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Top Ten Air Conditioners in India by electricity consumption and size

By on April 6, 2014

Top Ten AC For all the households using air conditioners, a major component of electricity bill is contributed by the air conditioners. If you are someone who is worried about high electricity bills due to air conditioners then buying energy efficient air conditioner makes much more sense to you. There are multiple types and brands of air conditioners available in the market today. Everyone wishes to be informed before making a buying decision of an air conditioner. Most sources on the Internet provide details on features and reviews. Electricity consumption hardly becomes the deciding factor. To help people make electricity consumption as deciding factor, we at Bijli Bachao have decided to put up a list of Top Ten air conditioners in India by electricity consumption and size.

  • The list below does not include inverter technology air conditioners. But please note that inverter technology air conditioners are the most efficient air conditioner.
  • The basis of this ranking is the data from BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency). BEE data contains cooling capacity, power consumption and their ratio (also called as energy efficiency ratio) and this information is self reported by the manufacturers. The values are calculated under test conditions.
  • We have taken the data on electricity consumption (energy efficiency ratio) and categorized it by the capacity or tonnage of the air conditioner. The air conditioner with the highest value of EER is given the highest ranking. Multiple models with the same value are given the same rank.
  • It is important to note that knowing Cooling Capacity of an air conditioner is very important because for same tonnage the cooling capacity of various models vary. The higher the cooling capacity more heat an air conditioner can remove.
  • It is also important to size an air conditioner for a room properly. An oversized air conditioner cannot remove humidity properly and undersized will keep running all the time increasing electricity consumption. So it is important to choose right cooling capacity.
  • The list below contains only the top ten ranked air conditioners. List of all BEE star rated air conditioners are available on the useful links given below.
  • Window and Split air conditioners have been listed as seperate categories.
  • We regularly update this list as new models get added in the BEE list of air conditioners.
  • Unlike other top ten appliance links on our website we have not added “Add to Compare” feature on this page yet. We will add it as soon as we have the calculator for air conditioners ready.

 

Top Ten Air Conditioners

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Click To Expand: Window (<= 1 Ton)

RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)
1LGLWA3GP5F1.00037751125.0
1LGLWA3BP5F1.00037751125.0
2WHIRLPOOLWAR12B54M01.00036001075.0
3HITACHIRAW511KTD1.00034501055.0
3HITACHIRAW511KTD1.00034501055.0
4HITACHIRAW511KSDP1.0003225990.0
4HITACHIRAW511KSD1.0003225990.0
5LGLWA3GP4F1.00035501110.0
5LGLWA3BP4F1.00035501110.0
5LGLWA3CR4F41.00035501110.0
5LGLWA3PR5F1.00035501110.0
5LGLWA3PR5D1.00035501110.0
5LGLWA3CP4F1.00035501110.0
6REFRICONRW/R-30001.00035001129.0
7LGLWA3GP3F1.00035001160.0
7LGLWA3BP3F1.00035001160.0
8ONIDAW123TRD1.00035161170.0
9LGLWA3HW4DD11.00036601220.0
10CARRIERGWRAC012ER0301.00035001197.0
10CARRIERGWRAC012ERe0301.00035001197.0

Click To Expand: Window (1 Ton to 1.5 Ton)

RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)
1HITACHIRAV514ESD1.20041001160.0
2WHIRLPOOLWAR14B54M01.20038701118.0
3ZAMILZW018X5CV21.50052001566.0
4ZAMILZW018X5CV11.50051001536.0
5HITACHIRAV518ESD1.50051201550.0
5HITACHIRAV518HSD1.50051201550.0
6HITACHIRAV518HTD1.50052001575.0
6HITACHIRAV518HTD1.50052001575.0
7HITACHIRAT514ESD1.20040201220.0
8HITACHIRAV513ERD1.10039001190.0
9HITACHIRAV513ESD1.10040001230.0
9HITACHIRAV513HSD1.10040001230.0
10HITACHIRAT513HTD1.10040601250.0
10HITACHIRAT513HTD1.10040601250.0

Click To Expand: Window (1.5 Ton to 2 Ton)

RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)
1HIMGIRIHGNCR 4S 252.00067402310.0
2NATIONAL AIRCONNA/WAC-2000/ROTARY2.00070002400.0
2REFRICONRW/4R/2.02.00070002400.0
2SHIBSONSRS/4R/2.02.00070002400.0
2TEMPAIRTA/R/202.00070002400.0
3BLUE STAR2W24LA2.00058502080.0
4HITACHIRAV322ESD2.00061602200.0
4HITACHIRAV322HSD2.00061602200.0
5HITACHIRAT322ESD2.00061602240.0
6ZAMILZW022X2CV12.00061002234.0
7SHIBSONSRS/2.02.00070002570.0
7TEMPAIRTA/202.00070002570.0
8REFRICONRW/3R/2.02.00070002580.0
8REFRICONRW/T-60002.00070002580.0
9GUJRALGL24WRT32.00069762574.0
10WEATHER MAKERSWM20WS032.00067502500.0

Click To Expand: Split (<= 1 Ton)

RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)
1TRANETTK512HRB00A0.9503331874.0
2GODREJGSC 12 FG 7 BMG1.0003375912.0
2GODREJGSC 12 FG 7 OMG1.0003375912.0
2GODREJGSC 12 FG 7 BLG1.0003375912.0
2GODREJGSC 12 FG 7 WLG1.0003375912.0
2GODREJGSC 12 FG 7 WMG1.0003375912.0
3ONIDAS125TRC1.0003516955.0
3ONIDAS125CUR1.0003516955.0
4MITSUBISHI ELECTRICMS-GK10VA0.7502700740.0
5WHIRLPOOLSAR12B54C01.0003450948.0
6PANASONICCS-XC12QKY/CU-XC12QKY1.00037001020.0
7ONIDAS125FLT-N1.0003516975.0
7ONIDAS125DFL1.0003516975.0
8LGLSA3AP5M1.0003516976.0
8LGLSA3EW5M1.0003516976.0
8LGLSA3NP5F1.0003516976.0
8LGLSA3ES5M1.0003516976.0
8LGLSA3SP5M1.0003516976.0
8LGLSA3MP5M1.0003516976.0
8LGLSA3TM5M1.0003516976.0
8LGLSA3VP5M1.0003516976.0
9YORKYPHFZC012BAEQAFX1.0003517977.0
10ONIDAS112SLH51.00037001030.0
10ONIDAS12SLH51.00037001030.0

Click To Expand: Split (1 Ton to 1.5 Ton)

RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)
1WHIRLPOOLSAR14L54D01.20040501092.0
2GODREJGSC 18 FG 7 BLG1.50049001325.0
2GODREJGSC 18 FG 7 WLG1.50049001325.0
3WHIRLPOOLSAR18B54C01.50052501442.0
4ONIDAS185DFL1.50052751450.0
4ONIDAS185FLT-N1.50052751450.0
5ONIDAS185TRC1.50053501480.0
6WHIRLPOOLSAR14L53M01.20040501122.0
6WHIRLPOOLSAR14L53M01.20040501122.0
7LGLSA5NP5F1.50052751465.0
7LGLSA5MP5M1.50052751465.0
7LGLSA5EW5M1.50052751465.0
7LGLSA5ES5M1.50052751465.0
7LGLSA5AP5M1.50052751465.0
7LGLSA5SP5M1.50052751465.0
7LGLSA5VP5M1.50052751465.0
7LGLSA5TM5M1.50052751465.0
7TOSHIBARAS-18SKDX-IN +RAS-18S2AX-IN1.50051671435.0
7YORKYPHFZC018BAEQAFX1.50052751465.0
8HITACHIRAU514ITDA1.20040501125.0
8HITACHIRAU514ITDA1.20040501125.0
8ONIDAS185CUR1.50054001500.0
9PANASONICCS-XC18QKY/CU-XC18QKY1.50055101540.0
10HITACHIRAU518ITD1.50053001490.0
10HITACHIRAU518ITD1.50053001490.0

Click To Expand: Split (1.5 Ton to 2 Ton)

RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)
1HITACHIRAU520ITD1.70057001499.0
1HITACHIRAU520ITD1.70057001499.0
1HITACHIRAU520HTD1.70057001499.0
2TRANETTK518HRB00A1.57055171535.0
3TRANETTK522HRB00A1.81063611784.0
4HITACHIRAU524ITD2.00072002028.0
4HITACHIRAU524ITD2.00072002028.0
4HITACHIRAU524HTD2.00072002028.0
5ZAMILZS022X5CV12.00062001756.0
6BLUE STAR5HW24MA2.00064001820.0
7CARRIER42KGN-024Ne + 51MSN-024NN2.00059001710.0
7CARRIER42KGN-024N + 51MSN-024NN2.00059001710.0
8MIDEAMS11M2-22CR-QC4+MOF-22C-QC42.00062011813.0
9MITSUBISHI ELECTRICMS-G24 VC2.00066001930.0
10HITACHIRAU022HQD1.80063001850.0

Click To Expand: Split (> 2 Ton)

RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)
1HITACHIRAU026HQD2.20075002175.0
2TRANETTK528HRB00A2.20077492351.0
3HITACHIRAU330HTD2.50087252825.0
3HITACHIRAU330HTD2.50087252825.0
4PANASONICCS-YC36PKY/CU-YC36PKY3.00097003190.0
4PANASONICCS-YC36PKY/CU-YC36PKY3.00097003190.0
4PANASONICCS-YC36NKY/CU-YC36NKY3.00097003190.0
4PANASONICCS-YC36MKY/CU-YC36MKY3.00097003190.0
4PANASONICCS-YC36MKYP/CU-YC36MKYP3.00097003190.0
5LGLSA6NR3F3.00063002100.0
6MITSUBISHI ELECTRICMS-E36VC-KB13.500100003460.0
7MITSUBISHI ELECTRICMS-H30VA2.50078002800.0
8TOSHIBARAS-28SKPX-IN + RAS-28S2AX-IN2.50078002920.0
9MITSUBISHI ELECTRICMS-E30VC-RB12.50085503240.0
10PANASONICCS-YC30MKYP/CU-YC30MKYP2.50080503070.0
10PANASONICCS-YC30MKY/CU-YC30MKY2.50080503070.0
10PANASONICCS-YC30NKY/CU-YC30NKY2.50080503070.0
10PANASONICCS-YC30PKY/CU-YC30PKY2.50080503070.0

SurveyUseful Links on our website:

Tips to choose the best brand air conditioner

Air Conditioner Selection: understand Tonnage, EER, COP, and Star Rating

Comparison of various brands of Air Conditioners on BEE star rating in India

Air Conditioners with Inverter technology can help save electricity

Replace old inefficient air conditioners with BEE star rated air conditioners to save electricity

Link to list of BEE Star Rated Air conditioners: http://bit.ly/OpE1JR

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There Are 440 Comments

  1. Hi Abhishek,
    First of all , its an outstanding blog in terms of information, unbiasedness. As usual there is a deluge of information in internet and am confused. I will list down the details here and would really appreciate if you can help me out

    City : Bangalore
    Daily Usage – 8 hours on week days/ 16 hours on weekends
    Months of usage: March April, May maybe June
    Room size: 14*11.5
    Floor : Top floor
    Direct Sunlight
    Window – West facing 5*5 sqft

    I guess i would need 1.5 ton

    Also looking at my usage I think 3 star ac is good as value for money. Please confirm if I need to go for 5 star or inverter

    I am confused between Daikin, Hitachi , LG and carrier. I would like to strike a middle ground in terms of technical superiority, low maintenance and after sales service. I dont have any problem going ahead with other models like blue star etc as long as it does not make run or repent. Can you please suggest some (5 would be good) specific model.?

    Also do you suggest buying AC online?

    I would really appreciate your response

  2. Rajesh Mandal says:

    Hello,
    I am Rajesh. I want to buy a split ac for 15x 10×10 ft room with 2 sides facing sunlight on top floor. I am in siliguri, WB. Usage arround 2-3 hours a day during summers (6m). Please suggest suitable brand with tonnage and star rating.
    Thanks

  3. subhash says:

    Hi

    In your top 10 recommendation, you have listed Godrej AC too.
    But in this post you are suggesting not to go for Godrej as compressor is Chinese.

    Pls do not contradict suggestions

  4. Vivek says:

    I stay in Delhi, 2nd floor, room not directly exposed to sunlight, room size approx. 10x14ft. I need to buy 1.5T Split AC. I’m thinking of 1.5T 5 Star Daikin Split. My primary purchase consideration is efficiency.
    Also, kindly advise if inverter ac is better than normal ones if usage is primarily 10-12 hours/day in summers and is worth based on this usage.

  5. Subhas says:

    Hi,

    I was just comparing the split vs window air-conditioner option given by you in Top Ten list.

    What I noticed is that at 1 tonnage and Cooling capacity of 3375 watts, power consumption in split is lower than Window AC. (912 watt in split vs 1125 watt in window, i.e. 19 % lower consumption)

    I am reading interpreting correctly ?

    Regards,

  6. vignesh says:

    our bedroom size is 10 x 14.5 and i m thinking to buy lg(1.5 ton inverter ac) or (1.5 ton star rated)

    we r in the top floor with terrace and 1wall facing west.

    we would use for 7-8 months (weekdays- 6hrs at night, {2+7}hrs weekends)

    right now i m confused where i would invest extra 6k for inverter than star rated which is good or not ?

  7. Ayan Chakraborty says:

    Hi Abhisek,

    I live in Kolkata and looking for a suitable optimum power saving AC

    Room size – 144 sqft
    There is one floor above the room. No wall is exposed to direct sunlight.

    However next year we will shift to first floor where there will be no rooms on the top. Room size will remain the same (144 sq. ft) and no wall will face direct sunlight except the roof.

    Window size – 24 sqft ( Northside and 2 doors and a 12 sg ft window in South that opens to the dining.)
    However next year we will shift to first floor where no rooms are on the top. The window will be on the south ( 24 ft and two doors on the south and north respectively).

    Usage – 4-6 hours/day & mainly in summer (8 months)specially for my baby of 11 months

    Please suggest a suitable AC that will cool my room faster as well as use optimum electricity. I also have to keep in mind the floor shift next year.

    I am really not bothered about shedding extra bucks at the cost of electricity. Hence, you can advice any brand as per my room’s requirement with suitable tonnage.

    Please render your expert advice on the same as I am looking on a long term perspective.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Ayan,

      You should look at 1.5 ton inverter AC models from Daikin (especially model no FTKV50NRV16). Even Sharp/Samsung can be cheap as well as efficient.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      P.S: Please help us by taking survey on this link: http://www.sustain-it-india.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=687551&lang=en

    • Ayan Chakraborty says:

      Hi Abhisek,

      Thank you very much for the response.

      I am a regular follower of your blog and its really very informative.

      I got to know a lot about inverter ACs just going through your posts.

      As per your advice I have zeroed on the Daikin FTKV50NRV16 model.

      However, you also told me to consider the Sharp and Samsung Inverter ACs.

      Could you please advice the models you are referring to here.

      Also a local dealer emphasized on the Mitsubishi (MSYGE13VA), Sharp (AH-X15RET) and O General (ASGA18JCC).

      I got a bit confused and hence asking your expert advice on the same again.

      Regards,

      Ayan

    • Aniruddha says:

      Hi Ayan, I think you should opt for an DC inverter air conditioner. It will cost you a bit but on the other hand you can save a lot of money even after long hours of usage. I would recommend you to buy O General Ac though they have some after sales service issues but the product will be beyond your expectation or you can go for Hitachi or Daikin.(This 3 has very high cooling efficiency products) If you fall short on your budget or choices then you can look for *voltas, *carrier or Panasonic *Lg, *Samsung (*Best after sales service) Never Buy Onida, Hair, Goodrej, Loyed (They comes with chinise compressor). According to your room size Ayan 1.5 Ton is sufficient for your room. Do check weather this models comes with a copper coil or not? I mean both indoor and outdoor unit. Also please be needful to check the warranty of that product. The entire body and compressor both comes at different period of warranty. I would suggest you to go for something which allows the whole machine covered in the warranty and try to get the one which gives maximum period of it. All the best.

  8. raj says:

    is inverter model in daikin 1.5 split is good? if good in that which model FTKD50FVM or FTKV50NRV16 is best

  9. Vikram Singh says:

    Hi I’m Vikram from bhopal I want to buy a Ac my room size is 10×11 so I think that 1 ton would be good, I’m in great confusion about which brand to buy as reviews of Carrier and Bluestar and not good, my budget is Rs 37,000 can you please suggest me an AC With 5 star rating with inverter technology and with all the other facilities like humidity control etc. Plz reply soon and which brand would you prefer in same circumstances

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Vikram,

      1 ton is perfectly right for your room. If you are looking for inverter AC, then you can get Daikin, Sharp, Samsung or Voltas in your budget.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      P.S: Please help us by taking survey on this link: http://www.sustain-it-india.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=687551&lang=en

      • Srinivasan says:

        hi abhishek,

        i am planning to buy a split AC for bed room size 14×9 feet without any room on top. usage will be at nights 5 hrs. evening sunlight will fall on walls on two sides. I reside in chennai and plan to use AC only during march – august months. could u advice the brand and size of AC to be bought. Also is stablizer a must? the room has 2 windows.

  10. Ashish Sahu says:

    Hi ,
    I have to buy a split A/C for a 16ft by 11ft room. There is no floor above it and will receive sun from one side. I am living in bhopal where temp. goes upto 44C in summers. Yearly usage would be in the range of 900-1000hrs. Could you please suggest what tonnage and power rating should i go for? and what all brands are preferable considering the maintenance and after sales services.

    Thanks
    Ashish

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Ashish,

      You need about 1.8 tons of cooling for your room. If you go for fixed speed AC, then you will get some BEE 3 star/2 Star split AC of 1.75 ton ACs, or 2 ton BEE 3/5 star ACs. With inverter AC, even a 1.5 ton inverter AC can work well for you. Your usage is quite on the border, so you can choose between BEE 3 or 5 star AC. Also if service and maintenance is prime concern for you, then I would suggest that you go for LG or Samsung.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      P.S: Please help us by taking survey on this link: http://www.sustain-it-india.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=687551&lang=en

  11. Ranjit says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Firstly i took i would like to inform you that i already took the survey which you were requesting and coming to my question,

    I have 2 rooms of 150 sft each and i stay in 4th floor (1- south west and 1- north west) and would appreciate if you can suggest me the best products.

    Requirements :

    1) Both cooling (~960 hrs) and heating (~500 hrs) options
    2) Best service in Hyderabad.
    3) Is it good to have a common ODU or dedicated ones if piping is with in the limits.
    4) Latest ones, Inverter technology or any power efficient technology, Tonnage recommendation?
    5) Budget 40-55 K for each split a/c.

    Thanks

    Ranjit

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Ranjit,

      If your flat is not on top floor then you need 1.2 tons of cooling else if it is top floor then you need 1.5 tons of cooling. If you go for inverter tech then 1 ton inverter tech would be good if you need 1.2 tons of cooling and 1.3 ton inverter tech if you need 1.5 tons of cooling. If you have a requirement for both heating and cooling and for 1500 hrs in a year, I would suggest that you go for inverter tech. Also you will not get 1.3 ton option for both heating and cooling, and so you will have to go for 1.5 ton inverter tech in that case.

      In your budget you can easily get LG AS-W126B1U1 or Daikin FTXS 35 EVMA. I am not sure about best service in Hyderabad, but I am sure LG and Daikin will be able to provide you service in Hyderabad.

      If you want to go for common ODU, then you will have to go for multi split AC. It can work well if the ACs fall in your budget.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  12. Hi Abhishek,
    I stay in bangalore and looking for 3 AC’s. One ac is for a room measuring 224sq feet in the ground floor and the other 2 in the first floor measuring 448sq feet and 280 sq feet respectively. I have a third floor too. So can you please suggest me a good brand for AC with the best power consumption, tonnage and low maintainance.. I will be using the AC only for 2-3 hours in the night during summer.. That is about 3-4 months in a year.
    Thank you

    Regards,
    Sandhya

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Sandhya,

      A 224 sq ft room in B’lore needs about 1.5 tons of cooling (considering only night usage). 448 sq ft room would need 3 tons of cooling and 280 sqft room would need about 2 tons of cooling (all considering only night usage). Your usage is very less so you can go for BEE 3 star rating ACs. Let me know if you would really want to install so much of air conditioning for your usage.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      P.S: Please help us by taking survey on this link: http://www.sustain-it-india.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=687551&lang=en

  13. Gagan says:

    Hi Abhisek Sir,

    Thanks for your site.

    I have question that My room size is 10.5 by 13 Sq feet. Its is a 5th floor flat in a multy of 7 floor. the one wall face the sunlight from 7 am to 2 pm. I am living in Indore (MP)..The usages is 2-3 hrs in Noon and 3-4 hrs in night.

    So kindly help me by telling me the ton / brand etc , my budget flexible from 20- 35 K.

    Thank you for your kind help in advance.

    Regards,
    Gagan T
    8817660766

  14. murali says:

    Go for o general 1.0 ton ac very good iam using the same for 8 hrs run it consumes only 2 units its miracle like other ac consumes 18 units for 8 hrs

  15. Subramaani says:

    Hi,

    Please help me with finding an optimal AC:

    Room size – 119 sqft (room situated on a first floor inside the house)
    Window size – 24 sqft
    Usage – 8-10 hours/day & mainly in summer (so I guess would be 3-4 months per year)a
    Budget – 25-30 K
    City – Bangalore

    Note –

    1. The AC is mainly for a 9-month old baby, so looking for the AC with helath fatcors in mind.

    2. There is a floor/house above this room.

    3. Room is adequately ventilated with 2 doors (entry door and attached bathroom door)

    Kindly suggest a best AC – tonnage, brand, after-sales service etc keeping in mind?

    Thanks,

    Subramani

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Subramaani,

      Your room will be good enough with 0.75 ton inverter AC. You can easily get anyone of these brands in your budget: Daikin (FTKM25 or FTKP25 or FTKE25), Panasonic CS-YS9PKY or Sharp 0.75 ton inverter AC. The good thing about inverter AC is that it keeps the temperature quite stable and should be good for the baby. Along with that it will save electricity as well.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      P.S: Please help us by taking survey on this link: http://www.sustain-it-india.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=687551&lang=en

  16. Rajesh says:

    Hi Mr. Abhishek,
    I Appreciate your work by categorizing based on the Power Consumption, The Page, I was searching for. Thanks.
    I would like to confirm the AC Tonnage I should go for.

    I live in Chennai. Ground Floor.
    My Room Size is approximately 135 sqft.
    My Bedroom window faces West Side and the Window covers 24 sqft.

    I like to buy a Split AC (Haven’t selected the Brand).

    Could you plz suggest me, the AC tonnage I should go for that room.

    Many Thanks,
    Rajesh

  17. Saby says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am planning to buy a split ac for my room size 9.5 ft x 10.9 ft. It is a south-east facing and in second floor. There are two more floors above. What will be the suitable tonnage and brand that should I look for? The ac will run about around 3-4 hrs a day.
    I live in kolkata.

    Thanks,
    SN

  18. SANTHOSH KUMAR says:

    hi…im planning to buy a split ac model type.my house in salem,TN..my room is on top floor (hot ceiling and walls),windows are closed always…so room is always so hot during summer like now, warm during winter either.two room within 150sqt ft size(no door between two rooms).which i prefer 1 or 1.5ton ,also which star rating ??? whether goorej ,voltas better…?? having big confusion in this….can you suggest me a better one with good rating features..?

    regards,
    Santhosh

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Santhosh,

      For a 150 sq ft hot room in TN, you need a 1.5 ton AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs a year, we would suggest that you go for higher star rating (BEE 5 star). Between Voltas and Godrej we have heard a lot of people preferring Voltas, but Godrej has high efficiency models (mostly because of R290 refrigerant which is highly energy efficient). Price wise both are almost the same. You can go for the BEE 5 star rated 1.5 ton models from Godrej.

      Hope this helps you in making your decision.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

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  19. S.Singhania says:

    Hi Abhishek.
    You’re doing a great job!

    I’m planning to buy a split AC for around 25-35k.

    My room size is 11*12. Ground floor, No direct sunlight. City- Kolkata

    I’ll be using AC for around 3-4 hours during daytime and around 2-3 hours at night.

    Can you please suggest which model to go for and how much star-rating would be sufficient?

    Shop is quoting Samsung AR12HC3 USUQ(1 ton 3 star) for 25k while Daikin 1-ton Invertor is costing me around 35k.

