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Tips to choose the best brand air conditioner

By on April 22, 2016

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

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

Air Conditioner brands that are known for their air conditioning technology

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

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

Generic brands that are into multiple appliances

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

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

Inexpensive brands

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

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

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

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Hi, Abhishek, I am living in a Mumbai . I am planing to purchase a split AC for my hall which size is 10.5×26 and height is 10 feet. Now I am confused among brands o general, misthubishi electric ,misthubishi heavy which one is best for me please suggest me a BEE star also .my usages will not more than 3hrs per day.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Your usage is not high. You can go for a BEE 3 or 5 star non inverter AC. In durability Mitsubishi Heavy and O General would be great. Mitsubishi Heavy would be better in energy efficiency as well. I think MHI would be good for you.

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Hi Abhishek, I am Kowshik from Hyderabad. I would like to buy 1 Ton AC for my 10*10 room which is in first floor. Could you please suggest me which AC's will offer the best after sales support in Hyderabad so that I can decide the brand to buy accordingly. Thanks in advance.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Kowshik,

After sales support is a local datapoint and it varies from city to city. We do not have local information from Hyderabad. For that you will have to contact local dealers and users of the brands.

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Hello Abhishek, I need your suggestion.
I am planning to buy an ac for my bedroom which is of the size 14*10*10 sq feet. I live in vijayawada. None of the walls or roof get direct sunlight and the size of Window is 4*4 square feet. I guess my usage would be 1350 hours per year. The tonnage calculator suggests 1.5 ton for 1.2 ton capacity. I want to buy an inverter ac. Since 1.2 ton inverter ac are not available, can I buy 1 ton inverter ac for 1.2 ton or should I buy 1.5 ton inverter ac itself? Otherwise do you suggest me to buy 1.2 ton non inverter ac?
Thanks.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

If your room needs 1.2 tons of cooling you can buy a 1 ton inverter AC as well. You need not go for 1.5 ton inverter AC.

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which is the beast model sir HITACHI-RSG312EAEA and 3cnhw12tafu and in feature

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Blue Star 3CNHW12TAFU has ISEER of 3.99 and Hitachi Waza 3200i has ISEER of 3.94, so from energy efficiency point of view both are quite similar. But Waza is a basic model from Hitachi, their Neo and Kashikoi series are more feature rich with same efficiency. But Blue Star 3CNHW12TAFU has lot of air filters and is more feature rich. So I would say Blue Star 3CNHW12TAFU would be better.

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My room size is 10W*22L*10H all in feet,located
In first floor of 3 storied bldg, A part of the rooms gets. sun rays up 1pm.I want to use a ac in the night for 4 hrs for about 5 months in a year.You calculator gives a result as use 1.5 ton for a consumption of 1.6 ton. I live in Mumbai away from sea.Guide in choosing the Tonnage, Inverter or fixed and star rating for a split ac. pl guide ASAP.
Gooday.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can go for a 1.5 ton fixed speed split AC of BEE 5 star rating. You can look at these:

Godrej GSC 18 FG 8 MOG (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nbG0tI , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/RWFQc!NNNN )

Blue Star 5HW18SBTU or 5HW18ZBRTU or 5HW18ZBWTU

Hitachi RAU518AVD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nbzNy4 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/h9Nl1TuuuN )

Hitachi RAU518HWDD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2mL4JK1 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/RE!cs!NNNN )

Daikin DTF50 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nbC6Bl , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/hlU!DTuuuN ) or ATF50 or FTF50.

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Hi Abhishek..I am Kumar from Tirupati.I am looking for a 2 Ton split AC for my home and shortlisted Mitsubishi non-inverter models.Please let me know the differences between Mitsubishi Electric and Mitsubishi Heavy.Which one do you rate high between those two?Which model I should choose?Thank you.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Mitsubishi Heavy as the name suggests is "Heavy Duty" types. All their models are 100% copper. They have models with longer air flow which helps cover larger area. Their energy efficiency is also good. So I think they are better than Mitsubishi Electric. However, Mitsubishi Electric is not bad at all. It is also one of the premium brands.

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Hi Abhishek I am also looking for best split ac 1 ton models with Rs:35000 budget. I have lot of confusion in choosing an good model and guide which is better R32 or R410 with full copper or Aluminium.
I have chosen some brands
1.daikin-FT
2.SAMSUNG-AR12NV3HETS
3.GODREJ-GSC12/18MINV3RWPM

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

If your environment is not corrosive, then both copper and aluminium can work well. But if your environment is corrosive then go for copper. R32 and R410 both are good but R32 is slightly better. But R32 is available only in Daikin and Blue Star. You can look at these models:

If you want inverter AC then this would be better:

Blue Star 3CNHW12CAFU (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2oxKzmN )
Voltas 123V EY (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/ngSsj!NNNN )

If you want non inverter then you can look at these:

Lloyd LS13A5LK (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/3rIXu!NNNN )

Lloyd LS13A5LX (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/3r~pu!NNNN )

Onida SA125CHE

Onida SA125PRL

Onida SA125SGS

Panasonic CS-KC12RKY-1 (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/tFWEa!NNNN )

Panasonic CS-SC12RKY (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nlJr1O , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/DIhRaTuuuN )

LG LSA3AF5D

LG LSA3AT5D

LG LSA3NP5A (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2p3nesS , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/nhuPj!NNNN )

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Hi abhishek sir i want to buy 1.5 5star inverter ac. I am confused with daikin jtkm50 and hitachi 5400i ac,which one is better .my room size is 13×13×10 and i live in agra.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Both are top models from premium brands. Difficult to say one is better than other.

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My room size is 21*10.5 ft. The requirement calculator shows 1.5 tonne would be sufficient. But the AC shop sales man had advised to buy 2 tonne as 1.5 tonne would take more time for cooling and hence, would consume more electricity. Please advice. Rest rooms are smaller and would need 1.5 tonne and 1 tonne respectively. Please advice the model numbers.

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Hi Abhishek,

Hope you are doing good. On checking through various websites, I have shortlisted Voltas as our would like to buy option. I am still open to suggestions. I would like to know does Voltas have eco friendly range i.e. ACs using R290 or R600? I want to buy three ACs. 1, 1.5, 2 ton. How is Voltas service wise and product wise? My budget is 80-95K for purchasing all the three ACs. Budget can be extended a little if suggested a better quality. Which ACs give good performance as well as are well built in quality. My family would use ACs only for the night for 3 hours approximately. I stay in Mumbai. Very far from beaches. However, lot of humidity. Please advise. Also any suggestions from where to buy from? Waiting for your reply in anticipation.

