With rising mercury and excessive humidity levels, beating the summer heat can be tough. At times like this even the fan and cool colas from your refrigerator fail to beat the heat. While most of us work in air conditioned offices throughout the day – stepping out can make you sweaty and parched by the time you reach home. Given the high temperatures prevalent, your body tends to fight to maintain its balance. Hence there is bodily fatigue and your mind tends to be stressed thereby reducing immunity.
On a hot summer day when you are back home from a hard day's work - what with commuting in the local trains or bus, an Air Conditioner provides bodily comfort. Not only does it make you feel calm, and relaxed, thereby avoiding fatigue but also makes you feel energetic enough to spend quality time with your family. Moreover, a cool environment is also known to be beneficial in combating respiratory problems.
First Consideration: SPLIT v/s Window
First let's get the simpler things sorted. Among all types of air conditioners available for homes, the two most popular are the Window AC and the Split AC. You would have invariably seen both types in several residential apartments or in numerous TV commercials with film stars serenading them.
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The wide array of brands and models of air conditioners available is really flattering to the first time buyer. With this you have an array of convenience features that help customize the usage of the AC per your needs -more on that latter. Arriving at a decision beyond mere convenience features means getting down to brass tacks.
Next Step: Find the RIGHT sized AC
Would you be comfortable wearing an oversized shirt? What's that got to do with ACs?
Take a larger size AC and you could end up living in a freezer. A size smaller - you could end up cranking the AC and still not getting the right cooling. To find the right-sized AC for your room, you would have to making sense of some jargons.
To calculate the right tonnage of AC required for a particular room size, select one that provides approximately 20 BTU / sq. ft. Most of the air conditioner units available in the market range from 5000 to 24,000 BTUs. The following table will help you choose the right one for your room.
Having understood what Cooling Capacity or Tonnage is best suiting your room size, we must now move on to the energy/power costs.
Let's understand cost of running an AC
Among all electrical appliances in any household ACs consume 40% of electricity costs! Should that deter us from buying one? Certainly not! It should on the contrary make us look for ways of optimizing the costs.
To optimize on costs we need to look at 3 variables:
In any AC unit it is advisable to look at these 3 variables and make a decision regarding AC with regards to working efficiency and cost savings.
Whether you are buying a split AC or a window AC, here are some essential features to look for: A remote control, a sleep timer, an adjustable thermostat, an adjustable vent and an exhaust vent; two fans with energy efficient setting, easy to remove and clean electrostatic filter and low noise levels. Besides there are several new SMART features such as human activity sensing technology, sunlight detection, anti-bacterial filters and intelligent Inverter based technology that varies the speed of the compressor to offer improved performance and lesser running cost. Check out the latest developments in ACs.
Installation and Warranty:
Opt for an AC unit that comes with a long term manufacturer's warranty along with a full replacement guarantee in the first year. Do not forget to take extended warranty to cover any unanticipated maintenance expenses. Go for a trusted installation and service support partner.
So before you venture to make a purchase make sure you know the size (TON) needed, check for the EER/COP ratios and finally consider the STAR ratings. Armed with this knowledge you can then set about drawing comparisons between the various brands, models, features and prices. If you are a first time buyer, we recommend you consult with an expert who will suggest the Right AC for you. Please note that estimating the size of an AC is not an exact science. There are many factors that can affect the size of the air conditioner that you need and it is best done by a qualified personnel. The RIGHT AC besides keeping you comfortable provides for efficient ventilation, so that you stay refreshed all day as well as get a restful slumber.
So, now wakeup rejuvenated and go seize the day!