    What would you recommend?

    Thanks in advance :)

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Snehal,

      Your room needs a max of 1.12 tons of cooling in peak summer. However I think 1 ton AC would work on most days (and on all nights). Your usage would be about 7 hours per day, so if you go for a BEE 3 star AC your electricity consumption would be about 6 units a day. Inverter AC should be able to save at least 2 units per day. But the savings and price justification will depend on how many days you use it. In Kolkata I guess your per unit rate would be about Rs 6-6.5 per unit. So if you pay 10K extra, your payback will happen in about 750-800 days of use.

      Hope this helps you in making your decision.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

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  20. Aasiya says:

    Hi Abhishek!
    I am from Delhi. My room is 12 by 12 east facing n covered from the other 3 sides. its on 3rd floor of a 4 storey apartment.I will use the AC for 5-6 hours daily at the max. I need to buy a cost efficient model but my greatest problem is that I have a transferable job and might have to shift occasionally. So how do I buy an AC keeping the changing dimensions of the requirements in mind? I have been suggested to opt for split AC but at the same time I have read some bad reviews about them. Kindly suggest me a good enough model

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Aasiya,

      I wonder how you got bad reviews about split ACs. They are slightly expensive as compared to window but in general you get better energy efficient options in the same. Here are few things that I would like you to consider and think through:

      1) Typically we suggest for higher efficiency models if the usage of AC is more than 1000 hrs and price per unit of electricity is more than Rs 5.
      2) Inverter Air Conditioners are most energy efficient air conditioners as they can adjust the tonnage according to the requirement of the room. So in case you keep moving from one place to another, if the requirement of the room is within the range of the AC, it will adjust itself preventing extra energy consumption. Most bedrooms are good enough to be covered by 1.5 ton inverter AC.
      3)If you go for Fixed Speed AC (non inverter), then you will have to size it according to the room that you want to install it. Oversized AC will consume more electricity, undersized will not cool the room.

      From a price point of view a 1.5 ton inverter AC would cost about 45K. If you let me know your budget as well as preference of fixed speed/inverter, I can suggest you some models.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

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  21. Sathish Kumar says:

    HI SIR,

    Daikin ftke35 model is best or not ? i planed to buy this inverter model ac for my 110sq ft room… please reply me sir….

  22. NILESH says:

    Hello Abhishek,

    I am planning to buy a Split AC for a room size of 10*12 its in ground floor, and direct sunlight., the place is Indore(Madhya Pradesh).

    The Usage would be 8-10 hours a day in the season,and it can be consume low electricity bill having 5-star rating.

    I have Panasonic,Samsung, Lg & Whirlpool in mind, pls can you advise?

    Regards,

    Nilesh

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Nilesh,

      The most energy efficient AC for you would be a 1 ton inverter tech AC. You will find Samsung inverter tech ACs to be the cheapest amongst all the brands you mentioned. Although even amongst inverter techs, LG will be most efficient but will be slightly expensive. You should get inverter tech between 30K-40K.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

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  23. ravi wadhwani says:

    hi!
    I LIVE IN BALAGHAT,WHERE TEMP.GOES UPTO 47C
    REGARDS,
    RAVI WADHWANI

  24. Amit Debnath says:

    hi Abhishek,
    pls advice me brand also……………can i go for ifb?

    Regards
    Amit

  25. sunil says:

    hi im planning to buy a split ac inverter model type. my house is at madurai,ground floor. im thinking to buy 1.5tonne, i wil be using it more at nights & sometimes in noon. should i go for inverter or 5star or anyother pls suggest soon

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Sunil,

      There are several factors that one need to consider while buying AC:

      1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly.

      2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models. Benefit of inverter tech is that it is a variable tonnage AC and as the tonnage requirement is different every month and every day, this AC auto adjusts to the needs and thus saves electricity.

      3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both. Once you have decided on star rating, the most efficient models from good brands can be selected.

      If you provide us with more details as in which city do you live in, size of your room, which floor is it on, is there any floor above it, are the walls exposed to sun, usage in hours per day and months per year, and approximate budget, then we can recommend you something.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

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  26. ravi wadhwani says:

    my rooms are at 1st floor of 3 floored house havins sizes of 360 & 160 sq. fit. please! suggest me between ifb, mitsubishi electrica ,diakin & mitsubishi heavy
    regards,
    ravi wadhwanil

  27. Mohammad Shahnawaz Anwar says:

    Hi Abhishek

    My room is on top floor with 3 sides directly exposed to sunlight for whole day. I am from Kanpur (UP), temperature during summer around 35 to 48 deg Celsius. My room size is 12 ft W x 16 ft L x 10 ft H, with one window of 5ft x 5ft, and 2 tube lights. During summer days my room became oven.

    I want to buy a strong AC for my room, considering the above facts please advice me the best AC for my room.

    Thanks
    Anwar

  28. Venkat says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    Thanks for maintaining this site and answering the queries promptly. I have went through your responses below and decided to buy 1Ton Split AC for my home in Chennai. Can you please answer my queries below?
    1. I will be using AC for around 7 months in a year, 2 hours in day time and 2-3 hours in night time. This comes to around 1000 hours of usage in a year’s time and as per your suggestion i should go for Inverter AC. But since my usage is not continuous each day (i.e instead of 4-5 hours of continuous usage i use 2 hours in morning and 2-3 hours in night). Will there be a significant power saving if i use Inverter AC in this case?
    2.Am planning to buy Daikin AC. Initially thought of buying FTKE35GV1 model after seeing your suggestion, but looks like it uses R22 gas and it is not environmental friendly and that future models may stop using R22 altogether. So looking for other alternatives i found that Daikin is coming up with new models which uses D32 gas refrigerants but most of the sites states that R32 is flammable… Is it safe to use ACs which uses R32 gas? Can you suggest a Daikin model for my use case?

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Venkat,

      The temperature stabilization happens in about 10 mins. So even if you use it for 2-3 hours, there will be electricity savings.

      As for refrigerants, R410A is the safest. Leaving Daikin, all others manufacturers use R410A for energy efficient models. Daikin uses R-32. In case you want alternative to Daikin, you can go for Carrier’s 1 ton kurve inverter AC. It will cost almost the same and it uses R410A. And it is also a great brand.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

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  29. Siddharth Sharma says:

    Hi,

    Iam planning to buy a Split AC for a room size of 16*18, the place is Asansol (West Bengal) where in humidity remains 70-80% in peak summers and temp (40-45).

    The Usage would be 4-5 hours a day in the season. Please suggest which would be best to buy. Initially I was planning to purchase 1.5 ton AC of Hitachi brand with inverter tech.

    Kindly Suggest.

    Regards,
    Siddharth

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Sharma,

      Your room need about 2.75-3 tons of cooling, so 1.5 ton AC would not be sufficient for it. Also even if you put 1.5 ton inverter tech, there won’t be much benefit that you will get by putting inverter tech as the AC will always run on full capacity (considering the size). So either you put a BEE 5 star 1.5 ton AC which will save you some cost as well as will be energy efficient. Or if you want to get benefit of inverter tech, then you will have to put 2 such ACs for your room (or may be one 1.5 ton inverter tech and one 1 ton inverter tech). A 1.5 ton AC will not cool the whole room but will only provide local cooling (you will feel cool when you sit close to it). It will not cool the whole room. To cool the whole room, you need higher tonnage as mentioned.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

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  30. Amit Debnath says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am planning to buy a Split AC for my home at Kolkata. The room is situated on the first floor and there is no any other floor over it but front, both sides are covered whereas from west & south there is one window for ventilation and sunlight the size of the room is 10 ×12 feet.

    So kindly could you advise me that what size of Spilt AC would be enough to keep the room cool?
    So if you have any idea then please guide me in detail.

    Regards
    Amit

  31. akash says:

    Hi please help me in selecting btween these 2 mitsubishi models msgk24Va (electric) has 5star 2014 rating,r410a gas,cop of 3.57,cfm of 777,cooling capacity 6.6 kw,input 1850w and the other mitsu heavy ind srk25 5 star,cop 3.42,r22 gas,cfm 722,cooling capacity 7.2 kw,input 2160w both are 2 ton units and i am looking for installing in the hall of about 550 sft. Most of the dealers are quoting almost same price of 54k excluding installation and are suggesting mitsu heavy ind. Please give me an honest opinion regarding reliability,afterr sales service,spares availability if needed
    Btw I stay in hyd and i need to finalize in one day.

    Thanks all.

  32. Ram says:

    Hi Abishek,

    Am planning to buy 2 ACs tomorrow – Room1 11×13, Room2 11×11.
    My expectation is it should give a good life with decent cooling and middle class affordable maintenance. Which brand so you suggest? The showroom I inquired suggested me to buy Godrej Eon(2 models in display) which comes with green gas and one had 6 star, other had 5 star. Please suggest as to what is the best recent model.

    Thanks,
    Ram

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Ram,

      BEE has not come up with 6 star rating, so the AC cannot be a 6 star rated. Godrej Eon uses R290 refrigerant, which is highly energy efficient, but it is also flammable, so it is very important that the safety of AC is taken care of. There are several factors that one need to consider while buying AC:

      1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly.

      2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models. Benefit of inverter tech is that it is a variable tonnage AC and as the tonnage requirement is different every month and every day, this AC auto adjusts to the needs and thus saves electricity.

      3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both. Once you have decided on star rating, the most efficient models from good brands can be selected.

      If you provide us with more details as in size of your room, which floor is it on, is there any floor above it, are the walls exposed to sun, usage in hours per day and months per year, and approximate budget, then we can recommend you something.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

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  33. Divya says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    This is Divya from vizag, Andhra Pradesh, can you help me in finding the best AC for my room.
    details: 12*11, its in ground floor, and no direct sunlight.
    if possible please suggest ! (after reading ur comments i felt sharp brand would be nice but suggest whatever is best for my room along wd the model)
    your patience and feedback is extremely appreciated ! Keep up the good work. Thank you in advance.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Divya,

      A 1 ton inverter tech would be great for you. You can look at any of these:

      Sharp AH-X13PET (1.1 ton inverter tech compare india price Rs 32100)
      Sharp AH-XP13PMT (1.1 ton inverter tech snapdeal price Rs 30813)
      LG BS-Q126B8R8 Max tonnage 1.15 ton, Price about Rs 39,999 (on compareindia)
      LG BS-Q126B8A4 Max tonnage 1.15 ton, Price about Rs 42,990 (on reliance digital)
      Carrier Kurve Inverter AC, Price about Rs 35,488 (on compareindia) — Carrier also has a superia inverter range for which price is not known to us.
      Daikin 1 ton Inverter FTKE35, Price about Rs 35000 (on snapdeal)
      Mitsubishi has MSYGE13VA (price of which is not known to us).
      Voltas Delux (DC Inverter) 12V DX 1.0 Ton, Price about Rs 39,990 (on Naaptol)

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

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  34. AYADURAI says:

    the garment shop has entrance with full glass (13.ft width and 8 ft height).

  35. AYADURAI says:

    dear sir,
    I am going to open a ladies garment shop. the size of the shop is (13.5 FT WIDTH)*(18.5 FT LENTH)*(10 FT HEIGHT). The shop is in the ground floor of the three storey building.The shop has false ceiling.The shop is in Tuicorin – tamilnadu which has a seashore.please suggest me the best energy efffcient,trouble free,durable AC. thankyou. P.AYADURAI – 09865460964.
    Also suggest me the best,cost effective, energy efficient lighting system.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Ayadurai,

      You would need about 2.5 tons of air conditioning in your shop. So two ACs: one of 1 ton and one of 1.5 ton would be good for you (better to install them a few feets apart). As you are close to the sea, better buy models that have a copper body as they are less prone to corrosion. I am assuming that your usage will be high as they will run all through the day and your tariffs will be commercial. It is better if you go for inverter technology ACs. I would suggest that you check out these two brands: Sharp (they are quite cheap, but go for them only if they have a service center close by), Samsung (these are also cheap, and they have a large service network, so I hope they will have a service center near your place). As you are close to sea, it will be better if you go for ACs with copper coil.

      As for the lighting system, I would suggest that you use T5 tubelights. These are very slim tubelights (as thick as a thumb), they are energy efficient (28 Watts for 2700 lumens). So more light for lesser electricity cost.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

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  36. Manisha S says:

    i am from kolkata and i need to know which of the split ac is the best and can consume low electricity bill, i have Panasonic and Samsung in mind, pls can you advise?

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Manisha,

      There are several factors that one need to consider while buying AC:

      1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly.

      2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models. Benefit of inverter tech is that it is a variable tonnage AC and as the tonnage requirement is different every month and every day, this AC auto adjusts to the needs and thus saves electricity.

      3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both. Once you have decided on star rating, the most efficient models from good brands can be selected.

      If you provide us with more details as in size of your room, which floor is it on, is there any floor above it, are the walls exposed to sun, usage in hours per day and months per year, and approximate budget, then we can recommend you something.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

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  37. Manoj Kr Prasad says:

    M Hi Abhishek , I am Manoj from Patna. My room is 9.5 ft high 13 ft. Long and 10 ft broad. It has one window and one balcony in south west. Mine is a transferable job. Please suggest the tonnage brand and type best suitable for me. Budget is 30 to 35 k. I am inclined towardsbuying an inverter ac . Regards. Manoj .Patna.

  38. Sujit Gupta says:

    Should I go for Panasonic UC18QKY3 compared to

  39. ashok kumar says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    Thank you for putting such very useful information about AC.

    I am looking for a split AC for my bedroom (12*12 ft room having direct sunlight from east and my room is ground floor no top fioor). I am living in warangal,andrapradhesh.

    So can you suggest tonnage/model of Hitachi/sharp brands and which brand is better compared to technology/reliability? Is it good to go with inverter technology AC? If yes, then kindly suggest model.(sharp AH-X15RET(1.2T),AH-XP18PHT(1.5T),AH-X13PET(1.1T)

    Waiting for your reply.
    Warm regards,
    ashok kumar

  40. ashok kumar says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    Thank you for putting such very useful information about AC.

    I am looking for a split AC for my bedroom (12*12 ft room having direct sunlight from East and ground flour)I am living in warangal,andrapradhesh

    So can you suggest tonnage/model of Hitachi/sharp brands and which brand is better compared to technology/reliability? Is it good to go with inverter technology AC? If yes, then kindly suggest model.(sharpAH-X15RET(1.2TR),AH-XP13PMT(1.1TR),AH-XP18PHT(1.5TR) which is best tr suitable my room

    Waiting for your reply.

  41. rv says:

    Sry abhishek my room size is 14*12.
    My budget is around 35000. Plz suggest me some good ACs in my budget.
    Room size-14*12
    Floor-ground
    City-patna.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Rahul,

      You need about 1.5 ton cooling for your room. In Rs 35K you can get only BEE 3 star rated models (and it’s economics will depend on your usage of AC). But if you are looking for good 1.5 ton ACs, you can look at these:

      Daikin FTC50 (1.5 ton snapdeal price Rs 34999)
      Bluestar 3HW18HAF (1.5 ton compare india price Rs 33,333)

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  42. Sanjeev says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    Thx a lot for your valuable feedback.
    Yes, i faced problem last summer with 1.5 ton & that is why going for a change.
    Just to further clear my doubt, pl if you can also share your view on this particular model of Sharp 2 Ton Inverter AH-XP24MV Split Air Conditioner.
    If out of the two (Hitachi Ace Inverter 2 ton AC model no RAU023EUEA & Sharp 2 Ton Inverter AH-XP24MV Split Air Conditioner) which one will you suggest.
    Thx
    Warm Regards,
    Sanjeev

  43. DJ says:

    Hi ,
    my bedroom is 139 * 124 inches and height of 106 inches
    is an apt bedroom i get 3-4 hours sunlight in the morning and 2-3 hrs during afternoon
    my ac running would mainly be in day for 6-7 hours about daily.

    can you please suggest me the tonnage req and the brand of ac i am inclined towards inverter ac

    i have roughly come to a choice of after browsing on the internet i got few 1 ton inverter LG ac

    >>BS-Q126B8R8
    >>BS-Q126B8A4

    i am 2 minds after i visited a few stores and they suggested me daikin and the new Samsung triangle one
    when i come here i saw a few other recommendations

    kindly suggest me the tonnage, the brand and the type of ac as i mainly focus on power savings and features

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr DJ,

      Although 1 ton inverter AC sounds good enough for the room size you mentioned, but depending on your city, you may go for smaller 0.75 ton AC as well. But to suggest you if that will be good for you or not, I need to know your city as well.

      Hitachi has the most energy efficient 1 ton inverter AC (Ace or iClean models), followed by Sharp. Daikin, Carrier and Sharp can be most economical (least cost of buying) with good quality. You can go for anyone of them.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

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  44. Raunak Jhunjhunwala says:

    Hello Abhishek,
    I am planning to purchase a 1.5ton AC , what I figured out from the stores is the difference between the consumption of a 3-star and 5-star AC is approximately Rs.200 per month if it works for 10 hours a day and the price difference is around Rs.5000 . I would be running it for 2-3 hours a day. I would be glad if you suggest on which star would be more effective for me.
    Also which brand should be preferred. Please help….

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Raunak,

      The savings truly depends on usage and electricity tariffs. A BEE 3 star 1.5 ton AC depending on conditions would consume about 1.2-1.3 units of electricity in an hour. A BEE 5 star rated AC (depending on EER) would save up to 15% and Inverter Tech can save 30% or more on the units mentioned. Now depend on what tariff slab you lie in, the savings will vary. We typically suggest going for BEE 5 star rated AC if the usage is more than 1000 hrs a year and tariff is more than Rs 5 per unit (if rate is more the hours come down). 2-3 hrs per day is quite less, so even if your use it for 365 days, it would barely reach 1000 hrs. So a BEE 3 star rated AC sounds good for you.

      As for the brand, we do not recommend any specific brand, as there are pros and cons of each. Also for popular brands, the difference between technology or post sales service is truly not glaring. But all I can say is that brand like Japanese brands (Hitachi, Daikin, Panasonic, General, Mitsubishi, Sharp) + Carrier + Bluestar are good on technology/reliability. And LG, Samsung, Voltas would score high on post sales service (as they have a large service network). Also post sales service depends on your location. If you are in a smaller city, many top technology brands may not have service center. Also some brands have in house service with which they can control quality. Some have outsourced it making it difficult to control quality. If your area has good service center of any of the top technology brands mentioned earlier, I would suggest that you go for them.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

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  45. Sanjeev says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    I am from Delhi and planning to change my 1.5 window ac in my bedroom with room size (187) 9.7×19.3 ft on the top floor and room exposed on all sides. Earlier was living on the ground floor with same bedroom size of 9.7×19.3 ft. And daily ac usage is minimum 10-11 hrs.
    Looking at the latest technology, performance efficiency, power saving and service durability.
    Confused whether should go for 1.5 or 2 ton Window or Split ac now and of which Brand. For Window ac had zeroed Hitachi, Panasonic, Carrier and O General and in Split ac Mitsubishi, Panasonic. SHARP and Dakin.
    Kindly suggest on models option (window / split) , tonnage & best possible Brand.

    Warm regards,

    Sanjeev

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Sanjeev,

      Your room needs slightly more than 2 tons of air conditioning (peak summer day cooling). Do let me know if you feel that your 1.5 ton AC cools well in peak summers. If you ask me for the best model which is high on energy saving, latest technology and durability, then I would suggest that you go for Hitachi Ace Inverter 2 ton AC (model no RAU023EUEA). Window AC is suitable if you keep switching places frequently, else split acs are better.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

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      • Sanjeev says:

        Hi Abhishek,
        Thx a lot for your valuable feedback.
        Yes, i faced problem last summer with 1.5 ton & that is why going for a change.
        Just to further clear my doubt, pl if you can also share your view on this particular model of Sharp 2 Ton Inverter AH-XP24MV Split Air Conditioner.

        If out of the two (Hitachi Ace Inverter 2 ton AC model no RAU023EUEA & Sharp 2 Ton Inverter AH-XP24MV Split Air Conditioner) which one will you suggest.

        Thx

        Warm Regards,

        Sanjeev

        • Abhishek says:

          Hello Mr Sanjeev,

          Just looking at the EER, Hitachi model is about 11% more efficient than the Sharp model. The price of Sharp model is about Rs 52,200 (CompareIndia) and that of Hitachi model is Rs 59,488 (CompareIndia). If cost is a constraint, you can go for Sharp, else Hitachi model is more efficient.

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  46. Naresh says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I got to know about Trane products through Vendor and was very impress with the aesthetic design of the products. However as it is a new brand in India, I was apprehensive about the product but as I checked out the brand in Google, it is one of the top most brands internationally. Can you please suggest if it would be a good purchase.

    Regads,

    Naresh.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Naresh,

      I am sorry but we do not have much feedback about the brand. So will not be able to comment on its brand value.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  47. rv says:

    hi abhishek.I have shortlisted 2 ac for my bedroom(10*12).1st one is lg LSA5SP3M and 2nd one is voltas executive 185 exr/eyr…would you plz suggest me which one is better.
    details:
    room size:10*12
    floor-ground
    city-patna

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Rahul,

      1.5 ton AC is huge for your room. It is oversized and will consume extra electricity. Even a 1.2 ton AC is more than enough for the room size. In fact for the same cost as for the model you have mentioned you will get 1 ton inverter tech AC from Sharp (Sharp AH-XP13PMT or Sharp AH-X13PET) which will be far better for your room (will save on buying cost as well as electricity cost as well as will cool the room well).

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      P.S: Please help us by taking survey on this link: http://www.sustain-it-india.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=687551&lang=en

  48. Vidha Solanki says:

    Hi Abhishek….
    I bought an Air conditioner that is Samsung AR24HC3TFURNNA, a 2 ton 3 star ac, for the room of 20×9..is it good enough??

  49. rahul says:

    HI Abhishek,
    I have bought ONIDA S185DFL AC 5star 1.5 ton.
    Do you have any idea about its performence becoz i am not satisfy whith its cooling perfomence.
    my another ac of VOLTAS vertis 1.5 ton have good chilling capacity then onida.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Rahul,

      What is the size of the room in which you are using it? Also which city do you live in? Are the two ACs used in similar sized rooms?

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  50. hemanshu says:

    Hi

    I am going to buy Onida 1.5 ton Ac

    room size is 10 x 12

    4th floor in flat and total 5 floor (in short 1 floor above us)

    is sharp 1.1 ton inverter is ok or ONIDA

  51. vinesh sharma says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am from Jodhpur Rajasthan & having Room size of 14*12 and am in dilemma for buying a split AC of which company, Please guide the favorite brand in market with best durability . and which will be more efficient regarding room size. I have done Survey and found HITACHI,DAIKIN are best and need to know about VOLTAS,and LLOYED,,it is said that only hiatchi company is providing all 100% copper inside as piping with compressor,and rest others are providing Aluminum piping inside or mix..??? so please guide for the BEST,

    Regards,
    Vinesh Sharma

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Sharma,

      If your room is on a lower floor (with no direct sunlight on ceiling), does not get much sunlight, or does not get too hot in general, then you would need about 1.5 tons of air conditioning. Else if your room is on top floor (hot ceiling and walls), sunny or gets too hot in general, then you would have to go for about 2 tons of air conditioning. Hitachi and Daikin are certainly very good brands and are really good on technology/reliability. Also a copper body is really good if ACs in your area are prone to corrosion. Aluminium piping is good otherwise.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      P.S: Please help us by taking survey on this link: http://www.sustain-it-india.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=687551&lang=en

  52. Sanket says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    Thank you for putting such very useful information about AC.

    I am looking for a split AC for my bedroom (12*12 ft room having direct sunlight from East having 4*5 ft window and form South, and from roof, top-most room of 5 floor building). I am living in Bilimora, Navsari, Gujarat.

    So can you suggest tonnage/model of Hitachi/Bluestar brands and which brand is better compared to technology/reliability? Is it good to go with inverter technology AC? If yes, then kindly suggest model.

    Waiting for your reply.