Regards,

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

I am asking you to calculate tonnage because for normal (non inverter) ACs, oversizing is not good from an electricity consumption point of view. Also oversized ACs do not remove humidity properly.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Viral,

R600 is used mostly in refrigerators and not in ACs. And Godrej is the only brand that is using R290 currently. No one else it. Otherwise Voltas to should be good. It is the market leader in Air Conditioners (they sell the most number of ACs in India). And because they have such big presence, they have large service network as well. So you should be able to get Voltas service in every small city in India as well. Their products are also good. I hope you have used the calculator on this website to get the right tonnage for your rooms because 2 ton AC is required for a huge room in Mumbai. The calculator is on this page: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

Let me know the right tonnage as per the calculator and I can suggest you models from Voltas.

You can buy these ACs online or your can get them from any store like Croma, Ezone, Vijay Sales, etc.

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My room size is 21*10.5 ft. The requirement calculator shows 1.5 tonne would be sufficient. But the AC shop sales man had advised to buy 2 tonne as 1.5 tonne would take more time for cooling and hence, would consume more electricity. Please advice. Rest rooms are smaller and would need 1.5 tonne and 1 tonne respectively. Please advice the model numbers for Voltas and would 1.5 tonne suffice or 2 tonne would be needed.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Viral,

Apologies for delayed reply. More cooling capacity means cooling would be faster. So if you put a 2.5 ton AC the cooling would be further more faster. But then it would consume more electricity as well. And oversized ACs are ineffective in humidity removal. It can also cause bad odour to come. It would be better if you go for 1.5 ton AC. However, please go for an AC with 1.5 ton cooling capacity. You can look at these split ACs from Voltas:

Voltas 185 ZYE (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/5nstoTuuuN )
Voltas 185 ZYB (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/eKRBw!NNNN )

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Waiting for the revert.

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Waiting for the revert.

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Hello Abhishek,
First of all really appreciate for all this helpful information .
Need your kind advice. My home is in NCR and looking for SPLIT AC -1.5Ton in copper . I have usage of 3-4 hours day for 3-4 months in a year.. i am confused whether to go for Inverter AC or 5 or 3 star AC. i am looking for best ROI (when comparing cost of AC with maintenance and electricity consumption) over next 5 year. There is a huge difference of 23-30% in different types of AC. Please advice
regards
nitin

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Nitin,

Your usage is less. You can go for BEE 3 star rated non inverter AC.

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We want to buy 1 ton A/C with Inverter technology.
Searched online for Daikin, BlueStar, LG, Whirlpool, but there is No direct comparison available between models from different brands. So can't decide which model is best.
Which model do you think is better for budget around 30-40K?

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello,

ISEER and BEE ratings are two different things. ISEER is a measure of energy efficiency (just like km is a measure of distance). And BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) is a Government of India organization that gives star ratings based on a criteria for ISEER. So they divide the range of ISEERs available in market and mark them 1 Star, 2 Star, 3 Star, 4 Star, 5 Star. So Inverter AC will certainly have its ISEER value (which is its measure of energy efficiency) and based on that ISEER value BEE will give star ratings.

Inverter ACs also have 3 star and 5 star.

I have not heard of DC 12 inverter AC.

You can look at these:

Blue Star BI-5CNHW12PAFU (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2owj7C9 ) ... this is the best choice.

LG BSA12MAYD (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/GEy80TuuuN )

Blue Star 3CNHW12TAFU

Daikin FTKP35

Hitachi RSG312EAEA

Blue Star 3CNHW12CAFU (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2oxKzmN )

LG JS-Q12AUXA

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Hi Abhishek, I live in chennai and hall size is close to 200 sq.ft. Room is quite warm even during nights.
I was planning to go for inverter model - panasonic ps18sky or voltas 18 viy. Later onida was suggested.
Kindly let me know which one to go for (onida? not seeing any reviews). Budget <45k
Also I was told to avoid Voltas incase of inverter as they still dependent on single pcb compared to others.
Kindly suggest (other brands too fine)

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Gautham,

At Bijli Bachao, we suggest this strategy: First find out the right tonnage that you need for you room, because undersized AC may not cool well, and in case of non inverter AC, oversized AC can significantly increase electricity bills. In inverter ACs, slight oversizing is fine. You can use the calculator on this page to get the right tonnage: http://bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

After finding the right tonnage, you have to look at your usage of AC in hrs/year. And your budget. Because your usage determines if you need high efficiency AC or not. Secondly we try to suggest the most efficient AC based on a person's requirement (tonnage requirement) and the budget.

I think 1.5 ton would be undersized for your room and in that case I would say inverter AC would not be very electricity saving.

Panasonic and Voltas are great brands. Onida is also good, but I would rate Panasonic and Voltas higher.

Let me know the right tonnage (as per the calculator) and I can suggest you some models accordingly.

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Hello Abhishek. Thank you for your reply.
It says 2.4 Ton. But then seating/usable area in living room is limited by things at home (1.4 TOn). Also I'll be shifting the ac to a smaller room in about 91.52 years. So I thought of not taking the 2 Ton and go with 1.5.
Kindly suggest a product.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Gautham,

A fixed speed 1.5 ton AC would be good enough to provide local cooling (area close to the AC). You can install it near the sitting area and it will certainly make the sitting area comfortable. The impact will not be felt much beyond 9-10 ft or so. But still it will take out humidity and will make it comfortable. You can look at these 1.5 ton ACs:

Godrej GSC 18 FG 8 MOG (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nbG0tI , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/RWFQc!NNNN )

Blue Star 5HW18SBTU or 5HW18ZBRTU or 5HW18ZBWTU

Hitachi RAU518AVD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nbzNy4 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/h9Nl1TuuuN )

Hitachi RAU518HWDD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2mL4JK1 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/RE!cs!NNNN )

Daikin DTF50 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nbC6Bl , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/hlU!DTuuuN ) or ATF50 or FTF50.

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Hi, I live in delhi and want to buy an AC for the room size of 10.5x 16.5 , height 10ft, No direct sunlight, First floor and there is construction above. Can you please suggest the tonnage capacity required.
I looking Diakin's inverter AC 1.5, 3 star FTKH50 srv , can you advise on Model. What is the difference in FTKH50 srv and FTKH50 rrv model ?
Does river or Nala if nearby , damages ACs, specifically inverter ACs ?
Do I need stablizer also for the inverter AC?

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Raz,

Corrosive environment can be difficult for inverter ACs too. Based on the feedback that we have received from some people, I would suggest that you go for a BEE 5 star rated non inverter AC if you have a nalla close by. 1.5 ton should be fine for your room. You can look at any of these high efficiency models:

Blue Star 5HW18SBTU or 5HW18ZBRTU or 5HW18ZBWTU

Hitachi RAU518AVD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nbzNy4 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/h9Nl1TuuuN )

Hitachi RAU518HWDD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2mL4JK1 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/RE!cs!NNNN )

Daikin DTF50 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nbC6Bl , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/hlU!DTuuuN ) or ATF50 or FTF50.

You should go for a stabilizer if you are going for non inverter AC.

