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Top Ten Air Conditioners in India by electricity consumption and size

By on October 19, 2014
This article is also available in these languages: hi Hindi

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

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

Top Ten Air Conditioners

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RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)EER RatioStar Rating
1HITACHIRAW511KUD1.00035001030.03.405
2LGLWA3BP5F1.00037751125.03.365
2LGLWA3GP5F1.00037751125.03.365
3WHIRLPOOLMAGICOOL PLATINUM V1.00036001075.03.355
4VOLTAS125 DY1.0003300996.03.315
5HITACHIRAW511KTD1.00034501055.03.274
6LGLWA3CR4F41.00035501110.03.204
6LGLWA3CP4F1.00035501110.03.204
6LGLWA3GP4F1.00035501110.03.204
6LGLWA3BP4F1.00035501110.03.204
7O.G.HEAVY DUTYOG-12WA41.00036501173.03.114
8HITACHIRAW311KUD1.00035001132.03.093
9LLOYDLW12A3N1.00035301157.03.053
10LGLWA3BP3F1.00035001160.03.023
10LGLWA3GP3F1.00035001160.03.023

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RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)EER RatioStar Rating
1HITACHIRAV518HUD1.50053501530.03.505
2WHIRLPOOLMAGICOOL PLATINUM V1.20038701118.03.465
3HITACHIRAT518HUD1.50053501575.03.405
4LGLWA5CP5F11.50047501415.03.365
4LGLWA5CS5F11.50047501415.03.365
5HITACHIRAV513HUD1.10039001165.03.355
5HITACHIRAW518KUD1.50052751575.03.355
6PANASONICCW-KC1814YA1.50050541520.03.335
7VOLTAS185 MY1.50049501495.03.315
7VOLTAS185 LY1.50049501495.03.315
7VOLTAS185 DY1.50049501495.03.315
8HITACHIRAV518HTD1.50052001575.03.305
9HITACHIRAT513HTD1.10040601250.03.254
10WHIRLPOOLMAGICOOL ELITE IV1.50050001543.03.244

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RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)EER RatioStar Rating
1PANASONICCW-UC2414YA2.00059502100.02.832
2BLUESTAR2W24LA2.00058502080.02.812
3HITACHIRAV322HSD2.00061602200.02.802
3HITACHIRAV222HUD2.00061602200.02.802
4VOLTAS40111212.00060002214.02.712
5GENERALAXGT24AATH2.00061002295.02.661
6CARRIERGWRAC024DR0302.00060502280.02.651
6CARRIERGWRAC024DRe0302.00060502280.02.651
6VOLTAS40111442.00060002265.02.651
7HITACHIRAT222HSD2.00061602350.02.621
8LGLWA6CP1F2.00058602250.02.601
9HITACHIRAW222KTD2.00061602425.02.541
9HITACHIRAW122KUD2.00061602425.02.541
10MIDEAMWF11-21CR-QB62.00060382396.02.521

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RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)EER RatioStar Rating
1ONIDAS125FLT-LA1.00039501050.03.765
2GODREJGSC 12 FG 6 BNG1.0003375912.03.705
2GODREJGSC 12 FG 6 WNG1.0003375912.03.705
3ONIDAS125CUR1.0003516955.03.685
3ONIDAS125TRC1.0003516955.03.685
4SAMSUNGAR12HC5TDUR1.00037001010.03.665
4SAMSUNGAR12HC5ECLZ1.00037001010.03.665
4SAMSUNGAR12HC5TCNC1.00037001010.03.665
4SAMSUNGAR12HC5UCNB1.00037001010.03.665
5MITSUBISHI ELECTRICMS-GK10VA0.7502700740.03.655
6WHIRLPOOL3D COOL CLIMATE CONTROL1.0003450948.03.645
7PANASONICCS-XC12QKY/CU-XC12QKY1.00037001020.03.635
8ONIDAS125DFL1.0003516975.03.615
8ONIDAS125FLT-N1.0003516975.03.615
9DAIKINFTF35PRV161.0003350930.03.605
9LGLSA3AP5M1.0003516976.03.605
9LGLSA3EG5M1.0003516976.03.605
9LGLSA3VP5M1.0003516976.03.605
9LGLSA3TM5M1.0003516976.03.605
9LGLSA3ES5M1.0003516976.03.605
9LGLSA3EW5M1.0003516976.03.605
9LGLSA3MP5M1.0003516976.03.605
9LGLSA3NP5F1.0003516976.03.605
9LGLSA3SP5M1.0003516976.03.605
9MITSUBISHI ELECTRICMS-GK13VA1.00036001000.03.605
10CARRIERSuperia1.0003400950.03.585

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RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)EER RatioStar Rating
1HITACHIRAU514IUD1.20041001065.03.855
2HITACHIRAU518HUD1.50055001448.03.805
2HITACHIRAU514HUD1.20040501065.03.805
2HITACHIRAU518EUDA1.50057001500.03.805
2HITACHIRAU514EUDA1.20040501065.03.805
3HITACHIRAU518IUD1.50053001414.03.755
4WHIRLPOOL3D COOL PLATINUM V1.20040501092.03.715
5GODREJGSC 18 FG 6 ONG1.50050001350.03.705
5GODREJGSC 18 FG 6 WNG1.50050001350.03.705
5GODREJGSC 18 FG 6 BNG1.50050001350.03.705
6HITACHIRAU518HUDD1.50054401495.03.645
6HITACHIRAU518KUDB1.50054401495.03.645
6HITACHIRAU518HUDDZ1.50054401495.03.645
6HITACHIRAU514HUDDZ1.20040001100.03.645
6HITACHIRAU514HUDD1.20040001100.03.645
6ONIDAS185DFL1.50052751450.03.645
6ONIDAS185FLT-N1.50052751450.03.645
6ONIDAS185TRD-LA1.50052001430.03.645
6WHIRLPOOL3D COOL CLIMATE CONTROL PLT V1.50052501442.03.645
7MITSUBISHISRK21CNS-S61.50053001460.03.635
8ONIDAS185TRC1.50053501480.03.615
8WHIRLPOOLMAGICOOL PLATINUM V1.20040501122.03.615
9CARRIERSuperia1.50053001471.03.605
9DAIKINFTF50PRV161.50052001445.03.605
9HITACHIRAU514ITDA1.20040501125.03.605
9LGLSA5ES5M1.50052751465.03.605
9LGLSA5VP5M1.50052751465.03.605
9LGLSA5VF5M1.50052751465.03.605
9LGLSA5PW5M1.50052751465.03.605
9LGLSA5AT5M1.50052751465.03.605
9LGLSA5EG5M1.50052751465.03.605
9LGLSA5AP5M1.50052751465.03.605
9LGLSA5EW5M1.50052751465.03.605
9LGLSA5MP5M1.50052751465.03.605
9LGLSA5NP5F1.50052751465.03.605
9LGLSA5SP5M1.50052751465.03.605
9LGLSA5TM5M1.50052751465.03.605
9MITSUBISHISRK13CLV-61.10036001000.03.605
9ONIDAS185FLT-LA1.50052751465.03.605
9ONIDAS185CUR1.50054001500.03.605
10MITSUBISHI ELECTRICMS-GK18VA1.50052001450.03.595

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RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)EER RatioStar Rating
1HITACHIRAU520IUD1.70057001425.04.005
1HITACHIRAU520HUD1.70057001425.04.005
2HITACHIRAU520ITD1.70057001499.03.805
3HITACHIRAU524IUD2.00070301950.03.615
3HITACHIRAU524HUD2.00070301950.03.615
4MITSUBISHISRK26CNS-S62.00074002065.03.585
5MITSUBISHI ELECTRICMS-GK24VA2.00066001850.03.575
6HITACHIRAU524ITD2.00072002028.03.555
6VOLTAS245 DY2.00063001774.03.555
7BLUESTAR5HW24MA2.00064001820.03.525
7O.G.HEAVY DUTYOG-24WIS52.00067501920.03.525
8TOSHIBARAS-25N3KPX-IN1+RAS-25N3AX-IN12.00066001880.03.515
9CARRIERSuperia2.00059001710.03.454
10MIDEAMS11M2-22CR-QC4+MOF-22C-QC42.00062011813.03.424

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RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)EER RatioStar Rating
1HITACHIRAU330HTD2.50087252825.03.092
1HITACHIRAU230HUD2.50087252825.03.092
2PANASONICCS-YC36PKY/CU-YC36PKY3.00097003190.03.042
3MITSUBISHI ELECTRICMS-H30VA2.50078002800.02.791

Top Ten Air Conditioners BEE 3 star and less

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RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)EER RatioStar Rating
1HITACHIRAW311KUD1.00035001132.03.093
2LLOYDLW12A3N1.00035301157.03.053
3LGLWA3BP3F1.00035001160.03.023
3LGLWA3GP3F1.00035001160.03.023
4ONIDAW123TRD1.00035161170.03.013
5PANASONICCW-YC1214YA1.00035161172.03.003
6HITACHIRAW312KUDI1.00035161190.02.953
6VOLTAS123 LY1.00031701074.02.953
7CARRIEREstrella Plus1.00035001197.02.923
8ONIDAW122TRD1.00035161215.02.892
9MIDEAMWF11-12CR-QB81.00033411164.02.872
10KORYOKWR012AO2S1.00035301245.02.842

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RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)EER RatioStar Rating
1HITACHIRAW318KUD1.50051001650.03.093
1HITACHIRAV318HUD1.50051001650.03.093
2ONIDAW183FLT1.50052001700.03.063
3LGLWA5CS3F1.50048501610.03.013
3LGLWA5BP3F1.50048501610.03.013
3LGLWA5PS3F1.50048501610.03.013
3LGLWA5CP3F1.50048501610.03.013
3ONIDAW183TRD1.50051501710.03.013
4HITACHIRAW418KTDG1.50052001735.03.003
4LGLWA5MR4D1.50052751760.03.003
5PANASONICCW-YC1814YA1.50050541700.02.973
6LGLWA5CS3F11.50050501705.02.963
6LGLWA5CP3F11.50050501705.02.963
7GODREJGWC 18 GQ 3 WNC1.50051251737.02.953
7VOLTAS183 DY1.50049001661.02.953
7VOLTAS183 MYi1.50049001661.02.953
7VOLTAS183 MY1.50049001661.02.953
7VOLTAS183 LY1.50049001661.02.953
8BLUESTAR3WAE181YC1.50049501690.02.933
9CARRIEREstrella Plus1.50052501800.02.923
10BLUESTAR3W18LB1.50050301730.02.913
10HAIERHW-18CT3N1.50051001752.02.913
10HAIERHW-18CH3N1.50051001752.02.913
10HAIERHW-18CH3EN1.50051001752.02.913
10VIDEOCONVWF531.50051001750.02.913
10VOLTAS183 CY1.50048501666.02.913

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RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)EER RatioStar Rating
1PANASONICCW-UC2414YA2.00059502100.02.832
2BLUESTAR2W24LA2.00058502080.02.812
3HITACHIRAV322HSD2.00061602200.02.802
3HITACHIRAV222HUD2.00061602200.02.802
4VOLTAS40111212.00060002214.02.712
5GENERALAXGT24AATH2.00061002295.02.661
6CARRIERGWRAC024DR0302.00060502280.02.651
6CARRIERGWRAC024DRe0302.00060502280.02.651
6VOLTAS40111442.00060002265.02.651
7HITACHIRAT222HSD2.00061602350.02.621
8LGLWA6CP1F2.00058602250.02.601
9HITACHIRAW222KTD2.00061602425.02.541
9HITACHIRAW122KUD2.00061602425.02.541
10MIDEAMWF11-21CR-QB62.00060382396.02.521

