As years pass by our existence, technology has been constantly used to solve all our problems. We seem to have reached a stage where we have become intensively dependent on technology.
One such technological dependency is Air Conditioning. With hot and humid summers, it would be impossible to stay indoors and work for long hours without AC.
It’s in offices, halls, cars, rooms, and buildings. Also, there are many brands of AC’s each with a new feature, different design, functions, and size. So how to select one that is best for you?
Here is an AC buying guide that might be of help to you.
AC Buying Guide
There are few things to consider while buying AC. Room size capacity, energy efficiency, air quality, split or window, and money.
With summer is getting hotter, buying the right Air Conditioning requires a bit more thinking than one might expect. That is why we have compiled all the necessary considerations here creating an AC buying guide for you.
There are ideally two forms of an AC:
This kind of AC comes in a large box form and is placed on the window. They are cheap and ideal for a small room like a bedroom.
Split AC’s are more popular. They are vertical and are placed on the wall of the room. They are a lot quieter than box AC’s and can cool a larger room faster.
To decide the brand of AC you want there are some key factors to take into consideration.
This is one of the most important things in the AC buying guide because the room size determines the capacity of the AC required.
If you buy an AC with a lower capacity than required then it will take more time for the room to cool and will cost more energy and money. But if you take an AC with more than enough capacity then you spend a lot of money for energy to waste. You can follow the table to get an idea about the capacity and room size.
Most ACs come with a star rating which will help you understand the energy consumption of that AC. AC with higher star ratings means they consume less energy.
However, this does not mean you should always buy a higher star rating AC. Ac with lower star ratings can cool a room much quicker. You should aim to buy the 5 stars rated AC if you intend to use it for a very long time like up to 8 hours. Otherwise, a 3 starred AC will also be enough if you intend to use it for 3 hours.
These stars are most likely found on Indian brands. But if you can not find a rating there will be other methods to determine an ACs power consumption rate.
AC was a kind of luxury before but today the case is different. With the increased demand and usage, the prices have comparatively dropped.
Yet, an AC costs you money even after buying such as on electricity, servicing, etc. Hence, an AC which is at a reasonable price at the beginning and which comes with after-sales benefits is the best one. The price for a 1 ton AC generally starts at about 50,000 rupees. Depending on the shop they will cost charges for installation and delivery.
There are some additional plus points to consider for an ac buying guide.
Air Conditioners emissions harm the ozone layer contributing to global warming which increases the temperature which is why you need an AC in the first place, so a loop is formed. Hence, opting to buy a more eco-friendly Air Conditioner would be best.
Anti Bacterial Filters are a great plus point in AC. These filters eliminate tiny harmful substances like pollen, dust mites, bacteria, and pet dander, etc increasing the air quality inside.
AC with Auto-clean features is highly helpful. This function will prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms by keeping moisture away and less frequent servicing.
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Inverter or Non-Inverter?
Apart from these features, a very important question is whether to buy an AC with an inverter or no inverter.
The difference between an inverter and non-inverter AC is that an inverter air conditioner can regulate the speed of its compressor motor, which means that once the room is a cool inverter AC lowers the speed of the motor to save energy and refrigerant to use once the temperature of the room rises again.
Non-inverter AC runs at full speed but turns completely off after the desired temperature, this repeated on-off process requires more energy than an Inverter AC.
Inverter AC’s are more expensive than non-inverter AC due to the usage of high technology in reserving AC energy. The price is a very determining factor because the difference is quite big.
Let’s compare the prices:
CG Wall Mounted Non-inverter AC for 1 Ton takes Rs 51,754 whereas,
CG Wall Mounted Inverter AC for 1 To Takes Rs 65,090
Now, in comparison to Non-Inverter, Inverter AC consumes 35% less energy and the price gap is pretty huge.
Some people believe Inverter is cheap in the long term and end up paying more at once. Whereas, some people choose Non-Inverter and gradually pay slightly more money. So it depends upon how much you use the AC.
If you need it for a long period then an Inverter is the way to go whereas if it’s for a couple of hours in your room a non-inverter AC works better.
As part of the AC buying guide, here are some rates of ACs in Nepal as published by www.electroreftech.com
The cheapest rate for
0.75 ton AC = CG Split AC, for Rs 44,200
1 ton AC = Midea Wall-mounted Non-Inverter Banc Series for Rs 47,300
1.5 ton AC = Midea Wall Mounted Non-Inverter Blanc Series for Rs, 63,640
2 ton AC = Tachiair Wall Mount Split Normal for Rs, 76,125
Some great deals could be
Tesla Nikolacool portable AC 1 Ton with
- Auto clean
- Cooling, heating, and dry fan
- Energy class of A+, which means less consumption
- Sleep mode, Anti-Rust cabinet
For Rs, 59,900
TCL Air Conditioner of 1 Ton with
- WiFi Control
- Sleep Mode
- 5 years warranty
- Free installation
At Rs 61,290 on CG Digital.
CG AC 0.75 Ton with
- 99% Antibacterial Protection
- ECO Friendly
- Silent operation
For Rs 44,990 on CG Digital.