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Hi, I live in delhi and want to buy an AC for the room size of 10.5x 16.5 , height 10ft, No direct sunlight, First floor and there is construction above. Can you please suggest the tonnage capacity required.
I looking Diakin's inverter AC 1.5, 3 star FTKH50 srv , can you advise on Model. What is the difference in FTKH50 srv and FTKH50 rrv model ?
Does river or Nala if nearby , damages ACs, specifically inverter ACs ?
Do I need stablizer also for the inverter AC?

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I want to buy a voltage stabiliser for my split ac 1.5 ton in my area voltage is very low I have purchased a 90 volts stabiliser for my 1.5 ton ac but that also don't work please fix this issue

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Rashi,

Which one do you have? Ideally a stabilizer that can handle 90V should be able to fix the issue, unless your wiring is a problem which is not able to handle high current (usually the current increases significantly if you are trying to increase the voltage so much).

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Hi Abhishek,
Please suggest on the better option- IFB Vs Bluestar. I'm not sure on the models hence please suggest on 1.5 ton split category with 3 star rating.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

BlueStar is certainly a better option. You can look at these:

Blue Star 3HW18RCU
Blue Star 3HW18RGU
Blue Star 3HW18IAU

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Hi,

I am looking for window ac in Delhi (Saket) . My window size is not more than 24.5 inches.
I have found two options online :-
Hitachi RAW312KWD (3 star)
LG LWA3BP3A1 (3 star)

Please let me know which one to go for and why.?
Also if anyone has some good options rather than above mentioned products then please let me know.

Thanks in Advance :)

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HI Sir,
I am from Calicut,Kerala.Planning to purchase ac .Prefer inverter ac ,1 ton.Confused with bluestar pafu model & daikin jtkm ..Which one should I go for? Is it necessary to purchase stabilizer for that model? Do you have any suggestions regarding other brands and models?

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Daikin JTKM is the most efficient and best. So you can go for the same.

Inverter ACs do not need voltage stabilizer as they do not get damaged due to low voltages. But then can get damaged due to surges which are sudden high voltage caused due to short circuits or lightning etc. To protect it, you may go for a surge protector (alone) or for a voltage stabilizer with thermal overload or surge protection feature. Circuit Breaker (or MCB) should be there in every house (having AC or not). That should be common for all appliances (one common MCB).

You can look at the list of top ACs on this page: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

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Thakur Yashwant Singh

Dear sir abhishek ,
Daikin jtkm50srv16 how much electricity conjums in one day ,if i m using it 8to 9 hours ?
Thxxx

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

It has electricity consumption of 744 units in 1600 hrs. SO in 8-9 hours it would consume about 4 units.

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Thakur Yashwant Singh

Sir my room size is 15×10×12
I want to buy daikin jtkm50srv16 , is this sufficient for my room ,room is situated on grond floor south east n no other floor on it

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Sizing depends on city and room location as well along with the size of the room. I would suggest that you use the calculator on this page to calculate the right size: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

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Hi sir,
i m Kumar from chennai
i plan to buy split ac
my room sq ft is 120
Wich is better 3star or 5 star ?
barnd :Voltas or carrier?
Please suggest.
thx (Kumar)

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Kumar,

There are several parameters required to calculate the right tonnage. City being one of them and many others. We have included all of those in the sizing calculator on this page: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html . The calculator also has tariffs built in, so it can show you approx costs of buying a specific star rating and the cost of electricity consumption for the same. You can decide if you want to go for inverter AC or not, or BEE 3 star or 5 star based on the same. Let me know the tonnage that you need and the budget that you have for the AC and I can recommend you some models.

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Thakur Yashwant Singh

Sir pls tell me the right size of ac for my room , i m unable to calculate right size.
My room size is 15×10×12
Situated in ground floor ,south west and no other floor on it .

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)
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Thakur Yashwant Singh

I lived in pratapgarh uttar pradesh ,60 km away frm allahabad.
My room size is 15×10×12 on ground floor no other floor on it but all the wall safe frm direct sun light coz all the wall hav well equiped pourch so pls tell me right size of ac required for my room

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Hi
I m indu from new Delhi I want 1 ton split ac with 3 or more star but there is a problem where I live ,most of the ac's not working properly bue to gas leakage there is a broomstick( naala)near by my place .plz suggest me the best ac which can be work under all this problem ,I m really fed up to change ac in every 4 to 5 year .I already change carrier ac ,godrej ac and LG .

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Go for one with copper condenser and blue fin coating. Check Blue Star.

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Hi
I m indu from new Delhi I want 1 ton split ac with 3 or more star but there is a problem where I live ,most of the ac's not working properly bue to gas leakage there is a broomstick( naala)near by my place .plz suggest me the best ac which can be work under all this problem ,I m really fed up to change ac in every 4 to 5 year .I already change carrier ac ,godrej ac and LG .

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at any of these:

Blue Star 5HW12SBTU or 5HW12ZBRTU or 5HW12ZBWTU
Daikin ATF35 (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/pKGqxTuuuN )
Daikin DTF35 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2ptUoD9 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/pLtgZTuuuN )
Daikin FTF35 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2pucepA , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/pKleOTuuuN )
Carrier Octra-X 5 Star or Superia-X 5 Star
Hitachi RAU512KWD

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Hi Abhishek,
my room size is 150-180 SqFt
I live on the top floor of the 5 floored building
my budget is 35K-40K
looking out for something in 1.5 ton 5 star product with maximum features
Please suggest.
Thanks in advance
Suyog Jadhav

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at any of these:

Godrej GSC 18 FG 6 BOG (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2ohNopX , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/kD!RQTuuuN )

Daikin ATF50

Hitachi RAU518KWD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2ohypfi , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/x3EHM!NNNN )

Whirlpool 3D COOL XTREME HD 5S (1.5 T) (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/xilfV!NNNN )

Carrier Superia 5 Star (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2ooznZA , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/x3sRV!NNNN )

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Hi Abhishek,
I am an avid reader of Bijli Bachao.I would like you suggestion on 1.5 Ton 5 star Ac. Initially I selected Bluestar and Panasonic but had to leave bluestar due to poor service in my area(service center is not anywhere near my town, very far) and Panasonic due to the design of flap(doesn't suit my sinus problem due to direct air).I am thinking of buying Carrier 1.5 Ton Superia ac with newly launched cyclojet compressor.Will like your suggestion on it as you have no where mentioned carrier's name..is there a reason to leave it out?

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Shruti,

We do not intentionally leave out a brand. The lists on this site are purely based on data from BEE. While giving recommendation we do tailor the list based on a person's requirements (like copper condenser, filters, budget, etc). But then we have recommended Carrier Superia to many people because it is one of the good models among BEE 5 star rated non inverter ACs. Among inverter, their models are not yet rated on BEE ratings and that is why they do not appear in inverter list. But that does not mean that we have intentionally removed them. You can certainly go for Carrier Superia 5 star rated AC. It is a good model.