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RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)EER RatioStar Rating
1RECONNECTRHSAG10021.00035001045.03.353
2HITACHIRAU412HTD1.00035171070.03.293
2HITACHIRAU412KTDP1.00035171070.03.293
2HITACHIRAU412KTDC1.00035171070.03.293
2HITACHIRAU312HUD1.00035171070.03.293
2HITACHIRAU312HUDP1.00035171070.03.293
2ONIDAS123FLT-L1.00034501050.03.293
2ONIDAS123TRD1.00035161070.03.293
2ONIDAS123CHR1.00035161070.03.293
2ONIDAS123DFL1.00035161070.03.293
2ONIDAS123FLT-N1.00035161070.03.293
2ONIDAS123TRDN1.00035161070.03.293
2ONIDAS123SMH1.00034501050.03.293
2SAMSUNGAR12HC3USNB1.00035001065.03.293
2SAMSUNGAR12HC3ESLW1.00035001065.03.293
2SAMSUNGAR12HC3TFUR1.00035001065.03.293
2SAMSUNGAR12HC3USUQ1.00035001065.03.293
3HITACHIRAU412HTDD1.00033801030.03.283
3HITACHIRAU312HUDD1.00033801030.03.283
3HITACHIRAU312KUDB1.00033801030.03.283
4ONIDAS123CUR1.00035161075.03.273
5KORYOKF14KSIAO093S0.7502640809.03.263
6DAIKINFTC35PRV161.00033501030.03.253
6DAIKINFTC35PRV161.00033501030.03.253
6ONIDAS093FLT-L0.8002600800.03.253
6ONIDAS093SMH0.8002600800.03.253
6WHIRLPOOL3D COOL DELUXE III1.00034001046.03.253
7MITSUBISHI ELECTRICMS-HK13VA1.00034001050.03.243
8IFBIACS12KA3TC1.00035851110.03.233
8MITSUBISHI ELECTRICMS-HK10VA0.7502600805.03.233
9LLOYDLS9A3LN0.8002850884.03.223
10KORYOKF14KSIAO123S1.00032861023.03.213

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RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)EER RatioStar Rating
1HITACHIRAU318HUDZ11.50053621630.03.293
1HITACHIRAU318HUDP1.50053621630.03.293
1HITACHIRAU318HUD1.50053621630.03.293
1ONIDAS183SMH1.50052001580.03.293
1ONIDAS183FLT-N1.50052751605.03.293
1ONIDAS183FLT-L1.50052001580.03.293
1ONIDAS183DFL1.50052751605.03.293
1ONIDAS183CHR1.50052751605.03.293
1ONIDAS183FLT-LA1.50052001580.03.293
2ONIDAS183TRD-LA1.50052001590.03.273
2RECONNECTRHSAG15021.50051001560.03.273
3DAIKINFTC50PRV161.50052201605.03.253
3ONIDAS183TRDN1.50052751625.03.253
3ONIDAS183CUR1.50052751625.03.253
3ONIDAS183TRD1.50052751625.03.253
4BLUESTAR3HW18HAF1.50049501530.03.243
4KORYOKF14KSIAO183S1.50052681628.03.243
4WHIRLPOOLD COOL DELUXE III31.50052501620.03.243
4WHIRLPOOL3D COOL DLX PLUS III1.50053501651.03.243
5CARRIERNovello Plus1.50050501570.03.223
6HITACHIRAU318HUDG1.50052331630.03.213
6VOLTAS183 MYi1.50049001526.03.213
6VOLTAS183 DY1.50049001526.03.213
7HITACHIRAU318HUDD1.50052001625.03.203
7HITACHIRAU318KUDB1.50052001625.03.203
7HITACHIRAU318HUDZ1.50052001625.03.203
7IFBIACS18KA3TP1.50050651585.03.203
7LGLSA5VF3M1.50051751615.03.203
7LGLSA5AT3M1.50051751615.03.203
7LGLSA5ES3M1.50051751615.03.203
7LGLSA5NR3F41.50051751615.03.203
7LGLSA5AR3M41.50051751615.03.203
7LGLSA5MR3M41.50051751615.03.203
7LGLSA5ZR3M41.50051751615.03.203
7LGLSA5EG3M1.50051751615.03.203
7LGLSA5EW3M1.50051751615.03.203
7LGLSA5AP3M1.50051751615.03.203
7LGLSA5TM3M1.50051751615.03.203
7LGLSA5VP3M1.50051751615.03.203
7LGLSA5SP3M1.50051751615.03.203
7LGLSA5MP3M1.50051751615.03.203
7LGLSA5NP3F1.50051751615.03.203
7TRANETSR18MW4BSFC2.AA14CC1.50052171630.03.203
7VOLTAS153 CY1.20038501203.03.203
8IFBIACS18KA3TC1.50051051605.03.183
8VIDEOCONVSD531.50052501650.03.183
9LLOYDLS19A3PN1.50051921639.03.173
10BLUESTAR3HW18JBG1.50050001580.03.163
10BLUESTAR3HW18JBR1.50050001580.03.163
10BLUESTAR3HW18JB1.50050001580.03.163
10SAMSUNGAR18HC3TXNC1.50050001580.03.163
10SAMSUNGAR18HC3EXLW1.50050001580.03.163
10SAMSUNGAR18HC3UXNB1.50050001580.03.163
10SAMSUNGAR18HC3UXUQ1.50050001580.03.163
10SAMSUNGAR18HC3TYUR1.50050001580.03.163

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RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)EER RatioStar Rating
1HITACHIRAU424ETD2.00070202134.03.293
1HITACHIRAU324EUDA2.00070202134.03.293
1HITACHIRAU324HUD2.00070202134.03.293
1HITACHIRAU424ETDGD2.00070202134.03.293
1HITACHIRAU424HTDW2.00070202134.03.293
1HITACHIRAU424HTD2.00070202134.03.293
2ONIDAS243FLT-N2.00066002010.03.283
2ONIDAS243FLT-LA2.00065001980.03.283
3DAIKINFTC60PRV161.80064001970.03.253
4HITACHIRAU324HUDG2.00069772160.03.233
4SAMSUNGAR24HC3TFUR2.00063001950.03.233
5CARRIERKurve2.00065002020.03.223
6GODREJGSC 24 FW 3 WNU2.00061001900.03.213
6HITACHIRAU323HUDD2.00067502100.03.213
6HITACHIRAU323HUDDZ2.00067502100.03.213
7HITACHIRAU423KTDB2.00067502110.03.203
7HITACHIRAU323KUDB2.00067502110.03.203
7VOLTAS243 CYa2.00061001906.03.203
8BLUESTAR3HW24FA2.00063652000.03.183
8LGLSA6EG3M2.00063502000.03.183
8LGLSA6SP3M2.00063502000.03.183
8LGLSA6MP3M2.00063502000.03.183
8LGLSA6ES3M2.00063502000.03.183
8LGLSA6EW3M2.00063502000.03.183
8LGLSA6TM3M2.00063502000.03.183
8LGLSA6VP3M2.00063502000.03.183
8LGLSA6NP3F2.00063502000.03.183
8LGLSA6AP3M2.00063502000.03.183
9BLUESTAR3HW24VC2.00060501910.03.173
9CARRIER42KGN-024P + 51MSN-024BB2.00059001860.03.173
9HITACHIRAU324HUDAG2.00074502350.03.173
9MITSUBISHI ELECTRICMS-HK24VA2.00064002020.03.173
10PANASONICCS-UC24QKY3/CU-UC24QKY32.00065002060.03.163
10PANASONICCS-YC24QKY3/CU-YC24QKY32.00065002060.03.163
10RECONNECTRHSAG20022.00065002060.03.163

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RankBrandModelTonnageCooling Capacity (in Watts)Power Consumption (in Watts)EER RatioStar Rating
1HITACHIRAU330HTD2.50087252825.03.092
1HITACHIRAU230HUD2.50087252825.03.092
2PANASONICCS-YC36PKY/CU-YC36PKY3.00097003190.03.042
3MITSUBISHI ELECTRICMS-H30VA2.50078002800.02.791

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


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  1. Abhay says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Thanks for your advise. Please advise 2.0 T of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries SRK25CKS 6 – 5 star is better or Carrier Duraedge K+ – 3 star is better. What is the pros and cons of both if you can advise.

  2. Abhay says:

    Please advise 2.0 T of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries SRK25CKS 6 5 star is better or Carrier Duraedge K+ 3 star is better. Both has been suggested by the Shopkeeper. Please advise Pros and Cons of both and if there is any other better brand option than this?. Looking for AC to work 3 – 4 hrs daily in summer only and in afternoon time. At night depends as this AC will be fitted in Living area so maybe 1 – 2 hrs running at night but in summer only.
    I am staying in Navi Mumbai – 6th floor Living room west facing. Top floor is 7th floor.

  3. Monty says:

    I have an old Voltas 1.5 ton window AC (no star rating). I want to buy a 1.5 ton split inverter AC as our usage is pretty high (10 hours in moderate and 16-18 hours in peak summers). Which companies are good and reliable for inverter split ACs? I have almost finalized Daikin in my mind as i have heard lot of good things about it. Here are my queries:

    1) Please suggest some good models for 1.5 ton inverter ACs (no Samsung please) with ranking if possible.
    2) How is (O)General inverter ACs. I have heard that General ACs provide the best cooling.
    3) Approx how much electricity (and money) will i save by upgrading over my existing AC?

    Also, you have not rated the top 10 inverter ACs, can we expect a list of the same soon? Thanks a lot for your help!

  4. Monty says:

    I have an old Voltas 1.5 ton window AC (no star rating). I want to buy a 1.5 ton split inverter AC as our usage is pretty high (10 hours in moderate and 16-18 hours in peak summers). Which companies are good and reliable for inverter split ACs? I have almost finalized Daikin in my mind as i have heard lot of good things about it. Here are my queries:

    1) Please suggest some good models for 1.5 ton inverter ACs (no Samsung please) with ranking if possible.
    2) Approx how much electricity (and money) will i save by upgrading over my existing AC?

    Also, you have not rated the top 10 inverter ACs, can we expect a list of the same soon? Thanks a lot for your help!

    • Monty says:

      Please see my other question about (O)General too, thanks!

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,
      So here are my responses
      1) You can look at these 1.5 ton inverter ACs

      Brand Model EER Ratio (Cooling)
      Hitachi RAU019CVEA 3.5
      Hitachi RAU019IVEA 3.5
      Hitachi RAU019AVEA 3.5
      Daikin FTKM50PRV16 3.5
      Hitachi RAU019EUEA 3.5
      Hitachi RAU018IUEA 3.5
      LG BS-Q186C8R6 3.5
      Sharp AH-XP18PHT 3.5
      Sharp AH-XP18PMT 3.5
      Sharp AH-X18PET 3.5
      SHARP AH-XP18MV 3.5
      Hitachi RAU018HVEA 3.5
      O General ASGA18JCC 3.5
      Hitachi RAU018HUEA 3.5

      2) Your old AC would be consuming about 1.6 units/hr (or more if it is not maintained well). Above mentioned Inverter ACs would save 50-60%. So you would save about 0.8 units/hr. If you use it for 16hrs then it is about 13 units savings per day. At Rs5/unit you would save Rs70 per day.

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  5. nandita says:

    Are LG & Voltas ACs are durable as comparison with samsung?

  6. Abhay says:

    In 2 Ton A/C which is best, staying in navi mumbai. Room size of Living Room (Hall) abt 15’x16′ at 6th floor. Top Floor is 7th Floor. Room West facing. A/C will be used may be 3 – 4 hrs a day in summer only.
    Please suggest make and model to buy.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,
      2 ton ACs are right size for your room, You can look at these BEE 3star 2 ton ACs for your room.

