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Tips to choose the best brand air conditioner

By on April 22, 2016
Hindi Translation: सर्वश्रेष्ठ ब्रांड एयर कंडीशनर का चयन करने के लिए कुछ युक्तियाँ

A few days back we published an article on tips to buy an air conditioner (link) and since then we got several requests from people asking for tips to buy air conditioner. Although we covered most things related to technology on that article but there was one thing that we did not cover: which is selection of a brand. And this came up consistently when we discussed about air conditioners with people. The most common statement that we received was “all this is fine, but which brand should I buy?”. At Bijli Bachao, it is our consistent effort to be impartial in our tips and ideas and we try to avoid naming brands. We make sure that our suggestions talk more about technology rather than endorsing a specific brand. So we will try to answer this question as pragmatically as possible.

There are multiple bands of Air Conditioners available in Indian market and it all makes it confusing for people to decide on which brand to buy. Although we had published an article in the past covering various brands of air conditioners and the number of energy efficient air conditioners that they offer (link). But the list is more on numbers, market share and BEE star rating. We also have a link that lists the top ten air conditioners by energy efficiency (link) but that is again only on BEE star rating. When someone decides on a brand, the decision goes beyond numbers and is equally qualitative than quantitative. Air Conditioners can contribute about 30-40% of electricity costs in a household so it is very important to make a right choice while buying one. So here is our analysis:

Air Conditioner brands that are known for their air conditioning technology

There are some brands that are known for their Air Conditioning technology. These companies have done extensive research on the subject of cooling and provide the best in class technology. Their models are energy efficient and also last longer than most air conditioners. In few of our energy audits, we have observed that models of such brands give higher efficiency even when they are quite old (obviously they need to be maintained well as well). But better technology makes them last longer and provide better efficiency.

Most such brands are expensive to buy. So the capital cost is high, but the efficiency factor makes them pay back for themselves in terms of energy savings as well as longevity. The caveat is that they may not have service centers available in smaller cities, which may make maintenance of the air conditioner a little difficult.

Generic brands that are into multiple appliances

There are some brands that sell a lot of kinds of appliances and are generic. They may not be expert in cooling technology, but the models that they offer are above average. Because of their focus on multiple things, their models may not be the best in the market, but they provide very competitive pricing. Models of these brands are slightly cheaper than those of the brands with “best technology”. These may turn out to be value for money if the use of air conditioner is not very high.

Many such brands have larger market penetration and thus their presence is there in remotest of locations in the country. Getting access to their service is quite easy, and thus regular maintenance of these models is possible.  Many of these brands have energy efficient models but the longevity of those will not be as good as the ones with “best technology” brands. But as said, they can be great value for money if the use is less.

Inexpensive brands

There are some brands that provide cheapest models in the market. It is an observation that they hardly focus on energy efficiency and thus most of their models are low on star ratings. These brands may provide inexpensive models but the lower energy efficiency increases the electricity bills. If they use is high, they can significantly increase your electricity bills. As we discussed in one of our previous articles that it is not just the capital cost that is important while buying an appliance, it is also the operating cost that is important (link and link). Most appliances consume more money during their operation than while buying, so it is a factor that one needs to keep into consideration. If you are really challenged with money and do not have any option then buy an inexpensive brand, but keep a note that it can increase your electricity bills.

Finally going for a brand also has a lot of emotional factors and people prefer buying a brand because of their good experiences in the past. And that also matters a lot. The guidelines that we have given above can help you identify with a brand, but ultimately it is your brand preference that will make you choose one. It is good to keep one thing in mind that an AC bought will be with you for almost 10 years, so make the right choice keeping in mind all the costs involved.

Here is a short video for tips to buy the best air conditioner in India

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  • Devendra Singh

    Hi, I am looking to buy a 2T AC for my 17×12 hall.i got many suggestion and based on my budget, i chose VOLTAS Zenith copper model.In show room they said the available model is Voltas 243zyi,that is 100% copper, but this model is not listed in VOLTAS website.Should i go for it?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hello Mr Singh,

      I Cannot comment on a model without knowing the specifications of the same. And as it is not listed on Voltas website, so we do not have specs of this model. I would personally not go for such AC for which I do not have much information.

    • Devendra Singh

      Thanks for the answer Abhishek. My budget is under 50K and requirement is 2.0Ton 100% copper AC,but there are not so much option available here in Lucknow. Can you suggest and guide me Or i should postpone the idea till next season?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      You can look at these that are BEE 5 or 4 star rated and may fit in your budget:

      Godrej GSC 24 APZ 5 RWOU
      Mitsubishi Electric MS-G24VC
      Hitachi RAU423HWDS

      First one is BEE 5 star rated and the other two are BEE 4 star rated.

    • Devendra Singh

      Bhai Mitsubishi Electric MS-G24VC and Hitachi RAU423HWDS model is not available here :( today i have searched 7 big delears of Electronics but these models are not there and they were not able to make it available, Hitachi RAU324AVD and Hitachi RAU524AVD is available here. Model RAU524AVD is about 62K and RAU324AVD is about 53K. RAU524AVD is not in my budget so should i go with Model RAU324AVD?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      RAU324AVD would be a BEE 3 star rated model and will consume more electricity as compared to the 4 and 5 star rated models. If your consumption of AC is high, then it would not be good. If your consumption of AC is less than 800-900 hrs in a year, then it would be fine.