  53. Pramod says:

    Hi Abhishek, Will you tell me which ac I should go for, my bedroom is 16 by 10, How is Hitachi, Logicool, 1.5 ton.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Pramod,

      Hitachi is a very good brand. I cannot tell if 1.5 ton is good for you without the knowledge of the city where you live. Also there are several factors that one need to consider while buying AC:

      1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly.
      2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models. Benefit of inverter tech is that it is a variable tonnage AC and as the tonnage requirement is different every month and every day, this AC auto adjusts to the needs and thus saves electricity.
      3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both. Once you have decided on star rating, the most efficient models from good brands can be selected.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      P.S: Please help us by taking survey on this link: http://www.sustain-it-india.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=687551&lang=en

  54. Ramdas says:

    Ello Abhishek,
    A very useful and informative input indeed. I propose to have AC in my living cum dining room of size 22×22 ft . The flat is on the 17th floor of a 19 floor tower. In Bangalore. The room has a french window of about 10×10 ft facing South. Pl advise whether a 2tonne AC will do. If yes, which brand would you advise?

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello MR Ramdas,

      The room is too big and even a 2 ton AC will not cool the whole room. It will just provide local cooling in a smaller area. The tonnage requirement of such a big room is about 4 ton of cooling (so you would need 2 of 2 ton ACs to cool the whole room). If you just need local cooling around the seating area, you can install smaller ACs close to the seating areas so that the cool air comes directly to those seated nearby. Although it will not cool the whole room (but can certainly save some electricity as 4 ton AC will consume lot more electricity than 2 one ton ACs).

      As for the brand, based on our knowledge the brands that are good on technology/reliability are: Japanese brands (Hitachi, Daikin, General, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, Sharp) + Carrier + Bluestar. Brands that can provide service in each and every corner of the country: LG, Samsung, Voltas (as they have large service network). However B’lore being a tier-1 city, will have almost all brands providing service. Would suggest you to talk to people who live in your area and get feedback about service of specific brands.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      P.S: Please help us by taking survey on this link: http://www.sustain-it-india.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=687551&lang=en

  55. Thïyagarâjan Mûthu says:

    Dear Abishek,

    I am all set to buy sharp AC but before that i would like to get clarified regarding the version, there are so many versions with similar tonnage can you explain this to me.

    Sharp AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
    Sharp AH-XP13PMT (1.1 ton)
    Sharp AH-XP13PHT (1.1 ton)
    Sharp AH-XP13NRV (1.1 ton)
    Sharp AH-XP13LV (1.1 ton)

    Waiting for your reply.

  56. Kailas says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Firstly thanks a lot for the fantastic deed of information sharing and consultation.
    I have gone through the thread and found it extremely useful.

    I am planning to buy a AC (1 ton) as per my room size/sun exposure etc with a usage of max 3 hrs per day. I stay in Mumbai. My concern is to get an low budget AC say close to 25k (3 star is ok for me). Can you guide me to which company has good service in Mumbai (Goregaon region) and further any particular model which you may suggest. I am good with Diakin, Videocon etc

    Thanks in advance.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Kailas,

      Below 3 models are the most energy efficient in BEE 3 star 1 ton models:

      Samsung AR12HC3ESLW (snapdeal price Rs 28300)
      Samsung AR12HC3TFUR (snapdeal price Rs 27500)
      Daikin FTC35 (snapdeal price Rs 27400)

      Onida also has some models that are quite efficient and may cost you less than 25K:

      Onida S123CHR (snapdeal price Rs 23342)
      Onida S123DFL (snapdeal price Rs 25733)
      Onida S123SMH (snapdeal price Rs 25218)

      As far as service is concerned. All brands have service centers in Mumbai, so getting a prompt service will not be a concern. However brands like LG, Samsung, Bluestar, Whirlpool have outsourced their service, so at times they do not have control over the quality of the service. Brands like Hitachi, Carrier, Daikin have not outsourced their service and thus they do have some control over quality of service. I am not sure about Onida though.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      P.S: Please help us by taking survey on this link: http://www.sustain-it-india.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=687551&lang=en

  57. thiyagarajan says:

    Abishek ji, you are doing wonderful job, I am all set to buy a sharp product because of reading your articles.

    but i have doubts choosing the right one. what is the difference between these
    Sharp AH-X13PET (1.1 ton),
    Sharp AH-XP13PMT (1.1 ton),
    Sharp AH-XP13PHT (1.1 ton),
    Sharp AH-XP13NRV (1.1 ton),
    Sharp AH-XP13LV (1.1 ton)

    All have same tonnage so what is the difference between them

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Thiyagarajan,

      The difference between the models is the EER and tonnage. Some models have EER of 4.02 and some have EER of 3.63 or 3.13. The one with 4.02 will be most efficient. Also for tonnage, typically we say that 1.1 ton inverter AC can cover from 0.3 to 1.25 tons. But actually most of the times the tonnage for ACs is rounded to the nearest number. So some of these models have max cooling capacity of 4 kW which is 1.15 ton and some have a max cooling capacity of 4.2 kW which is about 1.2 tons. The numbers are given below:

      Sharp AH-X13PET EER 4.02 and Max tonnage: Not mentioned on site.(This can work on low voltage of 198 V)
      Sharp AH-XP13PMT EER 4.02 and Max tonnage: Not mentioned on site.(This can work on low voltage of 190 V)
      Sharp AH-XP13PHT EER 4.02 and Max tonnage: Not mentioned on site. (This can work on low voltage of 190 V)
      Sharp AH-XP13NRV EER 3.13 and Max tonnage: 1.15 (Can work on regular voltages only and will need stabilizer if voltage fluctuates)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV EER 3.63 and Max tonnage: 1.2 (Can work on regular voltages only and will need stabilizer if voltage fluctuates)

      So there are some features here and there that differ. But higher EER will be more energy saving.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      P.S: Please help us by taking survey on this link: http://www.sustain-it-india.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=687551&lang=en

  58. Ankit Gupta says:

    Hello Abhishek

    I am Ankit Gupta. I want your valuable advice. I live in Gwalior in a building on Top floor. My room is exposed to sunlight from three sides including roof. My room size is 10*12 with height 10. In may, june sometimes temp. goes to 47 degree. I want to purchase inverter tech AC. Please suggest what tonnage of AC i should purchase 1 ton or 1.5 ton.
    Thanks in advance

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Ankit,

      A 1.1 ton inverter AC will be a better bet for you. Sharp has few 1.1 ton models. Mitsubishi has 1.3 ton model as well. Else you can always go for 1.5 ton models. The best thing about inverter tech is that it can adjust to the need of the room. So even if your room’s requirement is 0.9 ton, a 1.5 ton inverter AC will adjust to 0.9 tons. All inverter ACs have a range. 1 ton inverter AC can vary between 0.2 and 1.15 ton. 1.1 ton inverter AC can adjust between 0.3 and 1.3 ton. A 1.3 ton can adjust from 0.3 to 1.5 ton. Thus a 1 ton inverter tech AC may be slightly small for peak summer days (during the day time). Else it should work well all other times and at nights.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      P.S: Please help us by taking survey on this link: http://www.sustain-it-india.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=687551&lang=en

  59. RameshB says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    i was going through a lot of comments on this website. I was planning to buy 1 Ton AC for 12×10 room which has no direct sunlight. My usage will be 6-7 hours/per day. Initially I was planning to go for Onida 5 star (125FLT-N or 125TRC) or any of the 1 Ton Sharp models. i had no thought about Samsung. Recently there was a exhibition in Chennai by large home appliance dealer and I visited them. There were Samsung guys who were explaining them about new AR5000 series and all goodness about it. The model no of Samsung is AR12HV5NBWK 1.0 TR (Inverter model) and they are providing 10 years compressor warranty along with 3 years multijet condensor warranty.

    I was in dilemma and atlast went ahead and agreed for it. I purchased this model for Rs.35,500 which includes Stabilizer and free installation however they will charge (approx 1500-1600) for copper piping as it doesnt come in the kit. I dont see much (infact none) reviews about this model and this is first time I bought a Samsung AC. Would you please check how this model is and advice? It would help for everyone as it is newly launched model. Appreciate your help.

    Regards,
    Ramesh

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Ramesh,

      There are very few brands that are providing 10 years warranty on compressors and Samsung is one of them. They also have a large service network. As for the model, the EER of the model is 3.51 which is good, but I have seen some inverter tech models with EER of above 4 as well. Which means they are more energy efficient. But as it is inverter tech models are quite energy efficient as compared to fixed speed ACs, so it is better than buying a 5 star rated model. So I think its a good buy.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      P.S: Please help us by taking survey on this link: http://www.sustain-it-india.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=687551&lang=en

  60. Kishor Patil says:

    Hi Abhishek sir,
    I am Kishor Patil from Gulbarga, Northern Karnataka. We have decided to set up an air conditioner in our bedroom (one floor home) which has dimensions of roughly 13×17 feet and floor height around 10 ft.The room is exposed to
    Sunlight from one side, and has a door and two window series(with one series being closed all the time),and the room has marble flooring. I would like to highlight the climatic conditions and our family’s usage pattern, so kindly suggest a suitable brand and tonnage, type(split or window, also is Ac with INVERTER TECH necessary) etc based on these parameters:
    1. My place is known for very high temperature during summer ranging in and around 40 degrees(even 42 to 45 at peak of summer).
    2.Winter temp ranges from 20 to 32 degrees. (May be used during winter also).
    3.Price range in and around 30 to 35 thousand Rs.
    4. Efficiency rating is a factor, but if it amounts to greater sums will give it a second thought.
    4. Maximum of 4 person will be habituating the room generally and will be used for 5 hours in the day and throughout the night.
    5 . Are the anti allergic-bacterial functions of theAC really necessary?
    6.My city has prominent brand showrooms, but not sure about hitachi, blue star etc and also as to which brand offers good service,so please can you check it with your database and let me know about it.

    Kindly reply to this at the earliest as the summer is turning more excruciating everyday.
    Thank you.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Patil,

      The size of your room is quite big (221 sq ft) and if you want to cool the whole room, then you would need about 2 tons of air conditioning. Your usage of AC is also quite high (5 hours in day + 8 hours at night). So looking at your usage it is better to go for highly efficient air conditioner (else your electricity bills would be high). A smaller tonnage AC will not cool the whole room, although if you use just a limited area of your room for sleeping/sitting then you can install a smaller tonnage AC that will throw cool air only in that area. But if cooling the whole room is a requirement, then you need no less than 2 tons of air conditioning in the room.

      Now you may get some BEE 2 or 3 star rated ACs in 35 K, but I am sure the better brands would cost higher. BEE 2 star rated Samsung Split AC would cost you about 36K. And there are very few 2 ton window AC models and most of them are BEE 3 or 2 star (please note window ACs have 1 level low star rating as compared to split, so a BEE 2 star window AC is equal to BEE 1 star window AC). A good 2 ton split AC would not cost less than 50K.

      As for the features, primary thing is cooling. If your room remains closed most of the times, air filtering etc becomes quite necessary to improve air quality. If AC is on most of the time then you will have to keep the room closed, but if during the day room is opened frequently and fresh air does come in, then filters do not become very necessary.

      Also as we do not collect feedback at city level, we cannot suggest as to which brand has better service network in your area. But all I can say is that LG, Samsung, Voltas are brands that have good value and cover most of the areas in the country.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      P.S: Please help us by taking survey on this link: http://www.sustain-it-india.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=687551&lang=en

  61. VENUGOPAL.R says:

    SIR I AM PLANNING TO BY ONIDA 1 TON 3 STAR AC- IT IS ADVISIBLE TO GO FOR IT.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Venugopal,

      I cannot comment without knowing the room size, city, floor (if the room is on lower floor or top floor), your daily usage, how many months you use it per year.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  62. Swapnil J says:

    Hi Abhishek !

    First, I must appreciate the awesome job you’re doing here.

    From your post, I understand that an inverter tech AC is superior to others in terms of power consumption and cooling capacity.

    I live in Pune and have a 130 sq ft bedroom which has a door and large glass windows. The room gets pretty hot in the morning as the sunlight falls directly on the glass windows. I’d need to run the AC for about 12 hours a day.

    Keeping the above in mind, can you please suggest a tonnage/brand/model for me.

    Thanks!

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Swapnil,

      A 1 ton inverter tech AC would be enough for your room. Below are some brands/prices that we got from the internet:

      LG BS-Q126B8R8 Max tonnage 1.15 ton, Price about Rs 39,999 (on compareindia)
      LG BS-Q126B8A4 Max tonnage 1.15 ton, Price about Rs 42,990 (on reliance digital)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV Max tonnage 1.2 ton, Price about Rs 31,700 (on compareindia)
      Carrier Kurve Inverter AC, Price about Rs 35,488 (on compareindia) — Carrier also has a superia inverter range for which price is not known to us.
      Daikin 1 ton Inverter FTKE35, Price about Rs 35000 (on snapdeal)
      Mitsubishi has MSYGE13VA (price of which is not known to us).
      Voltas Delux (DC Inverter) 12V DX 1.0 Ton, Price about Rs 39,990 (on Naaptol)

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  63. Hari B says:

    hi sir please Suggest me among Samsung AR12HV5NBWK 1.0 TR and LG BS-Q126b8R8 …which model i s good

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Hari,

      LG is quite expensive as compared to Samsung. You will find significant difference in price. I would go for Samsung in such case.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  64. Waleed says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am planning to buy a Split AC for my home at Islamabad Pakistan. I will be using it in day as well as night time. The room is situated on the first floor and there is no any other floor over it but front, both sides are covered whereas from back there is one window for ventilation and sunlight the size of the room is 14.3×11.6 feet.

    During peak summer season temperature of my city rise upto 48 degrees or sometimes beyond even. So kindly could you advise me that what size of Spilt AC would be enough to keep the room cool? In these days, Acson AC’s has got much familiarity in Pakistan, so if you have any idea then please guide me in detail.

    Waleed

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Waleed,

      You need about 1.8 ton of air conditioning for your room. I do not have much idea about the Air Conditioning market in Pakistan, so would not be able to help you with brands and models.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  65. Ashraf says:

    Hi Abhishek
    I am Ashraf from Nagpur.I am planning to buy a 1.5 t ,3 star split ac considering the size and location of the room where it is to be installed. I have been told that Acs of IFB though launched about 2 years back are very good and worth the money spent. How would you rate Acs of IFB vis a vis Blue star or Hitachi. Is IFB a German Co or Indian?

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Ashraf,

      IFB is an Indian company. Frankly as we do not collected brand feedback, we cannot comment on IFB as a brand for air conditioners (they are surely a very good brand for kitchen appliances). But from whatever information I have from industry, both Bluestar and Hitachi are very good on technology/reliability.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  66. Hari B says:

    Hi sir i am from Hyderabad and i have a room size of 14X12..it has a window and a door only and always hidden from sunlight and bit cool too.

    which tonnage is required for my room and i have shortlisted Samsung AR12HV5NBWK 1.0 TR ..please tell me if this model is good or suggest any other

    thanks in advance and regards

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Hari,

      If you want to cool the whole of 168 sq ft of your room, then you need about 1.4 tons of cooling. Also please note that there are several factors that one need to consider while buying AC:

      1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly. I have already given you an idea on tonnage.
      2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models. Benefit of inverter tech is that it is a variable tonnage AC and as the tonnage requirement is different every month and every day, this AC auto adjusts to the needs and thus saves electricity.
      3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both. Once you have decided on star rating, the most efficient models from good brands can be selected.

      If you let me know your usage of AC (in hrs/month and no of months/year), and also your budget for the AC, then I can suggest something.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  67. Avinash says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    This is Avinash from Khamgaon, Buldana, Maharashtra. I want AC for my bedroom having area of 11.13 Square Meter. Along with that there is window on East Side as well as on South side having area of 1.5 Square Meter. Kindly suggest me split air conditioner which can be effective in temperatures of 37-48 degree Celsius & it should be easy to maintain.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Avinash,

      You need anywhere between 1 ton (if your room is lower floor, less sunny and the walls don’t get heated because of sunlight) and 1.25 ton (if the room is top floor or sunny or the walls/ceilings get heated up). There are several factors that one need to consider while buying AC:

      1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly. I have already given you an idea on tonnage.
      2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models. Benefit of inverter tech is that it is a variable tonnage AC and as the tonnage requirement is different every month and every day, this AC auto adjusts to the needs and thus saves electricity.
      3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both. Once you have decided on star rating, the most efficient models from good brands can be selected.

      If you let me know your usage of AC (in hrs/month and no of months/year), and also your budget for the AC, then I can suggest something.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Mostly AC will be used in summer. Duration will be 6-8 Hours a day in summer. So it will be around 1800-2400 Hours per month in summer i.e. for 3 months. Budget for AC is around Rs.37,000/-

        • Abhishek says:

          Hello Mr Avinash,

          Although I think that you should really consider these inverter tech models:

          Sharp AH-X13PET (1.1 ton inverter tech compare india price Rs 32100)
          Sharp AH-XP13PMT (1.1 ton inverter tech snapdeal price Rs 30813)

          But you can also go for BEE 3 star 1 ton models (assuming that your usage is mostly at night):

          Samsung AR12HC3ESLW (snapdeal price Rs 28300)
          Samsung AR12HC3TFUR (snapdeal price Rs 27500)
          Daikin FTC35 (snapdeal price Rs 27400)

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  68. ben says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    I am living in chennai and bedroom size is 13 * 13 having windows on west and south 4 * 3 can u please suggest me which AC is best for my room
    thanks in advance

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Ben,

      The tonnage requirement for your room is about 1.5 ton if the room is a lower floor room and is not quite sunny during the day, but if it is a top floor (with hot roof) or sunny room then you may need up to 1.85 ton (or 2 ton if you go for fixed speed AC). This is the best I can tell you with the little information that I have from you. I can tell you some specific models if you let me know following:

      1) What floor is the room on and how hot/sunny does it get?
      2) Is the usage mostly during night or also during the day (as tonnage requirement is less at night and more during the day)?
      3) How many hours will you use it per day and how many months will the AC be used?
      4) Approximate budget that you have?

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  69. ben says:

    hi abhishek im living in chennai my room size is 13 * 13 which ton ac is best for my room size

  70. maruthi says:

    Dear sir,

    I am planing to purchase new 1.5 ton AC. Pl tell which company is best for now-a-days.

  71. Nisha says:

    Hi Abishek, I am planning to buy a split AC which is economical and efficient. I am residing in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. My room is 200 sq feet and my usage would be close to four to five hours. Could you please advice me as after a long search, I am lost.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Nisha,

      The room size is quite big and if it gets too hot in summers (either because of lot of sunlight during the day or due to walls exposed to sun) then you would have to go for 2 ton AC. Else you can go for 1.5 ton AC as well. Alternatively if it gets too hot then you can also go for a 1.5 ton inverter tech AC which has a range of coverage of 0.3 to 1.75 ton of cooling. Although your usage is less for which one would suggest going for fixed speed BEE 3 star AC, but if you go for fixed speed AC then you will have to go for 2 ton AC (to cool the whole room), but a 1.5 ton inverter tech would be good enough (low on cost of buying as well as low on electricity consumption).

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  72. Pritam says:

    Hi abhishek,I have decided to buy Hitachi kampa iverter AC of 1.5 ton.Model no-RAU018HUEA.Could you please give some light on it.It will be very helpful before finalising the deal.
    Thanks in advance
    Pritam

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Pritam,

      Hitachi is a fantastic brand which is very good on technology/reliability. If they have a service location which is close to your house then you can surely go for it.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  73. Biswajit says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am planning to buy a Split AC for my home at Bhubaneswar. I will be using it in day as well as night time. The room is situated in the ground floor and has a dimension of 15*12*10 feet. It’s very hot here in my city as the temp rise upto 48 degrees or sometimes beyond even. I have listened that Japan made AC’s are good compared to their counter parts.
    Is it true ?
    Please suggest me the best AC to buy.

    Thanks in advance. Looking forward for your reply.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Biswajit,

      If you go for fixed speed AC then you will have to go for 2 ton AC for your room. If you go for inverter tech, even a 1.5 ton inverter tech would do for you in most cases unless your room gets extremely hot because of root or walls exposed to sun, in which case you will have to go for 2 ton AC. A 1.5 ton inverter tech AC can cover from 0.3 ton to 1.75 ton of cooling. And that is true, Japanese brands are good on technology/reliability. You can get the best deals on 1.5 ton inverter tech on Sharp, Samsung, Daikin and Carrier.

      You can try any of these:

      Sharp 1.5 Ton Inverter AH-X18PET (Snapdeal price Rs 42239)
      Daikin 1.5 Ton Inverter FTKV 50 (Snapdeal price Rs 43415)
      Carrier Kurve Inverter (1.5T) (Compareindia price Rs 43900)
      Samsung 1.5 Ton AR18HV5NBWK (Snapdeal price Rs 41314)

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  74. Ranu Jain says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    I am planning to buy AC for badroom but i don’t know which brand is good to purchase and what things should be point out at the timing of purchase AC. My budget is under 30,000
    Please suggest me.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Ranu,

      There are several factors that one need to consider while buying AC:

      1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly. If you let me know the bedroom dimensions and city where you live, I can suggest the tonnage.
      2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models. Benefit of inverter tech is that it is a variable tonnage AC and as the tonnage requirement is different every month and every day, this AC auto adjusts to the needs and thus saves electricity.
      3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both. Once you have decided on star rating, the most efficient models from good brands can be selected.

      If you can provide the room dimensions, city and daily hours of usage and months of usage, then I can suggest you something.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  75. harsh says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am planning to buy a split ac. I live on 12th floor in navi mumbai, usage of my AC would be at night 6-7 hrs during summers, it is a 12*12 room. I am confused between carrier, hitachi or OG.
    I went to a shop looking for same. There they told me carrier is better then hitachi.
    We are planning to conclude on Carrier Superia inverter ac with 5 * rating 1 ton.

    Can you please guide me with some more information.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Harsh,

      1 ton inverter tech is good enough for your room. As far as brand is concerned, for me Carrier is equally good as Hitachi so whichever you like you can go for it. Please note that inverter ACs are not rated on BEE star rating yet, so inverter AC cannot be called 5*, but yes they certainly are more efficient than fixed speed ACs.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  76. Sathish says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I’m looking to buy ACs for 16 x 16 bedrooms, 12sqft window, wooden furniture and bed.
    I live in Coimbatore. Usage will be 5-8 hours per day only during summer.
    I saw some advertisement for Haier & godrej are more power efficient.
    Kindly help me to found Tonnage required & Which brand is better.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Sathish,

      If you want to cool the whole room then you would need a 2 ton AC. As for the brands, we always say that from a technology/reliability point of view we recommend Japanese Brands (Hitachi, Daikin, General, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Sharp) + Carrier + Bluestar. Rest a lot depends on which brand provides better service in your area. LG and Samsung have a larger service network and thus we have heard better about their service.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  77. Prateek says:

    Hi Abhishek

    1) Room size: 15×10 Usage: 8-9 hrs summers
    None of the walls are exposed to sunlight except roof
    Wall height is 12 ft with 14 inch walls (old construction) might get some insulation

    2) Room size: 15×50 Usage: 9-10 hrs summers
    Southern wall and roof are exposed; Wall height is 12 ft (new construction)

    a) Please advise for tonnage requirement (considering inverter series).
    b) I live in Allahabad city with extreme climate during summers as well as winters and wish to have (both) ACs for elderly people. I’m thinking about Hot n Cold ACs but didn’t get positive feedback in market due to less demand for the same (I guess). Some said they consume high power and so low demand; some are doubtful as Samsung has discontinued their earlier endeavour. Please suggest a suitable model if you think it is a good idea.
    c) In case of any doubt in Hot n Cold series, please suggest best inverter series models which suits my requirement. Brands available: LG, Samsung, Daikin, Hitachi and Panasonic. LG and Samsung have good service network. Also, got positive feedback for Samsung (good market response). Samsung also comes with 10 year warranty on compressors. Request you to suggest specific models (I really have no idea so I’m at the mercy of sales guys who will always defend their products because it’s their job).

    Regards
    Prateek

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Prateek,

      You need a 1.5 ton inverter tech for the 1st room. Also is your second room 50 ft wide?

      Hot and Cold is a good option as it can save electricity for you in winters (as compared to room heaters that get too hot). So I don’t think that it consumes high power. I think you should go for it. LG and Samsung can provide you good service as they have large network. Although I think Japanese brands have a slightly better technology. Samsung will also be cheaper than LG and most retailers would try to sell you Samsung. But I don’t think Samsung has a hot and cold inverter AC. LG certainly has that (AS-W186C2U1).

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  78. Amit Chauhan says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am planning to buy a split AC for my room of size 10*12 sq feet. The room is located on first floor with another floor on top of it. there is no direct sunlight in the room but we do have kitchen besides the room which heats up the room little bit when operational. The outer unit will be placed on the roof top which would be around 6 metre distance from the indoor unit.

