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Tips to choose the best brand air conditioner

By on May 25, 2015

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

Air Conditioner

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

Air Conditioner brands that are known for their air conditioning technology

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

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

Generic brands that are into multiple appliances

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

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

Inexpensive brands

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

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

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rohit
June 11, 2015

I’m going to buy inverter ac.now how can I come to know weather the product is genuine or not?I come to know that some products are sold which are duplicate and some are sold which are repaired.so I also want to know weather the product is new or resold having new packaging.

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S KAR
June 5, 2015

In Kolkata, I want to purchase a 1.5 ton Inverter AC with copper coil,
pls suggest the best brands/models

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RAJNIKANT R ROHIT
June 1, 2015

hello bb team.

lives in ANAND,.GUJARAT…388120.

ROOM; L-17*B-10*H-10.

ROOM FACES DIRECT SUNLIGHT FROM WEST AND EAST.ROOM IS SITUATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR.TERAACE FACES SUNLIGHT WHOLE DAY

MEMBERS; 4

USAGE- 8-10 HOURS FOR SIX MONTHS

NOW MY PROBLEM IS DIFFERENT,

I PURCHASED DAIKIN- THREE STAR-SPLIT AC –1.5 TON ….LAST YEAR.

MODEL/YEAR :-FTC50PRV16+RC50PRV16/2014

IT CONUSUMES 2 UNITS PER HOUR. HERE UNIT RATE IS 5.20 RS IF UNITS ARE OVER 250. I USED 900 UNITS FOR LAST TWO MONTHS AND GOT THE

HIGHEST ELE. BILL.I FEEL IT WAS MY WRONG CHOICE AND DECISION TO GET 3STAR .AS IT CONSUMES MORE ELECTRICITY.AS I WAS IGNORANT ABOUT

BIJLI BACHO SITE AT THAT TIME.OTHERWISE I WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAKE RIGHT CHOICE. I AM IN DILEMA.

NOW MY BURNING QUESTIONS ARE :

1] WHAT SHOULD I DO TO SELL THIS AC AS IT IS ONE YEAR OLD.

2] WHICH AC IS APPROPRIATE FOR ME?

3]SHOULD I CONTINUE WITH THE SAME ONE?

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rajnikant r rohit
June 2, 2015

thnks bb team

now, which inverter acwill be the best for me.would you please provide me name and model of compnies for me .

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rajnikant r rohit
June 3, 2015

once again thanks for useful information

1] as far as my city and location concerns which brand and model will be appropriate for me?

2] room position–north and south–lenght is 17….and east and west–b-is 10..and h-10…so on on which side installation can be done so that ac can work efficiantly.

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rajnikant r rohit
June 3, 2015

brand and modal which consume the least electricity….as you know that was my the biggest problem.

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rajnikant r rohit
June 4, 2015

thanx ..lots of love.

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Uday
May 30, 2015

i live in burdwan (West Bengal). My room size is 14×10 feet on first floor. South and west walls are exposed to sun all day. I have planned to buy Hitachi RAU514HUD 5-star split AC. Please suggest whether my room needs 1.2 tons or 1.5 tons of cooling

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Uday
June 1, 2015

Thank you very much. Please tell me whether Hitachi uses aluminium or copper coil. And which one is better in humid areas? And I am confused whether Hitachi or Voltas SAC 185EX would be better. Does Voltas use copper coil? Please help me to decide.

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VEER
May 25, 2015

Hi BB
I Live in Punjab , My room size 14X12 on the ground floor with no direct sun light at any time of the day. I have installed Hitachi RAU514HUD ace Cut Out 1.2 ton split ac . It cools the room very quickly but it takes 5 to 6 hours to auto cut. Is it ok or I have installed an under sized ac ? Please clear. I always keep the at 27 degree.

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Giby
May 7, 2015

Dear BB Team,

In your opinion, how important is to vacuum the pipes while installing the AC? I see most of the installers are not performing it but I am told it is very important.

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Nitin Mahajan
May 7, 2015

Hello BB Team,

I stay in Bangalore in an Apartment on 6th floor. There are 13 floors above our flat. Need to buy AC for two of the rooms, each not more than 120-130 SqFt.

1. First room is in South-West and exposed to sunlight in afternoon through two large windows on both sides. Usage mostly for couple of hours in April and May in night almost everyday. Couple of hours in summer afternoons on weekend.

2. Second room is in South-East and no exposure from East. Only a Window from West. Usage mostly for couple of hours in April and May in night almost everyday. Couple of hours in summer afternoons on weekend. Still would be lesser than the usage above.

Kindly suggest a suitable AC and if I would need an inverter AC or not? If not, AC with how much star rating would be ideal.

One of my major concerns is long term reliability and less hassles afterwords.

Thanks in Advance….

regards
-Nitin

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Nitin
May 7, 2015

Thanks so much.
Typically for how much usage, one needs an inverter AC ?

regards
-Nitin

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Ankit Kumar
May 2, 2015

Hi BB team,
I live in Mumbai, my flat is on 10th floor and it’s east facing, so we get direct sunlight for around 3,4 hours a day. I am planing to buy a split AC for my bed room, it measures around 14X12 ft. I have two models on my mind but I am unable to decide which is better.

1. Hitachi RAU318HUDD Kampa series 1.5 ton, 3 star.
2. Voltas 183CYa 1.5 Ton 3 Star Split AC

As I am able to find many good reviews for Voltas model but unable to find much reviews regarding HITACHI RAU318HUDD Kampa series.(or what ever is available does not recommend the product )

Kindly help me in deciding the product for which I should go..

Thanks,
Ankit Kumar

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Ankit Kumar
May 5, 2015

Hi,
My flat is not on top floor, building is of 13 floors and my flat is on 10th floor, also my usage will be 8 hrs/day and 5months/year.

Thanks,
Ankit Kumar

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Priyanka
April 30, 2015

Thanks a lot for your very helpful suggestion! I will be going for Carrier Superia now :-)

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Rohan Desa
April 29, 2015

Hello Bijli Bachao Team,

I am from Mumbai. My room is 15*13, top floor, not facing to direct sunlight. Usage will be 8 hrs a day.

I am thinking about Daikin FTF60PRV16 or Voltas 2.0 T 245 DY.
Are these Copper coil or aluminum coil?
Please suggest.
Thank you.
R.D.

 
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