  • Aditidutta Sirothia

    Hi Abhishek.
    1. what is the difference between ATKP and FTKH series in Daikin? Can you suggest some options(other brands) in 1.5 ton inverter ACs.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      ATKP is much more energy efficient series than FTKH. In fact I would not suggest you to go for FTKH series. What is the budget that you have?

  • Prakash Singh Bisht

    Hi Abishek Ji.

    I am looking for a split AC unit for my large sized bedroom, (23×11×11). I have few questions and I would really appreciate your help on below:-

    1. In my understanding, I should go for 2 tons AC with inverter technology. Am I correct?

    2. Choosing a brand is very tuff. Could you please suggest the best which saves the most electricity. I don’t mind spending a little more when I buy, but I have high electricity bills.

    I would really appreciate your kind thought on this.

  • Dhinesh

    Hello Sir, i am looking for hot and cold inverter 1.5T AC for bangalore weather, i want the heat pump run at temperate range 15-23C. Please suggest good models.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      These are some of the most efficient Hot and Cold Inverter AC of 1.5 tons:

      Mitsubishi Heavy Industries SRK50ZMX-S
      O General ASGG18LFCD
      Mitsubishi Heavy Industries SRK52HE-2
      Daikin FTXS50FVMA
      Mitsubishi Electric MSZ-EF50VEW

      Any model other than these would not be very energy efficient.

  • Sujit Sarkar

    Hi, I,a resident of Kolkata Urban area, am looking for a SPLIT AC for my Ground Floor , North faced 13X12X10 light colour painted room after PCB of my earlier Carrier SuperiaPlus 1.1 Ton inverter AC got burnt off recently. Please suggest a suitable split AC for my room keeping relevance/necessity of factors like presence of Blue Fin Condenser , Copper Coils, Anti-corrosion protection in consideration.

    I won’t go for Inverter ACs anymore as the authorized service engineer, who visited my place to check the condition of carrier Inverter AC, has already told me that every concurrent costs like Maintenance cost, Inspection Service charge , parts cost , AMC are incredibly higher ( at range of 40%-50% ) for Inverter ACs than Fixed Speed ACs and they encounter lesser longevity of operational parts of inverter Acs and replacing the entire “more complex” circuit board becomes more inevitable than repairing the damaged part instead. Having experience of using both Fixed Speed and Inverter ACs, I have realized a fact that the EXTRA COST one has to bear on purpose of maintenance actually nullifies the benefit of saving Energy and Electricity Units consumption in case of Inveter ACs over Fixed Speed ACs if it runs for maximum 900-1000 hrs a year.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      There are lot of parameters that determine right size and right star rating for an AC. It will not be productive if I ask you all of them and then you reply and then I reply. I would strongly suggest that you look at Calculator, FAQ and list of top ACs on this link on our website: http://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

      It will help you choose the right size (tonnage), right star rating (inverter or non inverter) and right model/brand of AC for your room.

      You can also look at our database of all ACs available in market on this link: https://www.bijlibachao.com/research/list-air-conditioners-available-indian-market.html

      You can use the filters on the table on this page to filter out models as per your budget. You can also filter on copper models. Brands like Hitachi, Daikin and MItsubishi Heavy will have all copper models. With others you will have to check the specifications to find if they have copper or not.

      As for brand, I would suggest that you look at our perception of various brands on this link:

      https://www.bijlibachao.com/general-tips/brand-analysis-which-is-the-best-brand-to-buy.html

      If you still have doubts, do let me know and I will certainly try to help you.

    • Sujit Sarkar

      Hi Mr. Abhishek, Thanks a lot for your reply.
      After going through your reply and links provided I feel more contented with information though with some confusions.
      1) I see that Voltas does not give copper coils in SPLIT ACs as mentioned in “http://www.bijlibachao.com/research/list-air-conditioners-available-indian-market.html” but in adverts they claim that they provide copper condenser coils and tubes. What’s the truth then?
      2) Llyod is selling ACs at price INR 10000 cheaper than other models of Voltas and about 18000/ lesser price than that of carrier ACs, just difference is in Refrigerant used R10A and R22

      Please let me know why there is that much difference in price and also which is better Refrigerant as BEE reviews refrigerants used in models periodically and bans usage of potentially more harmful gas after certain time.

      Also I would like to know review of Lloyd ACs in terms of durability longevity and prompt service provided as my experience with Carrier regarding those metrics has not caused dissatisfaction

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Voltas just like Samsung and LG uses copper coils and tubes for evaporators. But condenser is PFC, based on my observation. Their website does not spec it out clearly. But for several models I have seen distributors replying to customers that it is PFC (on Amazon, Flipkart, etc).

      Brand wise I would still say Voltas is better than Lloyd. R410A is also better than R22. But Lloyd is not too bad to completely ignore. If you find Carrier more comfortable then I would say Carrier is a better brand than Voltas and Lloyd.

  • Gurjeet Singh

    Hello Sir

    Pls suggest Best AC in 1.5 Ton Category in inverter as well as in Fixed speed series. Also pls mention the price as per Delhi Location. Pls confirm at earliest.

  • Anindra Samantaray

    Hi Abhishek, I have a 200sqft hall with no wall exposed to direct sunlight, but it’s on the top floor. I live in Hyderabad where temperature soars to 44 degrees or more during summer. Can you please suggest me an AC of right capacity? It has to be inverter AC and very efficient.

  • Vivek Harry

    I’m planning to buy Inverter AC 1.5 TON. My requirement is Least Power Consumption with Good Life and Good Service

    Which brand is Best(except O General)?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Go for Daikin (except model no FTKH)

    • ravindra varma

      hello sir you suggested to not to take daikin ftkh model . can i know the reason

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      It is not very energy efficient. You may be better off buying a BEE 5 star rated non inverter AC in comparison to that.

