This is an AC buying guide post and in this article, we will explain how to pick a right Air conditioner for your home.
If you are looking for an air conditioner and having a problem finding a perfect match for you, this article will help you with that. We understand that finding a great AC is not an easy task, mainly if you have never owned one. There are multiple factors that you need to understand before buying your first AC. So in this article, we will help you in selecting the best air conditioner for your home.
AC Buying Guide India
Consider these points before buying a brand new AC from an offline or online store in India. Classification of AC are shown below
- Type of AC
- Coil type used
- Capacity of Room
- Power Consumption
- Technology Used
Selection of AC Type
So there are basically three types of AC available in the market i.e., Split AC, Window AC and Portable AC. Depends on your need, you have to decide which type one will be suitable for you.
Window AC Type:
If you have a small size room, then Window AC can suit you. However, the room should have a window to install the same. Besides this, some Window AC comes with in-build room heater that is very useful in winters as well. Also, Window AC does not need wall’s drill as it can be placed directly on your window also the installation takes lesser time as compared to any Split AC.
- Better cooling for a small room
- Faster and easy installation
- Stays warm in winter with built-in heaters feature
Disadvantage: Window AC has slower cooling capacity than Split AC reportedly as the suction and blower area of the window AC is comparatively smaller in size.
Split AC Type:
Split AC is a type of AC that can be mount on your home’s wall very easily. It requires 8-10 drills to install AC and a 3-5 inches hole in your wall to conceal air tubes. So you don’t need a window to install split AC in your home. It’s completely up to you that where you want to install your split AC.
- Fits anywhere
- Faster cooling
- Suitable for large rooms
- Low compressor noise
You can’t hear the noise compressor Split AC as it stays outside of your room. However, you can hear the noise of Window AC’s compressor clearly.
Fun Fact: There is a misconception that the compressor split AC that stays outside can get damaged by rain. However, it’s not true. The compressor of split AC is built for the outdoor environment but try to keep it dust free.
Coil Type Used
Always prefer copper type over aluminum type coil because of its property of conductivity. The copper coil is more heat transferable, efficiency, great in performance, running cost and lifespan. The copper coil is also corrosion resistance, easy to maintain and repairable. So without a second choice, choose copper coil type AC for optimal performance.
Capacity of Room
The room capacity really matters whether it’s a small room or large one. You have to choose best AC that fits your room size accordingly.
For example: If you choose 1.5 ton AC in 8×8 ft. room then it will cause more power consumption. So you have to select 1-ton capacity AC for such small room. That’s how you choose suitable AC according to your room capacity.
Size AC according to room size:
- 10×10 ft. = 1-ton capacity AC
- 11×11 ft. = 1.2-ton capacity AC
- 10X15 ft. = 1.5-ton capacity AC
- 10×20 ft. = 2-ton capacity AC
Important Factor that Affects Cooling
Try to face your AC in the East or North direction for optimal cooling. Also, the cooling also depends on the floor in which you are installing an AC. If the window of the room is too large or temperature is above 38° C, you may require a high capacity AC.
Your AC should consume less power that’s why we go for high energy star rating. These ratings are set by BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency). Below is the chart of monthly saving on 1-star to 5-star energy star ACs. Assume that you run your AC for 8 hours daily.
We know that higher energy star means a higher price of AC, however, it saves your electrical power. That how you can save a lot of money in long-term when you buy a 5-star rating AC.
Technology Used (Inverter vs Non-Inverter)
What type of technology does your AC use, inverter or non-inverter? You see, inverter AC has major advantages over non-inverter AC. Let us explain you with some considerable example.
Inverter type AC gives you consistent cooling performance under extreme weather. It will maintain your room temperature and keep it steady.
If you want quick cooling under 5-6 minutes you should consider an inverter type AC over non-inverter type AC. The speed of the inverter type AC compressor varies with the temperature of your room.
Less noise and Optimal Power
It’s the major advantage of having an inverter type AC that it uses less power to perform efficient cooling and remains less noisy.
Long Compressor Life
Due to less load on your inverter type compressor, the age of your compressor will be long lasting for sure.
Advance Air conditions (AC) comes with additional features that are very helpful other than cooling.
- Anti-Bacteria Protection: Some AC can remove harmful bacteria and microorganisms to keep the airflow healthy.
- Dehumidification: On sweaty days, premium AC can dehumidify the moisture present in the air to make it more suitable for the human body.
- Auto-Off Timer: Majority of AC has the function to turn on auto sleep timer from the remote.
- Wifi Control: Wifi-control allows you to turn off or on your AC from any destination. You just have to connect your AC to the Wi-Fi internet connection to use this feature.
So please make sure you remember these aspects before buying a new AC for your home in India.