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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.

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



Guest
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 :-)

Guest
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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Priyanka
April 29, 2015

Hello, I will be purchasing a 1.5 ton split AC ( BEE 5 star) for my bedroom and am looking towards a 8 hour usage over 5-6 months. My budget is between 40,000-45,000. I live in Guwahati where summer months get very humid. Having done some research myself and after speaking to the local dealer, I am confused about which brand to go for. While the local dealer is strongly recommending Godrej Eon ( GSC18FG5WNG) I am thinking LG might be a safer choice ( LSA5NPSA). What do you suggest? Also, will Carrier be a better choice, if so then is there a model which might be suitable in my circumstances? Thanks, Priyanka

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Pradeep
April 28, 2015

hello bb team,can you just suggest me best 1 ton 5 star slit ac

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Noor Shaikh
April 27, 2015

Hi BijliBachao Team,
Firstly I appreciate good work you are doing in conserving environment by making people aware of useful information towards achieving energy efficiency goals.

I am looking for 1 ton or 1.1 Ton inverter air condition with good performance and longevity.

My short listing of model is

Brand Model EER Ratio (Cooling) Tonnage Price
Sharp AH-XP13PMT 3.83 1.1 37896
Sharp AH-X13PET 3.83 1.1 32346
Sharp AH-XP13LV 3.83 1.1 31700
LG BS-Q126B8R8 3.47 1 38900
LG BS-Q126B8A4 3.47 1 37000

After all the research I see all aluminium condenser with Rotary compressor is good. I would like to know out of above models which all are having all aluminium condensor.
Built quality wise and service which brand has better rating in Mumbai.
I have not been able to get the price listed above which I have seen in one of your replies to one of the queries. Please help to find such a deal near byculla area in Mumbai.

I appreciate your help to get this information.Thanks in advance.

Guest
S.Roy
April 25, 2015

Hi BB team,
I want a split ac for 11’x19’x10 bed room, 1st floor in G+3. The wall where the ac is to be fitted has sunlight from sunrise til 1 o’clock . Average daily usage in summer 12-14 hrs(including 3-4 hrs at noon). Day time temp. reaches around 45-50 Celsius and very hot n dry wind at day time. Electric unit charge Rs10/unit. My 1st preference is low electric bill , 2nd good after sales service, 3rd low maintenance cost.Budget under 40k.
Now as per this conditions which brand & model, ton and inverter / non-inverter should I opt for ?
Thanks in advance,
S.Roy

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S.Roy
April 27, 2015

Near by Asansol , West Bengal.

 
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