These days, having an air conditioner is a must, especially if you live in a hot and humid climate. It is preferable not to wait until the summer to get a new air conditioner because prices will be lower. The process of purchasing a new air conditioner can be difficult and time-consuming due to the numerous brands and types of air conditioners available.
Furthermore, each firm markets key AC characteristics in its unique way, making it difficult to evaluate and compare them on an apples-to-apples basis.
These are the basic characteristics you should know about air conditioners.
Which type of air conditioner is ideal for my room?
Air conditioners are classified into two types based on where the compressor and blower are positioned, Split and window.
What is a Split AC?
A split AC is the one where one unit is placed on the outside of the house (on the wall), while the other is mounted inside the house, in the room. The compressor and condenser are located on the outside of the device, while the blower is located on the inside.
Split air conditioners are ideal for bedrooms as the noisy compressor and condenser are positioned outside. However, the cost is more than that of a simple window.
Differences of Split Ac and Window AC
Window AC is made up of only one unit that has a compressor and a blower which adds to the noise it creates. Window air conditioners can only be put in the window frame. The blower side of the air conditioner is facing inside the room, while the other side is towards the open air. Installation is simple. Shifting and reallocating window air conditioners is significantly easier and more cost-effective. With Window AC, there is no need to refuel the compressor while relocating, however, with Split AC, it is required.
In India, the price range of window ACs starts at 20,000 INR while that of split ACs the price for split AC in India starts from 31,000 INR approximately.
Cooling effectiveness for split AC
The number of windows, the number of heat sources, the area of walls and ceilings exposed to the sun, and the numbers of people in the room are all elements that can affect an AC’s cooling performance. However, tonnage and BTU ratings can be used to determine whether or not an air conditioner can successfully chill a room. The table below can be used to determine what tonnage is appropriate for your space.
You could go for a simple split air conditioner with a 4/5 star rating. As a general guideline, a 1 ton AC 5 star will be sufficient for 120 square feet. Let’s discuss this in more detail.
The capacity of the air conditioner is directly proportional to the size of the room.
If you’re buying an AC for a large room, you will need a high capacity AC. If the area is relatively small, a lesser capacity AC will suffice. The most significant element to consider is the capacity of the air conditioner with the size of the room. A 1-ton capacity air conditioner should suffice for a room measuring 100-120 square feet. Purchase a 1.5-ton or 2-ton air conditioner for larger spaces. The quantity of sunlight that enters the room has an impact on cooling, so it’s vital to keep that in mind as well.
Be aware of the star ratings
The BEE star rating system assigns a number from 1 to 5 to energy efficiency. As a result, 5-star ACs use less electricity than 4-star ACs, and so on. This means that 1-star ACs are the least efficient and will cost you a lot of money in the long run.
A 5-star air conditioner is meant to save 20 to 22 percent of your energy costs when compared to a 1-star air conditioner, according to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). However, according to the CSE study, during peak summer months, when temperatures are in the 40 to 50-degree range, a 5-star air conditioner can consume 10-28 percent more energy than its reported capability.
This guide for air conditioners should make the AC hunting process go more smoothly. It is recommended that you must first determine your budget, then research which sort of air conditioner is best for your needs, and last calculate the cooling capacity of the air conditioner required for your room. You should also think about how often you will use the air conditioner and look at their energy efficiency ratings.