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Summer keeps getting more unbearable every year (thanks, Global Warming) and if you were thinking of upgrading to an Air Conditioner (AC) this year, we have your back! At Right movessmart choice, we take care of all the mumble jumble research to help you make a smart choice.
Air Conditioners are undoubtedly more complex than a ceiling fan and entails a huge investment of money, space, and electricity. They also usually last for 10 years, so you don’t want to end up with a model that becomes obsolete too soon.
Your new AC will cost you anywhere from 40,000 to 2.5 lakhs. This depends on the capacity, type, and brand you go with. The capacity, measured in tons, will depend on the area of the room you’re trying to cool down.
However, quite a few more things can affect the capacity need for your room. Your ceiling height and whether your room gets sunlight, for instance, can change your calculations up to 10%. Also, if you live in a hotter area, it is advised to pick an AC of a higher capacity. Commercial spaces might require up to 4 tons of AC or multiple ceiling AC s. Most distributors and retailers will help you figure this out as a service. While ton is the widely-accepted unit of measurement, some providers also use British Thermal Units (BTU s). One ton is equal to 12000 BTU /hr.
WINDOW OR SPLIT?
A window AC is slid into window openings and is an older and cheaper technology. A split AC , on the other hand, is split into two parts and mounted indoor and outdoor on the same wall’s opening. Hence, it is more expensive than a window AC . A 5-star Window AC has the same energy efficiency as a 4 star Split AC. Split ACs also have energy efficient technology of inverter AC s and make much less noise.
The second biggest payment you’ll make in exchange for cool air will be for energy consumption. Most products you’ll find in the market come with a Star rating of 5 being the most efficient and 1 being the least. (Image). To find out how efficient a model is, look at the EER(Energy Efficiency Ratio). This is the model’s capacity (in BTU) divided by the power consumption in Watt-hours. So, more the EER, less the consumption.
If you are concerned about the power consumption, go for inverter AC s that might cost a little more in capital investment but will save up to 45% of your electricity bill. While regular AC s work on their peak capacity, inverter AC s will adjust power usage as per the temperature of the incoming air. We recommend that if your AC usage is 8 to 10 Hrs. a day for 3 to 4 months a year, it is wiser to buy at least a 3-Star rated AC . If you use it for 5 to 7 months, you should opt for a 5-Star rated AC .
An AC basically takes air in, cools it, and exhales it to the room. This process creates heat which is discharged outside in the form of hot air. If your AC comes with a heat pump, reversing this process can keep your room warm and saves 35% more energy than regular heaters during winter.
Most stores in the country sell both Chinese as well as other international brands. The Chinese machines usually cost less for the same features and offer the same warranty as the international brands.
Look for extra features that are model specific and add value to the product. These features could include noise and air control, use of Wi-Fi control, and dehumidification, which can enhance AC experience.
A poorly maintained AC is 10-30% less effective and lasts less than the standard 10 years. Also, repair costs can be expensive, but can be avoided entirely if you just know how to take care of your machine. The first thing to note about AC care is cleaning the filters. Most air filters are washable with mild soap and water. Underneath the filter are evaporator coils. To keep your AC strong, you might want to vacuum them and the condenser coils at the back of the AC . Regular dusting of vents, and straightening bent coil fins are essential maintenance tasks as well.
CFLs not only save more energy than regular bulbs, but also emit less heat for the same amount of light. Less heat means less cooling expenses.