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Hi. I am pramod from pune
I want ac for room 210sqft
Kindly suggest suitable model

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Pramod,

At Bijli Bachao, we suggest this strategy: First find out the right tonnage that you need for you room, because undersized AC may not cool well, and in case of non inverter AC, oversized AC can significantly increase electricity bills. In inverter ACs, slight oversizing is fine. You can use the calculator on this page to get the right tonnage: http://bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

After finding the right tonnage, you have to look at your usage of AC in hrs/year. And your budget. Because your usage determines if you need high efficiency AC or not. Secondly we try to suggest the most efficient AC based on a person's requirement (tonnage requirement) and the budget.

Without knowing all this, it will be very difficult for me to say anything. Let me know the tonnage as per the calculator and your budget.

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Hi,
M sandeep looking for AC -120 Sq.m room area budget 20-28 k
please suggest good ac for me

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Sandeep,

At Bijli Bachao, we suggest this strategy: First find out the right tonnage that you need for you room, because undersized AC may not cool well, and in case of non inverter AC, oversized AC can significantly increase electricity bills. In inverter ACs, slight oversizing is fine. You can use the calculator on this page to get the right tonnage: http://bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

After finding the right tonnage, you have to look at your usage of AC in hrs/year. And your budget. Because your usage determines if you need high efficiency AC or not. Secondly we try to suggest the most efficient AC based on a person's requirement (tonnage requirement) and the budget.

Without knowing all this, it will be very difficult for me to say anything. Let me know the tonnage as per the calculator.

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Abhilash Sridharan

Hi Abhishek,

I'm Looking for a 1 Ton Split AC, I live near the beach/sea (In Chennai). My Budget is around 25K - 30K. Would you please recommend one? (also please note the AC will not be frequently used)

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at any of these:

Hitachi RAU312HWDD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2oCjm2i , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/4W6ZsTuuuN )

Hitachi RAU312KWD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2obdcGW , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/i6bE!!NNNN )

Daikin ATC35

Daikin FTC35 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2oCfhLq , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/QllUi!NNNN )

Mitsubishi Electric MS-HL13VF

LG LSA3AU3A1 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2pbP2sY , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/Q9bQM!NNNN )

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Hi, I have shortlisted 3 ac's as per my requirements.
Mitsubishi 1.6 ton SRK20CSS-S6/A , HYBRID+
Hitachi rau524avd fixed speed 2 ton 5 star
Carrier superia 4i invertor AC. Rated 6.2 kw

I was thinking of 2 ton Mitsubishi but its new hybrid ac's claims to cover more area & 1.6 ton model mentioned above is showing area coverage of 172-280 so I selected that. Do you think it these new hybrid ac's will have advantage over the other 2? Are they really 1.5 times more efficient in terms of area coverage/cooling etc?
Or do you think the superia invertor AC mentioned will be more advantageous?
Room Area is around 250 sq ft. UP city. Upper ground floor in high rise building.

Take this as a seperate question pls - there is one room (size around 100sq ft) attached to this room. So sometimes I would like to open the door of that too & would want 1 single AC to cover that too. I think invertor AC in this case would be more beneficial but i don't know if carrier ac will cover that unless invertor AC tonnage coverge prove better then fixed AC.

Thanks.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

6.2 kW would be 1.8 ton and if your area is big then I would not recommend you to undersize an inverter AC. If your room size does need a 2 ton (or more) then I would recommend Hitachi RAU524AVD. This is because if your room has more heat then it needs more cooling capacity and Hitachi models are truly 2 ton. As regarding Mitsubishi, they have stronger air flow which can reach a larger area. But then if the room has more heat, it should be able to remove that heat. I am not 100% convinced that it will be able to remove the heat with long reach air flow.

I think Hitachi would be a better choice as your room requires about 2.5 tons of cooling.

I would not suggest you to open the 100 sq ft room to this AC. It will increase the cooling requirement by 1 more ton. And inverter AC is bad in case it is undersized. You can go for inverter AC at max when the room's requirement is about 0.2 ton more than the actual tonnage of the AC. So 1.8 ton inverter AC is good if your room needs 2 ton. But in your case, I think there will be more heat and thus 2 ton fixed speed AC would be a better choice.

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Thanks for your expert input friend. :)

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Would like to add to the above:
- The wall height is 9ft.
- Also, you can disregard my 2nd question as by including that additional room of 100 sq ft, the total area will become 350 sq ft. So I think I will have to look for more tonnage, so either 2.2 hybrid+ Mitsubishi fixed speed AC will be better or might be the Hitachi 5200f mentioned above might also work.

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sir,
my room is of 225 square feet kindly suggest the ac with budget in the range of 40000-46000

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Parihar,

At Bijli Bachao, we suggest this strategy: First find out the right tonnage that you need for you room, because undersized AC may not cool well, and in case of non inverter AC, oversized AC can significantly increase electricity bills. In inverter ACs, slight oversizing is fine. You can use the calculator on this page to get the right tonnage: http://bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

After finding the right tonnage, you have to look at your usage of AC in hrs/year. And your budget. Because your usage determines if you need high efficiency AC or not. Secondly we try to suggest the most efficient AC based on a person's requirement (tonnage requirement) and the budget.

Without knowing all this, it will be very difficult for me to say anything. Also if you have any brand preference, or know which all brands are present in your city, then it would help filter out the ACs.

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HI Abhishek,
I am from Mumbai. i want to buy AC for 120 square feet room. Below are my requirements
- low energy consumption preferably 5 star
- anti corrosion
- refrigerant R410a (non flammable)
- 100% copper
- budget is upto 40k
- air filters
- low maintenance

Thanks in advance

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Suyog,

1 ton inverter AC would be great choice for you. You can look at these models:

Daikin FTKP35 (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/GT4Z7TuuuN , Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2peaKvN )
Blue Star 3CNHW12TAFU
Hitachi RSG312EAEA
Blue Star 3CNHW12CAFU (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2pdUBGs )

These are good ACs. With 100% copper and good air filters.

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Thanks a lot for the prompt reply. Can u please suggest some non inverter Acs with corrosion protection and non flammable refrigerant.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Suyog,

Only one brand that fits in the actual requirement that you have: Panasonic. It has corrosion protection for outdoor unit as well along with blue fin condenser. It uses R410A. It is BEE 5 star and 100% copper. And among those I could just find 2 models that fit exact requirements that you have:

Panasonic TV12SKY5
Panasonic SC12SKY5

You can look at these 2.

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I'm looking for 1 ton 3+star ac with copper condenser,suggest me best brand at a lesser cost, also i have a question(do we need to clean the entire room from dust for ac's better performance?)

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Cleaning the room is not mandatory for better performance of AC. Cleaning the AC filter is required for better performance. What is the budget that you have for the AC?

