Things you should know about split air conditioners
Most households have already migrated from the old school window air conditioners, and as a result, for most part, one will only find split air conditioners in the market. Split air conditioners are clearly now the preferred choice. Whether you are conducting your research on these two-part cooling wonders as a first time AC user, or a first time split AC user, we have all the basic, must-know facts you will need on your buying journey.
What is a split AC and why are they popular?
The sleek rectangular ACs that you see in most offices and households today are split ACs. They have one indoor unit and one outdoor unit, and as a result, they occupy less space. Many users also find that since they sit higher up than a window AC — which typically sits at chest or waist level — they do not disturb the ambience of a room.
The biggest selling point for split air conditioners, however, is that they usually consume less energy than their traditional counterparts. Overall costs can also be reduced by connecting more than one indoor unit to a single outdoor unit.
Points to keep in mind when purchasing an air conditioner
There are a lot of people who ask questions like ‘what is the best air conditioner in India’ or ‘which AC brand is the best’. However, the answer to these questions differs according to the space available, and the budget that the buyer has in mind, among other cost considerations. Here are some of the things to look at when you’re browsing through air conditioners.
Tonnage refers to the AC’s ability to cool a specific space. If you get too low a tonnage, your room will never get sufficiently cool. If you get too high a tonnage, there will be a persistent feel of excess moisture in the room. On an average, you can use this table as a reference –
- 1 ton – 100 to 120 square feet
- 1.5 tonnes – 150 to 180 square feet
- 2 tonnes – up to 240 square feet
Energy ratings are expressed as BEE ratings and ISEER ratings. Before you pay up for what you have decided is the best 1.5 ton split AC for your bedroom, pause for a second and check out these ratings. They are usually found on a sticker placed on the AC. Alternatively, a simple Google search of the air conditioner’s model number with BEE rating or ISEER rating will get you the answer. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the appliance.
The energy consumption of your air conditioner, and indeed any appliance, including your washing machine and your fridge, determines how heavy your monthly electricity bill is going to be. Air conditioning can easily double or triple the electricity bill of a household that did not previously have air conditioning. As a result, energy efficiency has an especially big consideration when it comes to ACs.
Compressor motors may be inverter or fixed speed. The fixed speed ones will cool your room to a selected temperature and then the compressor will shut off, only to begin again once the room starts to heat up again. The inverter type, on the other hand, has the compressor speed adjust itself to the cooling requirements of the room.
If you only use your AC for a few hours, say when you get back home from the heat and in order to fall asleep, then you might be able to make do with a fixed speed compressor. For heavy use however, an inverter AC is preferable.
Always browse and compare a wide variety of air conditioners to decide for yourself which model actually qualifies as the best 1.5 ton split AC for your room. You can also go ahead and stretch your budget to get you and your family the best air conditioner in India, without worrying about the cost.
This is because, with the help of the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card, you can pay for your appliance at No Cost EMIs. The EMI Network Card comes with a pre-approved loan of up to Rs. 4 lakh, and lets you purchase your favourite AC in convenient monthly instalments.
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