      Brand name Model Number EER(W/W)
      CARRIER KURVE (2.0T) 3.39
      CARRIER ESTRELLA (2.0T) 3.38
      CARRIER NOVELLO PLUS (2.0T) 3.35
      CARRIER DURAEDGE PLUS K+ (2.0T) 3.31
      HITACHI RAU424ETD 3.29
      HITACHI RAU424HTD 3.29
      HITACHI RAU424HTDW 3.29
      HITACHI RAU324EUDA 3.29
      HITACHI RAU324HUD 3.29
      HITACHI RAU324IVD 3.29
      WHIRLPOOL 3D COOL DLX III(2 T) 3.24
      HITACHI RAU324HUDG 3.23
      SAMSUNG AR24HC3TFUR 3.23
      HITACHI RAU323HUDD 3.21
      HITACHI RAU323HUDDZ 3.21
      GENERAL ASGA24ACT 3.2

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      • anand says:

        hi abhishek ,
        i am frm pune lokking for good a/c .my room size is 110 sq ft. top floor.annual usage 600 hrs.(mostly night time).
        pls suggest

        anand

  7. Surinder says:

    Hello Abhishek
    I want to buy a Split 1.5 ton AC for my bedroom. Room size is 11*12 and it is on the ground floor. there is a floor above on it. there is no direct sunlight.I live in Mohali (Punjab) in Punjab. Electricty cut and voltage is main problem.Average usage of 8-10 hrs per day for 5-6 months a year. Pls suggest me AC

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Surinder,

      As per my calculations you need 1.2 ton cooling for your room or 1 ton inverter AC. You can look at these ACs:

      1.2 ton BEE 5 star split AC:
      Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514HUDD or RAU514HUD or RAU514EUDA
      Voltas 1.2T 155 CY

      1 ton inverter ACs:
      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

      Inverter AC would be most electricity saving for you. However if you have power fluctuations in your area, you will have to go for a voltage stabilizer with surge protection for inverter AC. Even for regular AC you would need a voltage stabilizer.

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  8. Praveer Surana says:

    Looking for a AC for 10x13x10 room at Bhandup W (Mumbai) south-west facing room on 10th floor in a 30-storey tower. Usage of 8-10 hours a day through out the year. Am confused between Daikin FTF35 (32k + inst 5k), Panasonic sapphire 5 star (32k with installation), Hitachi kampa 5 star (32k + installation 2k) and Samsung 1 ton triangular inverter (35k + installation 5k). Want best of all worlds- price, durability, economical operation, looks and brand value. Have Hitachi ACE FMS 5 star 1.5 ton in another room – good but little noisy.
    Would be really grateful if you can guide me.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,
      You must go for 1 ton inverter AC, Your usage is very high and tarif in Mumbai is very high. Inverter ACs will save you 30% more than BEE 5 star ACs, In Mumbai we recommend people to go for inverter ACs if the usage is more than 900 hours/year. Among the models you have listed I would suggest to go for Samsung 1 ton triangular inverter AC. Based on your usage you will recover the extra cost in few months.

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      • Praveer Surana says:

        Thanks, Abhishek. Is Samsung inverter good value for money? They do not seem to offer copper condenser. Can I get a better brand within same or little more price? Regards

  9. vinoth says:

    hi sir i am new to buying a split ac ..i am frm chennai ..i dont know how to find the gud air conditioner my bed room is at ground floor its in the size of 10X10 feets i am frm chennai.. pls give me a solution of gud split ac for this size of room

  10. Ankur Agrawal says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    I live in a multi-story apt in Noida, in an intermediate floor. We have full length screen doors facing the sun all day, so things can get pretty hot.
    A couple of questions:
    – Daikin’s 2 models – FTKP and FTKM: the only difference seems to be EER. How to decide whether spending the extra 5k is worth it in power savings? Couldn’t really figure out from the net.
    – It seems that Sharp X18PET is a pretty good model. Does it also have blue fin aluminium? Couldn’t figure out from the net. From your other responses I understand that pretty much no one has 100% copper or 100% aluminium. So as long as the aluminium parts are coated with anti-corrosive layer, aluminium is actually better?

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,
      Here are my responses:
      1) We can evaluate the two models for power saving if you can provide the usage of AC in hrs/day and months/year.
      2) Sharp website does not mention that there ACs have blue fin aluminium or not. You can go to a store and ask them to show the outdoor unit of the AC, If it has blue coloured fins it will appear blue from outside. Prefer buying an AC with blue fin condenser.

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      • Ankur Agrawal says:

        Abhishek,
        Thanks for your response. I was hoping to get the basic approach, and would have done the work myself :-)
        But if you’ll do it for me, that works too! Usage would be mostly at night, about 8 hours, and for about 5 months in an year.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi,
          FTKP 1.5 ton model would consume about 0.93 units/hr and FTKM would consume about 0.84 units/hr. Difference is just about 0.09 units. So for a usage of 8 hrs/day at 5 months total units saving would be about 108 units. If your tariff is Rs10 you would recover the 5k in 5 years.

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    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,
      Here are my responses:
      1) We can evaluate the two models for power saving if you can provide the usage of AC in hrs/day and months/year.
      2) Sharp website does not mention that there ACs have blue fin aluminium or not. You can go to a store and ask them to show the outdoor unit of the AC, If it has blue coloured fins it will appear blue from outside. Prefer buying an AC with blue fin condenser.

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  11. binu says:

    this is binu from kerala,kollam district.I need an Ac for my shop of area 230sqft which is in the top floor of a two story building with glass area (10 ft by 8 ft ) facing north side.I am planning for an inverter type AC because almost 12hrs per day will be working.So am thinking about 2 ton but some salesmen said me that 1.5ton inverter type is sufficient for my need.I am doubtful about this.I have also doudt about 2ton for 230 sqft.So please advice me to get a correct AC for my shop. thanks in advance

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,
      I think 2 ton inverter ACs would be good for you, 1.5 ton AC would be too small for your shop.
      You can look at these 2 ton inverter ACs:

      Brand Model EER Ratio (Cooling)
      Mitsubishi Electric MSY-GE24VA 3.61
      Hitachi RAU023EUEA 3.56
      Hitachi RAU024CVEA 3.55
      Hitachi RAU024IVEA 3.55
      Hitachi RAU024AVEA 3.55
      LG BS-Q246C8R3 3.52
      LG BS-Q246C8A2 3.52
      LG BSA24IMA 3.52
      Samsung AR24HV5NBWK 3.51
      Hitachi RAU023HVEA 3.5

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  12. amit says:

    hi,
    i would like to know which of inverter ac’s of 4 models of sharp is best in efficiency and what is the difference.
    how is sharp waranty and after sales..

  13. Deep patel says:

    Hello,

    I am leaving in baroda (gujarat), plan to buy a AC for room size (L x B x H) 16 x 12 x 10 ft , ground floor and there is no floor above it. can you suggest the which one would be best for aprox 1350 hours usage/ year. looking for best energy efficient model.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,

      Your room needs 1.8 tons of cooling. Or if you want to go for inverter tech then a 1.5 ton inverter AC would be fine. As per your usage you should go for at least BEE 5 star rated AC. You can look at these:

      BEE 5 star rated 1.8 ton models:
      HITACHI RAU520IUD
      HITACHI RAU520HUD
      HITACHI RAU520ITD
      DAIKIN FT60MV16
      DAIKIN FTF60PRV16

      Or you can look at these 1.5 ton inverter ACs:
      Samsung AR18HV5DAWK
      Hitachi RAU019CVEA
      Hitachi RAU019IVEA
      Hitachi RAU019AVEA
      Hitachi RAU019EUEA
      Daikin FTKM50PRV16
      Hitachi RAU018IUEA
      LG BS-Q186C8R6
      Sharp AH-XP18PHT
      Sharp AH-XP18PMT
      Sharp AH-X18PET
      SHARP AH-XP18MV
      Hitachi RAU018HVEA
      Samsung AR18HC5EXLZ
      Samsung AR18HV5NFWK
      O General ASGA18JCC

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  14. Mitesh says:

    Hi,

    Need review on Kenstar Air conditioners recently launched on Amazon.in
    Kenstar KSM55.WN1 Split AC (1.5 Ton, 5 Star Rating, White)
    Kenstar KSM35.WN1 Split AC (1 Ton, 5 Star Rating, White)

    Need following details:
    Performance
    Energy consumption
    Heat related problems (if any)
    Do you recommend for this product?

  15. Nalin says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    I am from Indore (MP)
    I want to buy a ac. My room size is 10′ x 12′ at ground floor. Room is North-West facing. No direct sunlight. Outdoor unit can install in porch (North-East side).
    Please give your suggestions about Samsung AR12HC5TDURNNA (1 ton). Is this a right choice or suggest another.
    http://www.samsung.com/in/consumer/home-appliances/air-conditioner/split-air-conditioner/AR12HC5TDURNNA

    thx,
    Nalin

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      HI Nalin,

      1 ton is the right size for your room assuming the ceiling does not get direct sunlight. How much is your usage of AC? You have chosen a BEE 5 star rated AC which is good. But if your usage of AC is more than 1500 hrs/year then I would recommend you going for inverter tech AC. Samsung is a good brand by the way.

  16. Prasanthi Kothapalli says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I want to buy a Air Conditioner . we are from west godavari district , Andra pradesh. the Area is near to the sea so we have more humidity.
    our house is an independent house with 2 floors ( ground floor, 1st floor). We are in 1st floor with ceiling.
    our bed room one wall is facing west but we hardly get sunlight into the room. Just 1 window of the Bed room is exposed to sun light. We have more humidity rather than the sun light. our room size is 10 X 10 Sq feet.
    our usage 5 to 6 hours in a day.
    please help me with the best air conditioner which satisfies our need. I want to buy more efficient and durable AC with less power consumption.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Prasanthi,

      As per my calculations you need 1.2 tons of cooling for your room or if you want to go for inverter tech AC then 1 ton inverter tech AC would be fine. Here are some ACs that you can look at:

      1.2 ton BEE 5 star split AC:
      Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514HUDD or RAU514HUD or RAU514EUDA
      Voltas 1.2T 155 CY

      1 ton inverter ACs:
      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

      If your usage is only at night then even a 1 ton regular AC would work well. Here are some BEE 5 star rated 1 ton ACs that you can look at:

      Godrej GSC 12 FG 8 MOG or GSC 12 FG 6 BNG
      Samsung AR12HC5TCNC or AR12HC5TDUR
      Panasonic CS-XC12QKY
      Mitsubishi Electric MS-GL13VF
      Daikin FTF35PRV16

      1 ton inverter AC would be most energy saving as well as effective even during the day time. However if you have voltage fluctuations in your area, you should go for voltage stabilizer with surge protection feature for your AC.

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  17. joe says:

    Hi . I have brought mistibushi split AC 5 star rating .. it’s written 3.60 EER . I would like to know what will be the power consumption if I use it for an average period of 8 hrs per day

    Thanks

    Joe

  18. Arijit Bhowmick says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am planning to buy a 1.5 ton AC. I live in Kolkata where the temperatures can reach 42-45 in summer. My room size is approx 130 sq ft. The room is east-south facing and is on the first floor(top floor). My budget is Rs 30000 – Rs 35000 (max). I am expecting an average consumption of 3-4 hrs a day.

    Can you please suggest something.

    Thanks.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Bhowmick,

      You need 1.5 ton AC for your room during peak summer day time. You can look at these ACs:

      LG LSA5PW5M
      GODREJ GSC 18 FG 5 WNG
      GODREJ GSC 18 FT 5 WNG
      PANASONIC CS-KC18PKY-1/CU-KC18PKY-1
      SAMSUNG AR18HC5USUQ
      VOLTAS 1.5T 185 CY
      VOLTAS 1.5T 185 CYa
      VOLTAS 1.5T 185 EYS N
      VOLTAS 1.5T 185 MY
      HITACHI RAU518KTDB

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      • Arijit Bhowmick says:

        Hi Abhishek,

        Thanks a lot for your advice. One last question. If you had to pick one amongst the ones you have mentioned, considering the EER and the budget, which one would you pick ?

