The summer is already here and the temperature is rising every single day. The need of buying an AC is much higher now than before.
But which air conditioner is best for you, you will find out today with help of this incredible AC buying guide.
Here on Deals Freak, this A to Z AC buying manual will show you basic & advanced things to keep in mind while buying the perfect AC.
This guidebook will also tell you the types of air conditioner available in Indian market and which one you should purchase for your house.
Besides, you will get the information about top AC brands and best air conditioner model in India and how can you save electricity & money.
But first, let’s just check how summer is doing in India. Cities like Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, Indore, Bhopal, Agra are facing immense heat waves, as you can see the in the picture below.
Picture Credit: Accuweather
Even in the house, high temperature is making people feel uneasy.
In such case, you need a durable Air conditioner unit that can keep your house cool.
Window AC is a single unit that contains compressors, connecting pipes, heat exchangers and motors. Window AC can only be installed on window of a room.
Advantage of Window AC:
Disadvantage of Window AC:
Split AC consists of two units, an indoor unit (blower) inside the room and an outdoor unit (Compressor + Condenser) that stays outside the house. Both air condition units are connected with pipe.
Advantage of Split AC:
Disadvantage of Split AC:
As the name suggest, portable air conditioner is a moveable AC that gives you the flexibility to move the AC anywhere such as bedrooms, computer rooms, garages, drawing room etc.
It is a great solution for small houses and those who can’t afford AC in every room. Also, where centralized AC can’t be installed, portable AC is a great option.
Advantage of Portable AC:
Disadvantage of Portable AC:
Inverter AC is the best air conditioner system among all options. This type of AC has an inverter that controls the speed of compressor motor.
In normal ACs, the compressor runs at a regular speed while an inverter AC uses a variable speed compressor. The AC sensor can measure the temperature of the room and adjust the speed of the AC compressor.
This way an inverter AC can provide better energy efficiency and cooling performance.
Advantage of Inverter AC:
Disadvantage of Inverter AC:
Cooling capacity is probably the foremost thing that you should consider while purchasing an AC in India. Be it window AC, portable AC, Split AC, whichever air conditioner you buy, you need to check how much capacity would be enough for your room to cool.
But how can you calculate it. If you are into math, you can refer to this formula:
AC capacity = (sqrt*(room floor size))/10
*Sqrt= Square root
For example, let’s assume your room floor size is 150 sq feet
AC capacity = (sqrt*(150))/10
Square root of 150 is 12.247
AC capacity = 12.247/10 = 1.2
So you need 1.2 ton AC for your 150 sq feet room.
If you don’t want to put load on your head, check the table below that explains how much AC capacity is required for different room size.
|Room Floor Size||AC Capacity|
|120 to 140 Sq. ft.||1 ton|
|150 to 180 Sq. ft.||1.5 ton|
|180 to 240 Sq. ft.||2 ton|
All air conditioners in India are star rated by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). This organization rates AC on the basis of cooling amount per electricity watt consumption.
You should buy a higher EER rating air conditioner because higher star rating AC provides more energy efficiency, less star rating provide less energy efficiency.
In 2018, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) introduced a new rating system for Air Conditioners. In this system, 2 energy rating point are dropped for non-inverter split ACs.
For example: Any non-inverter split AC that was rated 5 star in 2017 is now rated 3 star in 2018. So, you can see the difference between old and new rating system by BEE. Thus, it is important that you buy AC according to the 2018 BEE rating system.
Whenever someone thinks of buying an AC, this question certainly pops up in their mind.
Of course, you should be concerned about electricity consumption of the AC, after all you will have to pay the bill through your hard earned money.
To help you here, I have a simple formula that will tell you how much electricity an AC will consume.
Note: This formula is used only as an example that will give you an idea about the approximate electricity consumption. Actual amount may vary slightly.
Electricity Units = Input Power in Watts * Time in hours / 1000
To know the input power you can either check on the box of the AC or the back panel of the AC.
So here in this example picture of 1.5 ton Godrej split AC, the input power is 1351.
So, if we apply the formula then
Electricity Units = 1351 * 1 hour / 1000
Electricity Units = 1.3 Units/hour
Let’s assume the electricity rate is Rs. 7/unit.
So, 1.3 * 7 = Rs. 9.45 per hour
If you run your AC 9 hours a day then:
9.45 * 9 = Rs. 85/day Approx
A fact you should know: The compressor of your AC is not always on, when room temperature reaches a certain level, it shuts down. When the temperature of room changes up or down from the certain level, compressor starts working again. So, you can say that the compressor will be turned off for 30-35% of the total running time of the AC.
Another fact, you don’t always get 230V power supply constantly, so the actual power consumption may vary.
Considering both facts, you can subtract 20% – 30% amount from the total AC consumption.
So, 20% of Rs. 85,
20/100 * 85 = Rs. 17
So, you should deduct Rs. 17 from 85.
That means 85 – 17 = Rs. 68/Day
So, Rs. 68/Day might be the actual power consumption of your AC.
Based on above calculation you can easily get an idea of what your AC would consume and how much you have to pay for the electricity.
AC brands provide different amazing features with different models. When buying an AC, you can check whether following extra features are available or not. However, low and mid range air conditioners may not have all these features.
Now you know the difference among four major types of AC, you know the advantages and disadvantages of all.
You also know about the different room sizes and their respective cooling capacity of AC, you have gained the knowledge about power consumption of AC, you have seen the different extra features and air conditioner offers.
From here, you have to make a decision based on the knowledge you just got about different ACs. However, below in this guide you can find Top windows & split ACs, the list will help you to choose the best AC for your house.
If you have a 150sq feet room then I would suggest you to buy a 1.5 ton 5 star inverter AC that will give you the maximum cooling with lowest electricity consumption.
Buying AC in India is crucial decision to make, lots of things need to be considered as every Indian customer wants to get the best AC. So, this guide would be a big help for those who is willing to get the perfect air conditioner for their house by spending the least amount of money.
So, chill out this summer and get the best AC. Happy Shopping !