  • sanjeev raitani

    would also like to have your feedback on carrier estrella model

  • sanjeev raitani

    hi Abhishek, how would you rate Hitachi Kaze plus 5 star model. also need your feedback for Whirlpool magicool WAC WAR18B56MO model which is also a 5 star model. which one out of these would make a better choice. pl suggest. i am in delhi and my average uses will be 7 to 8 hours a day.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hello Mr Sanjeev,

      Firstly I must say I do not think it is wise to purchase Window ACs these days. Firstly because there are very few energy efficient options. Secondly there are very few options in general because manufacturers are trying to phase out window ACs. Even the most energy efficient window AC option which is available is less efficient than BEE 5 star rated split ACs (or non inverter compressor type).

      Your usage of AC is high and ideally I would have suggested going for an inverter technology split air conditioner. But if you want to go for 1.5 ton window AC then the only good option is Hitachi RAV518HUD (Summer QC model), which has an EER of 3.5 which is just about equal to BEE 5 star split AC. There is no other good option in window ACs.

  • Nalin

    Hi!

    Thanks for the information. I want to buy a 1.5 ton inverter AC. Currently I’m in Ahmedabad but soon i will move to Delhi. I have done some search on different brands and have come up with these:

    1. Bluestar 1.5 Ton Inverter P series.
    2. Hitachi Kashikoi 5400i 1.5 Ton
    3. Samsung Neo Inverter 1.5 ton AR18KV5HBWKNNA
    4. LG Inverter BSA18IMA
    5. O General ASGA18JCC

    I have the following questions about them.

    1. Humidity removal : Bluestar has lowest at 1.8 L/hr followed by Samsung at 2 L/hr and O general at 2.8 L/hr. LG and Hitachi do not mention these. How should these effect buying decision? Are they important in real life situations? As Delhi weather is high humidity should i go with O-general?

    2. Compressor and PCB and Warrany: Bluestar and Hitachi have a copper compressor. As from the comparison discussed in a post on the site, copper ones are better. But LG has something called MF technology which it claims to be better than copper ones. Similarly Samsung has Durafin. O-general also has aluminium compressor. Also warranty by samsung for inverter technology is 10 years while rest have 5 years. Bluestar also has 5 years warranty but it has PCB protection and an external unit protection.

    3. I also wish to enquire what would be the frequency of cost of replacing the various types of filter in Bluestar AC and for others too as they may add to the running cost.

    I’m less inclined towars hitachi because of the service issues and price difference.

    All this has me confused. Overall Bluestar seems better because of copper compressor and pcb protection but it has lower humidity removal than O-general. Samsung states that the model has an improved durafin and offers 10 years waaranty on Inverter technology only in addition to standard 5 yrears on compressor.

    Please help me in this regard.

    • Nalin

      I also checked out the link with recommended brands on the site. In it Videocon 1.5 Ton Penta Inverter AC VSX57.WV was mentioned. It has Gold fin evaporators in the indoor unit. Is that present in other Brands too?

    • Nalin

      Also in another comment you mention that bluestar compressor is a mix of copper and aluminium but on their site they mention differently. I’m more inclined to go for copper ones. And is Videocon also all copper?
      Is Samsung 10 yr inverter warranty enough to make the switch from copper to aluminium?
      I’m uploading a few pictures of the balcony. i have covered it with this green plastic sheet to keep sun and dust out. The balcony faces an open ground with few trees. It does not stop air circulation but keeps sun out. Will it hamper in cooling?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      From mix of copper and aluminium I meant there are some models with all copper and some models with aluminium. So while choosing a model from Blue Star you need to make sure that the model is all copper. Their brochure clearly mentions which is all copper and which has aluminium: http://www.bluestarindia.com/roomacs/pdf/Bluestar.pdf

      Samsung 10 year inverter warranty is on the compressor not on condenser. Compressor is not aluminium, condenser and evaporator are. You need to look at condenser warranty.

      Your outdoor unit should be protected from Sun and there should be good air circulation. So I think your setup is good.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Nalin,

      I would say Blue Star is much better brand than Videocon.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Here is my response:

      1) When you use an AC, you ideally keep the doors and windows closed. Heat travels through material and thus heat outside comes into the room through walls, doors and windows (even when you close it) and needs to be removed (that is why room gets hot again when you switch off the AC). But humidity does not seep in through walls, doors and windows. Once humidity is removed, the room does not get humid untill you open doors and windows and the air outside gets inside the room. So an AC will low rate of removal will take more time to remove humidity, but eventually all ACs will remove humidity (and it does not take more than 30-40 mins for the room to become comfortable if you have a right sized AC … and I am talking about Mumbai).

      2) Humidity is not at all high in Delhi. Places like Mumbai, Chennai, etc that are close to sea have high humidity. Also unless you are close to Yamuna in NCR, you will not feel high humidity. And then again I do not think Humidity removal has to be a big factor.

      3) Regular filters just need regular cleaning as shown in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is68pAhMgqw ….. there should be no need of replacing filters unless there is any special filter that has some chemicals for additional filtering. You just need to wash them every 4-6 months to make sure that the air you get is cool.

      4) If you are not close to a water body, I would say that Multi Channel Flow condenser can be great in cooling efficiently. The only problems that condensers have is with corrosion. And I personally have full confidence in Samsung and LG on their condensers. But then people do not prefer going for aluminium condenser if they live close to a water body that can cause corrosion. Typically aluminium condenser needs replacement in case of corrosion. Copper can be fixed. Both can corrode.

