Buying an AC? Consider these Factors before Buying One
Yes, during the icy winter chill season we will definitely not think of switching on the air-conditioner at our place and sleep; however, in a country like India where the majority months in a year is hot and humid, air conditioners have become a necessity more than a luxury. In fact, the time has gone when purchasing an AC marked a luxurious lifestyle. With a plethora of brands out there backed up by some great features, AC covers a wide price range which has made it quite an affordable product in the present. Hence, the bottom line, we all need an AC.
However, buying an AC can be quite tricky which might push us to buy a wrong one, not quite fulfilling our requirements. Thus, we will highlight the factors that you’ll have to consider before buying an AC for your home. Since it is not a rocket science, you can switch on your relaxation mode with a cup of freshly brewed coffee as you read the blog!
Take a Note of these Factors
Do you know, you must consider the capacity of an AC before buying it and it entirely depends on your room size. A room which is smaller than 140 sq. ft., a 1 ton AC will do the work of cooling quite efficiently. A 140 sq. ft. to 180sq ft. room will require a 1.5 ton AC, whereas any room bigger than that will require a 2 ton AC. Hence, make sure to buy an AC that will resonate with the size of your room.
The cost of electricity is increasing leaps and bounds, which make it absolutely vital to buy an AC that will suck less energy and provide us with the best cooling. Hence, buy an AC with higher BEE star rating which indicates better energy saving without compromising on the cooling factor.
Split vs Window
This is an eternal war whenever it comes to buying an AC- split or window AC. Let us tell you, both do the primary work, i.e. the work of cooling quite efficiently; however both have their own sets of pros and cons. While window units are quite pocket-friendly, they are not as smooth or aesthetically pleasing as split air conditioners. While split ACs provide better air dispersion, window units are easier to install. Hence, know what you want from your AC and accordingly buy one. To clear out this confusion, you can read an elaborate blog on this topic here.
No matter what AC you decide to buy, it should have a good dehumidification unit which works at reducing the humidity level in the room for increased cooling and comfort. They are especially useful during the monsoon season. Also, check the filter as a good filter delivers better cooling and improves the performance of AC.
Installation, Maintenance & Cleaning
Not everyone is aware of the fact that the performance of the AC is largely based on the installation (good or bad). Hence, it is important to get your AC installed by an authorized dealer or a professional. Split ACs are way more complicated than a window AC when it comes to installation. Apart from that, there are some ACs which require low maintenance, while others require quite a high maintenance. Hence, get a clear instruction from your dealer about how often your AC should be cleaned to give better performance.
Apart from the above-mentioned factor, there are few more factors which should influence your purchasing of AC.
- It is important to select an AC that will run quietly and smoothly. An AC should typically give off sounds not more than 60 decibels.
- An auto restart function is also beneficial in an AC. It switches on the AC to its initial settings when the power comes back after a power cut.
- Check out for the sleep mode function, as it is useful as well. It automatically adjusts the temperature that not only saves energy but also provides a good sleep by preventing the temperature from going too low.
- Lastly, check out the cooling speed of the AC. Air-conditioners with flexible thermostat, two fans, and variable speed will assist you to get different settings at different times of the day. It indicates that you’ll get the benefit of using the AC by consuming least amount of energy. Various pre-defined settings work at giving you better cooling while saving more energy.