    Kindly advise what is the exact tonnage required for my room as I am little hesitant to buy 1 Ton AC in case it does not cools efficiently since outer unit will be 6 metres away and room will be occupied by 3 people. Does outdoor unit distance affect AC cooling?
    I live in Delhi and getting a good deal to buy Sharp 1.1 Inverter AH-X13PET. Shall I go with 1 Ton/ 1.25 Ton/ 1.5 Ton ?
    The dealer says buy 1.5 Ton as it will cool out the room quickly and will cut off quickly.

    Please advise.

    Amit

  79. Ramesh Gandi says:

    Hi Abhishek, Thank you for the useful info sharing.. I am looking to buy 2 split AC for my Flat which is in 1st floor in a g+3 Apartment. I live in Hyderabad where temp goes to 40-48C in Summer. My room sizes are 170 & 150 SQ F respectively. Rooms walls are in west facing and would be exposed to sun in evening times. Except the wood work nothing is there in the bed rooms. My usage would be 10 -11 hours in a day for 3-4 months of summer period. Rest of the year the usage would be 1-2 hours in a day or less than that. Pl suggest me which model would be suitable for my usage ( 1.2 or 1.5 Ton, BEE 3 star or BEE 5 star, Inverter technology). My budget is 30-40K for each unit, One of my friend is working in tecumseh company and some models are getting at a discounted rates as a employee scheme. the models are TAC183YN- 1.5 Tr Rotary- 3 star and TAC184YNP 1.5 Tr Rotary 4 Star with PFC Condenser. IS the mentioned 2 models are good to buy? Kindly suggest

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Gandi,

      If your usage is also during the day time, then you need 1.5 ton AC for both the room. Else if usage is mostly at night, then the 150 sq ft room can work with a 1.2 ton AC as well. Your usage of AC is high and tariff in Hyd are around Rs 8 for highest slab, so I would recommend that you got for a higher star model (BEE 5 star) or inverter tech. If you go for inverter tech then you would need a 1.5 ton inverter tech for 170 sq ft room and a 1.1 ton inverter tech may work for 150 sq ft room (given if its usage is mostly at night). Getting a 1.5 ton inverter tech model in 30-40 K looks difficult. The best you can get is Sharp’s 1.5 ton inverter tech model for around 41-42K. You can get several 1 or 1.1 ton models in that price range (1 ton inverter tech would cover up to 1.15 ton and 1.1 ton can cover up to 1.25 ton of heat load). As for Tecumseh, we do not have much feedback/data about the brand to say anything about it. So I would not be able to help you on that. Although I must say that it would be better if you go for a higher star rating (than 3 and 4 star rated models that you have mentioned).

      To give you some calculations, a 1.5 ton fixed speed AC (BEE 3 star) would consume about 1.3 unit and hour . So in a day you would use 13-14 units. Which means you would be spending about Rs 110 per day per AC (at Rs 8 a unit). So roughly Rs 3300 per month per AC. A BEE 5 star AC would save about 10-15% of it per month (so roughly on an average Rs 1600 per year). An inverter tech can save 30% in 170 sq ft room and about 50% (if you go for 1.5 ton fixed speed AC) for 150 sq ft room.

      Also I would like to say that go for 1 ton inverter tech for 150 sq ft room only if it does not get too hot (even the walls when you touch them) and you plan to use them during the hot period. Go for 1 ton only if you plan to use it at night.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Ramesh Gandi says:

        Thank you for the useful reply Mr. Abhishek. Pl also suggest some brands and models for my usage, if the cost is slightly higher than 40K also..

        • Abhishek says:

          Hello Mr Gandi,

          You can try any of these:

          Sharp 1.5 Ton Inverter AH-X18PET (Snapdeal price Rs 42239)
          Daikin 1.5 Ton Inverter FTKV 50 (Snapdeal price Rs 43415)
          Carrier Kurve Inverter (1.5T) (Compareindia price Rs 43900)
          Samsung 1.5 Ton AR18HV5NBWK (Snapdeal price Rs 41314)

          You can go for any of these. I guess you will get the best deal in market on Samsung.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  80. Amit Chauhan says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am planning to buy a split AC for my room of size 10*12 sq feet. The room is located on first floor with another floor on top of it. there is no direct sunlight in the room but we do have kitchen besides the room which heats up the room little bit when operational. The outer unit will be placed on the roof top which would be around 6 metre distance from the indoor unit.

    Kindly advise what is the exact tonnage required for my room as I am little hesitant to buy 1 Ton AC in case it does not cools efficiently since outer unit will be 6 metres away and room will be occupied by 3 people.
    I live in Delhi and getting a good deal to buy Sharp 1.1 Inverter AH-X13PET. Shall I go with 1 Ton/ 1.25 Ton/ 1.5 Ton ?
    The dealer says buy 1.5 Ton as it will cool out the room quickly and will cut off quickly.

    Please help.

    Amit

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Amit,

      6 meter pipe should not be a big problem. Although you need to analyze how much the kitchen heats up your room. Having said that 1.1 ton inverter tech sounds good for your room in most cases unless the kitchen heats up the wall a lot. Also if your use is more at night then the kitchen effect will be minimized.

      A 1.5 ton AC (fixed speed) will cool quickly, but if it is oversized then it will increase your electricity consumption significantly. If you go for 1.5 ton inverter tech, then it should work well in all cases (reason being that the inverter tech ACs adjust their tonnage as per the room’s need and a 1.5 ton inverter tech AC can cover form 0.3 to 1.75 ton range). So if you are thinking of going for 1.5 ton, I would recommend you to go for inverter tech. Sharp has some good models in 1.5 ton inverter tech as well and if you get a deal on them, then nothing like it.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  81. Ajay says:

    Thanks for reply,
    usage on weekdays around 7-8 hours and weekend around 10 hours.
    As I dont have any idea on AC, can you please suggest me Brand and Model for 1 ton Split AC.

    • Abhishek says:

      I would suggest you to go for 1 ton inverter tech AC. Almost all brands are offering 1 ton inverter tech AC these days. Below are some brands/prices that we got from the internet:

      LG BS-Q126B8R8 Max tonnage 1.15 ton, Price about Rs 39,999 (on compareindia)
      LG BS-Q126B8A4 Max tonnage 1.15 ton, Price about Rs 42,990 (on reliance digital)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV Max tonnage 1.2 ton, Price about Rs 31,700 (on compareindia)
      Carrier Kurve Inverter AC, Price about Rs 35,488 (on compareindia) — Carrier also has a superia inverter range for which price is not known to us.
      Daikin 1 ton Inverter FTKE35, Price about Rs 35000 (on snapdeal)
      Mitsubishi has MSYGE13VA (price of which is not known to us).
      Voltas Delux (DC Inverter) 12V DX 1.0 Ton, Price about Rs 39,990 (on Naaptol)

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  82. Nikhil says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I’m looking to buy ACs for 2 bedrooms (top floor flat with open terrace above) – 100 sqft and 130 sqft, each has a 12sqft window, wooden furniture and bed.
    I live in pune. Usage will be 5-6 hours in the afternoon.

    We are thinking of buying 1 ton & 1.5 ton 3 star electrolux AC’s. However some local dealers recommend Haier ACs which are much cheaper .
    Which do you recommend ??

    -Nikhil

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Nikhil,

      For the 100 sq ft room 1 ton is fine, but for 130 sq ft room it is better that you go for 1.25 ton instead of 1.5 ton AC. There are some 1.25 models in Panasonic CUBE AC (which is a kind of mix between window and split) which are BEE 3 star. Haier has BEE 5 star rated models in 1.25 ton. Brands like Hitachi and Whirlpool have 1.2 ton split ACs but again mostly 5 star rated models.

      I always recommend giving more preference for right size (tonnage) and right star rating/technology and give less preference to brand. Frankly I do not have much feedback on both Haier and Electrolux, so cannot comment on it.

      Hope that helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  83. Nitin M says:

    I was told by shopkeeper that 1.5 ton will be good. IF that is correct, please let me know the names of good A/Cs please.

  84. unni s nair says:

    Dear Abhishek,

    Good Day,

    - Room size of 10.5 x 8.5 Feet on top floor, southwest corner in cochin.
    - Room has windows on both the walls with thick curtains, direct sunlight
    may fall on one window for appox 2 hrs in eve.
    -Usage will be 8-10 hrs /day for 5 months, 2 persons
    -Electricity charge appox 3rs/unit

    Please suggest the tonnage requirement, BEE star rating, 3 optional brands and a few models.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Nair,

      You need a max of 0.8 ton of cooling in your room. Also looking at your usage and electricity rate, a BEE 3 star rated AC would be good for you. There are a few brands that do make ACs of such size. You can look at Panasonic CS-YC9PKY, Haier HSU-09CK3W3N or you may get some options in Voltas as well.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  85. Nitin M says:

    Dear Mr Abhishek,
    This is a very useful website and I commend your research & knowledge on variety of home appliances.
    I did not see mention of Daikin ACs on your page. Did I miss it or is there a reason for it?

    Seeking your advise for room details as below:

    - Room size of 11 x 14 Feet on 3rd floor, Southeast corner (11 floor building) in Pune.
    - Facing rising sun. East side of room is facing sun up to 11 AM while south side I think through out the day.
    - Need it only in night on weekdays and during daytime as well on Sat/Sun. Mostly in Summer and in October

    Kindly advise if a 1.5 Ton will do and is Daikin 3 start a good choice or you would recommend another brand as well.

    Regards
    Nitin
    PS: I have a quesion on Refrigerator as well which I will post in the relevant section.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Nitin,

      The list above is derived purely from the data available from Bureau of Energy efficiency. It does not factor in brand value just because different people have different experiences with different brands and thus brand value is purely subjective than objective. Also some brands have larger service network and some do not and thus brand value will also differ from location to location. Now coming to your questions:

      1) Diakin is a fantastic brand. In fact I mention it to a lot of people that Japanese brands are best in terms of technology/reliability. Although not all of them have a large service network and thus at times we hear complaints regarding their service in some areas. But you are in Pune and I don’t think there will be any problem in their service in Pune.

      2) Based on your room size, you need about 1.2-1.25 ton AC. 1.5 ton will be a little oversized and from an electricity consumption point of view, it will be better if you go for 1.25 ton AC. Although there are very few brands that offer that (most brands just make 1 or 1.5 ton whereas it is not necessary that the need of the room is that much). There are some 1.25 models in Panasonic CUBE AC (which is a kind of mix between window and split) which are BEE 3 star. Haier has BEE 5 star rated models in 1.25 ton. Brands like Hitachi and Whirlpool have 1.2 ton split ACs but again mostly 5 star rated models.

      3) Choice of star rating or inverter tech depends on your usage. Typically we recommend people to go for BEE 5 star or above when their yearly usage is more than 1000 hrs and price per unit of electricity is more than Rs 5 (If the unit cost is higher then the hours come down). From your comment I could not understand the right number.

      4) Going for an oversized BEE 3 star rated AC is as good as going for a BEE 2 star or BEE 1 star AC, because you loose the benefit of efficiency. It is always better to be right sized.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Nitin M says:

        Dear Abhishek
        Thank you for your suggestions.

        I have shortlisted Daikin FTC50 (1.5 ton) for room that is 154 sq ft and Daikin FTC 35 (1 ton) for the room which is 110 sq ft.. Both are three star
        My usage will be mainly in summer for Apr to mid June in night for 8 hours and in day on weekends only.

        Please let me know if this is right choice or I should have gone for 5 star or inverter series A/C for the usage I have specified.

        Regards
        Nitin

  86. Ajay says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    Looking for spilt ac, I dont have any idea on ac. Can you please suggest me brand and model.
    Room size: 12×10, having 6×6 sliding glass door.
    Place: Bangalore

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Ajay,

      You need a 0.9 ton (if your room is non-sunny lower floor room) to 1.1 ton (if your room is top floor, sunny and extremely hot) for your room. A 1 ton AC should be good in most cases for you. To suggest Brand and model I need to know your usage of AC (how many hours in a year). This is because benefits of star rating depend on usage of AC.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Abhishek says:

        Also please note Also there are several factors that one need to consider while buying AC:

        1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly. I have already provided the tonnage details.
        2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models. Benefit of inverter tech is that it is a variable tonnage AC and as the tonnage requirement is different every month and every day, this AC auto adjusts to the needs and thus saves electricity.
        3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both. Once you have decided on star rating, the most efficient models from good brands can be selected.

        Regards,
        Abhishek

  87. ASHISH K SHARMA says:

    HI, ABHISHEK

    I HAVE 17*21 SIZE BEDROOM IN GANGAPUR CITY, RAJASTHAN
    NEED YOUR HELP TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT AC BRAND WITH TONNAGE AND STAR RATING.
    ALSO TELL ME ABOUT THE ELECTRICITY BILL I WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR 10 HOURS USAGE IN A DAY

    THANKS.

    REPLY PLS

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Sharma,

      You have a huge room which would need about 3.5 – 4 tons of cooling in peak summers (if you want to cool the whole room). AC of such size would consume about 3 units per hour! If local cooling (close to the bed) is sufficient for you, then I would recommend that you go for a 1.5 ton AC and install it closer to your bed (as AC can majorly cool area about 7-8 ft from the AC). If you go for a BEE 5 star rated 1.5 ton AC, it would consume about 1.3-1.4 units an hour (just that it will not cool the whole room).

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  88. sushill says:

    Hi Abishek, Live in coimbatore tamil Nadu. Couple of questions..
    1)Is an air cooler a good bet for coimbatore city?
    2)What brand of air cooler do you recommend?
    3) What capacity(its a 15 by 10 room)
    Appreciate the quality of your blog..especially since the information is of a quality you can use.
    Sushill

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Sushill,

      If you do not have much humidity at your place, then even an Air Cooler can work well. Air Cooler is not effective in hot-humid places. If y ou are asking for capacity of Air Conditioner, then you would need a 1.25 ton AC (if your room is non sunny lower floor room) and 1.5 ton AC if your room is top floor or very hot during peak summer months.

      As for the brand of Air Cooler is concerned, we have not done research on cooler brands yet, so it would be difficult to suggest you one.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  89. Pritam says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    Its really a very informative page.I stay in Kolkata.My room size is 10*14*10 and its sunny too. Is it requred to buy 1.5 ton inverter AC or 1 ton will be sufficient.My budget is not more than 40k. I got some bad reviews for samsung. But, it was within my budget. could you plzz help me with your expert advice.

    Thanks in Advance :)
    Pritam

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Pritam,

      As per my calculations the requirement of your room is between 1.2 ton (for lower floor non sunny room) to 1.5 ton (top floor sunny and hot room). 1.5 ton inverter tech AC will work in all cases, but 1 ton inverter tech AC will work only in case your room is lower floor and non sunny (less heat). Although you can surely reduce heat in your room by using appropriate insulation techniques (you can put thick curtains, use sun protect films on windows, use thermal insulating paints or wallpapers on walls exposed to sun). Almost all brands have inverter tech AC in 1.5 ton and 1 ton. But if you need something in between then there are these models: Sharp AH-X13PET (1.1 ton), Sharp AH-XP13PMT (1.1 ton), Sharp AH-XP13PHT (1.1 ton), Sharp AH-XP13NRV (1.1 ton), Sharp AH-XP13LV (1.1 ton) and Mitsubishi MSY-GE15VA/MUY-GE15VA (1.3 ton). Typically inverter tech models can cover 0.2-0.25 tons more than their rated capacity. So a 1.1 ton AC would cover 0.2 to 1.3 tons and 1.3 ton AC would cover 0.3 to 1.5 tons. You may not get any of the 1.5 ton models in your budget, but you can get a lot of choices in 1 ton inverter tech in 40K. Even the Sharp 1.1 ton models should come in that range, although I am not sure about the Mitsubishi model (although the Mitsubishi model will be ideal for your needs).

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  90. Milind says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I will in Ahmednagar

    Thanks,
    Milind

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Milind,

      You need anywhere between 0.9 ton (if the room is lower floor non sunny) to 1.2 ton (if the room is sunny, top floor or gets very hot). You mentioned a usage of 12 hours a day, but you did not mention number of months. Typically we suggest people to go for BEE 5 star rated AC or Inverter Tech if the usage is more than 1000 hours a year and rate per unit of electricity is more than Rs 5. BEE 5 star rated AC is about 10-15% more efficient than BEE 3 star rated AC and Inverter Tech is 30-40% more efficient than BEE 3 star rated AC.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Abhishek says:

        By the way if your room gets quite hot then in fixed speed AC you might have to go for 1.2 ton AC, but if you go inverter tech, even a 1 ton inverter tech would be good enough (as inverter tech is a variable tonnage AC and typical one ton AC can automatically adjust itself anywhere between 0.2 ton and 1.15 ton based on the heat load of the room). Also heat load varies during the day/night and between months as heat varies.

        Regards,
        Abhishek

  91. r.bhattacharya says:

    hello! i need a window a.c. the room size is 13*11 and there are 2 glass windows i.e.4ft/3ft! the flat is in 11th floor in a 14 storey building! the room gets hot extremely in sunny days. sometimes it is impossible to enter the room ! i want u to please suggest a window a.c and to also mention the model number! pls suggest as many as u can.

  92. shyam samant says:

    is the service is good

  93. Milind says:

    Hi,
    Need your help.
    My requirement is to have a split AC for a room of 120 sq ft.
    The temp goes upto 42 in summer.
    The usage would be around 4 hours a day and 8 hours in the night.
    What is the best way to use the AC?
    Please suggest a good one for my requirement.
    Thanks,
    Milind

  94. MusikaRaja says:

    Hi Abhishek
    i am from Chennai and staying at 2nd floor. Which will be the best brand AC for 12 x 13 room. Please suggest

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi,

      You need a 1.5 ton AC for your room. From a technology/reliability point of view any of the Japanese brand (Hitachi, Diakin, Mitsubishi, Panasonic or Sharp) + Carrier or Bluestar would be good.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  95. ravi kumar says:

    Hi abhishek i read ur mssgs appreciate your effort, I live in Gujarat in a apartment 2nd floor and want buy a AC for bed room about 12 x 12 feet room. The usage will be generally in nights during summer. My budget is around 30,000. Request you to suggest me the best ones incl capacity, BEE star rating, brand. model etc

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Ravi,

      There are several factors that one need to consider while buying AC:

      1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly. If you can provide size of your room then we can provide you the estimate.
      2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models.
      3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both.

      I would need this information from you to suggest something: 1) City where you live 2) Approximate daily usage and number of month you will use it.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • ravi kumar says:

        Hi abhishek, please find full details:
        I live in Bharuch, Gujarat. Approx usage is during summer for 3/4 months.Afternoon abt 1/2hrs & abt 5/6 hrs during night. Room is having a sliding door abt 6 x 6 ft to balcony. Please suggest the best brand, Capacity and min rating to go for

        • Abhishek says:

          Hello Mr Kumar,

          You need a 1.5 ton AC for your room. Your usage is less considering the tariffs in Gujarat. You can go for a BEE 3 star rated AC as well (also it seems the best option considering your budget as well). If you can extend your budget a bit then you can look at Daikin FTC50 or Bluestar 3HW18HAF. Otherwise you can get good BEE 3 star ACs in your budget from Samsung and Voltas.

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  96. Gopal says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Need your advise – We stay in Pune – we want to install the most energy saving AC for our bed-room [ 12 x 14 foot size] which is on the 2nd floor – having a 6 x 6 feet glass sliding attached with balcony – with no windows. The glass sliding is exposed to Sunlight in the afternoon. Our daily use would be – 2-3 hours in afternoon and then in night.

    Please suggest us the best AC we plan for an immediate buy!

    Thanks,
    Gopal

  97. vimal says:

    Hi Abhishek,I am living in a town near palani. Temperatures ranging from 35 to 40 degress celsius. planning to buy a split ac for a room 120 sq feet in 1 st floor with flat above our house and 2 windows one facing east and other facing north. usage will be 8 hours at night and 2 hours in the morning for 3 months approximately 1000 hours. Unit price will be rs 5. We are planning to get 5 star, 1 ton ac. Brand we have planned is Hitachi RAU 512 HUDD. Kindly give your suggestion on the adequate star rating and tonnage along with the brand and model. Does Hitachi have a proper servicing in India. Earlier reviews say Hitachi doesnt have proper servicing but recent ads in paper have a servicing station 30 kms from our place. Will Hitachi brand be ok or any other regarding servicing especially in tamilnadu, palani- dindigul region. Thanks

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Vimal,

      A 1 ton AC is good for a 120 sq ft room at your place (I assumed you climate to be similar to Chennai as I did not have data for Palani). Hitachi is a brand which is quite strong on their technology/reliability. In fact they have some of the most energy efficient ACs in Window ACs. They have not outsourced their service centers and thus I guess some people may have difficulty in getting service. But if they have opened a service station close to your place, then I would certainly recommend you to go for Hitachi. Most of the Japanese brands (Hitachi, Daikin, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, General, Sharp) + Carrier + Bluestar are very good on their technology/reliability, but some of the them have a smaller service network. Brands like LG, Samsung and Voltas have the big service network and can provide you service at a lot of places in the country. Also it is not that LG, Samsung and Voltas have any bad ACs (in fact they have good ACs), its just that the ones I mentioned above may rank slightly higher on technology. So there are pros and cons of each and all depends on what you get. If service is a problem for you with most brands, then I would recommend that you go for LG, Samsung or Voltas.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  98. Ranjan Karmakar says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    I have one bedroom of 11X13 foot Size in three storied top floor I need to install a most energy saving (5 star rated) ac for daily uses of 6-8 hrs. during summer season Mar-Jun. Pls. Suggest me the best one.
    Regards
    Ranjan

  99. Shashi says:

    Hi, I am planning to buy Hitachi Kaze plus AC. Is it good brand? Please suggest me will buy tomorrow.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Shashi,

      Hitachi is a great brand. One of the best I know of. You can certainly buy it.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Shashi says:

        Hi Abhishek,

        Thanks for your reply….but i bought Samsung split AC 1.5ton and 3 star. Actually the dealer told me that Hitachi parst are not availabIe all times and service is the main issue.I stay in Cuttack,Odisha. I am puzzled now you recommended Hitachi but I bring Samsung. Is it good or bad decision?

        • Abhishek says:

          As long as you bought the right tonnage and the right star rating, it is a good decision. I would rate tonnage & star rating as factors having higher importance than brand (especially if the comparison is between Hitachi and Samsung).

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  100. binu says:

    OK..you suggest me 1.5 ton in case of fixed speed,please give good efficient 1.5 inverter tech AC also.one quest also-which will be more efficient for a 190sqft room,full night usage daily-1.5 inverter tech or 1.5T fivestar rated ac

    details once again-trivandrum district,190 sq ft bath attached room in ground floor with no top floor including 16 sq ft glass window in west side.same in the north side.

    regards
    binu

    • Abhishek says:

      1.5 ton inverter tech AC will be more efficient for full night use than 1.5 ton five star rated AC. Almost all brands have a model in 1.5 ton inverter tech AC although I would recommend you that you go for a Japanese Brand (Hitachi, Daikin, Panasonic, Mistubishi, Sharp and General) or Carrier or Bluestar.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • binu says:

        if you can provide a chart of inverter AC also,it will be a great help to us….once again BIG THANKS for you Abhishek

        regards
        binu

      • binu says:

        hi abhishek,i am getting some discounted price for ac through military canteen store.unfortunately there is no japanese brands especially inverter tech ones.Only whirlpool,lg,godrej are available therefrom these godrej doent have inverter type.I saw a whirlpool 1.5ton model (double fan)of 3d cooling with 3.64 EER for a price of 31,000/-.but the refrigerant used is R22 .what about this one?i think i will get this type of discount in godrej 1.5 ton 5star ac also.honestly the price discount attracts me a lot.So what is your opinion.?there is no japanese brand available with them.They have LG,Whirlpool,godrej and one more brand i forgot it.

        regards
        binu

        • Abhishek says:

          Hi,

          In such case I would go for the Whirlpool model. I think it sounds much more attractive. I personally have one Whirlpool AC and I have not had any bad experience with it.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  101. Pankaj Pagar says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Appreciate your efforts for providing such a helpful information and thank you for your time for helping everyone out here.