    • Nalin

      Thanks for you replies. You have been of great help. I will go for Bluestar one then. Also the information on the site is very helpful. Thanks again.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      By the way, PCB protection is also very helpful. PCB can fail due to two reasons: 1) Power surges (caused due to short circuits or lightning) 2) Corrosion. To prevent from surges you need surge protection and to protect from corrosion you need corrosion protection. Please note, PCB repair can be expensive if it fails. Protection for PCB is a very good feature.

  • Gurjeet Singh

    Dear Sir

    Pls help us in choosing AC for personal use. I am Interested in buying a Split AC 2 TON preferring Hitach or O General Brand and my Budget Range is between 40,000 to 45,000. Pls suggest best Model in terms of ALL.

    Also in case you think I have to go with some other brand and model then pls suggest at earliest

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hello Mr Singh,

      I doubt that you can get a good 2 ton AC of Hitachi or General in your budget. The best (most energy efficient) that I could find online is Bluestar 5HW24MA (check: http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B00REFXU9W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=3626&creative=24822&creativeASIN=B00REFXU9W&linkCode=as2&tag=bijlbach-21 ) which may cost about 47K.

      Or else you may look at Samsung AR24JC3TFURNNA or AR24JC3HATPNNA

    • Gurjeet Singh

      Sir

      Still I prefer to go with 2 TON Hitachi & O General but how much more I have to spend or what would be the limit. Pls suggest the best one.

      Actual I check following brands with dealer they said all other using MIX product (means they had down the Quality and are not for personal and long term use). Pls suggest the best one (Any Brand). Max Limit is 55K for personal and long term use
      Daikin
      Voltas
      Blue Star
      Mistubushi &
      Panasonic

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hello Mr Singh,

      If you want only Hitachi or General, then I would suggest you to go for any of these:

      Best Choice:
      Hitachi ACE 3200I (RAU324EWEAS)
      or Hitachi NEO 3200I (RAU324EWEAD)

      Next few choices:
      Hitachi RAU524MWD
      Hitachi RAU524IVD
      Hitachi RAU524AVD

      Could not find any model from General that is energy efficient (electricity saving) and yet fits in your budget.

    • Gurjeet Singh

      Hello Sir

      Thanks for your prompt reply. I have an query & want something more
      Is it true that other brands using MIX products as compare to Hitachi & O General?

      Any other BEST option except Hitachi & General in terms Cooling, Energy Saving and Long durability in 2 TON category. Pls suggest the best Model and brand

      Regards

    • Gurjeet Singh

      Sir

      Pls share your views on given Query. Suggest the best in 2 TON model pls any Brand in split. Having good air flow and durable for personal use.

      Regards

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      You may look at any of these:

      Hitachi RAU524MWD
      Hitachi RAU524AVD
      Hitachi RAU524IVD
      Hitachi RAU423HVDS
      Mitsubishi Electric MS-GL24VF
      Mitsubishi Electric MS-GK24VA
      General ASGA24FTTA
      Blue Star 5HW24MA

  • Ambar Gupta

    I am searching a efficient (5 Star ) yet low maintenance SPLIT AC with good after sale support . My budget is approx 30K

  • harsha

    hi Abhishek,
    My budjet is 55K and i need a 1.5 tonn ineverter model ac and also i want it be very efficient in terms of reducing electricty bill , please kindly suggest one best model

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Harsha,

      These are some of the most energy efficient ACs that may fit in your budget:

      Hitachi KASHIKOI 5200I (RAU518AWEA)
      Hitachi KASHIKOI 5300I (RAU518IWEA)
      Voltas 185V CROWN (AW)
      Voltas 185V DYE
      Samsung AR18JV5DAWKNNA
      Daikin FTKM50QRV16

      Out of these Hitachi KASHIKOI 5300I (RAU518IWEA)would be the most efficient.

    • harsha

      Hi Abhishek ,

      but most of places reviews are like hitachi customer care is not good , can i go for it . or is that very effective in electricitry consumption ?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Harsha,

      You asked for the most energy efficient options and I gave you the list. Yes, we have also heard complaints about their service. However, many people specifically ask for Hitachi. Also, service is location specific. I personally have a Hitachi in my office, and my experience was not that bad. If you are looking at sites like mouthshut, then you will not get positive feedback about any brand (because the platform is meant to complain). But Hitachi Kashikoi is the most energy efficient model in the market (purely based on numbers).

  • Arpit

    Hi abhishek,
    I need a small favor from you. I have been following your posts for quite few days. I have ordered Voltas 123 lyd. And i want to know is it a good one to buy. And i need a 1.5 tonn in budget 34k. Suggest some. Thanks

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Arpit,

      Voltas is a good brand and I hope you have calculated that you need a 1 ton AC of BEE 3 star rating using our calculator. If you have then it is good choice. And now that you have already ordered it, giving more choices will just create more confusion.

  • Suresh

    Hi , I wanna Know a detail On selecting AC , What will be the suitable TON for 160 Square feet room , Please suggest Height will be 12 feet ..

  • srikanth

    hi,as per your article can you suggest some brands that are known for air conditioning technology

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Srikanth,

      We have a few FAQs on this page: http://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

      FAQ no 9 is: “Which Brand is Good?”

