How to select the right Air conditioners(AC) for your sweet home this summer
Choose the right capacity: The choosing the right capacity of the air conditioner should be considered based upon the floor size of the room for which the AC is required. An approximate measure states that an area in range of 120 ~140 Sq. ft. area will need 1 ton, 150 ~180 Sq. ft. area will need 1.5 ton and 180 ~240 Sq. ft. area will need 2-ton cooling capacity air –conditioner.
Choose an Energy efficient AC:
Depending on the outside weather and city where you live in the higher mercury levels and ever-increasing electricity tariffs, an energy efficient model of air conditioner is a must must-buy. Air conditioners comes with star rated energy efficiency ratings; also called EER, which has been standardized by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). Therefore, any unit with more number of stars will consume lesser electricity than one with a lower star rating.
Choose between Split or window AC:
Another main deciding factor is whether you want a window AC or a split model. Though window units are a bit economical and easy to install, split ACs however are more quieter, aesthetically appealing more with a better air distribution.
The right Product Pricing:
The key element for choosing any AC is the price factor and to consider more features and higher star ratings accounts for a higher price of the AC. For every star rating increase there is an increase of around Rs 2,000-5000.
The purest Air Quality:
Air quality inside a home is very important while deploying ACs at home; hence AC with a good filter quality is tremendously important to improve indoor air quality. A good filter not only ensures fresh air but also enhances the cooling performance and energy efficiency of AC by preventing the harshness of evaporator coil due to dust.
The AC Fixing requirements:
The window AC which is a compact unit designed to be attached to the windows whereas the split AC has a compressor unit outside the house and one indoor unit inside the room, specifically designed for better flow of air. Fixing should always be done from an authorized service center. The performance parameter of AC depends on a good or bad fixing.
The AC Maintenance & routine Cleaning:
ACs are like Automobiles, and they need regular overhauling to remain in best condition and optimum performance. Once installed, there should be regular servicing, preferably periodical.
AC Chilling speed:
The AC should have an adjustable thermostat (temperature setting) and at least two chilling speeds, and a minimum of two fan speeds as you may want to use flexible speeds for different times of the day. An energy efficient setting will be a beneficial addition as it helps in saving energy while providing ideal cooling.
After sales services of AC :
After sales services and other add-on features like assurance would certainly be a plus for your purchase. Look for a service oriented brand which has the capabilities and good network to meet the servicing need of your product.
Other Considerations on picking the right Air conditioner:
Most air-conditioning units come with a dehumidification function, which reduces humidity in the air, for increased cooling and more comfort. The sleep mode function in an AC is useful as it robotically adjusts the temperature during the night.
All weather AC: Nowadays, AC is not just used for cooling, but as a multi seasonal product which can also be used in winters for heating. These Hot & Cold Air Conditioners also save up to 35% more energy than heaters. ACs are also the best cooling devices for Humid weather. Superior cooling functions are required for optimum cooling and maximum comfort during monsoons. So, look for an AC with features which can control moisture and give more comfort in Rainy season.
Few Key factors:
Exposure to Heat & Sunlight: If your room is closer to kitchenette or the wall of your room is directly exposed to the sun , you’ll need an air conditioner with higher chilling capacity.
Bed Room Size:
The size or capacity of the AC should be as per the dimensions of your room. If it is larger it will not be able to provide proper dehumidification and the smaller one will cost, you more in terms of energy consumption. Room ACs are available in capacity range of 0.75 to 2 ton. An Inverter AC with variable capacity can be used for a wider range of room sizes.
Choosing the right brand/product of AC:
You should carefully choose an air conditioner product which fulfills your need of maximum energy saving through highest EER, best cooling performance and extensive after sales service. The air conditioner you choose should have functions which provide faster cooling in summers, optimum comfort in monsoon and protects from disease causing virus, allergens and insects like Mosquitoes, etc.
While choosing an AC, one should look for air conditioners that can work efficiently even in extreme weather conditions of Indian seasons.
Check the Usage & running time frame:
If your AC usage is 8 to 10Hrs a day for 3 to 4 months, it is recommended to buy at least 3 Star rated AC. In case AC usage is extended 5 to 7 months, you should opt for 5-Star rated AC. For usage of 10 to 12 months one should opt for cooling only or Hot & Cold Inverter AC.