        Thanks again.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hello Mr Bhowmick,

          You can pick anyone of them based on the feedback that you get in your city on the service of various brands over there. I would not be able to comment on that.

  19. Raj says:

    Hi Abhishek

    Based on your suggestions was looking up details on the inverter ac brands Hitachi, daikin etc which you had suggested based on EER and electricity consumption etc

    Well several consumer reports online seemed to suggest that the EER etc claimed by the respective companies did not really match up in their tests. Only Dailin ( among the top list you suggested) appeared to have passed the tests ….specifically Hitachi & O general did not….

    Are you recommendations only based on the stated EER etc given by the company concerned or have you also evaluated the other factors such as those mentioned above….

    Thanks

    Raj

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Raj,

      When I recommend models I look at these things:

      1) First thing is EER (stated): For the models that are there on BEEs list, I assume that they are valid as they have to go through BEE’s authorized test centers. However many models from almost all reputed brands have sometime or the other failed retest post BEE certification and BEE has stripped them of their star rating. But that does not mean that we cannot trust brands or BEE ratings. If we do not trust them we will not be able to buy any AC because almost all brands have had issues sometime or the other.

      2) Brand value: From our sources and surveys we try to find the most popular and reliable brands. After the EER filter I try to apply the brand filter. Now brand value is very subjective and some people may have had a bad experience with certain brand while some others may prefer that brand. And that is why it is called brand value. So I try to suggest models from 5-6 brands so that people can have choice and they can pick the brand they prefer. So if you do not like Hitachi do not pick it up. But if you love it, then it is great.

      3) Technology: We also try to look at the type of compressor, refrigerant, longevity, durability. For e.g. people have concerns regarding aluminium vs copper. Aluminium models are more energy efficient but if they are not coated with anti corrosion compounds, they tend to fail faster in some locations due to corrosion (not all locations). So if someone has specific requirements, we also try to look at that.

      But we do not have a real test data of each and every model. We rely on what the manufacturers have provided in their manual. We trust what manufacturers have provided because if they have built a brand in all these years most likely it is not on lies. One off cases happen with every manufacturer as we have seen with some models being stripped of their star ratings.

  20. Anto says:

    Dear Abhishek,

    First let me thank you for your service and patience.

    I live in Chennai and I am planning to buy 1.5T Daikin Inverter FTKD – R22 AC (Imported Model). Most of your reviews you had recommended FTKV series with R32 refrigerant. I am a bit confused now. My room size is approx. 140 sq.ft. Kindly advise.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Anto,

      FTKV series or for that matter FTKM series are more energy efficient than FTKD series. FTKD is not bad, but it would be equivalent or slightly better than BEE 5 star rated AC. FTKM and FTKV are much better than BEE 5 star rated ACs. However the choice has to depend on your usage of AC. If usage is high then it is better to go for more efficiency.

  21. Nalin says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I want to buy a ac. My room size is 10′ x 12′ at ground floor. Room is North-West facing. No direct sunlight. Outdoor unit can install in porch (North-East side).
    Please give your suggestions about Samsung AR12HC5TDURNNA (1 ton). Is this a right choice or suggest another.
    http://www.samsung.com/in/consumer/home-appliances/air-conditioner/split-air-conditioner/AR12HC5TDURNNA

    thx,
    Nalin

  22. Bhavesh Parmar says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Need your guidence.
    I need to buy a AC for my parents bed-room ( they are living in Nadiad – Gujarat). In summer it’s real hot.
    actually the heat starts from March up to June middle.
    Size of bed-room is approx. 11*11 feet.
    the room have two sides open – south wall & west wall.(though west wall is covered with varanda/corridor.
    it’s a small bunglow. there is open terrace above this bed-room.
    Budget – within 30K Rs.

    Pls. let me know your suggestions

    Thanks/Bhavesh

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Bhavesh,

      As per my calculations you need about 1.4 tons of cooling for the room. So you will have to go for 1.5 ton AC. If you want something for less than 30K then I would recommend going for Voltas or LG BEE 5 star rated window ACs:

      Voltas 185LY
      Voltas 185MY
      LG LWA5CS5F1

  23. Vinay says:

    Hi Abhisekh.
    Would appreciate your guidance on selecting the right ac for my needs…
    I’m currently staying in Sec-bad. I’m looking for a budget AC(25K to 30K) for my bedroom(12 X 12 feet). Ceiling height 10 feet. Room on the ground floor & has another floor on it. The room has a west facing window which is 4 x 4. My usage in summer is 6 – 8 hrs and in winter probably 3 – 4 hrs. I have zeroed on the below few models. Let me know if I can go for any of these models. VOLTAS 1.2 ton 5 star 155 CY, KENSTAR 1 TON 5 STAR KSM35.WN1 , Lloyd LS 1 TON 5 STAR LS13A5LN, VOLTAS 1 TON 3 STAR 123CYa.
    Please suggest on all parameters like efficiency, power consumption, service, tonnage. I have heard a lot of good feedback for Voltas, also Kenstar & Lloyd also seem to be good on paper. Need your final comments on the choices made by me or any suggestions from your end.
    Thanks a lot
    Viny

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Vinay,

      You need 1.2 tons of cooling during peak summer day time. You should go for VOLTAS 1.2 ton 5 star 155 CY. That will be better for you.

  24. Manoranjan Kumar says:

    Hello Mr Abhishek

    I am staying in Duplex and my room size is 140 sqft. approximately and is located in the first floor (top floor). I stay in Bhubaneswar which is a coastal city and maximum temperature during summer reaches upto 45 degree and humidity ranges from 60-85 percent during the year.
    I want to purchase a split AC and my budget is within 37000/- (including Voltage Stabiliser). I enquired two to three shops and considering my budget I came to the conclusion that I should go with Voltas-1839Ya-Red model (33,000/-) having 1.5 ton, 3 star power consumption-1634 W and Cooling Capacity-1634 W with Cooper condense and copper pipe.
    However, I thought to take expert view, so kindly suggest me with two to three option (energy effiecient) of which Brand/model would be good for me and which Voltage stabiliser would be the better option. Further, running hour of AC will be 8 hours in summer season (4-5 hr in day & 3-4 in night) while in other season it will be 2-3 hrs.

    With Regards
    Manoranjan

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Manoranjan,

      You need a 1.5 ton AC for your room. So your calculation is right. However your usage of AC is high and so I would have recommended you to go for BEE 5 star rated AC (to save electricity). However it will be difficult to get a BEE 5 star rated AC in your budget. So the model you have chosen is a decent one in BEE 3 star rating. You can get more efficient models if you can increase your budget.

  25. Raj says:

    Hi Abhishek….thanks a lot for your suggestions.

    Yes I will go in for an inverter ac as you suggested. A few more follow on questions….

    – Regarding placement of the outside unit….how would the servicing person get to the unit if set up in a grill kind of unit on the first floor?

    – Can i assume that the ac models in the list you have given are in order of preference i.e the first choice could be the Hitachi model mentioned and next the Daikin etc

    – My room size is approx 180-200sq ft with limited direct sunlight – is a 1.5 ton ac the correct size given that i am now considering the inverter acs?

    – what is the difference between the Hitachi Ace and Hitachi KAmpam models ? also the kampan models have three options 200/300/400 what is the difference. Which would you recommend

    Appreciate your help in understanding the above issues

    Thanks a lot

    Raj

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Here is my response:

      1) Typically these grills are made strong enough for a person to stand on them. It becomes a kind of extension and is screwed hard on the wall. The window should have decent space for a person to go out and stand on this grill. If there is none then other option is that the person should be able to take stairs and climb up to this grill.

      2) The list is based on decreasing EER (or energy efficiency ratio). Hitachi has the models with highest EER followed by Daikin. You can go by your brand preference amongst these most efficient ACs.

      3) 1.5 ton inverter AC is right size for your room.

      4) Hitachi has come up with new inverter models Kashikoi 400i,300i and 200i. They have not put the technical specifications of these models on their website for anyone to compare. I have written to them asking for the same and I am waiting for their response. But without knowing the tech specs I would not recommend them. Hitachi Ace is last years model which is still available and till a month back was their most efficient inverter AC model.

    • raj says:

      Thanks a lot Abhishek for your guidance rgds Raj

  26. Hiren says:

    You still have missed Mitsubishi Acs….

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Hiren,

      We have not applied any subjectivity in the list above. It is purely based on data from Bureau of Energy efficiency on power consumption by various ACs.

  27. Raj says:

    Hi Abhishek…

    Would appreciate your guidance on selecting the right ac for my needs…

    I’m in Chennai, on the first floor…the building has 3 floors

    I have figured I need a 1.5 ton ac – my usage is 12 hours daily for about 9 months of the year

    Given that the usage and the long term life of the ac…I’m open to getting the best in the market

    2 Questions…

    a)Is it feasabile to get a split ac…in which case how does the outside unit get serviced…at the first floor level? or would it be better to place the outside unit on the terrace above the third floor?

    b) what would be your recommendation in terms of the 3 best acs in split and in window – as mentioned pricing is not a constratint…

    Look forward to hearing from you at the earliest….

    Thanks in advance

    Raj

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Your usage of AC is extremely high. You should go for an inverter technology air conditioner of 1.5 ton (if your need is 1.5 ton). You should put outdoor unit at the first floor level. On the terrace it can get a lot of direct sunlight that can reduce its efficiency. If there is no balcony to put the outdoor unit, you will have to get a iron frame fabricated so that it can be put on the window on which the outdoor unit will be put. The frame should be sturdy enough for a person to stand on it. You should go for split ACs and you can look at these:

      Hitachi Ace or Kampa inverter 1.5 ton
      Daikin FTKM50PRV16
      Samsung AR18HV5DAWK
      LG BS-Q186C8R6
      Sharp AH-XP18PHT, AH-XP18PMT, AH-X18PET, AH-XP18MV
      Samsung AR18HV5NFWK

  28. Peeyush says:

    Helo sir, Finally I have decide to buy sharp ac, found their reviews much better than Daikin but i am confused between these two models, kindly help to select
    1. Sharp 1.5 Ton InverterAH-XP18MV (Refrigerant- R-410)
    2. Sharp 1.5 Ton Inverter AH-X18PET (dont know, tell me if u know about its refrigerant)

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      HI Peeyush,

      All Sharp models have same refrigerant and similar EERs. Just the technologies for indoor air quality differ. One may have plasmacluster and other may not.

  29. NIKUNJ KORADIA says:

    Hello Friend ,
    I am living in upleta taluka ..dist rajkot (Gujrat)..my bedroom size16×14 ft .. I want energy saver ac.. Which company give give better service in my taluka ? Prize is not so important but want much lower electricity bill ..thanks.. I want purchase in few days..

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr KORADIA,

      Is your room on top floor or ground floor? I want to understand this because I want to know if you get direct sunlight on your ceiling or not. Also do you get any direct sunlight on west or south wall? You should purchase inverter technology air conditioner if you want to save electricity.

    • NIKUNJ KORADIA says:

      Thanks
      My room is on top and east , west and south walls are faces direct sun light…which company is best..? Today i visit samsung and Mitsubishi .. Samsung’s new model AR18JAV5HATQN is better or not or i should go to other ?

      • Abhishek Jain says:

        Your room is quite big and as per my calculations you need 2.4 tons of cooling for your room. If you go for inverter AC then you need 2.2 ton inverter AC. This is to cool your room during peak summer day time. Even at night you would need about 2 tons of cooling for the whole room. You can look at these 2.2 ton inverter ACs that can save quite a lot of electricity for you:

        Daikin has these 3 2.2 ton inverter ACs: FTKD71FVM & FTXS71FVMA & FTKM71PRV16

        I am not able to find details of Samsung AR18JAV5HATQN online. But a 1.5 ton AC would not be sufficient to cool the room completely. It will just provide local cooling (area close to the AC). Compressor of the AC will work most of the time as it will be undersized.

