler in all directions.