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5 Best Air Conditioners in India (2020) – AC Buying Guide & Reviews!

As the summer has started knocking our door. The temperature is going to soar more in the coming months. Especially in northern India where the hot air will start blowing & there will be heatstroke as well. The highest temperature is also increasing by year to year so Air condition has become an essential electronic item, not a luxury.

Home appliances are such thing that you don't go out every day to get, you buy it once (8 to 10 years). Before buying you glance through all the important points of Air condition then go for the one which will meet your requirements the best.

If you are planning to buy Air Conditioner from your nearby walking brand store or mall or from any of eCommerce portals like amazon or Flipkart then there must be questions or confusion in your mind that Does 1 TON AC mean weight of AC or does it mean something else? Is 1-ton AC enough for 100 Sqft room size? Is 2 ton AC enough for 2BHK flat?  So how to choose the right AC (Air Condition) for you 1 BHK/ 2 BHK or for the property you held or stay.  What will the running cost of Air Condition or electricity consumption of AC?  As if Air conditioners are available in many shapes and sizes, capacity, with different types of technology &  features, with star ratings ranging from 1 to 5 and with a different type of AC from the window to split Ac.

So it is necessary to understand some of the important features which are must to know & understand before buying an air conditioner online as a buyer. So to help you to buy the correct Air conditioner we have created an “AC Buyer Guide” after doing our exhaustive research, online, with the user, family, and friends to prepares a list best 5 Air Conditioner.

“Verdict”

  • 3 to 4 Star rating Air condition with ISSER rating between 3.0 to 4.5 is the most affordable and efficient Air condition.
  • Inverter AC is good enough if you moderate user Dual inverter AC for a heavy user of extreme climate like as in Delhi. The consumer with very less usage can also go none Inverter ac and save some money.
  • Choose an AC which has the copper compressor Coil and also check that complete coil/ joining pipe from outdoor to indoor should be made up of Copper.

To dig deeper and understand each aspect so that it is easier to buy and choose one based on their features. Read More… 

“Why you should buy Air condition in 2020 ASAP after opening of Covid19 lockdown”

 

As the  Star rating / ISEER is going to get revised in 2020 due to which the price of Air condition will increase. In order to increase energy efficiency, the AC manufacturer needs to change the design parameters like increasing airflow, the surface area of copper tubes, and highly efficient compressor etc. These initiatives lead to an increase in the initial cost of the star-rated ACs

 

1: LG KS-Q18YNZA

So, its cooling capacity is more than enough for one room. It has an annual energy consumption of 835 units which is not bad at all. It also contains a copper condenser for better cooling and is also low maintenance. It has a double filtration system which ensures that air inside your home is pure which is very much a need for every house nowadays. It uses R32 gas which is environment friendly that is, does not deplete the ozone layer. It comes with a 1-year warranty on the ac and 10 years warranty on the compressor. Without a doubt, it is the best 1.5-ton AC in the market. You can buy this from 45K to 50K

PROS

  • 1. Efficient cooling
  • 2. Affordable price
  • 3. Copper compressor
  • 4. Stabilizer free operation
  • 5. Durable

CONS

  • 1. Doesn’t have latest features like wifi control
  • 2. Does not have 3-D airflow

2:- VOLTAS 183VCZS

Here is a 1.5-ton split AC by Voltas. It comes with copper condensers for efficient cooling. Brings you dustfree cooling as has air purifier installed. It does not need an additional stabilizer to work. This one also uses R32 gas which is best for the environment. Brings the trust built by the company over the years. It comes with a 1-year warranty on the ac,1 year on the condenser and 5 years for the compressor. You can bring this home from 35k to 40k.

PROS

  • 1. Very much affordable
  • 2. Copper compressor
  • 3. Stabilizer free operation

CONS

  • 1. Could have offered a better warranty
  • 2. A better customer service is required

3: Whirlpool 1.5 Ton 3 Star Inverter Split AC


Another split AC in the list by whirlpool. Annual power consumption of this AC is 1400 units approximately. Uses R-32 gas a refrigerant which is environment friendly. Comes with advanced MPFI technology which ensures fast cooling. Comes with advanced inverter technology which ensures efficient cooling. This one also uses copper condensers for efficient cooling. There is a one-year warranty on the product,1 year on the compressor and 10 years on the condenser. Whirlpool has been a very trusted brand in this country for a very long time so keeping that in mind, this a great deal.

PROS

  • 1. Advanced MPFI technology ensures fast cooling.
  • 2. Good warranty deal
  • 3. great customer service

CONS

  • 1. High power consumption

4: Hitachi KASHIKOI 5100x

It is without any doubt one of the best ACs in India by Hitachi. Comes with smart inverter technology which enables it to be more power-efficient. The refrigerant used is R410A which is environmentally friendly that is, does not deplete the ozone layer. Comes with 1+1 additional warranty, 5 years controller warranty and 10 years compressor warranty. It is also a 1.5-ton AC thus, is enough for one room. You can bring this home at around 50k.