        • NIKUNJ KORADIA says:

          Yes .. I also not found this model on net.. And showroom has no catalog ..but model is available…
          Thanks i will follow your instructions…

  30. prasad says:

    Dear Abhishek,

    Thanks for your previous reply. My flat is on 25th floor at Thane, Mumbai. There are two more floors above. I have three bedrooms of following description:

    Room 1 150 sqft north east facing with morning sun for 1-2 hrs, 9 ft ceiling height in all rooms

    Room 2 130 sqft, south west facing with evening sun for a couple of hours.

    Room 3 110 sqft north facing, no direct sunlight.

    I have decided to buy inverter acs for all three rooms as usage will be adequate. Budget is no restriction but efficiency is. Kindly suggest tonnage and brands for inverter ACs for the three rooms.

    Thanks and regards,

    Prasad

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Prasad,

      I would recommend 1 ton inverter AC for Room 1 and Room 2. And 0.75 ton inverter AC for Room 3. You can look at these:

      0.75 ton inverter ACs:
      Mitsubishi MSY-GE10VA
      Daikin FTKM25PRV16
      Sharp AH-XP10LV
      OGeneral ASGA09JGCA
      Daikin FTKP25PRV16
      O General ASGG09JLCA
      Panasonic CS-YS9PKY
      Daikin FTKE35GV1

      1 ton inverter AC:
      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

  31. Peeyush says:

    okay thanks, yeah there is one floor above but the peak temp goes to 46-48 degree Celsius in day time ( not sure about nights) do you think still inverter technology will work at this much temperature. I agree with your Hitachi model ( but it have R-22 type refrigerant that is slower) and Daikin in inverter ( not sure about their service), sorry to bother you but really don’t know what to do. i read you above comment you refer SHARP AC its reviews are also good but help me out pleaseeeee

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Peeyush,

      Night time temperatures are much lower and that is why I suggested these ACs. By the way R-22 is not slow at all. If you are not convinced about Daikin service then you can certainly go with Sharp. They also have good models. Please note 1 ton inverter AC would not be sufficient for your room if you use it during the day. It will just provide limited cooling during the day. Also if you use it during the day time, you will have to keep it’s fan speed at full.

  32. Venkat says:

    I would like to buy an AC for my master bed room. i stay in an apartment in hyderabad which is an east facing flat and on top of it there are four more floors and my room has a window of 4*4 size which attracts sun light during evening time. my usage can be ranges from 4-10 hrs in a day in the summer period. pls suggest on all parameters like efficiency, power consumption, tonnage and affordability

  33. Avinash says:

    Hello Abhishek,

    Thanks for advice and guidance provided by you on purchasing variety of products. Every time prior to making purchase I read information here and after that makes move. I need your advice on purchasing air conditioner for my bedroom. I live in Akola district where temperature ranges from 38-46 in summer and I do need air conditioner mostly for summer time, around 8 hrs/day and mostly 3-4 months/year. I live in a bungalow. My bedroom is on top floor facing two windows of dimension 5*4 feet both on south and east side with sunlight directly coming from east window. Dimension of room is 10*14 feet. Height of ceiling is 10 feet. I am looking for LG/SAMSUNG/SHARP/HITACHI/VOLTAS/PANASONIC brands with preferably inverter technology or 5 star rating. My budget is at max Rs.45,000/- and looking for sturdy and reliable product. Thanks in advance and waiting for your reply.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Avinash,

      You should go for 1.5 ton inverter AC for your room. You can look at these inverter ACs:

      Sharp AH-XP18PHT
      Sharp AH-X18PET
      Samsung AR18HV5NFWK
      Daikin FTKV50NRV16
      Panasonic CS-YS18PKY
      Llyod LS18DCN
      Carrier Kurve Inverter 1.5 ton

      These inverter ACs may not be the most efficient but will fit in your budget. However they will certainly be more efficient than BEE 5 star rated ACs.

      • Avinash says:

        Thanks Abhishek for your advice !
        What about Sharp AH-XP18MV ? Is it good ?

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          All Sharp 1.5 ton inverter models have same energy efficiency. So you can go for this as well if it is available in market. However this model is not listed on Sharp webste.

          • Avinash says:

            Thank you for saving my day !
            I want to know if I go with Sharp AH-XP18PHT/Sharp AH-X18PET, What would be cost of installation of product ? Distance between Air conditioner indoor and outdoor unit will be at-max 3-4 feet, as there is only wall between air conditioner indoor and outdoor unit. Is there any price chart or any kind of company provided standard receipt which I will get to safeguard myself from unwanted and petty charges ?

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Depends on how the space is on the outside to install it. Piping should be about Rs 250-300 per ft (some brands give about 10-15 ft with the model but some don’t). Typical installation charges are about Rs 1000 or so. However if it is not convenient for doing maintenance where you install the outdoor unit, then you will have to install a grill that can handle human weight and that would cost you about Rs 3000 or so more. This typically happens in a high rise building where there is no balcony and the outdoor unit has to be put outside a window.

  34. Peeyush says:

    Hello sir, i m from punjab, i am very much confused which ac to purchase for 131 ft sq room at ground floor. I planed to buy daikin 1.5 Ton Inverter FTKP50PRV16 then someome told me not to buy inveter ac they are having so much complaints. Now i m confused btw daikin 1.5 inverter or daikin 1.5 ton 5star ac. Please help.
    Also tell me how much differene btw their electricity bills.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      HI Peeyush,

      Can you send us the information about nature of complaints regarding inverter AC? We can try and see what all are myths and what are genuine problems and what can be tackled and what cannot. In general people spread a lot of myths about energy efficient products.

      As far as BEE 5 star rated and Inverter are concerned. Inverter AC would save at least 20-30% over BEE 5 star rated AC. So a 1.5 ton BEE 5 star rated AC would consume approx 1.3 units in an hour then the inverter AC would consume about 1 unit in an hour. If you use the AC for 8 hours in a day, then you save 2.4 units of electricity. If price of electricity per unit in your area is Rs 5 then you save Rs 12 in a day or Rs 360 in a month. If you use it for 5 months in a year you save Rs 1800 in a year. All these numbers will change depending on your usage and tariff.

      • Peeyush says:

        Thanku alost for replying.

        Sir read here
        http://m.mouthshut.com/product-reviews/Daikin-Inverter-AC-reviews-925660518

        Also some dealer told me PCB of inverter ac have more chances to get burnt/damage. Here in pinjab there is lot of flucuations in voltage rest complaints you can read on given link.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Peeyush,

          It is very difficult to find a Brand/Model with lot of positive ratings/feedback on mouthshut.

          As far as PCB getting burnt is concerned, we always recommend people to go for a voltage stabilizer with surge protection along with inverter AC to protect the burning. PCB can only get burnt if there is sudden surge of current that it cannot handle. A good surge protector can prevent it from burning.

        • Peeyush says:

          Okay sir thank you again.
          My room is 135 sq ft and i have to use ac mainluly at nights for 4-5 months in a year. According to you which is is best suitable for me. Actually i used your calculators and for inverter it shows you require .93 for normal it shows 1.2ton and with 1.2 ton how much bill would cost. Or recemmond yourself some good ac. Thanks.

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            HI Peeyush,

            When you say ground floor I assume there are more floors above it. In that case a 135 sq ft room would need about 1.2 tons of cooling or 1 ton inverter AC. Assuming AC will be used for 8 hours at night I would suggest that you go for BEE 5 star rated AC at least. You can look at these ACs:

            Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514HUD or RAU514EUDA
            Whirlpool 3D Cool Series Platinum or 3D COOL PLT V (1.2 T)
            Mitsubishi Electric SRK13CLV-6
            Voltas 1.2T 155 CY
            Haier HSU-15CKAG5N or HSU-15CKBS5N or HSU-15CKAG5N

            If you want inverter AC you can look at these:
            Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
            Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
            Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
            Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
            Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

  35. Prasad says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Thanks for your blog. Would like an advice on ACs. I stay in Thane flat on 25th floor with two floors above me. Morning sun for a couple of hours in my living/dining room of combined area about 300sqft. Ceiling height 9 ft. What tonnage you suggest for a 5 star ac or an inverter ac?

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      You need 2.2 tons of cooling or you can go for 2 ton if you go for inverter AC. How much is your usage of AC in hrs/day and months/year? The choice of star rating or inverter depends on your usage.

  36. Praveen says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    I am Praveen and I am living in Kothagudem. I am looking for a split AC to be used in one of my bedrooms with a north facing wall. It is on ground floor with no floors above and with dimensions 12×12 Feet. I expect an usage of around 4 hrs daily in summer. Last summer temperatures were around 50 °C with the highest being 53 °C. So, it is pretty hot down here.

    could you please suggest the specification that fits the best for this requirement.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Praveen,

      As per my calculations you would need about 1.7 tons of cooling for your room during peak summer day time. How much is your usage of AC in hrs/day and months/year. Also will the AC be used during day time or will it be only for night time? How much is your budget like?

      • Praveen says:

        Hi Abhishek,
        Thank you for quick reply. My expected usage is around 4 hrs per day and will be used for 4 months. It will be used during day time. I am looking for an AC around 40-50k.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          You can look at these:

          Daikin FTC60PRV16 or FT60MV16 or FTF60PRV16
          LG LSA6NP3A
          LG LSA6NP3A1

          These are 1.7/1.8 ton BEE 3 & 4 star rated ACs. Others are mostly BEE 5 star rated and are expensive.

  37. ashwani sharma says:

    hi ,
    i am planning split ac for my first floor drawing room(12x14x10)size room hav 5 doors,what will be size of ac as i thing 2 ton split since room hav no window,ac running will be av 3 hr /day,suggest what star rating reqd,

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Sharma,

      Which city is this for? Are there any more floors on top of this room? Does any of the wall get west/south facing sun during the day? How many months in a year would it be used?

  38. Syed Sharfudeen says:

    Hi Abishek,

    I own O General ASG12ASLCW in my bed room for about 2.5 years, till date i haven’t service this and am very much happy with the AC. No regrets and complaints.

    Now i am planning to buy an AC for my parent room (10*10), can i go for the same O General AC model (the only con is there is no LCD display in split) or would you like to suggest me even the latest, cheap and best one ? The AC usage would be max 3-4 hours in 24 hours that too in summer. your valuable suggestion would be much appreciable.

    • Syed Sharfudeen says:

      Hi Abishek,

      we stay in 1st floor, yes it is 4 story building. I prefer 3 star rating. No direct sunlight to the room. I stay in North Chennai. Maixmum usage would be 3-4 hours for whole day. Pls suggest.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Your consumption of AC is not very high. BEE 3 star rated AC would be fine for it. You need 1 ton AC for the room. You can go for O General ASGA12BMTA

  39. Praveen says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I’m staying in Hyderabad in an independent house on 1st floor above that we have one another floor, thinking to buy two split Ac’s for room dimensions of 10*12*10 and the other one is 12*16*10.

    Please suggest me the brand and star rating which i need to opt for ( i do have Voltas and Blue star in my mind but Blue star seems to be much costlier than Voltas).I have enquired from the dealers of both Voltas and Blue star for 3 star 1.5 ton the price is 32K( including installation and stabilizer) and where as Blue star is 36K. please also suggest me monthly power consumption for both 3 star and 5 star Ac’s and also suggest me any other brands that i need to look for.

    Is it compulsory that i need to go with 1.5 ton A.c in Hyderabad, in summer the Temperature varies from 38-45 at the max.?

    Regards,
    Praveen.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Praveen,

      For the 10x12x10 room you need 1 ton AC and for 12x16x10 you need 1.5 ton AC. The choice of BEE 3 and 5 star will depend on your usage of AC. If your usage is high and you go for BEE 3 star then you will end up paying a lot of electricity bill. And if your usage is low and you go for BEE 5 star rated AC then you pay extra upfront and the time taken by your AC to recover that extra payment (in form of savings) will be long.