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Nagendra Bhadoriya

Hi Abhishek,
I'm Nagendra from Noida, and i'm looking to buy an inverter AC this summer, my first one, below are my requirements:
-> Copper coil
-> R410A refrigerant (what is difference between R32 and R410A)
-> 1.5 ton
-> Inverter Ac
-> less noisy
-> Budget is 40k to 45k

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Nagendra Bhadoriya

Hi Abhishek,
I'm from Noida, and i'm looking to buy an inverter AC this summer, my first one, below are my requirements:
-> Copper coil
-> R410A refrigerant (what is difference between R32 and R410A)
-> 1.5 ton
-> Inverter Ac
-> less noisy
-> Budget is 40k to 45k

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at these:

DAIKIN FTKP50 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nkUble ,Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/ICT3k!NNNN )
HITACHI RSH318EAEA (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2oDyR7E )
BLUESTAR 3CNHW18TAFU
VOLTAS 183V DYb
BLUESTAR 3CNHW18CAFU (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nkNhwy ,Flipkart Link: )

R32 and R410A both are HFCs. There is some difference in the two as in, the efficiency of R32 is better and it is in general better to environment than R410A. But then it should not be a deal breaker.

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Nagendra Bhadoriya

Thanks Abhishek,
I thought R410A is more efficient and cheaper than R32, and is better to environment. So i was wrong, its the other way ?

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

R32 is slightly better for environment. Although both are HFCs. R290 is the best.

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Sir,
Is Daikin JTKM 1.5 ton has anti corrosive coating coils?
What is the price of this ac?
I am a heavy user of ac so the price of ac will compensate with its electricity bill?
Daikin vs Bluestar?
How is Daikin JTKM in all factors (durability, maintainence,cooling etc.)
Is this ac weak in any section ?
What are the other brands in its price or this is best in its price?

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Rohit,

Daikin JTKM is not anti corrosion series, so it would not have anti corrosive coating on condenser coils.

I have not been able to find this model online, so I cannot give you indicative price for now.

You can check for electricity costs of various star rated ACs on this link: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html ..... you can also get annual electricity units of this specific model on the page. All depends on your usage and electricity tariffs in your city.

Both are premium brands. Depends on model.

Daikin JTKM is a fantastic model with respect to cooling and durability. Also cooling depends on how much is the need of your room and the cooling capacity of the AC. Higher tonnages always cool fast because the cooling capacity is more. If your room needs 1 ton and you put 1 ton AC, cooling will be normal. If you put 1.2 cooling would be faster. If you put 1.5, cooling would be much more faster. But then higher tonnage is not effective in removing humidity. And it also decreases efficiency. So all depends on what your room needs and what the AC provides.

I have not heard of any weak section of this AC.

I am not sure of the price as it varies from dealer to dealer and platform to platform. Daikin JTKM, Hitachi Kashikoi 5400 and Blue Star P series are the leading series in inverter ACs.

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Hi Abhishek, I am searching for an Inverter AC (1.5 ton), after looking at the list (from https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html), started searching for Daikin JTKM50 (1.5 Ton) but could not find any online store! could you please help me about any online store that I can place the order? Also, Could you please add a list of suitable stabilizers (with capacity i.e. VA or KVA) to the above link, Thank you for your help.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Srinivas,

Daikin JTKM50 is not available online. Daikin as a brand in general does not prefer selling online and sell only through its dealer network. There are other models from top efficiency that are available online, you can check these:

Hitachi RAU518CWEA (last year's model for RSA518CAEA) (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2ocZthO ) .... this has EER of 5 while the current model has 5.15.

Godrej GSC 18 GIG 5 DGOG (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nNxJxj , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/TKafITuuuN ) ... has ISEER of 4.9 ... has aluminium condenser

Blue Star 5CNHW18PAFU (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2o0B8tu ) has ISEER of 4.75

All these models are top efficient models and with good features.

For voltage stabilizer, you can look at this link: https://www.bijlibachao.com/appliances/voltage-stabilizers-buying-guide-best-tv-ac-fridge-home-guide-india.html

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I am looking to buy ac for my guest house which is located very close to the beach. I have asked a couple of ac technicians and they have both recommended me Onida Ac with copper pipes. I have also been doing research on internet and nowhere Onida featured in recommended brands of ac. So I am confused. Also we have low voltage during summer around 160v if I install a 1.5 ton ac will it work considering that there will be another 1 ton ac on the same line. My budget is 30K-35K kindly suggest a good ac with copper pipes.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

If you want copper, then in your budget, Lloyd and Onida would be the best choice. Here are some models that you can look at:

Lloyd LS19A5LK
Onida SA185GDR (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/12Mkv!NNNN )
Lloyd LS19A5CX (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/1b1YN!NNNN )

As far as brand is concerned, most Indian brands do not have RnD and so they do not design their own ACs. They just import from China. And the best thing about China is that they only sell copper :) . So you will find that all Indian brands that do not design have copper (for e.g. Videocon, Onida, Reconnect, Koryo, Croma, Vise, etc). Lloyd was a commerical AC maker in the past and have recently moved to residential ACs since it got acquired by Havells. I am not 100% sure if they design their ACs or not. But their ACs are quite cheap which makes me think otherwise. And the best thing about China is that you can get iPhones from China and the cheapest product from China as well. But having said that, it is not that cheaper brands do not work. In fact in many cases they work awesome if you do not expect too much from them. If you want them to just cool the room (with a remote to change temperature) and keep working, at times they do a darn good job. And that is where I guess the confidence of your AC technicians come from.

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In Noida air is so corrosive that there is black corrosion of copper. It is heard that generally ACs normally do not last long in Noida and one has to refill gas once/twice every year. In such condition which brand/model of AC would be the best. Is there any brand/model of AC which is specifically designed to work in such atmosphere without defects, maybe with some special coating etc?

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Check ACs from Blue Star with copper condenser and blue fin coating. It will last longer with blue fin, but then the coatings can also give way to corrosion after some time. Not as quickly as without coating, but still would be better off.

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Thanks for the quick response.
Some people informed me that Hitachi ACs would be better as they reportedly are using higher gauge of copper tubes. Please comment.
Regards.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

They use higher gauge of tubes for connecting pipes (indoor and outdoor). Usually heat exchanger pipes are standard sizes. Blue Star is also a very good brand. Both Hitachi and Blue Star are premium brands and their ACs can stand corrosion for a longer duration. You may go for Hitachi if you want. It will also be good.

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srikanto bhattacharya

Is there any multi split ac available in west bengal & do you recommend it ? I want a single outdoor unit with 2 indoor units for 2 different rooms & only a multi split ac can do this but i don't have any idea about their efficacy level.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Usually multi split are available for 3 or more indoor units. They usually do not make it for 2 indoor units. Also cost wise it works out costlier as compared to two individual ACs.

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Brother i want a window ac with lowest possible consumption i want it in 1.5ton?

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You should look at these:

Hitachi RAV518HUD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2negUKO , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/AF7GETuuuN )
Hitachi RAT518HUD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2mMYF3P , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/AFS7ETuuuN )

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And i live in a humid area. So i want the copper coil one.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

All window ACs have copper coil.