      Answer is: This is the most common question we get which is most difficult to answer. We have tried to answer this on our link: Which is the best brand to buy?. A lot of it is perception based on experience. However these are the brands that you will most likely find in our recommendations: Daikin, Hitachi, Sharp, Panasonic, General, Mitsubishi, Carrier, Blue Star, LG, Voltas, Samsung, Godrej. Not that other companies are bad, but these are top most. The only brands that we do not recommend to buy are the brands that used to be retailers and now have started selling ACs under their own brand names.

  • animesh

    Hi i want to buy a split AC . i live on 17th floor in Noida . Please suggest which one to buy and is it advised to buy online?

  • Nishant Gogri

    Hi Abhishek.
    I want split AC for my living room of 240 sq. feet , height 8.5 feet in Mumbai. It faces direct sunlight from west in the later part of the afternoon ( not a top floor). As per calculator I need 1.5 ton AC, but I am confused for the which star I should buy for the usage of 600 hrs. & 700 hrs. Yearly.

    Last year while purchasing AC for my bedroom I asked your recommendation for the living room also. At that time u suggested me 5 star AC but the this time calculator is suggesting me to go for 3 star till the usage of 800 hrs.

    Please advise me for the star of AC to go for 600 hrs & 700 hrs. Or should I follow the calculator only.

    Big thanks in advance.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      HI Nishant,

      Tariffs in Mumbai are so high (and increasing every year) that I always suggest the most efficient model unless the usage is extremely low. Just today morning I read news of another hike :) https://in.news.yahoo.com/tata-power-proposes-tariff-hike-020000278.html

      By the way, 700-800 hrs is a borderline case of choice of star rating in Mumbai. Always better to go for more efficient model as you would be using AC for many more years to come.

    • Nishant Gogri

      Thanks a ton Abhishek.

      Just one query – I heard from my AC service guy that to repair an inverted AC is very costly & you have to change the entire part of something.

      Is this true ? Or is it same thing to repair inverter AC & non inverter AC.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      HI Nishant,

      Inverter AC has electronic components that can be expensive to repair. Just like your TV or Computer, it needs protection from Surges (if they happen in your area). Another thing is that in case if you live in a place where the environment is corrosive, you should go for an AC that has protection for the PCB. But then these things do not happen every day. I have not heard about it from anyone in my own circle (and I have made a lot of people in my circle buy an inverter AC :) ).

    • Nishant Gogri

      Also one one more thing the cooling capacity of few ACs with good EER is 4900/5000 W (Onida/Godrej). And some of some them is 5275 to 5500 ( hitachi)

      So for my hall size of 240 sq. feet what cooling capacity should I look in 1.5 ton AC.
      Or CC doesn’t matter if I’m purchasing 1.5 ton AC with good EER.

      PL. Advice.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Nishant,

      Cooling capacity is something that determines the tonnage of an AC. Ideally, 3517 watts of cooling capacity is 1 ton. So a 5000 W cooling capacity is equal to 1.42 tons. But because in general for marketing, brands use 1, 1.5, 2 etc they just round it off to next big number. So a 1.42 gets rounded up to 1.5 ….

      Similarly no one can easily determine the right size needed for a room, because firstly the heat load keeps changing in the room based on temperature outside, number of people in the room, number of times you open/close the door and obviously the size of the room. So to give an approximation, most calculators that you would see in the market would tell you the approximate size or tonnage of AC that can bring down the temperature of your room to 25 degrees on the hottest day of the year. It means on all other days you it can work better.

      Now 1.5 ton for 240 sq ft room sounds highly undersized for most cities in the country. Only if you are in places like Mumbai or Chennai (that do not have too high temperature but are more humid), will a 1.5 ton AC give decent cooling for that sized room. Even in Mumbai or Chennai, it will be effective if the room is majorly empty. Even then it will not cool to 25 degrees … but I think it can still cool to 27-28 degrees if the room is mostly empty (which again is quite comfortable).

      In most other places it will be undersized. From that I mean, it will just cool the area close to the AC (impact area). Which would be about 8-9 ft from the AC. Beyond that distance, you will not feel the cooling. Also if you plan to undersize the AC, then it is better to go for fixed speed AC than inverter, because an inverter will be mostly running at peak capacity and will not give the benefits of variable tonnage most of the time. You can check the right capacity for your room using the calculator on this page: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      But yes, higher cooling capacity will cool faster than lower cooling capacity.

  • Dhinesh

    Hi Bijli,
    I am moving to Bangalore, i am looking for a 1.5T split AC with heating feature. I want to use in both summer and winter. I want a most energy efficient ( inverter with 5 star )and good quality one. Which do you suggest ?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Mitsubishi Heavy Industries SRK50ZMX-S is the best model. MHI SRK52HE-2 is also good.

  • chirag

    Dear sir,

    I have a room of 12 x 14 x 10. sun on two sides of the walls of the room. Usage is 8 to 10 hours for 3 months in a year. Your calculator suggest 1.5 Ton normal and 1.2 Ton Invertor Ac. Which brand and which technology should i go for. My main aim is good price, Efficiency and less electricity bill.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Chirag,

      “Good Price” is very subjective :). The calculator would also have suggested you “Recommended Star Rating”. As for brand, we have listed this as one of the FAQs on the page: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

      Which Brand Is Good? : This is the most common question we get which is most difficult to answer. We have tried to answer this on our link: Which is the best brand to buy?. A lot of it is perception based on experience. However these are the brands that you will most likely find in our recommendations: Daikin, Hitachi, Sharp, Panasonic, General, Mitsubishi, Carrier, Blue Star, LG, Voltas, Samsung, Godrej. Not that other companies are bad, but these are top most. The only brands that we do not recommend to buy are the brands that used to be retailers and now have started selling ACs under their own brand names.