      We typically recommend people to go for BEE 3 star split AC if usage is less than 1000 hrs per year and price of electricity less than Rs 5 a unit. If usage is between 1000-1500 hrs per year, then we suggest going for BEE 5 star split and beyond that Inverter Tech split AC. This is for 3 years payback for the extra money you pay to buy the appliance.

      How much is your usage of AC in hrs/day and months/year?

      • Praveen says:

        Hi Abhishek,

        Thanks for the reply, as this is my first AC which i’m buying not sure on the usage, But would think some where around 8 hours/day. Also please suggest me which brand to buy for 1 Ton (3 star, 5 Star) and 1.5 Ton ( 3star, and 5 Star), and if Inverters AC’s then which one to go for.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          For smaller room you can go for 0.75 ton inverter AC. But for bigger room you will have to go for 1.5 ton inverter AC in case you go for inverter AC. Please note that in Hyderabad tariffs are high, so I would scale down 1000 hrs and 1500 hrs in the statement I mentioned earlier to 700 and 1200 hrs. Here are some models for your reference:

          BEE 5 star 1 ton AC:
          Godrej GSC 12 FG 8 MOG or GSC 12 FG 6 BNG
          Samsung AR12HC5TCNC or AR12HC5TDUR
          Whirlpool 3D Cool Climate Control(1 T)
          Panasonic CS-XC12QKY
          Mitsubishi Electric MS-GL13VF
          Daikin FTF35PRV16

          BEE 3 star 1 ton AC:
          Hitachi RAU412HTD or RAU412KTDP or RAU312HUD
          LG LSA3AU3F
          Samsung AR12HC3ESLW or AR12HC3TFUR or AR12HC3USUQ
          Daikin FTC35PRV16

          BEE 5 star 1.5 ton ACs:
          Hitachi RAU514EUDA or RAU514HUD
          Whirlpool 3D Cool Series Platinum
          Godrej GSC 18 FG 6 BNG or GSC 18 FG 6 WNG
          LG LSA5AP5M or LSA5ES5M or LSA5MP5M or LSA5NP5F
          Daikin FTF50PRV16

          BEE 3 star 1.5 ton ACs:
          Hitachi RAU318HUD or RAU318HVD or RAU318EVD
          Mitsubishi MS-H18VA
          Daikin FTC50PRV16
          Bluestar 3HW18HAF

          If you are looking for inverter ACs:

          0.75 ton inverter ACs:
          Mitsubishi MSY-GE10VA
          Daikin FTKM25PRV16
          Sharp AH-XP10LV
          OGeneral ASGA09JGCA
          Daikin FTKP25PRV16
          O General ASGG09JLCA
          Panasonic CS-YS9PKY
          Daikin FTKE35GV1

          1.5 ton inverter ACs:
          Hitachi Ace or Kampa inverter 1.5 ton
          Daikin FTKM50PRV16
          Samsung AR18HV5DAWK
          LG BS-Q186C8R6
          Sharp AH-XP18PHT, AH-XP18PMT, AH-X18PET, AH-XP18MV
          Samsung AR18HV5NFWK

  40. Dhaval says:

    Hello Abhishek
    I’m looking for good Durable & Efficient 1.5T Inverter AC for my office.
    Length 18 Breath 9 Height 9
    No Direct sunlight, window in north, Couple of floors above my office.
    1000 hrs plus usage
    Situated in Rajkot, so summer will be quiet hot
    Efficiency & product reliability is main concern for me.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Dhaval,

      You can look at these ACs:
      Hitachi Ace or Kampa inverter 1.5 ton
      Daikin FTKM50PRV16
      Samsung AR18HV5DAWK
      LG BS-Q186C8R6
      Sharp AH-XP18PHT, AH-XP18PMT, AH-X18PET, AH-XP18MV
      Samsung AR18HV5NFWK

  41. nishita says:

    Hello
    I have to buy 3 split air conditoners for the summer. This includes two 1 ton and one 1.5 ton ac . I do not very expensive or lot of features. I found kenstar ac’s to be very comfortable for my budget . But they do not supply in my city. I have been looking at kelvinator, intec etc.
    Can you give a suggestion on what I could do?
    Thank you.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Nishita,

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

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

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

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

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

  42. deepanshu says:

    Dear Abhishek,

    I am living in Gurgaon on rented on 2nd floor and room dimension is 10×10 Feet and there is no provision for window AC so required split AC.

    Please suggest me for better suggestion and i just wanted to know one more thing which one is better between window and Spilit for cooling purpose.

    And what is difference between 3 star and 5 star.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      You need 1 ton regular AC or 0.75 ton inverter AC for your room. As for star ratings, with every increase in star rating, energy efficiency improves by 7-8%. So BEE 5 star rated AC would be about 15-16% more efficient than BEE 3 star rated AC. Inverter AC is about 20% more efficient than BEE 5 star rated AC of same Energy Efficiency Ratio (or EER). So a good inverter AC would be about 40-50% more energy efficient than BEE 3 star rated AC.

      We typically recommend people to go for BEE 3 star split AC if usage is less than 1000 hrs per year and price of electricity less than Rs 5 a unit. If usage is between 1000-1500 hrs per year, then we suggest going for BEE 5 star split and beyond that Inverter Tech split AC. This is for 3 years payback for the extra money you pay to buy the appliance.

      I would recommend you to look for 0.75 ton inverter AC because they are not very expensive (you can get one in about 30K) and they can save you a lot of electricity. You can look at these:

      Mitsubishi MSY-GE10VA
      Daikin FTKM25PRV16
      Sharp AH-XP10LV
      OGeneral ASGA09JGCA
      Daikin FTKP25PRV16
      O General ASGG09JLCA
      Panasonic CS-YS9PKY
      Daikin FTKE35GV1

      The list above is based on decreasing energy efficiency. The last two would cost about Rs 30K.

      • deepanshu says:

        Thanks abhishek

        Pls advice me if i would preferred 1.5 ton
        Which model is best in 5 star rettings

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Deepanshu,

          I would recommend you to not go for 1.5 ton AC. It will consume lot more electricity than what it should do for the room of your size. Instead if you are not keen on inverter AC then I would suggest you to go for 1 ton BEE 5 star rated AC. You can look at these ACs:

          Godrej GSC 12 FG 8 MOG or GSC 12 FG 6 BNG or GSC 12 FG 6 WNG
          Carrier SUPERIA (1.0T)
          Samsung AR12HC5TCNC or AR12HC5TDUR or AR12HC5ECLZ
          Whirlpool 3D Cool Climate Control(1 T)
          Panasonic CS-XC12QKY/CU-XC12QKY

  43. Vivek says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am Vivek, living in Bangalore, at top floor. There are windows facing north side of home. I get direct sunlight from windows and from roof (heat radiations) which heats the room. Recently i have ordered Bluestar 2 ton AC (5HW24MA1) to cool 266 sq.ft. area.
    My daily usage would be mostly during day for roughly 5-6 hours. I could not get any review or feedback on this model.
    If you could please suggest or provide a feedback on this model.

    Regards
    Vivek

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Vivek,

      As per my calculations your room may need 2.5 tons of cooling during day time. However 2 ton AC should be able to cool great part of the room. It is a BEE 5 star rated AC so I think it is a good choice. It has blue fin hydrophillic evaporator and louvered fin condenser. Just check with the dealer if the “condenser” has anti corrosion coating or not. If it is not there then ask them to do it or get it done. Otherwise the AC should be fine.

  44. Ankit says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    First I would really appreciate your efforts for helping out your readers with your expertise personally on every post.

    I am staying in Hyderabad in an apartment on 3rd floor (it’s a 5 floor building) and want to purchase a split ac for my bedroom size (17 X 12) with a west facing wall. There are 2 windows (5 X 4 and 3 X 4.5) in the room.

    My daily usage would be mostly during nights for roughly 5-6 hours.

    Would a 1.5 ton 3* AC fits my room?

    If not could you please suggest the specification that best fits along with few models that I can go for.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Ankit,

      As per my calculations your room needs 1.7 tons of cooling in peak summer day time. At night 1.5 ton would also be sufficient. If your usage is only at night then 1.5 ton would be fine. The choice of star rating will depend on your yearly usage. How many months will you use the AC?

      • Ankit says:

        Hi Abhishek,

        Thanks for your response.

        My usage will be in summers for roughly 4-5 months and mostly during night.

        I couldn’t find any 1.7 ton ac in the market.

        Could you please suggest me few 1.5 and 1.7 tons ac based on my usage.

        Also do you recommend me going for 2.0 ton ac. If yes, can you suggest some models.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Ankit,

          You should not go for 2 ton AC. Oversizing AC is not good for cooling as well as electricity consumption. As your usage is only at night I think a BEE 3 star 1.5 ton AC would be fine as your usage of AC is less. You can look at these:

          Hitachi RAU318HUD or RAU318EVD or RAU318HVD
          Mitsubishi MS-HL18VF
          Daikin FTC50PRV16 or FTC60PRV16
          Bluestar 3HW18HAF

          • Ankit says:

            Thanks for suggesting these options Abhishek.

            You suggested Bluestar 3HW18HAF. There are 2 other Bluestar options which has copper condenser: 3HW18VC and 3HW18FB1. Would you suggest 3HW18HAF over these 2 models.

            Also from durability point would you suggest Daikin or Bluestar.

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Hi Ankit,

            BEE 3 star rating is a range of Energy Efficiency. 3HW18HAF has EER of 3.24. 3HW18VC has 3.11 and 3HW18FB has 3.16. The difference is not much. You can go for 3HW18FB if you like it. Both Daikin and Bluestar are quite durable and reliable.

  45. Yogesh says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am looking for Split AC to be used in Pune. The apartment is on 5th floor (total 7 floor building). The room has two windows of size (6*5 feet) each. The roo size is 10*11.25 Ft. The room height is 9 to 10 Ft. I am looking for energy efficient model, less noisy operation, less maintenance product. It should also have a automatic temperature control feature (not a muct though). Kindly suggest the tonnage value, the start rating Invertor or Non-Invertor. Also suggest the brand I should consider.
    Thanks for your time.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Yogesh,

      As per my calculations your room needs 0.9 tons of cooling or 0.75 tons if you go for inverter AC. How much is your usage of AC in hrs/day and months/year? Also how much is your budget for this AC?

      • Yogesh says:

        Thank you Abhishek. My usage will be 2/3 hours during a day and 4/5 hours during night and 2-3 months in a year. My budget is up to 30-35K. Looking for a long term invetsment in AC. Will be happeir if the elecriticty consumption is economical.

  46. Venumathan says:

    Dear Abhishek,
    I live in chennai .my house at 1st floor above which no rooms and also sunlight falls on the walls .I am planning to buy a split AC for my bedroom of Size – Around 100 sq ft .Please suggest on the tonnage and star rating recommended .Please suggest on the brand to buy .

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello,

      You need about 1.2 tons of cooling for your room or 1 ton inverter AC. How much is your usage of AC in hrs/day and months/year?

  47. Lokesh says:

    Hi Abhishek, Firstly would like to congratulate you on this commendable job, this site is so informative! And you are a bank of information :)

    I m from pune. I have been looking at buying an A/C and have been told by vijay sales to go for a split a/c 2 ton as I have a living room 18 x 20. Would appreciate if you could help me with deciding which A/C i should opt for. Have have the following queries:
    1) Would window ac be an option as I already have a grilled structure in my window for the same. The window is full lenght from point to point about the size of the living room and with glassed doors and has a shade and the opening to the kitchen is from the Hall itself. The window is south facing.
    2) Is window ac so less efficient as compared to split ac
    3) If no then I have been looking at split model LG LSA6NP3A. I have googled but only can find LSA6NP3F. Is there any difference between the two? And is it a good one to go for.
    4) Any other one you could suggest within the same range.

