Buying a new AC is a major household decision, as this gadget is not only an expensive purchase but also a long-term investment. The right AC will solve your cooling woes and will also influence the fate your electricity bills for the years to come.
Keeping these two necessities in mind, the inverter AC has become a popular choice these day. As the name suggests, this AC works on the inverter technology. The compressor of this AC runs on a variable speed model. It adjusts the speed of the compressor to control the temperature of the room, unlike the compressor of a non-inverter AC that goes on and off every time it attains the desired temperature. You can read more about the how the inverter AC is different from a non-inverter AC here
To sum it up, the inverter AC ends up using much lesser energy than a non-inverter AC and also has a better cooling mechanism. If you too are looking for an efficient air conditioner, the inverter AC is the way to go.
The inverter technology ACs took off only a few years ago, but today almost every popular brand has their own inverter AC you can pick from. Read this before you make your decision.
Pick the Right Size
The inverter AC is just another split AC but with a different mechanism. It comes with an indoor and outdoor unit. Like any split AC, the tonnage of the inverter AC is determined by the size of the room. Installing the right-sized AC will cool the room efficiently and will also keep your bills in check. To find the perfect size, you first need to measure the size of your room. A room of up to 150 sq ft will need a 1-ton AC, a slightly bigger room of up to 250 sq ft will need a 1.5-ton AC and a larger room of about 400 sq ft will need a 2-ton AC. You can read more about how to pick the right sized AC here
Look for the BEE Rating
Up until recently, there was no way of defining the energy efficiency of an inverter AC, as the BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) could only calculate it for an AC with a fixed speed compressor. However, now inverter ACs are being rated based on the variation in temperature. From 2018, all inverter AC models will have to be star rated. Depending on the energy-saving capacity, these ACs will have a 3, 4 or 5 rating. More the stars, the more power it will save. A 3-star inverter AC can save more energy than a 5-star rated non-inverter AC too.
Check Your Usage
If you use the AC for 8-10 hours a day during the hot season, a 3-star AC will be good enough to keep your bills in check. However, if you use the AC for several hours for most months of the year, opt for a 5-star rated AC.
Can it Improve Air Quality?
Good indoor air quality is an important factor too. Look for an AC with features that will improve the air in your room. These days, inverter ACs come with additional filters that that remove pollutants like dust, pollen and bacteria while circulating air. Some also come with a dehumidifier that takes care of the humidity in the room. This can particularly be helpful to people with allergies or if you live in coastal areas.
Is it Worth the Price?
An inverter AC will cost you much more than a non-inverter split AC. It could be priced even more than a 5-star rated split AC. However, with each subsequent bill, you end up saving more, making it a worthy long-term investment. Additionally, the more the star rating of the inverter AC, the more it will cost. So, pick the rating as per your usage. If you end up using the AC for long hours, for most part of the year, you’re better off with a 5-star rated AC that will consume less power.
Also Read: Is It Time to Pull the Plug on Your Old AC?
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