For summer season, April to September months are considered fierce months in North India. There are hot days in India and summer is scorching. Weather is heat up and on the fire. Idea of chill out in singeing summer may fill you with happiness and calm. The best option to experience cool in the summer is air conditioner. Till the date, over 3.3 million ac units are sold in India. Sale is growing every year. After all, everyone wants a sigh of relief in fire of summer.
Buying a new air conditioner for home may be a challenge for you because there are many ac brands in market. You should know about some basic tips before going to buy ac. These tips will make your mind to choose brand of your dreams.
Today in this post of Triople, we will help you to choose best A/C unit for your home. First we will start from ABC of ac. What Ac is and types of ac and their advantages and disadvantages.
What is Air Conditioner (AC)?
An Air Conditioner (AC) is a machine that run on electricity and allows you to set temperature of your room. You can control by adjusting temperature more or less as you want. No matter, what temperature is outside the ac room? As you do in summer, when outside temperature is above 400 c and your room temperature is as per your determined temperature between 180c and 300c.
Types of ACs
There are 3 types of air conditioners:
- Window Ac
- Split Ac
- Portable Ac
Window Ac contain only single unit with compressor and Blower. Window Ac can be mounted in window structure. Blower side of unit is inside the room and compressor side of unit is outside of the room.
Pros: easy to install and remove. There may not need to specific fitting in room to install window ac as compare to split ac. It can be shifted easily. These are economical in price. No need to refill gas in compressor after installing from one place to another.
Cons: The main disadvantages of window ac: is its noise while in running condition. If you install window inside room of your home, there may be heat outside the room due to ac.
split ac contains two units; one blower unit is installed inside the room and other is installed outside the room that contains condenser and compressor.
Pros: Split Ac is considered ideal choice for a room because of its peaceful running. The compressor and condenser are mounted outside the room so noise is far less than window ac. You can enjoy peaceful sleep in room. Installation of split Ac needs no structured frame like window ac. inside split ac unit is classy and stylish.
Cons: Split AC is hard to install than window ac. It requires full ac fitting in a room. Removing and shifting of split ac is more difficult than window ac. The price of split ac is costly than window ac.
Portable Ac is new concept in India. Portable Ac is a portable device like cooler. You can shift portable ac anywhere in the home. Unlike split ac and window ac, it gives you a relief from installing ac unit. You can move it in any place of your home. These are getting popularity in the world. These are very beneficial for the people who live in rental house/offices. They can save their installation and un-installation expenses of ac.
Pros: easy to use and shift. No cost on installation. No need to bound in single room, it can be shift in any room.
Cons: high prices, latest technique, repair may be costly as these are new products in India. A few companies are manufacturing portable ac.
Non-Inverter and Inverter AC
Non-Inverter Ac is traditional technology of ac. In this technology compress is either on or off. While it goes ‘on’ state, it works with full capacity and consumes much electricity. When it reaches at preset temperature level, compressor goes ‘off’ and fan regularly works. As thermostat senses that temperature is more than preset, compressor starts work again. These are economical as compare to inverter ac.
Inverter Ac runs on latest inverter technology. They convert ac current into dc current and control running speed of compressor. These are latest technology than non inverter ac. In Non-Inverter ac, compressor motor sometimes goes on and off while in Inverter ac it works smoothly. Inverter Ac compressor is always ‘on’ condition and it save much electricity. It takes less or more power on basis of incoming air.
Inverter AC vs Non Inverter AC
- AC compressor motor on and off/always on
- Inverter AC takes time to reach preset temperature/ Non-inverter AC instantly reaches on preset temperature
- Inverter AC consumes more electricity/Non-inverter AC consumes less electricity
- Inverter AC price is expensive/ Non-inverter AC price is very expensive.
Some people misunderstand the meaning of inverter ac. These ac don’t work on inverter during electricity cuts. The name of inverter ac is due to its inverter technology only. These are expensive in prices as compare to non-inverter ac.
Above information is about ac types and their basic use. Now we are discussing about tips that you should care while buying an AC.
Some Popular Brands of AC in India
Carrier, Bluestar, Voltas, Daikin, Samsung, Mitsubishi, Onida, Samsung, LG, Whirlpool, Kenstar, Godrej, Haier, Lloyd, Videocon,
Consider these tips before buy an AC
Cooling Capacity Vs Room Size
Before purchasing air conditioner, first and foremost thing to consider is room size. If you buy an air conditioner with lower cooling capacity (in ton) than required for a room, it will consume more electricity to give needful cooling. It will enhance cost of your electricity bills.
On other side if you buy unit with high cooling capacity than requisite for a room, you have to pay more money to purchase an air conditioner.
It is ideal to select air conditioner as per size of your living room. You can choose ton (cooling capacity unit) on basis of room size. We have given room sizes and air conditioner cooling capacity follow:
100 sq. ft = 1 ton
100-200 sq. ft. = 1.5 ton
200-400 sq. ft. =2 ton
It is a deciding factor. Don’t go for stars blindly. Choose ac stars rating as per your usage. Otherwise your purchase may end up costly. Choosing 5 star ac without considering uses may not an ideal idea. The prices of 5 star ac are higher than 3 star ac. If you want to use ac for 3 months in a year, go for 3 star rating ac. If you use ac for long time (approx 8-10 hrs per day) in 4-5 months in a year, then buying 5 star rating ac will save energy costs.
Think about Copper Coils & Aluminum Coils?
In ac, the use of copper or aluminum coils is to change gas refrigerant to liquid refrigerant and liquid refrigerant to gas refrigerant. Copper coils are considered far better than aluminum coils. There are many advantages of copper coils in split ac. Copper have high heat transfer rate than aluminum. Copper coils are helpful to cool room quickly than aluminum coils. Copper is less corrosive than aluminum. Corrosion, leakage or damage of copper coils is easily repairable but aluminum coils are hard to repairable. In most conditions, there may be need to change aluminum coils.
Check number and kind of air filters before buying an ac. Most Ac companies are manufacturing Ac with Anti-Bacterial filters; these are helpful to disinfect the bacteria and avoid dust, mites and germs.
All AC come with manual control to move to redirect air. But some ac have option to automatic control of direction of airflow through remote.
Dust filter are useful to avoid dust and mites. All dust stick with the dust filter, you need to just wash once or twice in a month when you feel filters are choked. You can easily know about it, when you feel cooling is low.
Auto clean function
Your Ac should have auto clean function; this function is useful to remove bacteria and dust. Auto clean function maintains cooling capacity.
Start your Ac with A message (SMS)
In latest feature of Ac, just send SMS to ac‘s selected number. Your Ac will automatically on instantly. You can enjoy cool room before your reach in ac room.
If your Ac has dehumidifier feature, you can evacuate extra moisture from your ac room. Moisture can cause oily skin and stickiness. It also increases bacteria and germs.
Best Window AC
Voltas 185DZA 1.5 Tons 5 Star Window AC
Voltas 125DZA 1 Ton 5 Star Window AC.
Hitachi RAW511KUD 1 Ton 5 Star Window AC
LG 2 Ton, 1 Star LWA6CP1F Window AC
Best Split AC
Voltas 185JY 1.5 Ton Split AC India
Voltas 245DY 2 Ton 5 Star Split AC
Voltas SAC 173IY 1.4 Ton Split AC
Hitachi Neo 5200F RAU518HWDD 1.5 Ton Split AC
Blue Star 5HW18ZARTX 1.5 Ton AC
O General ASGA18FTTA-1.5 Hyper Tropical Split AC
Whirlpool Fantasia 1.5 Ton Inverter Split AC
LG Ks-Q18YNZA 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter SPLIT AC