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Hi Abhishek,
hope you are well, now i need your help , i am going to buy my first and new ac and i am confused, my requirements are as following
-> coil is copper
-> refrigerant is R290
-> 1.5 ton
-> budget up to 40,000
-> less power consumption
-> usage daily in night only
-> units are less noises
-> brand is daiking, Mitsubishi, Hitachi
-> for long time
-> less maintenance
-> cooling capacity also 5000 or above
-> easy repairable

please suggest me which ac is good for me, inverter, 5 star, 3 star ?
please provide me all details with model number

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

HI Jignesh,

Godrej is the only brand that has R290 and most of the R290 models have aluminium coil. So you need to change your search criterion. By the way you can check this link to get best ACs in 40000: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-inverter-split-air-conditioner-in-india-under-rs-40000.html

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plz help me abhishek i m going to buy in next 2 days

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thanx abhishedk then remove R290 from my requirements then which ac is best ?

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at these:

Daikin ATF50

Daikin FTKH50 (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/b~jMh!NNNN )

Hitachi RAU518KWD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nnpPL0 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/sPBzDTuuuN )

any of these 3 will work great for you.

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Hi avishek,
My budget is 35 k
looking for a inverter tech ac 1.5 with minimum electric efficient
please suggest.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Khan,

It is extremely difficult to get a BEE 3 star rated 1.5 ton inverter tech AC in your budget. If you increase it by 2-3K you may get LG or Samsung BEE 3 star rated inverter AC. But in this budget you can get those from Onida that are not yet BEE star rated.

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Hi Abhishek, My room size is about 130 sq ft, and about 125 sq ft if I remove the ward tube area, I am on the 2nd floor of an 11 storey building and direct sunlight is fit about 2 hours in the afternoon only. My usage is heavy. I have decided to go for inverter model of Mitsubishi heavy, the YLS series, they have a .8 ton which they claim is good for rooms from 90 to 140 sq ft and a 1.1 ton which they claim is for 130 to 170 sq ft. I have the following questions
1) Since mine is a border line in area of the room what should be the Tonnage I should go for. Should I go for the higher 1.1 ton or go for the lower 0.8 ton.
2) Is there a difference in the calculation for a n inverter ac versus an non-inverter model
3) Will there be a difference in the electricity consumption of .8 ton inverter vs an 1 ton inverter since inverter AC's operate at variable speed/power
4) The shopkeeper recommended that since my area is borderline as per Mitsubishi claim, I should go for 1.1 ton inverter as 0.8 ton will be good in the first few years but when it becomes 2-3 years old it will have to stretch to keep a 130 sq ft room cool at optimum power and I will get better benefit with 1.1 ton especially since it's inverter and the AC will operate only at speeds/power required. Is this the right recommendation.
4) Is the coil of Mitsubishi Heavy YLS series anti corrosion
5) what would be your recommendation

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Neel,

I would recommend that you use the calculator on this website to do the calculation of sizing. You can get the calculator on this page: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

Now here are some points from my side for inverter ACs:

1) Inverter ACs can stretch to about 0.2 tons more than the rated capacity. But then it is still better to not undersize them unless your budget is too tight. This is because their energy efficiency goes down when they increase beyond their rated capacity.

2) In general it is better to slightly oversize inverter ACs. This is because their energy efficiency is more when they run at lower capacity.

3) If you use the calculator on the site, you will understand the calculation of inverter vs non inverter models.

4) You will also understand the difference in electricity consumption of different star rated ACs. The difference between electricity consumption of 0.8 ton and 1 ton inverter AC will depend on their energy efficiency ratios, the cooling capacity required by your room, etc. Again the calculator will help you.

5) ACs do derate and that is why with inverter AC, it is better to slightly oversize.

6) Mitsubishi Heavy ACs are durable and come with anti corrosion.

7) My recommendation would be to use the calculator to get the right size before making a decision.

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Thanks Abhishek for covering most points and well articulated response.
Just one suggestion The calculator at Bijlibacho only shows tonnage required but does not differentiate between invertor and non invertor for tonnage calculation, e.g. it does not build into the model the slight oversizing part you mentioned. This response of your was very crucial in my decision making. So Thank you.
On Mitsubishi heavy their brochure says its copper coil, didn't see anywhere its anti-corrosion, is this something you looked into, can copper coils be made anti corrosion. Many thanks once again in advance.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

We did have the slight oversizing part (for the inverter AC) built in the calculation last year. But many people used to get confused with it (with two different number). Also in general it is better to right size any AC and that is why we have simplified it this year.

The feedback on MHI is based on user feedback and our own experience in general. I did not look into anything, but it was general feedback. You may want to confirm the same with the dealer.

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Need suggestion of which AC to buy i need to get a 1.5 ton and 1 ton AC. I'm based out of Bangalore and will be maximum needing it for 4 months in a year.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Ashwin,

I would strongly recommend that you use the calculator on this website: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

Using the calculator you can get the tonnage and also the star rating based on your usage of AC. If you can tell me your required tonnage, star rating and budget, then I can suggest you something quickly. We want people to use the calculator to get a quick response. We have to respond to a lot of queries and this helps us in reducing the time.

The calculator can help you figure out the cost of buying as well as costs that you would incur in electricity while using the AC. This will help you narrow down your choices based on your budget and electricity bills. 3 star inverter AC is always more electricity saving than 5 star normal ac, but all depends on your annual usage (not just the daily one).

You can also get the list of top most efficient ACs in the market on the page.

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Hi Abhishek,

Did go through the calculator and finalized on buying the 3star inverter series AC based on the calculator and your recommendation. However need you input on the below

1. Was looking at going in for Daikan 1 and 1.5 ton 3star . The dealer says the gas used by Daikan is different from other brands and is in fact going to be banned in 2018. More ever he saying the quality has been reduced and was recommending buying the HAIER series.

2. Now this is has led to a confusion in finalizing the model as this as opened the possibilities of me looking at Hitachi or Blue star or LG.
Your recommendations will help me in finalizing the AC. Will be going tomorrow to buy them.

Thanks

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Ashwin,

Here is my response:

1) Daikin uses R32 which is HFC (similar to R410A). The government is yet to come out with a concrete plan to phase out HFCs. The plan to phase out R22(which is HCFC) is already there. But Daikin does not use R22. In the market 60% ACs use R22 (for which the plan to phase out is already there), 38% use HFC (R32 or R410A) and the plan to phase them out is yet to come out (but some things have been declared). 1-2% models use R290 which is HC and which will remain the ideal gas in future. Only Godrej has R290 models. So if you go by the phase out plan, then only choice that you have is to go for Godrej ACs.

2) I would say Hitachi and Blue Star would be equally good as compared to Daikin.