      I would suggest that you look at these brands, apply filter based on your budget on this page: https://www.bijlibachao.com/research/list-air-conditioners-available-indian-market.html

      The default sort on the list is by energy efficiency. So you can look at the top models.

  • sant

    Hi Abhishek Jain, Suggest me best 1 ton ac n my budget is around 30k to 38k either 5 star or inverter. My usage is 12hrs a day only during hot days especially all summer days… Earlier i have LG 1 ton which purchased on 2007 n giving trouble now so i planned to change.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hello Mr Sant,

      I think you can get a Voltas BEE 3 star 1 ton inverter AC in your budget. It would be a good choice. Your usage of AC is high. In case you need more suggestions then you can also look at our database of all ACs available in market on this link: https://www.bijlibachao.com/research/list-air-conditioners-available-indian-market.html

      You can use the filters on the table on this page to filter out models as per your budget.

      As for brand, I would suggest that you look at our perception of various brands on this link:

      https://www.bijlibachao.com/general-tips/brand-analysis-which-is-the-best-brand-to-buy.html

    • sant

      thanks for ur suggestion mr.abhishek jain , now ive small confusion.. ive shortlisted some brands such Daikin, hitachi, o general. for my budget there 1ton 5 star rating is available from all 3 brands. My question is can i go for 5 star from daikin r hitachi for BRAND rating OR i choose ur suggestion voltas bee 3 star 1ton inverter? Coz in bijlibachao giving top rating for Hitachi n daikin than voltas. tia

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Efficiency wise Both BEE 5 star rated Hitachi and BEE 3 star inverter from Voltas may turn out quite similar. But I would still suggest going for inverter technology. Just because likely hood of inverter AC saving electricity is lot more in inverter AC.

    • sant

      once again thanks for ur valuable suggestion. In snapdeal offering for 39K range following “Voltas 1.5 Ton 183V EY Inverter 3 Star” & “Voltas 1.5 Ton 183 V IY DC Inverter 3 Star ” is both products r valuable for money? If worth , for wch one should i go? tia..

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Both have similar technical specs. The only difference is that EY series has extra filter while IY series has control through smartphone. Depends on what you want. Both are good.

    • sant

      Thank u very much mr.abhishek!!

  • Anindra

    Hi, I’m looking to buy a 1.5 ton inverter split ac. I have shortlisted below two:

    Daikin FTKM50QRV16
    Carrier superia plus k+

    Can you please suggest which one I should go for? Or any other 1.5T inverter AC you would like to suggest?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Daikin FTKM50QRV16 has better efficiency.

      Hitachi Kashikoi 5400, 5300, 5200 and Voltas 185V DYE, 185V CROWN (AW) are few more efficient models. Just confirm about Hitachi service in your area before buying. We have got some complaints about their service quality from several cities.

    • Nishant Gogri

      Yes. Hitachi service in Mumbai is not that good. My hitachi window AC is very very noisy but they are not acknowledging it.

  • manozzz

    I want to buy a 1.5 T split AC, I can afford up to 35 k choose a best one for me I want good performance, low maintenance and low electricity consumption type don’t forward to ur link suggest me a best 1

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      You can go for a BEE 5 star rated AC from Voltas (or may be Blue Star). You can get them in your budget and would be efficient as well.

  • Turner Roy

    What’s your opinion on Blue Star ACs, especially the model 3CNHW18CAF/U? It comes with an ISEER rating of 3 stars (fyi). Do you think it efficient than that of a 5 star non-inverter AC? Thanks

    • Turner Roy

      it is**

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      A BEE 3 star rated Inverter AC is equal or better than 5 star non-inverter ACs. Actually star rating is a range of energy efficiency. Any non-inverter model having EER of 3.51 and above is rated as BEE 5 star. So you have some models with BEE 5 star rating with EER of 3.51, while some even have EER of 3.9.

      Similarly BEE 3 star rated inverter AC is a range. A low ISEER BEE 3 star rated inverter AC would be as efficient as higher EER BEE 5 star rated non-inverter AC, but a high ISEER BEE 3 star rated inverter AC would be better than any BEE 5 star rated non inverter AC.

      This BEE 3 star rated model from blue star would be as efficient as a 5 star non inverter AC of EER 3.8-3.9. But better than any AC having EER less than that. There are only 2-3 non inverter models having that high EER. So I think it is a good choice.

  • GOPAL CHAVDA

    hello abhishek how is aux inverter ac ? my friend is a dealer and preferred me for aux inverter ac, he will take all responsibility, but i purchased after your review pls reply

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      I have not heard of Aux much. It does not seem to have BEE star rating as well. From what I got to know online, it is a brand from China (not that all chinese brands make bad products). TO be really frank, I cannot comment on it.

  • vipul

    suggest me best 1.5 ton split ac in budget of 40K using of copper tube

  • Vaibhav Rastogi

    how about ifb 1 ton inverter ac?

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      It’s nominal EER is 3.05. Better go for a more efficient BEE 5 star rated AC.

  • GOPAL CHAVDA

    ONE MORE QUESTION PLS WHICH MODEL OF PANASONIC 1.5 TON 5 STAR YOU PREFER, ROOM SIZE 16*12*10 USE OF 7 HOURS AT NIGHT

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Panasonic models with econavi sensors are quite good.