PROS

  • 1. Free installation
  • 2. Good warranty deal
  • 3. Fast cooling
  • 4. Stabilizer free operation

CONS

  • A little expensive

5: Voltas 1 Ton 5 Star Window AC


 

Without any doubt, it is the best window AC in the market. One of the biggest issues with window AC is the noise they create but this one produces almost no noise. It is a one-ton AC which is enough for a decent room. Annual energy consumption is around 880 units which really good. The copper condenser used ensures efficient cooling. Contains a dustfree system for filtered air. The warranty period for the product is of 1year and that for the compressor is 5 years. It can be bought at a very affordable price range of 25k-30k

PROS

  • 1. Affordable price
  • 2. Conserves a lot of energy
  • 3. Copper condenser ensures efficient cooling

CONS

  • 1. A little small for a room

“Air Conditioner buyer Guide For Latest AC In India”

Technical details of Air Condition (AC)

Let dive in detail of each technical feature/point of the Air conditioner to see what is best and the value for the money option available for us. So instead of buying the expensive, wrong AC, we will help you not only to choose the  BEST AIR CONDITIONER  and most affordable & efficient Air conditioner but also a powerful one loaded with required latest technology for your home. And I bet you that you will be also surprised to know that it’s not always correct to buy the latest & expensive technology Air conditioner (AC) as it may not be most suitable one for your home 

Because it depends on your:-

  • Usage hours of AC, your location of the house.
  • The direction of the window.
  •  Number of glass on your window door.
  • The shape and size of your room or living room.
  • Exposure of wall and roof to sunlight.
  • Number of equipment and furniture in the room.

Inverter AC vs Non Inverter AC:

    • Inverter AC can run at various speeds and variable tonnage or watt of load as per requirement of temperature of room.
    • On the other hand, non-inverter AC units run at a constant tonnage and speed and its simply operate on and off while regulating the temperature.
    • Inverter AC units are more efficient than the non-inverter ACs in long RUN and if you usage is high or you are a continuous user.

Copper Coil vs Aluminium Coil:

  • Copper is expensive & better than aluminium good and  in long run , repair cost and durability, corrosion,  strength heat Transfer.
  • A leak in the copper coil can be repaired easily and save you from costing of replacing the complete coil. However, it is far more difficult to wield or solder aluminium.

There are different categories or types of Air condition ranges from window AC, Split AC, Ductless AC, Central Air condition, Tower AC.

Window AC: fits in the window can be easier to use for rented houses. And have high cooling but electricity usage is also high & high compressor noise.

Split AC: The ac which has a separate outdoor and indoor unit. Mainly the compressor is an outdoor rest blower is inside the unit. It's bit costly in price but electricity cost of usage is lower than the window. The service cost is high. Low noise.

Cassette  AC:  Installed in celling and mainly used in office and a big house or villa. Is very expensive and

Portable Ac:-   A small AC about 110 capacity and cooling and air blower everything is is inside, But it also required space to fit an exhaust pipe from which it can blow the hot air out.

Tower AC:-  Kind of  Big portable AC   but mobility is restricted to a few meters. It can be used at the office gate and can be used at the marriage function and party. Where the doors are open and closed many times

  • Chill Mode /Himalayan Mode: AC will more with full power
  • Dry Mode: Remove the access of humidity from the air.
  • Sleep Mode: Can be set the timer for sleep or switched off.
  • Hot & Cold AC: Air condition that works in all weather by providing you instant cooling in summer and keep you warm in winter.
  • 3 M micro Electrostatics Air Conditioner filter which removes air pollution as well.
  • Blue Fin? Blue Fin is an anti-corrosive coating that prevents rusting to a certain degree and prolongs the life of an air conditioner. LG offers Ocean Black protection that is similar.
  • Mosquito Away technology? LG air conditioners can emit ultrasound waves to keep mosquitoes away. This type of sound cannot be heard by humans but helps to drive away mosquitoes.
  • Dual inverter Air condition.
  • Hot and Cold AC

Size or capacity of Air Condition (AC)– TON

 The following table will help you choose the right size of the air conditioner according to the room size. So that you can choose your required TON of AC. 

Ton is a number that tells how much heat the air conditioner can remove or soak from the house in an hour. TON is measured in BTU.1 TON= 12000 BTU per hour means it can extract 12000 BTU of heat from room in one hour.

Ton is a number that tells how much heat the air conditioner can remove or soak from the house in an hour. TON is measured in BTU.1 TON= 12000 BTU per hour means it can extract 12000 BTU of heat from room in one hour.

As we know that all the household electrical equipment have star rating which depends on EER and in India its ISEER.In a room, you can measure the air conditioner’s efficiency by the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER). EER is the ratio of BTU PER HOUR to the input power watt USED TO controlled  environment using 35 degree Celsius

 EER = cooling Capacity /power input

ISEER (Indian Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio): ISEER (Indian Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio) rating standard is mandatory from 2018. Both SEER and ISEER are the same.

ISSER rating is the total cooling load (amount of heat removed) to the total amount of energy consumed by the air conditioner. This means, ISEER = Cooling seasonal total load (CSTL) / Cooling seasonal energy consumption (CSEC). The ratio calculated is then used to select the correct star ratings  .i.e.    ISEER = CSEC/CSTL

*CSEC (Cooling Seasonal Energy Consumption): CSEC means the total energy that is consumed by the AC when it remains in the active mode.*CSTL (Cooling Seasonal Total Load): CSTL means the total amount of removed heat by the AC unit while it is active.

Currently required ISEER rating standard are as follow.

So Star rating depend upon ISEER it generally range from 2 to 5

1BTU = 0.293 w & 1 watt = 3.412 BTU/Hr

1 TON AC = 12000BTU, 

And One kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity that is one unit of electricity contains 3,412 Btu.

One ton is equal to the amount of heat required that to melt one ton of ice in a 24-hour period and ie is 288,000 BTU

  • 1 TON AC =  3.5KW

    And with 5 star rating  = AC will be 3.5KW/3.5(5 star ISEER value)=1KW i.e 1000wattt.

    So 1 ton ac with 5 star Ratting is having load of 1000 watt. Means running the  5 stat I TON AC for 1 hr will cost you 1 unit of electricity bill.

  • Last but not least before buying any brand AC I would suggest to take the customer care number from their respective website and call them to check that they do provide service in your area, and what is TAT to   resolve the issue of customer.

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