    I stay in Pune and looking forward to purchase a new split AC.
    My bed room size is 10X10 ft, has two 4X3 ft. sliding glass windows.
    My house is on ground floor (row-house), roof is not exposed to sunlight since terrace above my bedroom is covered with shed.
    The room is on east-south corner and there are trees around my house with almost no sunlight except around 30 mins that too during morning.
    Room stays cool over entire year except 2-3 months during hot-summer. So my AC usage will be limited to hot summer that too predominantly during night for around 6-8 hours max, I may use AC for around 2-3 hours max during afternoon. We have a wooden wardrobe and wooden cot placed in bedroom. There are no electronic/electrical equipment.
    What would you suggest to go for looking at my requirement?
    Would it make sense to go for inverter for fixed split AC…
    I am looking for low maintenance AC from known brands.

    Regards,
    Pankaj.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Pankaj,

      You need a 0.75-0.8 ton AC for your room. There are a few brands that do make ACs of such size. As your usage is less, you will be fine with a BEE 3 star AC as well. Inverter may not work out well on economics. Also there is nothing like low maintenance ACs and all ACs do need regular maintenance. You can look at Panasonic CS-YC9PKY, Haier HSU-09CK3W3N or you may get some options in Voltas as well.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  102. praveen says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    i live in trivandrum and planning to buy a windows ac, the room is 100 sq feet and its on top floor will you advise whether a 1 ton or 1.5 will be suitable ?

  103. ghosh says:

    hi abhishek,
    i was looking for some help in picking up a split ac.firstly would it be suggestible for me to pick an air conditioner for the living room that has an open dining hall attached to it.so togethr it would be approx 280 sq feet(hall+dining).if yes what specification would u suggest.
    resident of bangalore staying on the first floor wth two other floors over head.

    regards
    ghosh

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Ghosh,

      If you want to cool the full room, then you need about 2.5 tons of air conditioning. Although if you will use the AC occasionally (as it is living room) and would just like to cool a small area close to the seating place, you can choose a smaller tonnage (say 1.5 ton) just to cool the local area. Please note that although the small sized AC will cool the local area, it will not run in the most efficient manner, but even then it will consume lesser electricity than using a 2.5 ton AC to cool the whole area.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  104. Vijay says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am planning to purchase an inverter AC for my room which of 130 sq ft.
    Usage will be of 7 to 8 hours daily and in summer only.
    We are in first floor and there is an open terrace above the house and is located in Chennai.

    I have narrowed down the search to 2 airconditioners, after a lots of research in different websites.

    1. Panasonic CS-YS12PKYP (2014 Model)
    2. Daikin FTKE35GV1 (2013 Model)

    can you tell me which one is better in terms of energy efficiency?

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Vijay,

      Inverter Tech is the most energy efficient technology available in the market and the brands that you have chosen are quite good. So you can go for anyone of them. 1 ton inverter tech is good for your room size.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

    • athadu says:

      Hi Vijay.. I am also zeroed on Panasonic. Could you please tell how is the performance of it?

  105. yogesh says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I live in Bhandara near Nagpur, i have 1 drawing room with attached kitchen, my budget is 30 to 40k, which 1 Ac is best for me, as in future, if any problem occour, then servicing is easily available in that area.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Yogesh,

      There are several factors that one need to consider while buying AC:

      1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly. If you can provide size of your room then we can provide you the estimate.
      2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models.
      3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both.

      Secondly, we do not capture feedback from people at the city level. So it will be difficult for us to tell you which brand provides better service in your area. But I can surely tell that brands like LG, Samsung, Bluestar, Whirlpool, etc have a larger service network as they have outsourced their service. But I would not be able to tell you if they have a centre in Bhandara or not.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  106. Ankit Agarwal says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    I live in Pune!(summers last from april to june, Temp goes from 22 degree C to 40 Degree C(min to max).
    I have a 10 * 13 (130 Sq ft) room. my electricity connection is INR 5/unit. usage will be 6-7 hours per day. I have few questions
    1) Should I go for 1 Ton or 1.5 Ton ?
    2) 3 star or 5 Star ?
    3) which are the best available Brands/models for my need. Please be specific if possible?

    Thanks a lot in advance !!!!

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Ankit,

      If your house is on lower floor (not top floor) and the room is not too sunny, then even a 1 ton would do, but for a top floor/sunny room of the size you mentioned, it would need about 1.2 tons of cooling. If you are on top floor, then you can reduce the tonnage requirement by putting some insulation (Extruded Polystyrene, etc) to reduce the heat and there by tonnage requirement. Even you can reduce sunlight by putting thick curtains and thus reduce the heat in the room. So you can manage with ton AC.

      For your use, a BEE 3 star AC would be fine. You can look at these models:

      Samsung AR12HC3ESLW
      Samsung AR12HC3TFUR
      Daikin FTC35

      These are the most efficient ones (highest EER) in BEE 3 star ratings.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  107. Hemal says:

    Hi abhishek, I read your messages which you explain very well. ! So I have few question about my vertis split ac . 1) if I use fan whole night how much power consume compare to ac ? 2) if i run my ac 16 degree c for 5 hrs through out night time than how much power consume compare to whole night fun on? 3) if I keep ac on at 16 degree than with in 1 hr I feel to cold and I turn off and after 1 to 2 hour I just turn on for again for an hour so power consume is more comparatively 5 hrs continuously ? Can you explain please ? 4) if I keep ac on 16 what is power consumption ? & if I keep ac on at temp. 24 what is power consumption ? Is it depend on temp.? If turn on ac 3 hrs in afternoon and 4 hrs at night time how much power consumption on daily basis in watts,units & per day cost ? Thank you , Hemal

  108. solomon says:

    wow, so wonderful.thanks a lot Abhishek jain for your valuable tips. one question…
    what is the difference between an ordinary split ac and a 5*split ac.(in terms of power conception)

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Solomon,

      Firstly all ACs (leaving inverter tech) are rated on BEE star rating. So any AC would be either BEE 1,2,3,4 or 5 star rated. With every increase in star rating, the power consumption is 7-8% less.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  109. shashi prakash says:

    Hi abhishek. Applaudable work. i live in varanasi. BedRoom 190 sqft. I hv decided to go with 1.5 t inverter tech ac. Confused btw samsung n lg. Any other brand u find good for me, suggest.

    • Abhishek says:

      HI,

      1.5 ton inverter tech is the right size for your room. Almost all brands offer inverter tech. From a technology perspective we suggest going for Japanese brands. However Samung and LG have a large service network, so they are able to provide service in almost all corners in the country. We do not collect brand level feedback so would not be able to suggest the right one which provides good service as well in your area.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  110. vinodh says:

    My budget is 30 to 37 k,
    can please give me a models also

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello mr Vinodh,

      You can easily get Bluestar 3HW18HAF, Carrier DURAEDGE PLUS K+ or Daikin FTC50 in your budget.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  111. mehar says:

    HI abishek,
    I live in a chennai. My living room is 10″*22″. I have 2 doors, 3 windows in living room. Living room is connected to kitchen. There is a a small open window connecting the kitchen. Is it advisible to purchase ac for living room? If yes, how much ton n stars and of course company.

    Thanks,
    Mehar

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Mehar,

      Firstly your room needs at least 2 tons of air conditioning if you want to cool the whole room. Although connected Kitchen would surely increase the tonnage. Optionally if you will use the AC occasionally (only when visitors are there) and you are fine with cooling a small area (say about 7 – 8 ft radius around the AC), then you can also go for a smaller tonnage AC. The only challenge that will happen is that the compressor would run all the time. But still you would save on capital cost as well as electricity cost as even 2 ton AC may run all the time if your kitchen is connected. Smaller AC would just cool smaller area.

      The choice of star rating depends on your usage of AC (hours per year).

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  112. Ankit Purohit says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I have recently shifted to Chennai (20+ KM away from coast) and will be here for c 1-2 years.

    I am looking forward to purchase a window AC (since I might move soon and do not want to spend much on split AC installation again and again) and much interested in Hitachi RAW511KSD (5 Star). My master bed room has two 4X4 sliding glass windows and room size is 12X12 ft.

    My flat is on 1st floor on which I have roof. The room is on south-west corner and there are trees around my house however room heats up after 11 AM as of now.

    I am planning to use AC for 8-10 hours a day for 6 months. I have a steel wardrobe and my desktop PC unit in this room.

    Please suggest if 1 Ton Hitachi RAW511KSD can be good or should I choose something else?

    Thanks.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Ankit,

      If your room has a roof on top, then 1 ton AC would be a little undersized for you. You need a 1.25 to 1.5 ton of air conditioning depending on how hot the room gets. If it gets really hot then you need about 1.5 ton of cooling. I would recommend that you go for Hitachi RAV518ESD.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Ankit Purohit says:

        Thank you Abhishek, I really appreciate your help here.

        I tried finding Hitachi RAV518ESD however looks like this AC is not available even on Hitachi’s web store.

        I was able to find another 5 Star AC from Hitachi, RAT513HTD is a 1.5 ton twin motor Window AC. Would you suggest me going for this one?

        And, sorry if this seems to be a stupid question but can you help me understand whether auto cut-off means AC would use much-much less power or is it going to continue using the same power what it was using while working on cooling?

        Thanks in advance :)

        • Abhishek says:

          Hi Ankit,

          RAT513HTD is a 1.1 ton AC. You would need 1.5 ton. If you are looking at one with twin motor, then it is RAT518HUD. I could not understand your question on auto cut off. All ACs have a thermostat where based on temperature settings, the compressor cuts off when the thermostat senses the appropriate temperature. Some ACs also have a power saver mode in which even the AC fan is switched off for some time. Compressor is the most electricity consuming component of AC, and fan is second.

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  113. Kajal Rao says:

    Our usage would be about 10 hours (at night). Hubli is fairly warm throughout the year, but the summers are unbearable for us. It seems the ceiling fan just circulates hot air all night, and the fan air is also affecting our health. I appreciate any advice you can give. Thanks in advance.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Kajal,

      If your ceiling is quite hot in summers then 1.5 ton AC sounds reasonable. Please note a fixed speed BEE 3 star 1.5 ton AC would consume about 1.3-1.4 unit per hour. So 13-14 units in 10 hours during the night. For more than 300 units a month, your per unit tariff would be about Rs 8-9 per unit. So around Rs 100-120 per day for electricity. So in a month your electricity bill just for AC would be about Rs 3000-3800. So if you use it for 5-6 months in a year, then the yearly electricity bills would be about Rs 18000-22000. A BEE 5 star rated AC would save about 15-16% of electricity bill, so about Rs 3000 per year (for 5-6 months of use). And Inverter Tech would save about 30-40%, so about Rs 5000 per year. You will get BEE 3 star rated AC from a good brand for about 35 K, BEE 5 star rated for about 40K and Inverter Tech for about 45 K. So you should choose a right star rating depending on your usage.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  114. Hasan says:

    Hi Abhishek, Your Guide for the Top 10 AC’s is really good. Thank you for taking out so much time and helping everyone out, I had a few questions

    On a Average the AC will be used for around 10 days a month for 8 to 9 hours a day for all these rooms

    1). I have a room in Bombay (uses Commercial Electricity) which is around 120 Sq Ft, I bought a Hitachi 5star 1 Ton RAW511KUD, so is that a good choice for saving Electricity? I read in one of ur replies that u recommended a 3star instead of a 5star

    2). I have another room which also uses Commercial Electricty which is also around 120 Sq Ft and Im planning to buy a Spilt AC, so could u recommend a good energy Efficient AC between Rs. 27,000 to Rs. 34,000

    3). I have another room which also uses Commercial Electricity, this room is around 80 Sq Ft and it has no Window, so you would recommend a Spilt AC or a Portable AC for this room?

    Kindly Reply

    Thank You.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Hasan,

      Choice of 3 star or 5 star depends on the usage of AC and tariffs. In general we recommend that if usage of AC is more than 1000 hrs and tariff is more than or equal to Rs 5, then it is better to go for BEE 5 star rated AC. Else BEE 3 star is fine.

      Now if you are in Mumbai and have a commercial connection then your tariff would be close to Rs 10 a unit (and almost Rs 12 a unit if you are on reliance energy). So the calculation would come down significantly.

      If we look at your requirements: 1st room is 120 sq ft. In Mumbai a 120 sq ft room does not about 0.75 to 1 ton AC (depending on how hot the room becomes). For a 80 sq ft room you just need 0.55 to 0.65 ton air conditioning. And this requirement is also in peak summers (May/June). In other months the requirement would be lesser.

      Now an oversized AC (more tonnage) consumes more electricity whereas a lower tonnage does not cool the room. A fixed speed 1 ton AC is fine for 120 sq ft room and oversized for 80 sq ft room. So your 1st purchase is perfectly fine.

      The most efficient technology available in market is inverter technology. The best part of this technology is that it adjusts its tonnage to the room requirement. So a 1 ton inverter tech AC can vary its tonnage from 0.2 ton to 1.15 or 1.2 ton. Inverter tech can save (30-40%) over a BEE 3 star AC and about 20% or so as compared to a right sized BEE 5 star AC.

      Now coming to your requirements, a 1 ton AC (BEE 3 star) would roughly consume about 0.8 units in an hour. So in 9 hours it would consume about 7.2 units. At Rs 10 you would be spending Rs 72 per day (or Rs 86 if you are on reliance energy). If you go for inverter tech it can save 30-40% or even more of this (as one of your room just needs 0.5 ton Air Conditioning).

      Now if you go for fixed speed ACs, none of the manufacturers make ACs of tonnage less than 0.75 tons. A very good and efficient 0.75 ton AC that I find in market is: Mitsubishi MS/MU G10VC. The smallest inverter tech I know of is Sharp AH-XP10LV (which is a 0.8 ton inverter tech model). So which ever model you go for (portable or split), please make sure that you get the smallest tonnage for the 2nd room (if you go for fixed speed AC).

      As for 1 ton fixed speed split AC (BEE 5 star), you can look at Panasonic CS-XC12QKY, LG LSA3AP5M. You may even get Sharp 1 ton inverter tech AC in your budget.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  115. Nag says:

    Hey Abhishek,
    After all the research and your highly informative posts on technology, I have come up with two options and I really need your help in picking from one of these two models -
    Samsung Inverter Model 1.5 Ton
    Hitachi Ace Cutout 1.5 ton 5Star Model

    I stay in Hyderabad, and use the AC for about 5/6 months @ 8-10 hours a day.
    I am a little inclined to Hitachi, however the inverter tech and wider service network of Samsung are two pros with Samsung.
    Kindly suggest.

    Thanks,
    Nag

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Nag,

      Looking at your requirements, I would say Samsung Inverter Model would be a better buy for you (from economic perspective).

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  116. Amar says:

    Hi Abhishek, Kindly reply to posts under top 10 refriegerators .

    Looking forwars for your advice there.

    Regards
    Amar

  117. Manoj says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    You did not mention about the O-GENERAL AC..?
    Does an inverter model in Ogeneral will not save power..?Can you please throw some light on this.

    Thanks,
    Manoj
    Hyderabad

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Manoj,

      Inverter Models from all brands will save electricity, even OGeneral. And in fact O General is a good reliable brand.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Manoj says:

        Will Ogeneral not come under the top 10 ,?

        • Abhishek says:

          If they make a model which turns out to be high on EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio), then they certainly can come in top 10. No one is stopping them from it :). The above top 10 is based on data that is available from Bureau of Energy efficiency. It is not evaluation of brands.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  118. Himanshu Joshi says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Very helpful page. Thnks for the info. Really helped.

    I live in a tenament. My living room is 12″*20″. I have 2 doors, 3 windows in living room. Living room is connected to kitchen. There is a a small open window connecting the kitchen. Is it advisible to purchase ac for living room? If yes, how much ton n stars and of course company.

    2. I am havng a another room of approx 10″*12″. Should i purchase ac for that room n drop purchasing livng room ac?? If yes again which company, ton and stars. Both the rooms are in ground floor and are having same temprature.

    Your advice will be highly appreciated.

    Thnks and regards,
    Himanshu Joshi

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Himanshu,

      Which city do you live in? Also there are several factors that one need to consider while buying AC:

      1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly.
      2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models.
      3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  119. Kajal Rao says:

    Dear Abhishek, my husband has put me in charge of researching the best and most efficient AC for our bedroom, which is 160 sq.ft. I am happy to find your site. I am thinking an AC of 1.5TR is the best size and since our windows have bars, a split AC would be best. Please let me know if I am on the right path. I am also leaning towards the new LG Terminator model, as we are in Hubli, and the weather is fairly warm year-round, so we have mosquito problems at night. How do you feel about this model?

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Kajal,

      Personally I do not feel any benefit of having mosquito repellant in an AC. As per my observation, mosquitoes as it is do not find it comfortable when the room is cool. In fact we live in Mumbai and at times we put on the AC when we see a lot of mosquitoes.

      Now coming to your needs, your room need about 1.1 ton air conditioning if your room is not too sunny or on a lower floor (not top floor where ceiling gets hot). In case the room is quite sunny or on top floor, then the tonnage requirement will be about 1.4 ton. Please note that there are certain factors that one need to consider while making an AC purchase:

      1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly.
      2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models.
      3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both.

      If you share your AC usage I can suggest more.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  120. Avinash says:

    Abhishek thank you so much for your reply. Yes it is very helpful. One last question. I heard some rumors that since Daikin has started production on Gujarat, their products have more complaints and their after sales service is not that great. is there any truth to that rumor.thank you

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Avinash,

      It is true that Daikin has started manufacturing in India and this has helped them reduce costs and prices. But I have not heard of complaints about their products or services.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Avinash says:

        Hi Abhishek,
        I zeroed it down to Daikin and was given 2 models by the dealer, FTE 60 and FTC 60. these come in the 1.8 ton 3 star split AC. i cant find the difference between the two on the website and no details from the dealer. What would you suggest and why. thank you

        • Abhishek says:

          Hi Avinash,

          FTC is a BEE 3 star series while FTE is a BEE 2 star series. Additionally FTC has R-32 refrigerant that is more environment friendly than FTE’s R-22. So certainly FTC will be more energy efficient than FTE.

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  121. Avinash says:

    Hi Abhishek
    This is most informative page i have seen on AC’s. Congratulations.
    I live in Mumbai and am looking for a split AC for my living room which is 260 sq ft. My usage will be limited to 1-2 hours a day. So would it make sense to buy an inverter ac or a fixed cooling ac, what brand would you recommend. I have had poor experience with the quality of LG. I was looking at Japanese brands. So what brand and what size would you suggest. Also, what star rating would be suggested. I would like a good quality AC but not go overboard with the budget. Please advise.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Avinash,

      For your usage, any BEE 5 star or Inverter Tech model will not justify the payback. Being an energy efficiency proponent, I have personally put a BEE 5 star rated AC in my living room, but have hardly found any use of it. By the way for a 260 sq ft room in Mumbai even a 1.5 ton AC would be good, if you are not on top floor or do not get too much sunlight. You can go for any fixed speed BEE 3 star AC for the room. Although most of the Japanese brands are good, but as far as pricing in concerned, this year Daikin and Sharp look to be pricing their products quite aggressively and you will find the most economical models in these brands. But that does not mean that other Japanese brands like Hitachi, General, Panasonic and Mitsubishi are not good.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  122. Manish says:

    Dear Abhishek,

    I live in Bangalore, on 8th floor of a G+10 apartment. The bedroom size is 12 ft X 11 ft. Even though room has ample light, there is no direct sunlight on the walls of the room. The room has 1 door and 1 window. There is another door for attached bath. There is wall to wall cupboard on one internal wall. Please suggest split AC capacity and model. I would prefer reliable brand.

    Thanks in advance. Your website is very useful.

    Manish

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Manish,

      You need about 1.2 ton of cooling in your room (if the room does not get too hot). The choice of model/technology will depend on your usage of AC and your budgets.

      Hope that helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  123. sandeep says:

    hi amit
    i am planning to buy a 2 ton inverter ac.please suggest which brand should i go for keeping in mind that budget doesnt go very far and with good longivity

  124. ruchitdarji says:

    Dear Abhishek,

    Greetings !!!

    I want to buy 1.5T split AC with good brand and latest in making, not with features.

    Budget: 25-35K

    Highly appreciate your advice.

    Regards,
    Ruchit Darji

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Ruchit,

      Here are a few things that should be considered while buying an AC:

      1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly. If you can provide these details, we can suggest you the right size.
      2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models.
      3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both.

      If you are sure that you need 1.5T AC, then I can suggest something. Else we can evaluate a little more based on above mentioned parameters.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  125. Mihir Patel says:

    I had purchased 1.5 Ton Samsung Split AC model AS185UGF in March 2012 from the dealer: Labh Electronics (Gorwa, Baroda). We had a cooling problem right after the installation. So, the service folks came and took the outdoor part (compressor unit) to their service station. They told that there was a gas leakage problem and that the issue had been fixed. But it was only later that we realized that this was just a temporary fix. The same problem propped up again and this time, since it was past warranty period of 1 year, they are charging us INR 7500 for the fix. I called their customer care service; the representative told that the complaint (#8440942146) has been escalated and that I’d receive a call from the respective authority within 30 mins. But I never received any call!

    I am shocked how a reputable firm such as Samsung can allow such unethical practices in its business! They should have replaced the entire compressor part if it was faulty in the first place, instead of temporarily fixing it. And secondly, an average customer cannot afford to pay 7500 every year to get the same problem (i.e. gas leakage) fixed. We can see that this is a systematic problem that a lot of customers are facing (due to a poor design choice: preferring cheap aluminum condenser over other alternatives). In such a scenario, if Samsung cares about its customers, it should provide replacements for the defective units and call off such products from the market so that consumers are spared of the inconvenience and frustration of buying sub-standard products. If replacements are not feasible then they should atleast offer free service whenever the problem is related to gas leakage!

  126. amit says:

    Hi abhishek,
    I am an army Officer and I am planning to but a new ac. The problem is I Would get posted to all over India after every 02 years so should I go for split or window & I need to buy an ac which Works well in extreme Summers like Delhi and Punjab & Rajasthan. It should be nay long lasting and also servicing Should be available in majority of cities In India & servicing should be prompt. I am totally confused between split & Window also between O’ general Hitachi Voltas for Window & Daikin Panasonic in split Tonnage Would be 1.5 tonne Ideal I believe. Please advice & help…Soon Thanks Amit this side

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Amit,

      Here are a few things that should be considered while buying an AC:

      1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly.
      2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models.
      3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both.

      As far as window or split is concerned, if you move frequently then I would suggest that you go for window AC. For window ACs, I have seen Hitachi offer much more efficient models. If you are confirmed that you need a 1.5 ton AC then you can go for it.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

    • amit says:

      Hi abhishek,
      1. Thanks for your valuable suggestion.
      2. I have decided to go for a window ac 1.5 ton.
      3. I am still thinking bcos today I did the market survey I came to know I can get LG ac’s through the canteen two models are available :-
      i. LG 5cp3f 3 star ac for 26193 rs whereas market rate is 34990rs
      i i. LG 5cp5f 5 star ac for 33440 the market rate for this is 41990.
      4. I am getting o general for 32000 and Hitachi single motor double blower 5 star ac model rav518hud for rs 33500 from market.
      5. As my usage will be less so I was thinking a 3 star ac might serve the purpose but still need your valuable seggestion.
      6. Should I go for LG 3 star seeing it’s price through the defence canteen. LG 5 star is almost same price through the canteen as Hitachi or o general from civil market.
      7. Now should I save 7 00pm and go for 3 star LG or go for Hitachi / o general.
      8. Kindly suggest………….

      • amit says:

        sorry abhishek the last point that is 7 point says should i save 7000 rs not 7 00pm its wrongly written

      • Abhishek says:

        Hi Amit,

        As your usage is low, you are better off with a BEE 3 star model. If you are getting good discount on LG, you can go for the same. LG has a larger service network and so you should not face much problem in case you move from place to place frequently.

        Hope that helps.