    Would appreciate your kind suggestions. Thks Lokesh

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Lokesh,

      As per my calculations, an 18×20 room in Pune would need 2.8 tons of cooling if the room is on lower floor (ceiling not exposed to sun) and does not have any wall exposed to direct sun. It would need 3.3 tons of cooling if the room is top floor and walls exposed to sun (mostly west wall). If you go for smaller (2 Ton) AC, then it would not cool the whole room in peak summer day time. But it will surely cool the area that is close to the AC. Only the parts of the room far away from the indoor unit will not feel cool enough. Also being undersized the compressor may have to work more.

      I would not suggest going for window AC because: 1) Window ACs have lower efficiency levels (one level lower). A BEE 5 star rated window AC is equivalent to BEE 4 star rated split AC. 2) There are no BEE 5 star rated 2 ton window ACs as manufacturers have stopped improving window ACs. The only BEE 5 star window ACs are available in 1.5 ton and they are equivalent to BEE 4 star split ACs.

      Now the choice of star rating will depend on your usage of AC. If the usage is high then it will be better to go for higher star ratings. Else lower star ratings would also do. How much is your usage of AC in hrs/day and month/year?

      • Lokesh says:

        Thks a lot Abhishek. My AC usage would be around max 4hr/day 4 mnths/year. I am planning to go for 2 ton as the rest are out of budget. Also pls suggest if LG LSA6NP3A and LSA6NP3F are the same and if its a good one to go for, else please suggest any other model?

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          BEE 3 star 2 ton AC will be fine for you. You can look at any of these ACs:

          Hitachi (RAU424ETD, RAU324EUDA, RAU324HUD)
          Daikin FTC60PRV16
          Carrier Kurve 2 ton AC
          Samsung AR24HC3TFUR
          Voltas 243 CYa
          Bluestar 3HW24FA

  48. Prasad says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I’m planning to buy an AC (Split), need your help in finalising the same.
    – location at Hyderabad, 1st floor of an apartment
    – above 2 more floors are there
    – 12×15 room size
    – west side wall with a window
    – 3 people to stay
    – 2 to 3 hrs of usage per day

    Based on the info provided by you & some small home work done by me also, keeping in view the prevailing climatic conditions, I have shorlisted,
    a/ Hitachi Kaze+ (RAU318HUD)
    b/ Carrier DuraEdge Plus K+
    c/ Voltas – 183DY & 183CY

    I came to know that both the above Hitachi & Carrier models come with complete copper Condenser & copper connecting pipes but, no clarity on Voltas as it says only inner groove is of copper. All the above models are 1.5T with 3star rating & I want to go in for complete copper model since it gives quick cooling. Is there in Voltas any such with complete copper model?

    Kindly advice me with the final model to go in for from the above or any other suitable model you would like to suggest based on the above specifications.

    Thanks & Regards
    Prasad

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Prasad,

      Your calculation and assessment is right. You should go for BEE 3 star 1.5 ton AC for your room. As far as condenser is concerned, there are two types: 1) Tube and Fin type 2) PFC (Parallel Flow Condenser). PFC is mostly 100% aluminium and is not much durable although highly energy efficient. Tube and Fin that are available in market are mostly copper tube and aluminium fins. A regular tube and fin with copper tube and aluminium fin is prone to galvanic corrosion. But Fins that are coated with anti corrosion protective layer are durable (they are also called blue fin condenser). Aluminium is used because it is great heat conductor and is cheap as well. So if you get a model with copper tube and blue fins it is durable. Most brands these days have Copper tube with blue fins: Hitachi has that, Voltas has that. Carrier is the only one that claims 100% copper. If you really want 100% copper than you can go for Carrier DuraEdge. Else Hitachi model will be more energy efficient.

  49. Hemesh Maradiya says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    good morning kindly advice

    I live in Gandhinagar, Gujarat and want to buy AC
    my particular below

    I want to install AC room situate GF in two storey house

    only one wall facing sunlight in morning to noon( i.e. one wall facing eastern direction)
    room size is 10 ft.*11 ft.*11 ft = 1210 cu. ft
    .
    one window facing eastern derection size is 6 ft*4 ft.

    use of AC in month of April to June (only three month)and daily use is approximately 8 hrs/day
    looking to above detail
    please kindly suggest

    (1) size of AC (i.e. 1.2 ton or 1.5 ton )
    (2) invertor AC or non invertor AC
    (3) if non Invertor please suggest star rating looking to my usage
    (5) copper coil or aluminium coil
    (6) if I buy invertor AC which cost is high compare to non invertor will cover money by power saving looking to my usage
    (7) kindly suggest brand and model No.

    kindly reply via email as early as possible

    with regard

    Hemesh Maradiya

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Maradiya,

      You need 1.2 tons of cooling for your room. Your usage of AC is not very high so you may not get payback for inverter AC in a short time. You can go for non inverter AC. In 1.2 ton you will only get BEE 5 star rated ACs. You may not get BEE 3 star rated AC in that size. You should go for an AC with copper coil and blue aluminium fins. You can look at these ACs:

      1.2 ton AC:
      Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
      Voltas 155 CY

      You may also check these 1 ton inverter ACs if they fit in your budget. The savings will be more with them. And 1 ton inverter AC can stretch to 1.2 ton cooling:

      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

      • Hemesh Maradiya says:

        thanks for prompt reply

        looking to my detail

        kindly suggest 1.5 ton 3 star AC

        kindly reply earliest

        Hemesh Maradiya

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          I would not suggest you to go for 1.5 ton BEE 3 star rated AC. Reason: It will be oversized and thus BEE 3 star rated AC would be as bad as BEE 2 or 1 star rated AC. It will be better to go for 1.2 ton AC. Or the other better solution would be to go for 1 ton inverter AC (if initial buying cost is your concern, 1 ton inverter AC would cost as much as BEE 3 star 1.5 ton AC).

  50. Dawood Anis says:

    Hi abhishek,
    I have cloth shop with 325 Sq.ft. Size. I want to buy most energy saving ac with comparatively reasonable price too. My shop is on ground floor in the 4 story building.
    Which ac do you suggest me with minimum maintenance cost too.
    Result me soon please.
    Thanks

  51. Gautam says:

    Hi, Abhishek ,

    I am looking to buy a 1.5 ton AC in Delhi, right now due to winter season i can probably get good discount , My room size is 12 /14 feet on top floor , usage around 12 hours a day mostly at night / morning .

    I am confused between window & split , I have a window in my room & i am not concerned about the extra noise & its easier to install a window AC since no holes need to be drilled .
    Also i feel that split ACs become less efficient with each passing year due to frequent gas leaks .

    LG LWA5CS5F1 window AC at No 4 in your list of most efficient ACs is available for Rs 27000 in Delhi , do you think it is better to go for this or any other window AC over 5 star or Inverter split AC in my situation?
    Are you aware of launch of any new Inverter window ACs ? There is a window inverter model from Hitachi but it is not available in India .

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Gautam,

      A 12×14 room on top floor in Delhi would need about 2 tons of cooling during peak summer day time. Your usage of AC is also high. I would suggest that you go for a split AC instead of window AC as inverter AC is only available in split. Also 2 ton window ACs are not energy efficient.

  52. Jayakash says:

    Hi,

    I’m from Chennai, planned to buy 1.5 ton split A/C for 150 Sq ft room, please advise which A/C brand to go.

    My preference is Daiken, Blue Star & O-General.

    You can also prescribe other brands and but prefer me the 5 star rated A/C’s.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      If you are looking for most efficient BEE 5 star rated ACs then you can look at these:

      BEE 5 star rated 1.5 ton ACs:

      Hitachi RAU518HUD
      Godrej GSC 18 FG 6 WNG or GSC 18 FG 6 ONG or GSC 18 FG 6 BNG
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Climate Control PLT V or 3D Cool Elite IV
      or any LG BEE 5 star rated model
      Mitsubishi MS-GK18VA

      These are the most efficient BEE 5 star rated ACs. However these are the BEE 5 star rated models in your choice of brands (in order of decreasing efficiency):
      O.G.HEAVY DUTY OG-18SA5
      DAIKIN FTF50PRV16+RF50PRV16
      DAIKIN FTF50QRV161+RF50QRV161
      BLUE STAR 5HW18SAF
      BLUE STAR 5HW18ZAWF
      BLUE STAR 5HW18ZARF
      O.G.HEAVY DUTY OG-18WIS5
      BLUE STAR 5HW18SA
      BLUE STAR 5HW18ZCW
      BLUE STAR 5HW18ZCS
      BLUE STAR 5HW18ZCR
      BLUE STAR 5HW18ZCG
      GENERAL ASGA18FTTA
      O.G.HEAVY DUTY OG-18W5

  53. Ravi jain says:

    Hi abhishek,
    which is best ac as per electricity consumption and cooling….. My bedroom size is 150 square ft.
    Use – 4 to 5 hours per day and 4 to 5 year per year….
    What would be the per day electricity expenses as per above usages…
    M from udaipur Rajasthan…
    thanx

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Ravi,

      You need 1.7 tons of cooling if your room is a top floor room getting direct sunlight on ceiling and west/south wall. If the room is not top floor then a 1.5 ton AC would be good. Also if the usage is mostly at night then 1.5 ton AC would be fine in both the cases. For 1.5 ton AC of BEE 3 star rating would consume about 1.3-1.4 unit per hour. So in 4-5 hours it will consume about 7 units. In Rajasthan per unit rate of electricity would be Rs 5-6 per unit. So per day consumption would be about Rs 35-40.

      You can look at these BEE 3 star 1.5 ton ACs:

      Hitachi RAU318HUD
      Daikin FTC50PRV16
      Bluestar 3HW18HAF
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Deluxe III or 3D Cool Dlx Plus III

  54. Rajesh says:

    Hi Abhishek, I have gone through your advises and suggestions, find these very useful and with logic. I am residing on the top floor of the DDA flat in Delhi with two walls exposed (West and north) and roof too in the bedroom having size 12* 11. Presently I am using 1.5 Ton LG Window AC. Now I want to change it. Please advise me the best AC in terms of durability and economical viability. Whether Window or Split. Please provide complete details as you always do. Thanks.

    • Raj says:

      go for daikin 1.5 ton 3 staar . its awsome

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Rajesh,

      You need 1.5 tons of cooling for your room. How much is your usage of AC in hrs/day and months/year? And how much is your budget for the AC?

      • Rajesh says:

        My usage is 2-3 hours during day time and 5 hours during night between June and Oct.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          7 hours a day for 5 months means about 1000-1100 hrs per year. In Delhi the cost of electricity is about Rs 8-9 per unit which is expensive. I would suggest that you go for 1.5 ton inverter or at least BEE 5 star rated AC (Inverter would certainly be better). You can look at these:

          1.5 ton inverter:
          Hitachi Ace or Kampa inverter 1.5 ton
          Daikin FTKM50PRV16
          Samsung AR18HV5DAWK
          LG BS-Q186C8R6
          Sharp AH-XP18PHT, AH-XP18PMT, AH-X18PET, AH-XP18MV
          Samsung AR18HV5NFWK

          BEE 5 star 1.5 ton ACs:

          GODREJ GSC 18 FG 6 ONG or GSC 18 FG 6 WNG
          HITACHI RAU518HUDDZ or RAU518HUDD
          LG LSA5AP5M or LSA5ES5M or LSA5MP5M or LSA5NP5F or LSA5SP5M
          SAMSUNG AR18HC5EXLZ or AR18HC5TXNC or AR18HC5TYUR

  55. Surinder says:

    Hi Abhishek
    I live in Chandigarh. My room is on ground floor in which AC is required and there is one floor above on. My room size is 11 by 12 and roof is 12. Ac is required only in summer 2-3 months in night only 5-6 hours.pls advise me good AC

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Surinder,

      You need 1.5 ton AC for your room. As your usage is less and electricity tariff in chandigarh is also less, you can go for BEE 3 star rated AC. You can look at these:

      Hitachi RAU318HUD
      Daikin FTC50PRV16
      Bluestar 3HW18HAF
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Deluxe III or 3D Cool Dlx Plus III

  56. sunil says:

    Hey i want to buy an AC having an area 150sqft.
    I was thinking to buy model voltas 1.2 Ton 5 Star 155 CY Split Air Conditioner with blue hydrophillic aluminium fin…
    Since i stay in coastal area and the conditions are always humid…
    Plz suggest.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Which city are you in? Is the room top floor or lower floor (is the ceiling directly exposed to sun)? Are there any walls facing sun from west or south? Blue fin will work well in humid coastal conditions.