  • GOPAL CHAVDA

    hi ABHISHEK, I SELECT 3 BRANDS 1) MITSUBISHI HEAVY DUTY 1.5 TON 5 STAR SRK 20CSS6 (2) BLUE STAR 1.5 TON 5STAR 5HW18ZCW (3) DAIKIN 1.5 TON 5STAR FTF50PRV16 PLS SUGGEST I AM TOO MUCH CONFUSED WHICH ONE BUY ? PLS HELP BECAUSE MY OLD AC IS NOT WORKING AND PURCHASE NEW IMMEDIATELY..

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Mitsubishi Heavy Industries models are quite powerful in general. If they have good support in your area, then go for it.

    • GOPAL CHAVDA

      THANK U FOR FAST REPLY

    • GOPAL CHAVDA

      IS THERE ANY COMPLAIN OR ISSUE IN PCB ?

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      I have not heard of any.

  • Vidhu

    Hi Abhishek,

    Have read lots of your replies and would love to have one for my query as well. We are planning to buy a split AC 1.5 TON 5* and with the energy saving factor in our mind. Our budget is upto 35 K, can you please suggest us which model and brand shall we go for it?

    Thanks

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Difficult to get top brands in 1.5 ton 5* in your budget. The best that I can think of is going for Voltas BEE 5 star rated AC. They are good and can fit in your budget.

  • Nina

    Hi Bijli Bachao Team,

    First of all thanks a lot for putting such valuable information on you site.

    With your advise I have arrived at a decision on which brand of AC to Buy and what are the points to keep in mind.

    I decided to buy FTKM50QRV16 of Daikin. Every dealer is giving me new information on the same.

    One is saying this series was a 2015 series and in 2016 it is replaced with FTKM50RRV16

    Another one is saying that FTKM is not available in the market and instead they are offering FTKC50 made in Thailand.

    I can’t figure out which series to go for and what is the difference between FTKC/FTKH/FTKM/ and FTKM/DTKP.

    could you please help me with this confusion.

    Thanks
    Nina

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi,

      The information that QRV16 was last years number convention and RRV16 is current years numbering convention is right. However the specs have not changed, they have just changed the model number.

      If you do not get FTKM, then I would suggest that you look at Hitachi Kashikoi 5400/5300/5200 models. If you are interested only in Daikin, then Daikin FTKP is the next best model. Even FTKC from Thailand is good and would be between FTKM and FTKP as far as energy efficiency is concerned. FTKH is their lowest energy efficiency inverter AC model.

    • Nina

      Hi Abhishek,

      Thanks for your very helpful reply. Can you tell how much an FTKM50RRV16 should be and how much a Hitachi Kashikoi 5400 will be?

      Regards
      Nina

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hitachi RAU518CWEA would be about 62K whereas Daikin FTKM would be about 56K (source amazon.in).

    • Nina

      Dear Abhishek,

      The dealer is now quoting a new model in FTKM series. FTKM50PRV16, what is the differenc ebetween this and FTKM50RRV16?

      Please advise.

      Nina

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      They are the same model, just the new numbering convention.

    • Nina

      Thanks Abhiskek, does one need to put an Stablizer with Invertor AC?

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Depends on the power quality in your area. If it is bad then you do and if not then you do not. Would suggest you to read FAQ no 20 on this page: http://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

  • Suryan

    Hi bijibacho team,

    I am interested in buying a 1.5 ton 3 star or 5 star rating A/c I want to know which is EEF A/c is better 3 star or 5 star. Brands i have in mind is Hitachi, Daikin, Lloyds – with 100% Copper. I am a heavy user in day and night i want the star rating A/c.

    Kindly suggest best models on the three above.

    regards
    surya

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Suryan,

      I would strongly suggest that you look at Calculator, FAQ and list of top ACs on this link on our website: http://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

      It will help you choose the right size, right star rating and right model/brand of AC for your room.

    • Suryan

      hi abhishek,

      Thanks for your reply i visited the site you have mentioned but i am confused. Please suggest me 2 models from hitachi or daikin 1.5 or 1.8 ton 3 star or 5 star model please.

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      You can look at Hitachi RAU520MWD or RAU520AVD ….. however please note that any decision like this is not an informed decision … you have not properly evaluated what you need and this can result in either high electricity bills (if AC is oversized or if your usage is high) or improper cooling (if AC is undersized).

    • Suryan

      Dear Abhishek,

      I have chosen the following brands under 1.5 ton split a.c
      1) Daikin 1.5 ton FTF60QRV 16
      2) Hitachi zunoh 5200 f RAU518avd
      3) LG L- PEARL TERMINATOR ,1.5TR 5STAR LSA5PT5D (Himalayan cool and Mosquito drive away technology)
      4) Lllyods LSA193PN 3 STAR
      5) Llyods 5 star LSA195LX

      Please suggest me the brand which is chose from the above.

      regards
      surya

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hitachi RAU518AVD is the most energy efficient (EER 3.7) of all the models that you have listed.

    • Suryan

      Dear Abshikek I have purchase RAU514IVD 1.2 TON its is working well but compressor is too nosiry, I have not paid my eb bill after installing the A/c

  • manjeet

    Hi bb please advice me about split ac for 2 rooms 10×11×10 soutwest facing all wall exposed to sun light one room above it another room 9×12×10southeast facing only east wall exposed to sun and oneroom above it.my usage 8hr /day x5to6months I live in panipat electricity here 7rs

  • m joseph

    hai thank you very much for your support, just now my friends told me about lloyds LS19A3GR which is having fully copper condencer with 3 star rating, and below 30k with stabilizer and installation. can you pls tell me to decide finally.can i trust lloyds brand.