        Regards,
        Abhishek

        • amit says:

          Hi abhishek,
          It’s indeed commendable for you to reply to everyone personally. Thanks a ton. I will surely let you know which ac I bought n it’s performance. Thanks again

  127. Ankit says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Suggest a window AC out of these 10 Acs for 12 * 10 room with no sunlight

    2842 HITACHI WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER RAT513HTD 3.25 1.1 4060 1250 22/01/13 5 2013
    2844 HITACHI WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER RAV513HTD 3.2 1.1 4000 1250 22/01/13 5 2013
    3547 WHIRLPOOL WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER WAR14B54M0 3.46 1.2 3870 1118 21/01/14 5 2014
    3518 LG WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER LWA3BP5F 3.36 1 3775 1125 29/01/14 5 2014
    3519 LG WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER LWA3GP5F 3.36 1 3775 1125 29/01/14 5 2014
    3546 WHIRLPOOL WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER WAR12B54M0 3.35 1 3600 1075 21/01/14 5 2014
    2846 HITACHI WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER RAW511KTD 3.27 1 3450 1055 22/01/13 5 2013
    HITACHI WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER RAW511KUD 5
    .
    Thanks,
    Ankit

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Ankit,

      Here are a few things that should be considered while buying an AC:

      1) Tonnage of AC: Depends on several factors, but primarily on size of room, city where you live in, window sizes, people in the room. Oversized AC consumes more electricity, and undersized does not cool properly.
      2) Star Rating: Choice of BEE 5 star/inverter tech or a lower rating depends on your usage of AC. If your usage is more than 1000 hrs (with traiff more than Rs 5), it is better to go for higher efficiency models.
      3) Brand: Some brands offer better reliability/technology and some have better service network. One has to factor in both.

      Although Japanese brand offer very good reliability/technology, if you ask me for my choice amongst the models you have mentioned (and you are confirmed that you need a 1 ton AC), then my choice would be the two LG models. LG is a good model as it weighs well in both parameters reliability as well as it has a large service network. But I would still suggest you to look at the desired size of AC for your room.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  128. Sam John says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am planning to buy a split AC, budget : 35-45k, room size :10*12, city : chennai, staying at top floor, heavy sunny area. Whether can i buy from show room or dealer, My main concern is about the electricity bill. which model suitable for this situation. I have already enquired about this to the dealers, they said panasonic with inverter tech is good. Please advice and give some model names

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Sam,

      You will need about 1.3 tons of air conditioning in peak summer. Inverter Tech ACs are the most energy efficient ACs that are available in market. And you might have to go for 1.5 ton inverter tech AC. You may find a few models of 1.5 ton inverter tech AC in your budget (may be from Sharp/Samsung/Daikin). All others may be beyond 45 K. If you are getting a Panasonic model in your budget then it is fantastic. From a reliability point of view, Japanese brands are fantastic.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  129. Mahesh Godbole says:

    Hi, I am planning to buy Split AC. I am in Pune and stay on 11the floor terrace flat. So I have my own terrace above my flat. Room size is 12*12 and if I count wardrobe on one side then 14*12. I have small balcony on east side with glass door of 4*7 size and window on north of size 4*4.

    Should I go for 1 ton or 1.5 ton AC? Also any specific brand you would like to suggest in the range of 30k to 40k which will save more energy.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Mahesh,

      You would need about 1.1 ton of air conditioning in your room in peak summers. You can get any of the inverter tech models in your budget. Inverter Technology is the most energy efficient technology in the market right now. Almost all brands have inverter technology models in 1 ton range. And a 1 ton inverter tech model can cover a range from 0.2 ton to 1.2 ton. So it should be good enough for you. You can easily get a 1 ton inverter tech in your budget. Below are some models that we found online recently:

      LG BS-Q126B8R8 Max tonnage 1.15 ton, Price about Rs 39,999 (on compareindia)
      LG BS-Q126B8A4 Max tonnage 1.15 ton, Price about Rs 42,990 (on reliance digital)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV Max tonnage 1.2 ton, Price about Rs 31,700 (on compareindia)
      Carrier Kurve Inverter AC, Price about Rs 35,488 (on compareindia) — Carrier also has a superia inverter range for which price is not known to us.
      Daikin 1 ton Inverter FTKE35, Price about Rs 35000 (on snapdeal)
      Mitsubishi has MSYGE13VA (price of which is not known to us).
      Voltas Delux (DC Inverter) 12V DX 1.0 Ton, Price about Rs 39,990 (on Naaptol)

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  130. Jay says:

    Hi Abhishek i m planning an ac for my bedroom (15′ 11′). My budget is between 35-45k. can u pls suggest a good split ac.i live in nagpur. Regards.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Jay,

      For a 15×11 room in Nagpur, you need anywhere between 0.9 and 1.1 ton of Air Conditioning (based on how sunny the room is). You can easily get a good inverter tech AC in your budget. Following are some models:

      LG BS-Q126B8R8 Max tonnage 1.15 ton, Price about Rs 39,999 (on compareindia)
      LG BS-Q126B8A4 Max tonnage 1.15 ton, Price about Rs 42,990 (on reliance digital)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV Max tonnage 1.2 ton, Price about Rs 31,700 (on compareindia)
      Carrier Kurve Inverter AC, Price about Rs 35,488 (on compareindia) — Carrier also has a superia inverter range for which price is not known to us.
      Daikin 1 ton Inverter FTKE35, Price about Rs 35000 (on snapdeal)
      Mitsubishi has MSYGE13VA (price of which is not known to us).
      Voltas Delux (DC Inverter) 12V DX 1.0 Ton, Price about Rs 39,990 (on Naaptol)

      Most of these models are sold as 1 ton inverter tech ACs, but Inverter Tech being elastic tonnage AC, most of these models have a tonnage range of 0.2 tons to 1.2 tons, and the AC will adjust itself to the needs of your room.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Jay says:

        thank you so much Abhishek for the valuable information. Is it ok even if i am residing at the top floor? somebody suggested me to go for 1.5T.

        • Abhishek says:

          Hi Jay,

          If you stay on the top floor and the ceiling gets hot, then you will surely have to go for higher tonnage. So 1.5 ton is right for you. In your budget you can even get 1.5 ton inverter tech AC from Daikin (Model FTKV), Carrier (Kurve Inverter) or Sharp (AH-X18PET). These would be around 43-45K. Else if you want fixed speed then you can get LG LSA5NP5F (BEE 5 star) for around 38K.

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

    • Ashu says:

      Hi Abihshek ! I live in Delhi and my room size is 14X11 which is having two doors and one window. My daily usage of AC will be 8 hours a day for 5 to 6 months in a year. I am interested to buy split AC. Please suggest which model

      • Abhishek says:

        Hi Ashu,

        You requirement is about 1.2 ton (in case the room is on lower floors and does not get very hot). In case it gets too hot, then you need about 1.5 tons. Your requirement is of about 1440 hours a year, so it is better you go for a BEE 5 star rated or inverter tech AC. If you go for inverter tech then a 1.5 ton inverter tech then it will auto adjust to your room;s tonnage requirements. Almost all brands have 1.5 ton inverter tech ACs. The only thing that I can suggest is that Japanese brands have more reliability in terms of technology. Post sales service varies from brand to brand in different regions.

        Hope this helps.

        Regards,
        Abhishek

  131. M. BALASUBRAMANYAM says:

    Mr. Abhishek,

    It was a very important information you posted here, really appreciating for the same, we stay in Visakhapatnam, which is a coastal, area and we intend to buy a split A/C, our room size is 10 x 12 and we are very much effected by seepage, requesting you to suggest a Good A/c that can withstand seepage in long run and more please give me you valuable suggestion on IFB 1.5 ton A/c

    Awaiting your reply with interest.

    Regards

    M. Balasubramanyam

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Balasubramanyam,

      1.5 ton AC is a huge for this size of room. You need max of 0.8 to 1 ton of air conditioning. You will waste a lot of electricity if you put a 1.5 ton AC.

      ACs are available in two kinds of metals: Aluminium and Copper. Copper is a better metal as far as corrosion is concerned. So in case you are looking for an AC in coastal region, you should go for a model with copper base. They can be long lasting as compared to the one with Aluminium. Currently we do not have information on which model is copper based, which is not. The best I can do is suggest you models based on energy efficiency based on the size, your AC usage and your budget.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  132. willington says:

    Hi, i would like to buy a new AC, friends suggested to go for O General. thought of going for 1.5 T 4 or 5 star rating O General AC, pl suggest

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi,

      There are few factors that one should consider while buying an air conditioner:

      1) Size (or tonnage): This is important because oversized AC is inefficient and increases electricity consumption, undersized does not cool properly. For proper sizing you need to consider at least these things: dimensions of your room, you city climate, does you ceiling receive direct heat, does your room get a lot of sunlight.

      2) Brand: Some brands have better reliability/technology, some have better service in certain areas. O General is a good brand from reliability perspective, you need to talk to people living in your area who have used this brand to check about how their service is in your area.

      3) Star Rating: Your choice of Inverter Tech AC/ BEE 5 Star AC or BEE 3 star AC depends on the usage you have for AC. If you usage is high, then you should go for Inverter Tech or BEE 5 star rated AC. In fact these days people thinking of BEE 5 star rated AC are increasingly opting for Inverter Tech ACs.

      So I would suggest that you evaluate your choices on these parameters.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  133. Ayan says:

    Dear Abhishek,

    I am planning to buy a split AC.. I stay on the top floor of a seven floor apt in Mumbai… My bedroom size is 120 sq ft and according to that i shud buy a 1 ton but then somebody told me that since i stay on the top floor and as it is hotter, therefore i need a 1.5 ton.. Plz suggest..

    Regards,

    Ayan

    • Abhishek says:

      HI Ayan,

      For a 120 sq ft room in Mumbai, 1 ton is more than enough. Even for a top floor room the tonnage required for such size room will not be more than 0.85 tons. So 1.5 ton will significantly increase your electricity bills. 1 ton should be good enough.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  134. Jishnu R says:

    Hi Abhishek, Awesome article. Its almost like a bible and guide to buy AC. One can blindly follow this and buy an AC which is what i am trying to do. I am actually planning to buy one now as Summers have started here after we moved into out new home here in Chennai. I need one for the bedroom which is around 154 sq. ft in size where the three of us will be using it mainly for sleeping in the night. My choice is definitely a split. My budget is not too high as we may be moving again to a new place. But in the bargain of price i don’t want to end up paying a huge electricity bill or reduced quality or bad support. Do suggest and recommend as its quite urgent now but dont want to rush into and make a wrong decision. Also Is it better to buy in a branded showroom, a dealer or online?

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Jishnu,

      How many months in a year would you be using the AC? Although for your size of room the max tonnage requirement will range between 0.99 to 1.34 tons depending on how much sunlight your room gets (or how hot it is). If it tends to get too hot and you get a lot of sunlight in the room, then 1.34 tons, else if it is relatively less bright, then even a 1 ton AC would be good. If you go for fixed speed AC (non inverter tech), even a 1.25 ton may work for you in most cases.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Jishnu R says:

        Hi Abhishek.Thank You..approx 4-5 months a year. The room gets hot only in the late afternoon as sunset hits it. In terms of inverter type or a 5 star, i went through this website and it says approx. 2000 per year is the savings which is not much thinking for the huge difference we pay for a 5 star. The saving and the investment just does not match up is what i feel. Please comment.

        • Abhishek says:

          Hi Jishnu,

          The savings will depend on your usage of AC. If you go for a 1.25 ton AC, the power consumption of AC would be about 1 unit an hour (depending on various factors). So if you use it for 8 hours a day, you consume about 8 units. So in a month about 240 units and in 5 months about 1200 units. In chennai the highest traiff is about Rs 5.75 a unit which means your yearly electricity bill will be around Rs 7000 on AC (this is just an approximation). Now in mumbai we have seen inverter tech save 30-40% on electricity bills. So certainly you would save about Rs 2000-3000 per year. Now if you compare a BEE 5 star vs Inverter Tech (the savings would be say in range of 20%) and the price difference of about Rs 4K-5K. But the other benefit that you have is, in case of inverter tech, if your requirement is about 1.2 ton of cooling, even a 1 ton AC may suffice, else you may have to go for 1.5 ton fixed speed AC. So there is cost benefit of that as well. So you can figure out your cost benefit as the AC you purchase now will be used at least for next 10 years.

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

          • Jishnu R says:

            Thank You Abhishek. That was very helpful. Quality is important to me. So the bottom line is a 1 ton Inverter AC or a 1.2 ton Fixed Speed for my bedroom that is. Again savings wise it works to approx. around 175 Rs per month which is hardly anything and negligible keep so many other costs in mind. How does a lower star like a 3 star compare to this? Is the difference negligible like above or is it huge? I know you don’t suggest brands, but do highlight on them. Also will i be able to meet my requirements at around 30k or is it asking for too much?

          • Abhishek says:

            Hi Jishnu,

            You can even go for a BEE 3 star AC. Although if you are looking for 1.2 ton fixed tonnage AC, then you will find that very few brands come up with models of that tonnage (as market is dominated by 1,1.5 and 2 ton ACs). I know of only Hitachi, Voltas and Whirlpool who have such models. Even in that Hitachi has mostly BEE 5 star rated models in 1.2 tons and I doubt that you may get them in about 30K. You may get BEE 3 star rated models close to your budget in Voltas (which I feel is the best Indian brand).

            Now you asked about brands, so it depends on various factors. In general Japanese brands are quite good on their technology/reliability. Most of them have solid manufacturing processes which makes their products robust. Some of the Japanese brands are: Hitachi, Daikin, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, General, Sharp. Of these Daikin has manufacturing in India and this year they are very aggressive on pricing. Sharp is trying to move completely towards inverter tech and is also pricing aggressively. Other brands that I find reliable are: Carrier and Bluestar.

            Hope this helps.

            Regards,
            Abhishek

          • Abhishek says:

            By the way as you live in Chennai, please make sure that you buy a model with copper body. Models with Aluminium are cheaper, but they rust faster. I got someone from Chennai complaining about a model from General because of rusting (as he was close to the beach).

            Regards,
            Abhishek

          • Jishnu R says:

            Thank You Abhishek. First of all I would to applaud and appreciate your efforts here, taking the time out to answer everyone personally. Sometimes you even go outside the electricity saving subject and beyond. As you mentioned since my usage is going to be minimal, a 3 star 1.5 ton would suffice. However I may be moving house and things will change soon so its not going to be a permanent thing, just temporary. However i feel that AC’s here in Chennai are more expensive than other cities after i went to about 3 showrooms yesterday am i right? Inverter AC come close to 50k everything included. 5 Star average at around 45. So this is probably be my last message to you for now for a while. Lastly I wanted to check do you know anything about Reliance’s own AC “Reconnect” brand. They claim to have Hitachi’s technology, copper body and a 3 star 1.5 Ton costs 32000 here. Thank You.

          • Abhishek says:

            Hi Jishnu,

            As per my analysis of the market, Inverter Tech ACs of 1 ton range between 30K and 40K, and those of 1.5 ton between 40K and 50K. Sharp/Samsung would be the cheapest of all the well known brands. Daikin will be competitive. BEE 5 star rated models for 1.5 ton are 4-5K cheaper than inverter tech. But slowly and steadily Inverter Tech is overtaking the BEE 5 star rated market. So people are either going for lower stars or Inverter Tech.

            Regarding many local brands (and there are a lot of them): they mostly import components from various companies and just assemble the parts in India. Local brands lack in research, design and testing of their models and thus I would rate the other brands higher on reliability/technology. Amongst the Indian brands, I would rate Voltas as the best.

            Regards,
            Abhishek

  135. binu says:

    HAI
    my room is L shaped with 190 sq ft in total floor area including 16 sq ft glass area in west side and 10sqft glass area in north side.What will be AC tonnage for this room????I am living in Trivandrum,Kerala.I need a energy efficient one

    • Abhishek says:

      HI,

      Firstly I did not have climatic data for Trivandrum, so I assumed it to be similar to Kochi/Coimbatore. I hope that it should not be very different. Based on window sizes and positioning, I guess there will be quite some sunlight in your room. Based on our calculations, you need about 1.15 ton AC in case your room is not sunny (or you keep some thick curtains on which does not make it quite hot), or if your room is really hot, then about 1.4 tons air conditioning is required. If you need the most energy efficient one, then you should go for a 1.5 ton inverter tech AC.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • binu says:

        first of all thanks for the valuable info.Now a days lots of changes in climate.In these times trivandrum district gets more than expected rain while thrissur (ernakulam district) didnt get.S i hope there is some kind of less temp in Tvm :) anyway,when i consult with some shops they prefer me 1.5ton.But from your words i think its 1.2 ton is enough for my need.Also some obstructions are there to prevent direct sunlight from west.all companies are not providing this tonnage,what will i do?go for the1.2ton which is available in the market???one final word from you will help me to take a good and right decision…
        Regards
        binu

        • Abhishek says:

          Hi,

          Apologies if you got a reply from my side a few minutes back. I did not look at the previous response that I had given before replying. Looking at your room size (190 sq ft) I must say that if you are going for a fixed speed AC (non inverter tech), it would be safer to go for 1.5 ton AC. Also you will get better brands in that tonnage.

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  136. nigi mary says:

    wht about sharp inverted Ac’s performance and price

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Mary,

      As far as price is concerned, its an observation that sharp is cheaper as compared to most other popular AC brands. I cannot comment about performance as we have not seen it working ourselves. A few days back during an interaction with Bijli Bachao reader (in mumbai), the person mentioned that he owns a sharp inverter tech AC and he is satisfied with it. But that is just one experience that we got.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  137. iRocky says:

    Hi
    I have a Master bed room
    Approx size 600 sq ft
    Can you suggest me which one should i go for

    1.5/ 2
    Split is the only option
    Or would you suggest me to install a window ac ” Where the back goes to my washroom”

    Kindly suggest

    Thanks

  138. Bo Kotian Lund says:

    This seems to be the most serious forum on this subject and thanks in advance

    Is it technically possible to add two indoor units at one outdoor unit? I know multi-splits are available, however they are too expensive for my needs. The thing is that the two indoor units never will run at the same time as one is our bedroom and the other a living room. The rooms has same size and will need a 1 tonne cooling or a bit less (for one room).

    Splits are normally sold as a pair, so my question is whatever I could save some on this solution – we live in Bangalore and will not make a huge investment for the few hot months. Any idea how much we will need to spend for installation at 1. floor 5000 or 25000?

    I was planning to buy a 5 star, however would it be feasible for a Bangalore apartment?

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Bo,

      Multi Splits are the only solution for the problem you have stated. They are expensive as they are less in demand. I am not sure if your will get a single split indoor unit and also I am not sure of the feasibility of connecting two split indoor units with an outdoor unit. You may have to check with the manufacturers.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  139. Ramu says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I want to know the differences between Inverted technology and BEE 5 Star Rating. Could you please explain in detail and which one is preferable for a long time run.

    Regards
    Ramu

  140. Deepak says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am from Jaipur (Rajasthan) and I am looking for window or split AC for my bedroom, size is 10×10 feet with 10feet height. no direct sun light on the room. my usage would be 10-12 hours per for around 5-6 months.

    my budget is between 24-27K, please suggest some name.

    thanks

    Regards
    Deepak

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Deepak,

      You need about 0.75 ton of air conditioning in your room. Some of the good models in your range are:

      Mitsubishi Electric MS-G10VC
      Voltas Vertis Pearl 0.75T SAC – CBU
      Videocon VRS25
      Voltas Vertis Gold 0.75TR SAC
      LG LSA2CG5AF8

      In fact you will get a lot of BEE 5 star rated models in your budget in 0.75-0.8 ton range.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  141. Avijit says:

    Abhishek Sir,

    Thanks for your all reply. is any drawback in buying through online shopping with snapdeal/amit enterprises/arrav enterprises. Installation and stabilizer is not any issue for me.. what about warranty issue? all are same through local city dealer purchase and online shopping????Please advice me?5-6 K difference in price on each product?????

  142. Naveen says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am from Hyderabad and planning to buy split A/C .
    My A/C usage would be for 4 months – 12 hours each day.
    Room size is 10 x 12 Sq ft.
    My budget is 30 to 35,000 Rs

    Can you please suggest me a best brand in A/C (Inverter technology preferable) and also the capacity to be chosen.

    Thanks,
    Naveen

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Naveen,

      You need about 1-1.1 ton Air Conditioning in your room. There are few inverter tech ACs in this range and I have listed them below:

      LG BS-Q126B8R8 Max tonnage 1.15 ton, Price about Rs 39,999 (on compareindia)
      LG BS-Q126B8A4 Max tonnage 1.15 ton, Price about Rs 42,990 (on reliance digital)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV Max tonnage 1.2 ton, Price about Rs 31,700 (on compareindia)
      Carrier Kurve Inverter AC, Price about Rs 35,488 (on compareindia) — Carrier also has a superia inverter range for which price is not known to us.
      Daikin 1 ton Inverter FTKE35, Price about Rs 35000 (on snapdeal)
      Mitsubishi has MSYGE13VA (price of which is not known to us).
      Voltas Delux (DC Inverter) 12V DX 1.0 Ton, Price about Rs 39,990 (on Naaptol)

      You can find few of them in your budget. I hope this helps. Please note that the price is as of today on these sites.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  143. Avijit says:

    Hello Abhishel Ji,

    put a hole in the wall in not a problem my owner is ready. I have to live 4-6 six years in this house.you please tell me

    Panasonic CS-C18JKY, Panasonic CS-TC18PKY or Panasonic CS-KC18PKY which is best model (5 star+1.5 ton)
    these all three AC having a budget less than 37 K for my 12×12 room or 10×10 room

    or
    1 ton inverter technology is good..

    daily consumption 6 months (6-8 hrs) in a year. which is best ????what is your true opnion about panasonic????it will the best buy?????????share any negative feedback of panasonic ac also..

    Hitachi/Sharp/Media/O genral with 5 start+1.5 ton is out of budget (means more than 40 K)

    or suggest me any Final model with 1.5 ton+5 star=less than 37 K. or done with above oanasonic model

    Thanks and regards

    Avijit

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Avijit,

      We at Bijli Bachao do not collect feedback and review about brands and models. We just evaluate newer technologies on efficiencies and also gather data from BEE/other sources on energy efficiency of various models. When people ask for opinions we suggest the size and also find the most efficient options based on the budget (irrespective of brands). So we cannot provide you feedback on panasonic as every person has different experience with a particular brand. Also we do not have feedback on specific models of different brands. As mentioned in my earlier comments, 1 ton inverter AC would be good for your current room size (not if you shift to a bigger room). If you are not finding your desired brand in your budget than you can go for a 1.25 ton AC (again of your preferred brand) for your current room. If you go for a 1.5 ton AC, then you would be opting for an option which is bigger for your current room and would thus consume more electricity (but it may work if you move to a bigger room in future).

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Avijit,

      We did this research on inverter tech today for another person, may be it can help you as well:

      LG BS-Q126B8R8 Max tonnage 1.15 ton, Price about Rs 39,999 (on compareindia)
      LG BS-Q126B8A4 Max tonnage 1.15 ton, Price about Rs 42,990 (on reliance digital)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV Max tonnage 1.2 ton, Price about Rs 31,700 (on compareindia)
      Carrier Kurve Inverter AC, Price about Rs 35,488 (on compareindia) — Carrier also has a superia inverter range for which price is not known to us.
      Daikin 1 ton Inverter FTKE35, Price about Rs 35000 (on snapdeal)
      Mitsubishi has MSYGE13VA (price of which is not known to us).
      Voltas Delux (DC Inverter) 12V DX 1.0 Ton, Price about Rs 39,990 (on Naaptol)

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  144. Avijit says:

    Hello Abhishel Ji.

    Plz tell your opnion about panasonic models EER more than 10 as compare to other company sharp/diakin where EER 3-4. my room is 12×12 and i am opting 1 tin ac Panasonic CS-TC12PKY (EER 11.4+5 start+1ton)=27 K or Panasonic CS-KC12PKY (EER 11.5+5 star+1 tin) 31 K…is it ok for 12X12 room????i am in rented house if in future i will shift in to any other home like 14×10 or 12×10 or 13×10????? is 1 tom is enogh????? what about copper coiling or aliminium coiling concept…? is panasonic have copper coiling?????

    You already suggested me Sharp model having EER is 3.63??????????Panasonic EER isin valur of w/w????

    Reply n thanks

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Avijit,

      It’s important to understand what is the unit for EER. In western countries EER is mentioned in BTU/W.hr whereas in India the EER is mentioned in W/W. Typically numbers in BTU/W.hr are above 10 and those in W/W are around 3. If the number is above 10, you need to divide it by 3.41 to get comparative W/W.

      Secondly it is difficult to calculate EER of Inverter Tech ACs. If it was easy then BEE would have started rating them on BEE star rating. EER is Cooling Watts Output/Inputs Watts of Energy. Now with Inverter Tech both the cooling watts as well as input watts vary with situation and setting, thereby it is difficult to put EER for inverter tech.

