Check noise level, capacity, star-rating, and after-sales to buy an inverter AC this summer
You don’t go to buy an air conditioner every day. Therefore, when the need hit you badly, know that choosing an inverter air conditioner over other conventional AC may seem to be a smart decision. But at the best of time and with the best of information and budget, making the final choice can still be a challenge. What is the best? Which AC is best according to your needs, capacity, budget, and preference and best according to the environment?
Buying an inverter AC can be determined by checking the noise level, capacity, star-rating labels, and after-sales service besides understanding the budget and size of your room. Here are a few important areas to evaluate before you click on the buy now button!
Keep Your Checklist Handy
Check the air conditioner’s noise levels; these can be found in the specifications. Some models have a quiet mode for the indoor unit, and sometimes the outdoor unit too. This may reduce the cooling/heating power or airflow, but will keep the air conditioner running at a very quiet level.
A noisy indoor unit may interfere with your activities, conversation, or sleep. A noisy outdoor unit can disturb you or your neighbours.
The capacity of the air conditioner should be considered depending on the floor size of the room where it will be installed. A rough measure is an area in the range of 120 ~140 sq. ft area will need a 1 ton AC, 150 ~180 sq. ft area will need 1.5 ton, and 180 ~240 sq. ft area will need 2 tons.
Once you’ve worked out what capacity you need, compare the star ratings of models of similar capacity. The more the stars (from 1 star to 5 stars), the lower the running costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Air conditioners come with star-rated energy-efficiency ratings; these have been standardized/implemented by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Govt Of India. Therefore, any AC with more stars will consume less electricity than one with a lower star rating.
After-sales service and other add-on features like warranty will certainly be a plus for your purchase. Look for longer warranty and a service-oriented brand that has the capabilities and good network to meet the servicing need of your product.
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