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Lloyd is a economy brand but a decent brand. Certainly not amongst the top but a good Indian brand. They do have full copper models, however their copper pipes are not as thick as what you would get with a Hitachi. But then that is what makes it cheaper. As for choice of BEE 3 star, it will depend on your usage of AC. Based on our market analysis, BEE 3 star rated fixed speed ACs are the least energy efficient ACs available in market currently. There are hardly any brands making ACs with lesser efficiency than BEE 3 star.

  • m joseph

    thank you mr.abhishek, i just searched one Voltas 18V LY 1.5 Ton Inverter Split AC which power consumption(cooling) is 5275 watts. but i cant understand what it means.

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      5275 watts is the cooling capacity and not the actual power consumption. Cooling capacity is the rate at which AC can remove heat from the room. Any 1.5 ton AC would have cooling capacity about 5275 watts. The actual power consumption is different.

    • Vikash Tripathi

      my requirement is a 1.5 ton ac with 3 star rating , preferred brands are daikin , blue-star and whirlpool ; budget is 35 to 40 thousand pls reply
      i live in kolkata

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Vikash,

      We have a list of ACs sorted by energy efficiency on this link: http://www.bijlibachao.com/research/list-air-conditioners-available-indian-market.html

      On the table you can filter by brand, budget and star rating (filters are at the bottom). Would suggest you to try that.

  • m joseph

    hai i am joseph tiruchirapalli,tamilnadu. i want to purchase a split ac for 10×12 room. and also i need fully copper condencer with minimum power consumption. pls help me to decide.

  • Jaya Waghmare

    Thanx for solving my problem.I have decided to go with Diakin inverter AC FTKM35PRV16.

  • Jaya Waghmare

    Hello Mr. Abhishek, thanx for all your helpful posts.I zeroed on to buy a 1 ton inverter Ac of Carrier company for a room of 100 sqft on ground floor ,not directly facing sun at Nagpur. But when I actually went to the dealer he told me that they will never recommend inverter AC for climate of Nagpur as it will stop working at high temperatures rather I should go for 3 star premium brand AC according to my requirements. Is his suggestion right. Should I not buy an inverter AC and if not then which one should I go for.

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      I will always recommend inverter AC. There is no reason for it to not work in Nagpur.

  • Jay

    Hi Abhishek,
    Room size is 8’6”x7’11” (dinning) + 13’x10’3” (drawing). Top floor in Ahmedabad city. None of the wall is exposed to sun light except ceiling. Please advice the tonnage and star rating AC which is cost effecting and good. Thanks

  • NVS Rajesh

    Hi Abhishek Jain,

    I am staying in Kakinada(Andhra Pradesh) its a sea area. I am planning to buy AC my room size 10*12. my budget is up to 40 K. Could you please let me know the following things:

    1. Which energy rating i need to go for 3 / 5 Star
    2.I saw few models and am confused which one is the best model out of the below model numbers….

    A part from these model numbers can u suggest which is the best model number
    with all features like (auto cleaning, auto restart, anti dust, anti bacteria, dehumidifiction)
    Llyod : LS19A5SN (1.5 Ton, 5*)
    Llyod : LS19A5LX (1.5 Ton, 5*)

    LG: LSA5NP5A- Nova plus ( 1.5 Ton, 5*)
    LG: LSA5SP5D – Stella Plus ( 1.5 Ton, 5*)
    LG: LSA5AT5D – Aura Terminator ( 1.5 Ton, 5*)

    In the above LG same models are available also in ( 1.5 Ton, 3*) also there. Which one i need to go.

    In Llyod “Auto restart” option is not there and when compared to LG(32DB) inside unit noise level is more in Llyod (42/48 DB)

    please suggest me which one i need to go for… Thanks inadvance..Waiting for your reply

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi,

      Can you try the calculator and the list on this page: http://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html …. the calculator can help you find the right size and star rating depending on the size of your room and usage of AC. The list on the page has top most energy efficient AC options.

    • NVS Rajesh

      OK…Out of these below which models will be best one

      Llyod : LS19A5SN (1.5 Ton, 5*)

      Llyod : LS19A5LX (1.5 Ton, 5*)

      LG: LSA5NP5A- Nova plus ( 1.5 Ton, 5*)

      LG: LSA5SP5D – Stella Plus ( 1.5 Ton, 5*)

      LG: LSA5AT5D – Aura Terminator ( 1.5 Ton, 5*)

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Brand wise I think LG is a better brand (it is my perception and may be different for people).

  • Md.Mahaboob Pasha

    Hi Abhishek
    I am following your posts from few days , gained lot of info about AC s. I have used ur calculator and finalized 1.5 ton ac. I am confused between 3 brands, Hitachi kampa , daikin’s ftkh inverter series, and bluestar r410a series. I want decent EER and long durability. reliance digital here is offering hitachi kampa 1.5 ton which is last piece left, at 35,600 and this is last year model. Can you please suggest me which one should I go with.

    • http://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      If you can get Hitachi Kampa 1.5 ton inverter AC in 35K, then it is a great buy. I think you should go ahead with it. You may not get any 1.5 ton inverter AC in that price. It has a EER of 3.4 (which is equivalent to EER of 4.25 of regular AC).

  • vijay rasve

    hi,
    I stay in Hyderabad, my room is 10X10X10. I am looking for 3star 1ton split AC, kindly advise on Lg, Blue star & onida depending on after sales service or customer support in Hyderabad. which brand I should go for?

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