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I want to purchase 2 AC for my rooms of size 120 sq ft but at the top floor in Kolkata. Have spoke to few of the dealers and they are saying to go for Inverter AC. Also suggesting names like Samsung, Daikin, Carrier, Whirlpool and Hitachi all of 1.5 T. Can you suggest what would be the best choice in terms of brand, type of AC and Tonnage.
Thanks

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hitachi and Daikin have great models in inverter ACs. I would suggest that you use the calculator on this page to get the right size: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

The page also has list of top AC models.

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I want to purchase window ac for my 192 sq.ft. room in Faridabad. As per your site, I need to buy a 2 Ton AC. But I am unable to find a good window AC. I need a whether resistant AC as there is a big drainage flowing near my house because of which the ACs of our area gas leaks very often. I had talked to a AC mechanic of our area who suggested me to buy Napoleon AC but that company is a local company and does not have a BEE rating.

As not much ACs are found in Window AC, I would request you to suggest me a split AC which has good weather protection. I searched the market and found Daikin and Hitachi makes the best ACs in copper. I also came to know about LG ACs of 2017 which has 10 yrs of compressor and 5 years of leakage warranty from compressor but this AC is made from alloy and is not copper. Generally in past leakages in my old ACs of Voltas, LG and even whirlpool the leakage was from the point where there is a joint between ODU and IDU. The shopkeeper was unable to confirm if there is leakage from that point, will the warranty cover it or not. Please give your views on it. Cost of the AC is Rs.41000/-

Other than that I found Daikin FTKP60RRV16 a good model but it is costly and is only 1.7 Ton whereas as per my requirement, I need 2 Ton AC. On your site there are only 3 models given under 3* Inverter model, please tell why only 3 models, are there no more good ACs which could fit there? The shopkeeper also showed me Hitachi 324AWEA 2 Ton AC costing 49000/- as 5* inverter model but I can't find it online on their site. Is this a 5* inverter model and fully copper? Mitsubishi inveter model does not fit in my budget of Rs.45000/- including fitting & stabilizer. Please also tell if stabilizer is needed for inverter AC and currently I have a 3VA stabilizer lying at my home, can it be used on 2Ton AC?

I have heard that there are anti weather resistant materials available in markets to save ACs which are near rivers or drainages, pls tell what are these and can we put them in our ACs to protect them, and can we do it ourselves and how long do they last and how to do it?

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Yash,

I would strongly recommend you to not go for a window AC of 2 ton. You would not find many options and those that are there will consume a lot of electricity. I think a 1.7 ton inverter AC would be perfectly fine for you.

The list does not have many 2 ton inverter ACs because till about a month ago (when we updated this list), not many brands had got their models rated by BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency in India). As our list is purely based on BEE data, those do not appear here. We are in the process of updating latest data (should be done by next week). Frankly, you can go for any 1.7 or 2 ton inverter AC from a good brand (based on your budget) for your room and it will work perfectly fine and much better than a window AC.

Look for corrosion protection as that is a must for any AC (be it copper or aluminium). A copper one with corrosion protection would be the best choice in your case. Hitachi and Daikin are certainly better choice for you. Otherwise look for "Blue Fin" condenser/evaporator or "Gold Fin" condenser/evaporator. Hitachi uses thick copper pipes and is good in general. HItachi 324AWEA is a BEE 3 star rated inveter AC and can be a very good choice for you. It will be better than a BEE 5 star rated non inverter AC.

Your 3 kVA stabilizer will work fine for your inverter AC.

As for anti weather resistant coatings are concerned, there are some out there in the market, but I do not have much information on them, so I will not be able to help you on that.

By the way you may also try Daikin FTKH series, which is a BEE 3 star rated one and may come close to your budget.

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Hi Abhishek ji,

Gone through your website and glad to know that I am talking to such a knowledgeable person for help.

Your company & BEE has still not updated the top 10 AC list, whereas Hitachi has already come us with their Star rated ACs which is displayed on their website as brochure. How can we verify that if BEE does not update their site?

Regards

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Yash,

BEE is a government agency and unfortunately out of our control. There is nothing I can do if BEE data is not updated. And we rely completely on BEE data. These things are unfortunate, but do happen.

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Hi sir

I m cutting my answer as it is pending since 3 days. Now comes the question of corrosion. As far as I have studies and found out corrosion protection details are not given by Mitsubishi or Hitachi neither on their website nor in their brochure. Shopkeeper say that Hitachi have stainless steel fins and that too in premium ACS, not in all. In Daikin there are two model as per company brochure which is FTC-E and FTKP-E series. (E) which has corrosion protection and those are also 2016 models and nothing has till now come out for 2017. Other Daikin ACs don't have corrosion protection.
I have not gone through the rest of the companies till now as dealers are not able to show any models as they say that the companies will launch ACs in March 2017.

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I WANT TO PURCHASE SPLIT AC IN MY 10 x 10 x 10 room (THRISSUR, KERALA ).TON CALCULATOR SUGGESTS .75 TON .HERE AC .75 TON .AC IS AVAILABLE ONLY FOR 2 STAR ONLY .SHOULD I BUY IT OR NOT . THE SHOP MANAGER SAYS IT IS BETTER TO PURCHASE ONE TON AC WITH 3 STAR......

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Hari,

I think what your shop manager says is right. A BEE 3 star rated 1 ton AC would be better than a BEE 2 star rated 0.75 ton AC.

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I want to purchase a AC out of Mistabishi or Daikin or Panasonic for my drawing room size 180 sq.ft on whose roof there is direct sun light but I will be using the AC in night only. The only problem is the big drainage (nala) flowing near my house i.e. nearly 300m from my home due to which there is gas leak in rest of my ACs once every year.
Is there any solution for gas leak, I have already tried almunium based Sharp AC but even the joints in that AC is copper due to which there is leakage ?
Please rate the above companies from 1 to 3 so that it becomes eazy for me to decide on the branding?
Regards

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Rohit,

The most important thing to look for is corrosion protection. Both copper and aluminium can corrode. A model with good corrosion protection will last longer than a model without corrosion protection. Copper one is easier to repair than a model with aluminium, but if aluminium model has corrosion protection, it will last longer than a copper model without corrosion protection.

If you are looking for copper model with corrosion protection then look for model with blue fin or gold fin condenser/evaporator. Mitsubishi, Daikin and Panasonic all have models with & without corrosion protection, so just make sure that you check for it before buying.

Efficiency wise Daikin would be the best and durability wise Mitsubishi will be slightly better. Overall I would say 1) Mitsubishi 2) Daikin and 3) Panasonic..... but then it really depends on what matter to you more. Both 1 & 2 are quite close and one can really debate why you have rated Mitsubishi as 1. But this is just my perception.

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I checked yr website and some other websites to for proper tonnage of ac for my drawing room measuring 178 sqfts. In Delhi 3rd n top floor with direct sunlight on roof with no window but some sites day to buy 1.5 ton ac and some 2.00 ton ac, Which are correct?

