Indian summer season is known for both its extremely hot and extremely cold weather depending upon where a person is located. As the summer approaches, people start looking for things that can be used to get relief from this killing heat, especially in the south. One of the best options to beat this hot weather is to buy an air-conditioner. Initially, the air-conditioner was a luxury item and was used only to be a prosperous segment of the society, but now things have changed.
Air-conditioner is no longer a thing of luxury, and more and more people are looking forward to buying one. But like other products, the market is flooded with tons of models of air-conditioners, and this increases the chances of making a wrong decision. There are certain factors you should consider if you want to buy the best air-conditioner for yourself. In this article, we’ll take a look at certain tips that you can use while buying an air-conditioner.
Cooling and AC Maintenance
One thing that can cost proves to be heavy on your pocket is the maintenance charge of an air-conditioner. There are various things that can alter the frequency of maintenance of your air-conditioner, and hence the cost. Also, the aspect of maintenance is so important that it affects the cooling capacity of your air-conditioner, and can’t skip it.
Some parts that require frequent maintenance are filters. They capture the dust that mustn’t get settled in your air-conditioner. By maintaining your filters you can 5-10% on your bill.
Split AC, Portable AC or Window AC?
This is the first decision to make if you are going to buy an AC. There are various types of air-conditioners, and all are suited for different purposes. Let’s take a look at the different types of air-conditioners, and which one should you buy.
Split AC: This air-conditioner has two different parts installed at different sections of a home. A split AC compromises of an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. Also, these are good in terms of cooling and electricity savings, but the problem is that they are expensive.
Portable AC: These air-conditioners have been able to impress the majority of the customers. They look like coolers, and you can take if to different rooms of your home, according to your needs. But due to the hot air discharge, it uses more electricity to cool down the room. Moreover, these are air-conditioners that are extremely easy to use and don’t require any installation like a traditional air-conditioner.
Window AC: These air-conditioners are already well known and used in Indian markets. Window AC has both compressor and blower in the same body and can be installed in a room. Window AC is ideal for typical Indian homes, that don’t have much space. But the problem with a window AC is that it is noisy as compared to a split AC.
Condenser coils do the work of converting gas refrigerant to liquid refrigerant, and vice-versa. These are also an important deciding factor as the cooling speed of an AC depends on these coils. Also, you get the option to have air-conditioners with aluminum coil or copper coil. Aluminum coil is economical but is not advised if you can afford to buy an AC with the copper coil in it. On the other hand, a copper coil is the one you should opt for as it lasts longer and is better comparatively.
No matter what electronic device you buy, you should always look at its energy efficiency ratings. The energy efficiency ratings of your AC will decide the bill you are going to get from your usage. These ratings are meant to give you an overall understanding of the electricity consumption that your AC will have.
Moreover, the Bureau of energy efficiency (BEE) has introduced a method for measuring the Indian AC called the Indian Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (ISEER).
Size of the room
The size of your room is a major deciding factor for the capacity of the AC you’ll buy. The capacity of an AC is measured in tonnes and is inversely proportional to the size of your room. The Indian market offers air-conditioners with capacity ranging from 0.75 tons to 5 tonnes depending on your room’s size.
If you have a small room of 80 sq. ft. or less you should buy a 0.75 ton AC. According to the size of rooms in an average Indian home, you should buy an AC with a capacity of 1.5 tonnes. Also, if you want to have an AC installed for a space of exceeding 300 sq. ft., you should go with a 5 tonnes capacity AC.
Budget is crucial
Well, every human being opts for an AC that fits in his/her budget. Your budget is going to decide the brand of the AC you’ll buy. You should take the aspect of brand value seriously. As you know already, the market is flooded with different brands and models and you should buy the one that fits your budget and is also from s decent enough brand.
Although the brand is not the only feature you should look for, but you can’t either skip this one. Moreover, buying an air-conditioner from a renowned brand means you get better servicing that you’ll need in the future.
Additional things to look for in an AC
Apart from the standard pointers above, you can have other additional things that can add up to your overall user experience. You can choose from various features like anti-bacterial filter, sleep mode, dust filter, dehumidifier, or heating along with cooling. Enlisted are a few additional functionalities you can look forward to:
- Cooling and heating: Some air-conditioners in the market come with an inbuilt heater. Air-conditioners that have an inbuilt heater can also be used in winters.
- Sleep mode: If you don’t feel like waking up at midnight to turn off the AC, and also don’t want your sleep to get disturbed from low temperature, this is the feature you should look for. Sleep mode lets you set a timer to turn off the AC automatically.
- Coils and fins: If your filters are not cleaned or changed on time, the dust gets settled on the evaporator and condenser coils, hence reducing the efficiency. If you don’t want your pockets to be light, have timely maintenance of the coils and fins.
- Auto-clean function: This feature eliminates the bacteria and micro-organisms that give birth to moisture, and if your AC is free from all this it’ll last longer. In this case, an auto-clean function can help you.
Air-conditioners have become a need, especially if you live in a place like India where the weather gets extremely hot in summers. So, if you have decided to buy one, you have to choose the best option possible. Enlisted were some tips you should consider while buying an AC. And hence, make certain to prepare a checklist before you proceed to get one.