Planning to buy an AC this summer – go through this checklist before you buy one!!

by March 16, 2013 0 comments

With nearly high soaring temperatures and sweltering heat, it is time to check out the available range of air conditioners for our homes. But as you step into the appliances store – a real one or an online store you will be bogged down with a wide range of branded air conditioners on the offer which makes choosing them quite a task.

Most reputed brands offer two types of Air Conditioners viz. window air conditioners and split air conditioners.  Bear in mind the following facts when choosing between the two.  Any air conditioner comprises of three major parts – compressor, condenser and evaporator. Out of which, the compressor and condenser need to be placed external to the area which has to be cooled.

Hence, split AC’s are available in two components viz a special metal box containing the compressor & the condenser whch is installed in galleries or outside the room while the evaporator unit is located on a panel within the room which blows in the warm air.  On the other hand, window ACs as you must have noticed is installed half within the room and other half outside the room.  Here also, the evaporator unit is placed inside the room while the condenser and compressor outside the room.

Split Air ConditionersIn terms of design and space, window AC seem to be bulky and space consuming while the split AC’s are available in two neat and well defined components.  If you are skeptical about the installation procedure, installing a window AC is much easier than a split AC. Hence the cost factor also increases to a great extent.

Window Air ConditionersYou also need to consider the area of the room before purchasing the AC. If your room area is less than 90 square feet and AC with .8 tonnage seems perfect. On the other hand, if your room area is in the range of 90 – 120 sq feet, you would require a 1.0 ton AC while beyond that up to 180 sq. ft an AC with tonnage 1.5 is ideal. Lastly, if your room size exceeds 180 sq feet, it is advisable to go for a 2 ton AC.

Today, most of the air conditioners are rated for energy efficiency. Look out for energy efficiency star labels stuck on the AC unit before you purchase. The one with more stars is naturally energy efficient and power saving but at the same time expensive. On the other hand, the one with lesser number of stars will be cheaper but more power consuming and hence expensive to use.

Energy Efficiency Star LabelsFor enjoying the cool air within the room, check out the various air flow channels and setting offered by the AC unit. Also, bear in mind, the higher the cooling setting implies that the unit will make more noise. So, look out for the one which offers you a decent level of air cooling at lowest possible noises.

The offerings of timers, sensors and ionizers could make you use the AC more effectively and in a better way, so do look out for these offerings before you choose one for your home.

If you are planning to buy one, make sure you research well before you take the plunge. For more information on top AC brands, specifications and their prices, do log on to CompareRaja. Apart from this CompareRaja will provide you with best possible shopping deals available on Air conditioners this season so do keep visiting it regularly.







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