2ndly, my budget is 40000/- but I can stretch it. I am getting

Panasonic 1.5 ton cs18rkyt-1 for 37000/-,

Mitsubishi ms-gk24va for 2.0ton for 56000/-,

Mitsubishi msgk18va for 45000/-

Daikin 1.5 ton ftkh50 for 44000/-
and Daikin 1.8ton ftf60prv16 for 52000/-. These are all inclusive rates.

Which should I buy as per my room condition and budget. Usage is 1780 hrs/yr. If there is any other models with anti corrosion properties you can suggest to buy other than the above model are welcome.

Is the increase from 37000/- Panasonic ac to these ACS of 47000/- plus justify my requirement & will it be wise to go with premium ac and do all the above ACS have copper compressor and fins as my house is near nala ?

Daikin ftkp-e50 of 1.5ton whether resistance ac is costing more than 55000/- itself and all these models are of last year and prices of this month.

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I checked yr website and some other websites to for proper tonnage of ac for my drawing room measuring 178 sqfts. In Delhi 3rd n top floor with direct sunlight on roof with no window but some sites day to buy 1.5 ton ac and some 2.00 ton ac, Which are correct?

2ndly, my budget is 40000/- but I can stretch it. I am getting

Panasonic 1.5 ton cs18rkyt-1 for 37000/-,

Mitsubishi ms-gk24va for 2.0ton for 56000/-,

Mitsubishi msgk18va for 45000/-

Daikin 1.5 ton ftkh50 for 44000/-
and Daikin 1.8ton ftf60prv16 for 52000/-. These are all inclusive rates.

Which should I buy as per my room condition and budget. Usage is 1780 hrs/yr. If there is any other models with anti corrosion properties you can suggest to buy other than the above model are welcome.

Is the increase from 37000/- Panasonic ac to these ACS of 47000/- plus justify my requirement & will it be wise to go with premium ac and do all the above ACS have copper compressor and fins as my house is near nala ?

Daikin ftkp-e50 of 1.5ton whether resistance ac is costing more than 55000/- itself and all these models are of last year and prices of this month.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Rohit,

Ideally based on the situation that you have mentioned, I would recommend a 2 ton AC. But there is a way where you can bring it down to 1.5 ton. You get direct sunlight on the roof and you can reduce it by applying heat reflective coating on the top. A simple way to do that is to put limestone or chuna coat on the top. That will reduce the heat to your room. If you need a sophisticated method then you can try this paint: https://www.bergerpaints.com/products/exterior-wall-coatings/15/exterior-emulsions/20/weathercoat-kool-seal

This will reduce the requirements to 1.5-1.7 ton and then in that case a Daikin FTKH50 inverter AC would be a great option.

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S.I. Prakaash Shankar

Dear sir,
First of all thanks for all the insights and knowledge.
Can you please explain about the different subcategories in FTKH35 series. we have something like SRV, RRV, PRV and QRV. I was planning to buy FTKH35SRV16 and one of the shop keeper was telling it is not Inverter type. Can you pls list the difference in those subcategories.

Thanks
Prakash

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

FTKH35 is inverter technology series. In 2014 they had FTKH35PRV, in 2015 it was FTKH35QRV, in 2016 it was FTKH35RRV and in 2017 it is FTKH35SRV16. They make slight improvements in features every year but the basic tech specs remain the same. So FTKH35SRV16 is 2017 model of their BEE 3 star rated inverter AC.

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Abhisekh ji, please reply, can rely in you only?

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Hi sir,
As suggested by you, is there any other type of ACs too which are less prone to corrosion, if yes which brand and if possible, pls suggest models, I will be buying 1.6 to 1.7Ton ACs for my 178 sq.ft. drawing room on Top floor (3rd).

Lastly I have heard about roof coolents like given in below link, are they benificial? This article mentions about 'Surya Cool' but I could not find such a thing in Delhi in hardware shops, is there any alternative to this?

Regards & thanks for replying

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I checked yr website and some other websites to for proper tonnage of ac for my drawing room measuring 178 sqfts. In Delhi 3rd n top floor with direct sunlight on roof with no window but some sites day to buy 1.5 ton ac and some 2.00 ton ac, Which are correct?

2ndly, my budget is 40000/- but I can stretch it. I am getting

Panasonic 1.5 ton cs18rkyt-1 for 37000/-,

Mitsubishi ms-gk24va for 2.0ton for 56000/-,

Mitsubishi msgk18va for 45000/-

Daikin 1.5 ton ftkh50 for 44000/-
and Daikin 1.8ton ftf60prv16 for 52000/-. These are all inclusive rates.

Which should I buy as per my room condition and budget. Usage is 1780 hrs/yr. If there is any other models with anti corrosion properties you can suggest to buy other than the above model are welcome.

Is the increase from 37000/- Panasonic ac to these ACS of 47000/- plus justify my requirement & will it be wise to go with premium ac and do all the above ACS have copper compressor and fins as my house is near nala ?

Daikin ftkp-e50 of 1.5ton whether resistance ac is costing more than 55000/- itself and all these models are of last year and prices of this month

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can use Berger paint to get a cool roof. You can check this: https://www.bergerpaints.com/products/exterior-wall-coatings/15/exterior-emulsions/20/weathercoat-kool-seal

As for corrosion protection, look for blue fin or gold fin condenser. Many brands have good corrosion protection. You can check Hitachi, Daikin, Mitsubishi.

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which Refrigerant haves the best perfomance in split A/C.which is latest Refrigerant avalibe in Kerala/India with best perfomance?

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

If you ask my opinion then I would say R290 is the best refrigerant out in market. It is green, environment friendly and energy efficient.

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How is toshiba ac 1 ton inverter model RAS-13N3KCV-IN + RAS-13N3ACV-IN??? It has an iseer 4.66. link http://www.toshibaac.in/split/hi-wall-inverter/RAS-13N3KCV-IN-RAS-13N3ACV-IN.aspx

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

4.66 is good ISEER. You can certainly go for it.

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I want to purchase around 7 AC for my home.(in Kolkata)
Its on the top Floor (5th), south open, with direct sunlight in almost every room.
4 rooms are around 140 sqft and study room is around 100 sqft and the drawing room is around 400 sqft. Ceiling height is around 10 Feet.
Kindly suggest which is the best AC that would suit my requirements. My budget is around 3-3.5 lakhs for all the units.
Please suggest whether to take inverter / 5 Star / 3 Star.

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Agarwal,

There are lot of parameters that determine right size and right star rating for an AC. It will not be productive if I ask you all of them and then you reply and then I reply. I would strongly suggest that you look at Calculator, FAQ and list of top ACs on this link on our website: http://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-ap...

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

You can also look at our database of all ACs available in market on this link: https://www.bijlibachao.com/re...

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

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

https://www.bijlibachao.com/ge...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Abhishek Jain (Mod)

The calculator on this site can help you figure out if you should go for inverter/5 Star or 3 Star rated AC.

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