      Finally if you have increased the budget then you will get inverter tech in various other brands as well. I guess in 38 K you should get a 1 ton model in LG/Carrier as well (you can check the prices in the market). Also room size is very important for air conditioner sizing as smaller size will not cool the room and bigger size will consume extra electricity (as AC works inefficiently). And that is why Inverter Tech is beneficial as it can adjust itself to the room size. In case you feel that you will move to a bigger size place, then you can think of a 1.5 ton inverter tech AC as it can adjust to much bigger room and can also be good for smaller room (they mostly have a range of 0.3 to 1.7 ton). Also please note that in split AC you have to break the wall to connect indoor and outdoor unit. You might have to think about it considering you are living in a rental place. If it is difficult to put a hole in the wall, you may be better off with a window AC (which may not give you any option of going for inverter tech AC).

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  145. Jeet says:

    Hello Abhishek,

    I need to buy an ac ‘solution’ for my flat in Delhi. I am looking to buy a ‘multi inverter split ac’ of one outdoor with three or four indoor units. My questions are: is it feasible and which brand is best suited for this requirement?

    Thanks and best,
    Jeet

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Jeet,

      Multi Inverter Split AC works well to save space and electricity. I only know of Blue Star and Daikin making such models. But my guess is that it will turn out costlier than regular models. As per this article: http://www.business-standard.com/article/press-releases/blue-star-launches-multi-inverter-split-airconditioner-112030300108_1.html a system with 3 indoor units of 1.5 ton each would cost about 1.99 lakhs, which is costlier than buying 3 normal inverter tech models. As far as feasibility is concerned, they certainly are feasible as they are made for large houses and villas. They are minified versions of VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) systems. The difference between VRF and Multi Split is that in Multi Split ideal pipe length is 50 mts whereas in VRF systems the pipe can go up to 130 mts. VRF systems are costlier than Multi Split but are ideal for big offices. Multi Splits are made for residential (large homes) purposes. So you can check out the rates in the market. If it is less than or about Rs 1.4 lakhs (cost of 3 1.5 ton inverter tech ACs from Blue Star), then it works on cost, else it is better to go for individual ACs.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  146. vinodh says:

    Hi abhishek,

    I am planning to buy split AC (1.5 Tone and (5/4/3 star rated).

    1. Daily Ac should run (4 to 5) hours.
    2. In a year 5 months.
    3. My place is village type, 1.30 hour from chennai.

    So can you please suggiest me good brands and models. give me list of 5 models to [email protected].

    Thanks & Regards,
    vinod

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Vinodh,

      Your usage of AC is less, so you should be fine with a BEE 3 or 4 star model as well. What is your budget?

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  147. Abhishek says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I want to install an Ac in my business premises.There are 3 rooms with the size of 12′ by 8′ and i need an Ac which should be very efficient in terms of power usage. I can only install the Split due to the position of rooms. The rooms are on the top floor. Geographical location of the premises is Chandigarh.

    Kindly provide your expertise on the same.

    Regards

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Abhishek,

      For 12×8 room in Chandigarh, max tonnage of cooling required is about 0.85 tons. If you go for fixed tonnage AC, then you can find some models from Hitachi & Blue Star that are rated at 0.9 tons. Or if you want to go for inverter tech (which is the most energy efficient technology and has variable tonnage), then you will get 1 ton models in LG/Diakin/Carrier Midea/Hitachi and Sharp. We typically suggest to go for BEE 5 star rated/Inverter Tech models if AC usage is more than 1000 hrs in a year (and tariff is about Rs 5 a unit). In chandigarh, the commercial tariff is about Rs 5 a unit, so if your usage is more than 1000 hrs (which I guess it would be as it will be in your office), then it is better to go for BEE 5 Star rated/Inverter Tech model. If you also need heating in winters, then you can also look at hot and cold inverter tech 1 ton models from LG/Hitachi (you can avoid buying room heaters in that case and inverter tech can help you save electricity).

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Abhishek says:

        Thank you very much

        But i am unable to find a BEE dealer in chandigarh kindly share the contact details if you have any.
        What about Godrej ? aren’t they more economical ? Any particular model in LG/Diakin/Carrier Midea/Hitachi (Inverter Tech.)

        • Abhishek says:

          Hello Abhishek,

          There is no concept like BEE dealer. BEE is Bureau of Energy Efficiency in India that rates all the ACs sold in India on energy efficiency. So any Air Conditioner sold in India (other than inverter tech currently) has to get certified by BEE on star rating. So any and every air conditioner dealer in Chandigarh has to sell BEE rated air conditioners.

          As for brand, even Godrej is good. Almost all brands have Inverter Tech models. We do not specifically recommend or endorse a single brand because people in different places have different experiences with various brands. Some brands have good service centers in certain areas and some do not. Also being a competitive market, price of a brand does reflect the technical quality of the product. As for the service, it is better to get opinions from people in your area as to how a brand fares (you may also ask your dealer about the service network of specific brand in your area). It will not be right on our part to recommend you a brand on “service” when we are not located in chandigarh.

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  148. manish says:

    OK U SUGGEST ME WHICH AC IS GOOD FOR ME

  149. Avijit says:

    My Budget is Rs 30-35 K only…

    • Abhishek says:

      If you are looking for inverter tech for your needs in about 30-35 K, then you should look at Sharp AH-XP13LV.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Avijit says:

        But abhishek Sir,

        Please read this link and suggest me another model if applicable.

        http:// mouthshut.com /air-conditioners/Sharp-Inverter-Split-AH-XP13LV-reviews-925660516

        Avijit

        • Abhishek says:

          Hi Avijit,

          Other than Sharp, only Diakin/Carrier Midea/LG have inverter tech models in 1 ton range (with max tonnage around 1.15 ton). And I do not think they will fit in your budget of Rs 30-35 K. You can alternatively try 1.2 ton BEE 5 star rated models like Hitachi RAU514ITDA or Whirlpool Magicool models. They are highly energy efficient, fit for your room size and may fit in your budget as well.

          As for the online reviews: its my observation that whenever people have negative experience, they make sure that they put a review for the same online. Whereas hardly few people put reviews when they have had a positive experience. So you will find that most websites capturing user reviews will have mostly negative reviews. But I do agree that in a competitive space like that of air conditioners, prices of a particular brand does reflect its positioning in that space. The brands that offer cheaper models with same technology, may not be as good as compared to various other brands.

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

    • Avijit says:

      Dear Abhishekji,

      What about your opinion about Panasonic CS-TC12PKY for 12×12 size. its one tone ac with Its EER 11.46 [Btu/hW]
      but according to your advice Sharp AH-XP13LV is in my budget but its EER is 3.8(idont know the unit)…..how sharp model can save energy….Both AC have .Internal coiling is made of copper or aluminum?????????please tell me ……my budget is 34-38 K with (5 star+more than 10 EER+1.2 Ton) or (Inverter Tech+more than 10 EER+1.2)…

      Please help me

  150. Avijit says:

    Abhishek Sir,

    I live in Agra (45 degree Celsius in summer). I required a split AC for by bedroom and size of bedroom in 12 feet x12 feet. As i read your earliar comments you are advicing to buy a INVERTER TECHNOLOGY SPLIT AC. i know inverter technology ac consume less electricity. We requires 8 hrs daily run of AC. Here in agra electricity is private (4.5 Rs per unit). Please explain why Daikin/O Genral is better with inverter technoly as compare to LG/SAMSUNG/VOLTAS/HITACHI/BLUESTAR??????and What is your opnion about PANASONIC. Please advice me?
    what is diffrence between 5 star with inverter technology and 3 star with inverter technology?????which is best?

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Avijit,

      Firstly inverter technology air conditioners have not been rated on BEE ratings as the evaluation criterion that was put for rating regular air conditioners, does not fit well for inverter technology air conditioners. BEE is trying to find out a better way to do it. So there cannot be a 5 star or 3 star inverter technology air conditioner.

      Secondly, your room needs about 1.2 – 1.25 tons air conditioning. You can find LG/Sharp/Carrier inverter tech models in that size range. We suggest going for BEE 5 star rated/Inverter Tech models only when the usage is more than 1000 hours in a year (with a tariff of Rs 5 per unit). If tariff is less the hours increase, if tariff is more, the hours decrease. So in your case we can say that if your yearly usage is about 1100 hours+ (4-5 months) then you should go for a BEE 5 star rated AC.

      As for the brand, it truly depends, some brands have better technology, some have better post sale service and mostly the prices are market driven, so known brands that have higher priced models either have good technology or good service. Also the post sales service depends on a brand’s service network which varies from area to area. I would suggest that you talk to people in your area who use certain brands to get their feedback about various brands.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  151. manish says:

    Hi abhishek I live in jaipur

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Manish,

      You need a 1.5 ton AC for your 17×11 room. A Carrier Midea is a good choice if you know that they provide good service in your area. As per my observation, Carrier does not outsource its service and has in house service centers. This enables them to have a control over their service quality, just that it limits them in expanding their network throughout the country. Technology wise, Carrier is a very good choice as they are pioneers in air conditioning technology.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  152. manish says:

    My room size is 17×11 plz suggest me which ac is good for my room I think that midea electra plus 1.5 ton inveter ac . I want energy efficiency first. 1.5 ton inverter ac give me energy efficiency or cooling or not.

  153. Satish says:

    may i know the full specifications of samsung inverter split ac model “AR18HV5NBWK”

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Satish,

      If you are looking for Inverter Tech Models by Samsung, then you should look at the “Invincia” series by Samsung. In case you are interested in 1.5 Ton AC then you should look at: Samsung Invincia ASV185PBB. You can search for it on Google and you will find a lot of information.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  154. faizan says:

    Hi,abhishek this is faizan from agra I wana purchase an ac for my top floor 15.14.10 bedroom my requirement for running it is 8hrs. For 5 months so suggest me a brand and model in terms of quality and power consumption and I prefer to have a split

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Faizan,

      Apologies for delayed reply. For your room size you need a 2 Ton AC. Your usage would be about 1200 hours in a year. Going for a 5 star rated AC or inverter tech would be quite good for you. You can either look for Hitachi RAU524ITD in the list above, or you can go for inverter tech 2 ton ac from any brand (almost all brands make inverter tech AC in 2 ton).

      Hope that this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • faizan says:

        Thanks for your kind reply abhishek.one more thing I wana ask u is that can a 1.5 ton invtr ac fulfill my rqrmnt of 15.14.10 area against 2 tn normal as told by one of the dealer here. Plz let me know this n also plz refer me the best model n brand from invt tec as you prefer whether 1.5 or 2 ton. Believing you -faizan

        • Abhishek says:

          Hi Faizan,

          Inverter tech ACs have a range of tonnage. So although we may say 1.5 ton Inverter Tech AC, it is the median tonnage for the AC. Typically peak tonnage may be slightly higher than 1.5 ton and the lowest tonnage is much lower. If you look at the example of an LG Inverter AC as in the image below:
          LG Inverter

          This AC has a cooling watt range of 899~5400~6008 Watts which is 0.25ton~1.5ton~1.7ton. (Watt to Ton converter available at: http://www.conversion-website.com/power/watt-to-ton-of-air-conditioning.html). So you should look at the cooling watts of a model and that will give you the maximum tonnage of an AC (they vary from model to model).

          Now you may be fine with a 1.5 ton Inverter Tech AC if your room does not get too hot in peak summers. Because as per the calculator that we have used for your case shows 1.5 ton max cooling requirement for a non sunny room and 2 ton max cooling for a sunny room of about 2100 cu ft of volume. Please note that these numbers are typically for peak summer requirement and in all other times, the cooling requirement will be lower.

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

          • faizan says:

            Hi abhishek sir me still in dought regarding the ideal ton for my bedroom(15.14.10.5) top floor very hot in summers 2 ton shakes me of power sucks n 1.5 is low sufficient what do u say I have leave this on u you plz finalise it n tell me the brand n model that I will go n purchase

          • Abhishek says:

            Hi Faizan,

            Please do not leave it on me to finalize as it has to be your decision. I just stated you the facts. You can even go for a 1.5 ton inverter tech model if you are not up for 2 ton AC. Hopefully it should work well.

            Regards,
            Abhishek

  155. Ashok Kuchhal says:

    Res.Abhishek ji,

    To Continue with my enquiry, Pl. Add more information. The use of Acs will be for 8 hrs daily for minimum 7months in a year. One room is in south west side & window in south side and other one
    is on the west north side & window in west side.pl.reply.

    Thanks.

  156. Ashok Kuchhal says:

    I am living in Delhi at North zone. I want to buy 2 Acs for my two different size of room 1:-12 x 10.9 x 9.6′(Height)foot & 2:- 11′(L) x 10′(B) x 9.6′(H) for 2nd floor. The building is of total 4 floors. The back of the rooms are 7 foot open to sky. Pl.tell me at the earliest/immediately otherwise fear of price increase. Which tone of Acs I require. which type, star, make(first three),energy efficient, longlife, maintenance free split Acs I should purchase.

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Kuchhal,

      Firstly let me tell you that there is nothing like maintenance free split ACs. Life of any appliance depends on how well they are maintained regularly. And if not maintained well, the efficiency of the appliance will go down and life will also decrease.

      However looking at your requirements, you need about 1.1 tons of air conditioning for your bigger room and 1 ton for the smaller room. If you want to use it for 7 months and 8 hrs daily, you should go for a BEE 5 star rated AC or better an inverter tech AC. You will find BEE 5 star rated ACs with this capacity in almost all brands (you can check the list above). However if you go for Inverter Tech, then you will get this size only in LG and Sharp.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Ashok Kuchhal says:

        Thanks a lot for helping me to decide. Carrier Midea,Gurgaon(Hr) has also manufacturing the Inverter Tech Acs with their models of 1 Tone Superia plus(cooling only) No. MSS11D12-12CRDN1-QC2 with a cooling capacity 12300 btu/hr, cooling Input power 1048watts, Air flow rate 353cfm.Fan motor speed (In/Outdoor) 4/1.
        2:- Kurve Inverter (cooling) No.42NgL-012A with a cooling capacity 13200Btu/hr, Air flow rate 350cfm, cooling input power 1140watts, Fan motor speed (In/outdoor) 3/1.
        The above Companys representative is advising me to instal 1.5tone. Now I am confuse. Pl.again remove my confusion irrespective of the Co`s advise. Pl. also advise/suggest me
        keeping in view of above information of Carier Co., which make will be the best in quality, Electricity savings, cooling & longlife.

        Regards,

        ASHOK KUCHHAL

        • Abhishek says:

          Hello Mr Kuchhal,

          Carrier is also a very good brand and in fact I personally have a Carrier AC and I am quite satisfied with it. Carrier are known for their Air Conditioning Technology as the company has a history of being the first to make air conditioners in the world (Wills Carrier the founder is known to have invented air conditioners). However 1.5 ton AC will be big for your rooms. You can use the excel based calculator available on Sharp Website: http://sharpproducts.in/dsupport/52.zip. Personally I have found this calculator quite reasonable in finding the size (many others overestimate which is wrong). This calculator suggests about 1 ton cooling for your size of room.

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

        • Abhishek says:

          By the way, the best thing about Inverter Tech is that it adjusts itself according to the need of the room. So even if you buy a 1.5 ton Inverter Tech AC, it will adjust itself to 1,1.1 or 0.8 ton based on the need of your room. Thus your AC will not consume more electricity to run it at higher tonnage.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  157. AJAY TRIPATHI says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    I living in chittorgarh, rajasthan. I have duplex. My bedroom on the ground floor, west side, size 13*12*11, one window on west. We are four members.
    Our yearly use will be 8 hrs for four months.
    Chittorgarh is a small city and we have only Samsung, LG and carrier dealer.
    I planned for Samsung AR 5000 series 1.5 ton digital inverter a.c. Model no AR18HV5NBWK in this week
    Please suggest me

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Tripathi,

      We do not have data for Chittorgarh, but I assumed climate to be similar to Jaipur. Based on that your room may need about 1.2 to 1.4 tons of peak summer air conditioning. So a 1.5 ton Inverter Tech AC is a good choice I would say. Best thing about inverter tech AC is that oversizing of AC does not cause electricity wastage as it auto adjusts to the room requirements. So I think you have chosen a right model.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  158. Dharmesh says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am living in Ahmedabad(Gujarat). My bedroom is on 1st floor tenament , area is 10×12 feet, west side 10 sq. feet window & balcony door, two sided(West & South) direct sun light & terrace is open, my usage is 6 – 7 hour daily for 6 month a year.

    Kindly suggest the A.C. tonnage & company.

    Regards,

    Dharmesh

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Dharmesh,

      Your cooling requirement would be about 1 ton. With your usage (about 1200-1300 hrs a year), it will be better if you go for a BEE 5 star rated Air Conditioner. You can even look at Inverter Tech AC as they can save significant electricity. LG and Sharp are two brands that I know of that make Inverter Tech AC os 1 ton range (most others than 1.5 ton and above). You can look at these 2 models: LG BS-Q126B7M2, Sharp AH-XP13LV.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  159. Kalyan says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    I want you your suggestion on selecting the right tonnage for a new inverter AC. my room size is 12×12 feet.
    Should i go for 1 Ton or 1.5 Ton AC? interested only in inverter AC models.
    Also, please suggest which brands are producing 1.2 Ton inverter ACs?

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Kalyan,

      The best thing about Inverter Tech AC is that they are flexible. They adjust to the requirement of the room. So even if you go for a 1.5 ton Inverter Tech AC, it can adjust to the need of your room as typically 1.5 Ton inverter tech AC can vary tonnage from 0.3 to 1.5 tons. Now Sharp and LG are two brands that make smaller sized inverter tech AC. Till now I have not seen any other brand making smaller sized Inverter tech AC (may be if demand increases, they will start making soon). As for suggesting the need of your room, I would need to know which city you live in and also which floor do you live on (and is it top floor).

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • kalyan says:

        Hi Abhishek,
        Thanks for your reply.
        1) I live in Visakhapatnam and yes it is the top floor. can you suggest the right tonnage for my room.
        2) Also, is the list of top ten ACs you’ve provided in this web page are as per BEE 2014 ratings?
        3) Can you let me know your opinion on the use of LED tube lights Vs normal fluorescent tube lights from both cost and durability perspectives?

        Thanks,
        Kalyan

        • Abhishek says:

          Hi Kalyan,

          You should be good with a 1 or 1.1 to Inverter Tech AC. I am only aware of LG and Sharp making Inverter Tech models in that range (e.g. LG BS-Q126B7M2, Sharp AH-XP13LV). However best thing about inverter tech is that the AC adjusts its tonnage as per the need of the room, so even a 1.5 ton inverter AC will work (which you can get in almost all other brands).

          The list above does include the latest (2014) models rated by BEE.

          For LED vs Fluorescent tube comparison you can check this link: http://www.bijlibachao.com/lights/comparing-led-lights-with-fluorescent-lights.html

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

          • Abhishek says:

            By the way, I just saw that Carrier Media also has Kurve Inverter Series that has 1 ton Inverter Tech AC.

            Regards,
            Abhishek

  160. Roy says:

    Hi, Abhishek
    I am planning to get split AC for my room which is 10 x 10 in size. Live in Navi Mumbai. Flat is on 2nd floor with 1 flat above mine.Usage will be for summer nights, 6 – 8 hrs.
    Please suggest

    • Abhishek says:

      Hello Mr Roy,

      Firstly a 10×10 size room in Mumbai will be good with a 1 ton Air Conditioner. But to suggest you a star rating and technology, I would need few inputs from you: What is your approximate electricity bill like (amount) in summers? How much do you expect your AC usage to be 3-4 months or 4-5 months or more (in Mumbai typically it is April, May , Oct and bit of June to call hot months although we have seen people use AC for all 12 months as well)?

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  161. Ashish says:

    Hi Abhishek, I have just taken up a flat on the 12th floor which is the top floor in a multi storeyed apt complex in Gurgaon. The apt. size is about 1100 sq.feet. I am looking at 2 split ac’s to be fixed, 1 in the drawing room & 1 in the master bedroom (10X12 feet).I have liked the Godrej GSC 10FM 5 MIZ 1 ton ac for both. Plz suggest.

    Regards
    Ashish

    • Abhishek says:

      Hi Ashish,

      Its a BEE 5 star AC that you have chosen. So I must say that it is a very good choice. Although I am a little doubtful that a 1 ton AC would suffice a 10×12 room in Gurgaon (where peak summer temperature will be really high). But also being on 12th floor, temperature will be little less compared to lower floors. Having said that, my guess is that your peak summer requirement may go up to 1.2 tons for 10×12 room in Gurgaon. Although for most of the summers 1 ton may suffice. You can potentially reduce some heat coming in the room by putting thermal insulation on ceiling and windows.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  162. Samir says:

    Are there any brands which make window acs with inverter technology?

    Thank you,

    Samir

  163. Santhosh says:

    Hi Abhi,
    I am planning to get a new AC for this summer after reading all of the reviews below. i ve fixed a Brand “Hitachi” as a choice to get. My room size is “17″L X “12″ W i am messed up whether to go with the 1.5 ton or 2.0 ton Ac for oure room size..My Room is in ground floor no roof floor and al. During summer time my room will b lik around 35′f after the sunset tat too in night times..I lives in chennai.My roof height is 10 feet approx. Pls suggest which type Ac sholud i get..
    Thanks
    Santhosh

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hi Santhosh,

      How many months in a year would you be using AC? Also do let me know the size of windows in the room as well. Also do you have any budget in mind?

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Santhosh says:

        Abhi,
        Hardly we will be using 8 months in a year. 2 x 4 feet windows (2 nos) are there in the room…No restriction about the budget and al….. Please suggest.
        Thanks,
        santhosh

        • abhishekjain203 says:

          HI Santhosh,

          Your guess is right. Based on the size of your room in Chennai, your cooling requirement will vary between 1.5 ton and 2 ton (different in different seasons). As your usage looks more than 1000 hrs and highest tariff in Chennai (above 250 units per month) is Rs 5.75, it is better that you buy a BEE 5 star AC or better an Inverter Tech AC. A 2 ton AC would consume roughly about 1.5-2 units in an hour (based on efficiency of AC). An inverter tech AC can save about 30-40% of that as inverter tech is a variable tonnage AC (a 2 ton inverter tech can range between 0.5 ton to 2 ton) and can adjust its tonnage based on heat load in the room thus saving electricity. Over a 3 star 2 Ton AC, inverter tech should be able to give you about Rs 7000-8000 per year saving (if your usage is about 10 hours a day). Hitachi, Carrier, BlueStar, Daikin, General are brands expert in air conditioning technology. Their products are a little expensive though. Whereas LG, Samsung, etc may be more economical. Few models that look interesting are: Carrier Kurve Inverter (2.0T) 7 Daikin FTKV60NRV (should cost about 55K or so). Regarding the brand preference, I would suggest that you talk to your friends in your area to get feedback on specific brands (as their services may differ from place to place).

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  164. Aseem says:

    Can you please let know the source of your data from the BEE website? I havent been able to locate the list of all appliances with star ratings and other parameters on BEE website… Thanks..

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hi Aseem,

      You can look at this link: http://220.156.189.29/Home/Searchcompare

      BEE has significantly updated their system lately. It was down for a few months and the new system has come up only a month back.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Aseem says:

        Thank you very much. !! But the list there is considerably shorter than the list on your web page. Would you know why is that?

        • abhishekjain203 says:

          Aseem,

          As I mentioned, they recently updated their system. Also I guess they have started removing old models as the energy efficiency standards are improving every year. Their new system came up just a few days back (it was down for a few months). We at Bijli Bachao are also trying to analyze the changes.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  165. Siddharth says:

    Hello sir
    I am planning to go for mitsubishi electric 1.5 tn ac
    But my dad says daikin is the best ac out there
    I am alson interested in general acs..
    Plz guide me
    I want to buy best ac..im ready to pay for premium fearures and aftersales service but i dnt wanna compromise in any way.
    Awaiting fr ur reply

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hi Siddharth,

      If you are ready to pay premium, then the first thing that I would say is buy an AC with “Inverter Technology”. It is the most energy efficient AC. You can get 1.5 ton Inverter Tech AC in premium brands like Hitachi, Bluestar, Diakin, Carrier and even in General. I have not heard of Mitsubishi electric offering Inverter Tech in ACs. In general it is an observation that Hitachi, Carrier and Bluestar have a bigger market presence in India. As far as brand is concerned, I would say go by your experience. But do buy an Inverter Tech AC if budget is not a concern.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  166. Sathish Gajula says:

    Hai this is sathish from karimnagar, andhra pradesh, iam planing to bus an AC for coming summer please suggest me the best one
    my usage is about 6-8 hours in the summer i.e., from march to june, my bed room size is 12×10, my budget is about 30K to 35K

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hello Mr Gajula,

      For your size of room the peak summer tonnage requirement would be around 1.2 tons. The best AC that is the most efficient in energy saving and will also fit in your budget is Sharp AH-XP13LV. It is an inverter tech AC with a tonnage range of 0.2 to 1.2 tons. It will be the most electricity saving option for you. Buying AC of size over 1.2 tons will increase electricity bills.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  167. suvarna patil says:

    hi i am suvarna we want a split ac for over bedroom which is about 10×10. It should be a energy saving and in our budget which is about 25-30 thousand.

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hi Suvarna,

      How much is your usage of Air Conditioner? And in which city do you live in? First thing while choosing AC should be choosing the right size. Oversized ACs can increase electricity bills and undersized will not cool the room. The size depends on multiple factors: city, size of room, floor (higher floors or first floor), windows, etc. The choice of star rating depends on the usage of AC. If your usage is high (more than 1000 hours a year), then it is better to go for a higher efficiency AC (5 star rated). Else we always recommend to buy at least 3 star rated ACs.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • suvarna patil says:

        we live Ahmadabad and at first floor in a flat.our usage is up-to 6 hrs only in summers. so please suggest me a good brand for us and also suggest us how much ton it should be.

        • abhishekjain203 says:

          my bad, I did not write it explicitly. What is the size of your room?

          Regards,
          Abhishek

          • suvarna patil says:

            10×10

          • suvarna patil says:

            our room size is 10×10

          • abhishekjain203 says:

            Hi Suvarna,

            A 1 ton AC would be good enough for the room. Your usage is less, so a 3 star or 4 star AC would be good enough. Although I feel that you would get a 3 star AC in the price range you mentioned. But you should also try if you can get any 4 star rated AC in your budget. Some models (3 star and 4 star) that I can think of are: Hitachi RAU412HTD, Carrier DURAEDGE, LG LSA3NR3F1, LG LSA3MR3M1.

            Hope this helps.

            Regards,
            Abhishek

          • suvarna patil says:

            thanks for your advise and guidance B-)

  168. Sanath Gangolli says:

    Which is the best brand to buy inverter ac? Mitsubishi or Daikin?

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hi,

      There are several brands that make inverter tech ACs. And brand truly is a perception as people have different experiences with various brands. Between the two you mentioned, based on my perception, I will go for Daikin. More so because Daikin is specialized HAVAC company and is second largest in the world in this category. Mitsubishi is a more diversified company with HAVAC being one segment. Now different people can have different experiences with different brands.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  169. Gagandeep says:

    Which ac has eer of 4.77… it is newly launched

  170. Gauresh Palekar says:

    Hi, abhishek . I am a doctor in Mumbai. I need to buy 2 split ac. The first ac is for the reception. Size of room is 12×12. Ground floor. Ac will be on in evening after sundown. 10-12 people at a time in room.ht of room is 7 feet.I plan to buy inverter ac . Pl advise for tonnage of inverter AC as well as choose between HITACHI, DIAKIN , Sharp and Mitsubishi heavy industries. I also need a 0.75/0.8 T AC for a smaller room. 5 star if available. Pl suggest between OGeneral and HITACHI. Thanks for helping us save energy and making us energy conscious .
    Regards

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hello Dr Palekar,

      Your room sizes are so small that in the evening, even a 1 ton AC will be big enough for the room (even with 12 people sitting). Ideally an Inverter Tech AC is the most energy saving Air Conditioner as it adjusts it’s tonnage according to the heat load. So it is good that you are interested in buying an Inverter Tech AC. Now all inverter tech ACs have a range of tonnage (min & max) and choosing the one with right range is important. If you look at most brands, they have inverter tech ACs with a range of 0.4 ton to 1.5 ton or 0.8 ton to 2 ton. Sharp is the only brand that has smaller inverter tech ACs. There are 2 models: Sharp AH-XP10LV (range of 0.26 ton to 0.94 ton) and Sharp AH-XP13LV (range of 0.26 ton to 1.2 tons). As per my assessment both of them should be equally fine for you for either rooms. As they are of lower tonnage range, they are much cheaper than other inverter tech ACs in the market. Truly speaking, even a 0.75-0.8 ton regular AC will be big for the other room if you plan to use it only in the evening.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,

      Abhishek

  171. Vijay Kumar says:

    I agree with rankings given above. I installed Hitachi, General and LG ac’s at home to see the comparison. LG gives good service but it needs quite frequent repair! General compressor got busted in two years! I am so far very pleased both with Hitachi performance as well as their service. No issue so far, cools very quickly. All are windows AC. Hitachi and General are 1.5 T whereas LG is 1T. I do not remember the models though.
    Just yesterday had to give General AC for compressor replacement. Total repair cost is coming out to be about 10K for compressor, gas filling etc! The guy says he’ll fit in no 1 some Emerson/Kirloskar R22 compressor this time. Any idea about this os something like this compressor?

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hello Mr Vijay Kumar,

      Thanks for sharing your experience. It really helps. At this time we do not have much research on various brands of compressors, but we will see if we can gather some information.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Vijay Kumar says:

        Thanks for reply.
        So he fitted Emerson/Copeland R22 compressor however now the noise is horrible! I think I have lost my minimal noise ac.
        Hitachi for me as best ac so far.. best candidate for possible future buys!

  172. ankit says:

    dear abhishek…i need to buy 4 split ACs…and have shortlisted 1.5ton panasonic 18PKY with inverter…..but as i see there are more models in that like…chrome, tropical, jade crystal…can u pls suggest…which of them would be more reasonable to buy…my budget is 35000.
    the reason i have shortlisted panasonic is bcoz of higher EER of above 10( other companies claim on 3-4 EER) and secondly of higher BTU of about 17500( as compared to other 4000-5500).

    thanks in advance..

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hi Ankit,

      It’s important to understand what is the unit for EER. In western countries EER is mentioned in BTU/W.hr whereas in India the EER is mentioned in W/W. Typically numbers in BTU/W.hr are above 10 and those in W/W are around 3. If the number is above 10, you need to divide it by 3.41 to get comparative W/W.

      As regarding the different models, they all have different features. I can see that Tropical is more suited for desert where it has feature to prevent it from sand particles. Crystal does not have econavi sensors that control the temperature based on human activity/sunlight. Econavi looks like an energy saving feature. So certainly is good. Between Chrome and Jade I can see that Chrome has more advanced Econavi sensor. So it truly depends on what is the cost, what you want from each of them.

      As regarding cooling capacity, again it can be mentioned in BTUs as well as watts. In India mostly Watts is used and thus you see the numbers in the range of 4000-5000, the corresponding number in BTUs would be around 17000-18000.

      Finally higher BTU is not always good. Sizing the AC right is the most important thing for saving electricity. BTU is measure of heat in the room. If the room has 15000 BTUs of heat and if your AC has a capacity of 18000, the it is serious oversizing. Such AC will consume more electricity.

      Benefit of Inverter Technology is that it has variable cooling capacity. If you see any of the 1.5 Ton Inverter AC specs from Panasonic, you will see that the cooling capacity is 1.1 kW to 6 kW which is between 3751 BTU to 20460 BTUs. The AC adjusts it’s capacity based on the heat in the room. But again if cooling capacity range of a 1 or 1.2 Ton inverter tech is enough for your room, then by buying 1.5 ton Inverter Tech AC, you are paying more for what you need. So please make sure that you size your ACs right. You can check a calculator on this link: http://sharpproducts.in/downloadsupport.aspx?id=21&cid=13

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

    • Dinesh Bansal says:

      Ankit, have you considered heat pump type air conditioner; which would heat during winters (by reverse cycle, consuming less than half power compared to a room heater) and cool during summers. I have had positive experience with Daikin (No converter) 1TR in 1000 Cft room on ground floor in Delhi.

  173. Navdeep Gill says:

    I’ve installed a Panasonic CS-TS18PKY A/c which is an inverter type 1.5t split a/c . Room dimensions are 15*12feet. Though it is supposed to be a economical a/c but we used it for 10 hours continously and it has consumed 18 units as shown by our electrical energy meter. We also have an 6 year old 1.5t LG window type a/c which consumes equivalent energy. Are inverter a/c supposed to consume this much energy?

    • Navdeep Gill says:

      well i was really expecting a reply

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hi Navdeep,

      There are several factors that impact on electricity consumption of an air conditioner (some are listed on our article http://www.bijlibachao.com/Air-Conditioners/things-that-impact-electricity-consumption-in-air-conditioners.html ). An inverter tech AC is a variable speed AC which adjusts its speed depending on the heat load. So the electricity consumption really depends on the heat load in the room. A regular AC runs at a constant speed irrespective of the heat load.

      Having said that, 18 units for 10 hours of usage shows that the heat load in the room is high. 1.8 units per hour is high for a regular 1.5 ton AC, but a 1.5 ton inverter tech AC can vary its tonnage from 1.2 to about 2 ton depending on heat load.

      Ideally if a 1.5 ton regular AC is ideal for a room, then it is mostly suggested to go for a 1-1.2 ton inverter tech AC for that room (you can check the calculator on ( you can check the calculator on this link: http://www.sharpproducts.in/downloadsupport.aspx?id=23&cid=13 ).

      So truly speaking, it all depends on the setup in the two rooms when you compare two ACs. Air Conditioners do not have a fixed electricity consumption like bulbs and lights, it depends on several factors. And that is why right sizing of ACs is important.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  174. Rengarajan says:

    Hi Sir, what is the difference between RAT 518 HTD and RAV 518 HTD in terms of performance

  175. Ashish says:

    I am planning to buy a split ac of 2 ton capacity with inverter technology and considering Daikin and Hitachi for the same. Can you suggest which is the best ac with inverter technology.

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hi Ashish,

      Its great that you are thinking of buying Inverter Tech AC. They are the most efficient ACs in the market. I would suggest you to use a sizing calculator on Sharp website: http://www.sharpproducts.in/downloadsupport.aspx?id=23&cid=13 before deciding on a 2 ton capacity. Typically sizing requirement of an Inverter Tech AC is less than that of regular AC. Most brands have inveter tech AC these days and thus a lot depends on your brand preference. Here is an article from our site that can help you decide on brands: http://www.bijlibachao.com/Air-Conditioners/tips-to-choose-the-best-brand-airconditioner.html

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • Ashish says:

        Hi ABhishek,

        Thanks for your quick reply.

        I need the same for my drawing room which is reasonably good size and 1.5 tom may not work. Therefore, i need 1.8 or 2 ton ac. The use of the ac may not be much as my drawing room is not used on daily basis. If you can suggest me whether to go for 1.8 ton daikin inverter or 2 ton hitachi. I m looking for good cooling (i m in delhi), less maintenance and less energy consumption. If u have any other suggestion, please share. Thanks.

        Ashish

        • abhishekjain203 says:

          Hi Ashish,

          Brand wise both Diakin and Hitachi are very good with their technology. A 1.8 Ton inverter tech AC is good for a room size of about 200 sq ft in Delhi.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

  176. keyur vadoaria says:

    Hi,

    It seems that from and energy cost perspective, both split as well as window units are equally efficient if they are 5 star rated. My concern is beyond energy costs. What about concentration of CO2 levels within a room. A split AC recirculates the same air drawn from the room. It doesnt mix fresh air, does it? Whilst window ACs have an option of fresh air intake (or atleast they used to, I am not sure whether they still give that option). This is very similar to our ACs in cars. Hence, if we have a split AC in a bedroom of 100sft, with two people sleeping ovenight, using the AC for 8 hrs, then I would have thought that the CO2 levels would reach alarming levels and indoor air quality would be significantly compromised. In that respect, wouldnt a 5 star window unit with option of fresh air intake, be a better choice? Any thoughts on that?

    Thanks,

    Keyur

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hello Keyur,

      The problem you are concerned about will happen in both Split as well as window, because that is how an AC works. It takes indoor air, cools it and throws it back. Even in cars, if you use the option of getting outdoor air, the air does not cool much. Also if you get air from outside, the temperature in the room will never settle to the one set on the thermostat and the compressor will keep running all the time and thereby consuming a lot of electricity. AC will consume most optimum electricity if a room is completely insulated. But that will not be ideal. An air conditioned room should not be kept air tight or closed all the time as it can create suffocation. But in general using AC for 8 hours at night does not reduce the quality of indoor air that bad that it can become alarming. Also in most home there are air leaks here and there (gaps in the doors or windows) that lead to some air coming in. In case you are very much concerned about the air quality, then use of desert air coolers is the best (especially if you are in an area with dry climate). They always bring in outdoor air. But with AC, it works best if it is on indoor air (be it window or split).

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  177. devanshu khanna says:

    i want to know which is best AC in 1 ton (window) with 5 star rating ,usage 8 hrs with good cooling ,less power consumption ,after sale service ,after warranty expense . Also want to have reviews on CROMA AC’s?
    What should be kept in mind while purchasing new AC .

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hi Devanshu,

      There are several things that you should keep in mind while purchasing ACs. First and foremost is the right size. A bigger AC can increase electricity bill without effective humidity removal, and a smaller AC will not cool properly. Use a tonnage calculator like this one: bluestarindia.com/ac-tonnage-calculator/toncalculator.asp to validate the right size. Both split and window have efficient models, but split has more options and thus you can get more variety in split. Also there is no model with inverter technology in window. If your yearly usage is more than 1000 hours then it is better to go for a higher efficiency or 5 star rated model, else a 3 star model is good. While choosing a brand, it is important to look for one that can give efficient technology as well as good after sales service. Chroma does not have any model in higher star rating range. Most of their models are two star and a few three star. If your use of AC is occasional and you are concerned about the cost, then you can go for it. There are certain brands like Hitachi, OGeneral, Diakin, National, Carrier, etc that specialize in air conditioning technology. While brands like LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Sharp, etc provide good value for money. On top of it people have different kinds of experiences with different brands. For good cooling you should just look at the cooling capacity in a certain tonnage category. Higher the cooling capacity, faster is the heat removal.

      You can check two of our articles on this topic:

      http://www.bijlibachao.com/Air-Conditioners/split-window-air-conditioner-ac-lg-hitachi-carrier-samsung-buying-guide.html

      http://www.bijlibachao.com/Air-Conditioners/tips-to-choose-the-best-brand-airconditioner.html

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  178. sankar says:

    the chart is absolutely useless since the only thing visible is the model no, rest all details are entirely covered by the huge adv to the right.

  179. tushar says:

    which window AC dispense chilled AIR and what factors determine good cooling of air More dense Cooling Coils, Design of cooling coils or EER. Keep rating aside

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hi Tushar,

      For cooling, you need to look at the cooling capacity of any air conditioner. They are mostly mentioned in BTU/hr. Higher the BTU/hr more is the amount of heat it can remove from the room per hour (or faster cooling). Having said that, it does not mean that an oversized AC is better. Oversized AC can have more BTU/hr (a 1.5 ton ac will have higher BTU/hr than 1 ton AC), but oversizing reduces efficiency and the compressor will stop and start more frequently and will consume more electricity. Because of frequent stops and starts, the AC is also not able to remove humidity from a room effectively.

      EER is a ratio of BTU/hr (cooling capacity) and wattage (or electricity consumed to achieve the cooling capacity).

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  180. Hisham Kabir says:

    This is misguiding the consumer why are brands like daikn, general, Mitsubishi models ignored completely. These are having good EEE as performance quality.

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hello Mr Kabir,

      If you have any information and credible sources that show models having better EER then we will be more than happy to include them. The data above is compiled based on data from BEE coupled with availability of models in the market.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • abhishekjain203 says:

        Also we have already said in the article, that the data above is based purely on EER available from BEE. It does not include brand value as “brand value” is very subjective and based on personal preference.

        Regards,
        Abhishek

  181. Pankaj Jagdaley says:

    will u remove the side ad display so i can fully read

    Top Ten Air Conditioners????

  182. random f says:

    Hi guys… got a question.

    Am from Chennai. I bought O general 1.5 ton AC a year ago. It was working fine for few months, no problem at all. Excellent cooling. Then it dint work. What we were told by the people who came for service was, since we reside near the koovam, some components like sulphur in the air will be high. Hence it corroded the pipes and resulted in gas leak from the compressor. Is this really true?

    Even after they fixed the gas leak in a few weeks we face the same prob. Are these service ppl really telling the truth? will koovam river affect AC?

  183. Sam says:

    Hi

    Thanks for replying for the previous query ,It was very helpful

    I have changed my mind and decided to go for a split AC and I am planning to buy Panasonic 1.5 tonne, 5 star split AC , Model no : CS-TC 18 PKY , I know you have given the above ratings in terms of brand (overall energy consumption), But i wanted your help as i heard this is the one of the best split AC’s available in the market in this section (1.5 tonne), As i am looking for a good service , fast cooling, longer durability (with good functioning) , Please suggest me as i have to shell out a huge amount and looking for a overall long term perspective (durability) keeping in view of my budget. Can i go for this product ?

    Thanks
    Sam

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hi,

      For faster cooling, you need to look at the cooling capacity which is essentially rate at which AC can remove heat (in BTU/hr). Just make sure that you do the right tonnage sizing of your AC (which you can validate using the calculator on: http://www.lg.com/in/support/ac-tonnage-calculator). As far as good service and quality are concerned, a lot of times these things come at a price and are built in the brand value. Panasonic is a good generic brand, which may not specialize in air conditioning technology but still offers a good brand value. We currently do not have feedback on the specific model as such. If you have good feedback about it and it fits in your budget, you can certainly go for it.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  184. Sam says:

    Hi ,I am looking to buy a 1.5 tonne AC’s with 5 star rating between the range of Rs 25,000-30,000 . I am looking for a better service , good functioning at low volume, faster cooling. Can u provide the best Window AC in this category as i am also looking in terms of lesser electricity bills perspective . Can you suggest the performance of HITACHI , Model no – RAV518ESD (Is it a Inverter AC which runs in all season) and also please clarify is there any major difference between a 3 and 5 star Window AC in terms of energy consumption ? Which one should i go for ?

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hello,

      If I have to tell you the basic thumb rule calculation: If your usage of AC is more than 1000 hrs in a year and your electricity rates are roughly Rs 5 a unit, and you are buying a new AC, then it is better to buy a BEE 5 star rated AC over a BEE 3 star rated AC.

      Inverter technology ACs are not rated by BEE yet as their operation is different from regular ACs. Although the technology is generally considered better than the technology of a BEE 5 star rated AC as well. The Inverter Technology will in most conditions save electricity as compared to BEE 5 star rated ACs.

      The list above is the list of the most energy efficient models available in the market based on data from BEE. We are in process of integrating prices of these models form various sources. But that is in progress.

      None of the ACs above are Inverter Technology ACs as currently there is no criterion defined to evaluate energy efficiency ratio of Inverter Tech ACs. But in general they are considered more efficient.

      We also have another article that helps in choosing a brand which can be found at: http://www.bijlibachao.in/Air-Conditioners/tips-to-choose-the-best-brand-airconditioner.html.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

  185. dev says:

    no ac from voltas is mentioned

    • abhishekjain203 says:

      Hello,

      The data is compiled based on the energy efficiency data available from Bureau of Energy Efficiency. The rating is also based on energy efficiency of the models. It does not include any other criterion. Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Abhishek

      • dev says:

        so can u plz help me in buying the best Inverter AC ,
        the ac should be 1.5 t and its service should be good

        • abhishekjain203 says:

          Hello,

          Inverter ACs are best in terms of electricity savings because they have a compressor that adjusts its speed depending on the heat load in a room thereby reducing electricity consumption. A regular AC is designed for a specific heat load and runs at a constant speed. But with varying temperatures in different seasons, the heat loads change and thus inverter AC adjusts its operation (as well as electricity consumption) based on the seasons. It is ideal to buy Inverter AC if your usage of air conditioner is across seasons with varying outdoor temperature.

          Having said that, the list above is for regular ACs and does not include Inverter Technology ACs. Energy efficiency of Air Conditioners is defined in EER or energy efficiency ratio: which is the amount of heat an air conditioner can remove per watt of electricity used. Regular ACs have fixed heat load capacity and fixed wattage, thus it is easy to put EER for them. Invertor technology ACs have variable capacity thus there is no standard defined for it yet to compare them. And thus BEE has not rated them.

          As far as brands are concerned, almost all brands have inverter technology air conditioners and thus it depends on your brand preference to choose which one to buy. We have put an article for brand selection on: http://www.bijlibachao.in/Air-Conditioners/tips-to-choose-the-best-brand-airconditioner.html

          Also before choosing 1.5 ton AC I would suggest that you check the exact sizing requirements for your setup as the sizing of air conditioner can impact your electricity consumption. Both Oversizing and undersizing are not good. Most manufacturers have calculators for providing right size. For e.g Sharp has one for inverter tech ACs: http://www.sharpproducts.in/overview.aspx?id=17&cid=13.

          Our latest Bijli Bachao newsletter was dedicated on Air Conditioners and how to choose one. You can check the same at: http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c9cf139bb131a8fb35456193e&id=cf541db000

          To read more on inverter tech, you can read:

          http://www.bijlibachao.in/Air-Conditioners/air-conditioners-with-inverter-technology-can-help-save-electricity.html

          http://www.bijlibachao.in/General-Tips/electricity-bills-vary-with-seasons-and-how-inverter-technology-can-help.html

          Hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Abhishek

          • Suresh Padathara says:

            The problem with split ACs in India is the poor quality of initial installation of the outdoor unit and the piping for the indoor unit. Internationally it is required that the installing/commissioning personnel should use a vacuum pump to purge the copper tubes, ensure that there are no leaks and then flush the copper tubes with dry nitrogen. This ensures that there is no moisture in the system and the copper tubes do not corrode. In reality no dealer in India for any manufacturer is ready to do this. Most manufacturers add an extra amount of refrigerant in the outdoor unit and suggest that this refrigerant may be released at the time of installation to flush the copper pipes. Thus Hitachi in many of its out door units adds 100gms of R22 refrigerant to “flush” the system. They also warn that even if the vacuum purging and nitrogen flushing are carried out also, the extra 100gms of R22 has to be released into the atmosphere as otherwise the compressor will be overloaded. The important thing to note here is that refrigerant gases like R22 are greenhouse gases (causing global warming) which are banned in most countries but used by Hitachi in a poor country like ours with little awareness of environmental issues. Even newer refrigerants like R410A are not permitted to be released in developed countries.

            Installation of split ACs is done by untrained labour in most cases. Moisture and contaminants in the pipes damage the compressor over a short period of time. Poor installation also results in leakage of refrigerant gas and reduced cooling within a short time.
            Recently before finalising the purchase of two Samsung split ACs, I happened to download the installation manual of the ACs online. The Samsung manual clearly indicates that vacuum purging and nitrogen flushing have to be carried out prior to starting the compressor. However the personnel in the Samsung brand shop in Hyderabad flatly refused to carry out this procedure and refused to sell the ACs as well. Buyers of split ACs beware!

          • Ashu says:

            hi Abhishek, I am living in delhi , my room size is 12*12 , i am looking for an inverter ac, i have selected mitsubishi . msyge13va & msyge15va, daiken FTKM35PRV16,SHARP AHX15RET &AHXP13PMT,O GENERAL ASGG12JLCA,MITSUBISHI HEAVY SRK13YLS, please guide me which ac is the best. price is not an issue but the electricity bill is an important issue

          • Abhishek says:

            Hi Ashu,

            I guess I already replied to you on this: “As per your room size, if the room is not very sunny then you need maximum of 0.97 ton of cooling. But if it is sunny and/or your room is on top floor receiving a lot of heat (or gets quite hot) then you need a maximum of 1.28 tons of cooling. MSYGE13VA has a range of 0.4 ton to 1.11 tons whereas MSYGE15VA has a range of 0.25 tons to 1.36 tons. MSYGE13VA will work well if your room does not get too hot (or is too sunny), but MSYGE15VA will work in all cases. So if your budget is not a constraint, then MSYGE15VA will be a safe bet, else you can analyze your room and pick up the right one.”.

            We do not have evaluation of individual models. What we do is: we just gather data from BEE, evaluate technology/size and suggest AC based on that. Different individuals have different experiences with various brands in various locations and thus we do not recommend brands. Although I can just say that the AC market is competitive and thus price of the AC does reflect superiority in technology.

            You have selected inverter technology, that itself will help you save electricity.

            Hope this helps.

            Regards,
            Abhishek

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