      • sunil says:

        Its on top floor but ceiling is not exposed to sun.
        I stay in panaji,goa.wall facing east.
        Plz suggest model..

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          1.2 tons is the right amount of cooling for your room. If you want to go for inverter AC then you can go for 1 ton inverter AC. You can look at these ACs:

          1.2 ton AC:
          Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
          Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
          Voltas 155 CY

          1 ton inverter AC:
          Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
          Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
          Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
          Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
          Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

          Inverter AC will save more electricity.

  57. Prasanna Thangasal says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am among the many readers of your blog and website who is immensely impressed and thankful for the wealth of infomation it contains and I salute you for the dilligence and sincerity with which you reply to everyone’s queries. Great going!
    I live in Dubai and visit my my parents in Chennai every year. I purchased this house (3BHK apartment) in 2004 and now want to get it repainted and carry out some repairs by employing a contractor. One of the major works I want to carry out is the electrical works.In this regard I request your expert advise and suggestions for the following:
    (1) Since it is more than 10 years since I bought the house, should I consider replacing the entire wiring? If yes ,kindly suggest a good brand and also provide some basic tips on selecting the type of wiring required.
    (2).What brands of MCBs /RCDs should I go for? Will an RCD also double up as an MCB?
    (3) I have two ACs (one window type and one split type), one each of refrigerator, semi-automatic washing machine, grinder , mixi, induction stove and water heater.I have a 3-phase supply in my house and would like some general guidelines from you on how the distribution of the electical appliances need to be in the 3 phases.

    Once again thank you for your great work and I wish you and your team all the very best!

    Best Regards

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Prasanna,

      10 years is not a long time for wiring to deteriorate. Typically wiring last for 20-25 years. So I do not think it is necessary to change wiring. However you may still get an electrician to check the wiring if you feel that it has deteriorated.

      I would suggest that you go for both MCB and RCD. MCB is over load and short circuit protection whereas RCD is for earth leakage. Both have different purposes and you need both. Electricians may suggest you not to go for RCDs saying that they will keep tripping. But if you go for one with slightly more tolerance, then it will not trip and in fact will keep your family safe from electric shocks.

      As for 3 phase supply, it is better that the load is divided equally on all the three phases. However if you are not changing wiring then you need not worry about it. But if you are then you should keep a balanced load. Typically in houses it is divided by rooms because you never know which room will get what all appliances in future. Your electrician should be able to help you in this as well. If he is not knowledgeable then you can write back to us and we will see how we can help you (just send a list of appliances and their division based on rooms to [email protected]).

  58. Debashis Mukherjee says:

    I recently purchased Kenstar KSM35.WN1split AC (1.0 Ton, cooling capacity 3490W) with a 5-star rating and EER (W/W) of 3.51. However, I don’t find this model listed on your website. Please confirm that this model has the correct star rating.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Mukherjee,

      Currently there are 211 BEE 5 star rated air conditioners in the market out of which 76 are 1 ton split ACs. The list above just contains top 10 most efficient amongst the 76 and that is why the Kenstar AC does not appear in the list. Also BEE 5 star rating is applicable to all ACs with EER above 3.5 and there are ACs with EER as high as 3.8+, so the ACs with EER of 3.51 come much lower in the ranking amongst BEE 5 star rated ACs.

  59. Sujit says:

    hi Abhishek,
    thanks a lot. 7 hrs per day and 4 months / year.

    thanks
    Sujit

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      You can go for any BEE 5 star 1 ton AC:

      1 ton BEE 5 star AC:
      Godrej GSC 12 FG 6 WNG / GSC 12 FG 6 BNG
      SAMSUNG AR12HC5TCNC,AR12HC5TDUR,AR12HC5ECLZ,AR12HC5UCNB
      MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC MS-GK13VA
      DAIKIN FTF35PRV16
      LG LSA3EG5M,LSA3AP5M,LSA3ES5M,LSA3EW5M,LSA3MP5M,LSA3NP5F,LSA3SP5M,LSA3VP5M

  60. amit says:

    hi please list me on inverter technology top acs 1.5 tons i live in gurgaon nd usage will be too high in summers almost 24 hrs non stop.

  61. Ankit Agrawal says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I want to buy a split AC for my bedroom having size 14ft*14ft*10.5ft. Location is Jaipur,Rajasthan.I expect us to have a moderate usage of 3-4 hrs/day for 5-6 months/year.it is at ground floor and there is no other construction over it. it include 2 window having dimensions 48’*48. none of the walls directly face the sun . Kindly suggest me the tonnage, star rating, brands and models suitable for this requirement.

    Regards,
    Ankit Agrawal

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Ankit,

      As per my calculation you would need about 2.2 tons of cooling for your room. However you can go for a 2 ton AC as well. You can look at these BEE 3 star 2 ton AC:

      Hitachi (RAU424ETD, RAU324EUDA, RAU324HUD)
      Daikin FTC60PRV16
      Carrier Kurve 2 ton AC
      Samsung AR24HC3TFUR
      Voltas 243 CYa
      Bluestar 3HW24FA

  62. Ravi says:

    Looking for 1.0 Ton Ac that has following

    1) Copper condenser using Blue Fin Condenser technology

    2) Five star rating

    3) R410a gas

    4) preferred brand Voltas / Blue star

    5) would like to avoid Inverter based ac

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Ravi,

      Both voltas and Blue star have copper condenser with blue fin for most of their ACs. However Voltas uses R22. If you want R410A then you will have options only in Blue Star. You can look at these ACs:

      5HW12ZAWF/5HW12ZARF
      5HW12SAF

      Any of these would be good.

      Any reason why you want to avoid Inverter AC?

      • Ravi says:

        Thanks a lot Abhishek

        I am told that inverter acs are expensive when it comes to spares and also stabilizer is recommended. However, I am in Pune where power is stable and dealers dont think its required.

        Also what would you recommend – R410a or R22.

        Further, the Blue star model you have suggested ( 5 star with R410a has Louvre Fin Condensor )

        So i am also now considering Blue star inverter ac since that has Blue Fin Copper Condenser, Blue Fin evaporator and R410a refrigerant.

        How do you rate Blue star in terms of service and availability of spares. Voltas that way has a good service network.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Blue Star in general is quite good on reliability. It is one of the best Indian AC brands. However your local dealers will be the best to tell you about their service.

          Also Inverter AC would need protection only if the power quality is bad. However as you said in Pune power quality is quite stable. Here in Mumbai I have seen inverter ACs being used perfectly well for past 3 years at some places. Repair is expensive only when there is breakage. And that is why we typically recommend people to go for voltage stabilizer with surge protection for inverter ACs. A blue star inverter AC with R410 would be a good choice.

          • Ravi says:

            Thanks a lot Abhishek. Is it really a good idea to prefer R410 over both R32 and R22. Though R32 is also eco friendly i understand that its flammable.

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            You can choose R410 or R32. Most brands have R410 however Daikin has R32. You can choose anyone of them.

  63. Sujit says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    I want o buy AC for 12*11 ft bedroom. Location is Pune. 7th floor (not top floor). Usage would be in afternoon and night. Family members 3. which brand (model) is good? 1.5 ton or 1 ton would fine and what about the price range.

  64. danial says:

    I m danial live in Delhi (south-west). I want to buy a windows ac for my bedroom .
    Its size is 12×10 feet…it is at ground floor of a 5-storey apartment.
    one wall directly faces sunlight – has one window of dimensions 45″ x 70″ which directly faces sunlight
    8 hrs of AC ussage during working days and full day on weekends.use 7-8 months in a year
    Could you please suggest some with or without inverter technology models.

    thank you

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Danial,

      You need 1.2 tons cooling for your room. Window ACs do not have inverter technology. Inverter technology is only available in Split Type ACs. Your usage is quite high and inverter technology would have been great for your use. However if you need window AC then you can look at these:

      1.2 ton Window ACs:
      Whirlpool MAGICOOL PLATINUM V 1.2 ton window AC
      Hitachi RAV513HUD or RAT513HTD

      These are the most efficient window ACs. However there are more efficient options in Split ACs.

  65. Umesh Chandra Achanta says:

    Also suggest me the ACs suitable for the details given below. My flat is in the ground floor of a 5-storey apartment in Hyderabad. The flat is furnished and has 3 bedrooms.
    1. Bedroom 1 – 14 x 11 ft – one wall directly faces sunlight – has one window of dimensions 45″ x 70″ which directly faces sunlight
    2. Bedroom 2 – 17 x 11 ft – none of the walls directly face the sun – has 2 windows, each of dimensions 45″ x 28″
    3. Bedroom 3 – 10 x 11 ft – none of the walls directly face the sun – has one window of dimensions 45″ x 45″
    We are a family of 4 and this is the first time we’ll be using ACs in our home. I expect us to have a moderate usage of 3-4 hrs/day for 5-6 months/year. Both the capital and operation costs should be moderate and so I don’t prefer to go for an inverter model or high-end ones like Hitachi 1.5 tonne 5-star AC which nearly costs 45,000 . Kindly suggest me the tonnage, star rating, brands and models suitable for the 3 ACs. I’m looking at a 10-year usage.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Achanta,

      Here is what you need:

      1) Bedroom 1 needs 1.5 tons of cooling.
      2) Bedroom 2 also need 1.5 tons of cooling.
      3) Bedroom 3 needs 1 tons of cooling.

      Your usage of AC is less so you can go for BEE 3 star rated ACs. You can look at these models:

      BEE 3 star 1.5 ton ACs:
      Hitachi RAU318HUD
      Daikin FTC50PRV16
      Bluestar 3HW18HAF
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Deluxe III or 3D Cool Dlx Plus III

      BEE 3 star 1 ton AC:
      Samsung AR12HC3USNB or AR12HC3USUQ or AR12HC3ESLW or AR12HC3TFUR
      Hitachi RAU412HTD or RAU412KTDP or RAU312HUD or RAU312HUDP
      Daikin FTC35PRV16
      Whirlpool 3D COOL DELUXE III

      These models are the most efficient BEE 3 star rated ACs.

  66. Umesh Chandra Achanta says:

    Kenstar has come up with a new range of air conditioners with good EER (3.51 for the 5 star model) and a surprisingly modest price (about 15-20k lesser than other major brands). So definitely price is a huge pro for it. Can you discuss its other pros and cons, especially in comparison to ACs from other major specialized (Hitachi, Voltas, Bluestar, O General) and generic (LG, Samsung) brands.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Achanta,

      Recently a reader of Bijli Bachao contacted Kenstar about their ACs and he got this response: “We would like to inform you that the cooling coil of Kenstar AC is of Copper. For the condenser, we use the latest PFC (parallel Flow Condenser) technology which is more energy efficient and occupies less space. Any PFC condenser is made of Aluminium only by design.”

      Now this is what I have to say about PFC and Tube/Fin condenser:

      Typically ACs are available with two types of condensers: 1) Tube and fin 2) latest one is Parallel Flow.

      Tube and Fin looks like this image: http://i01.i.aliimg.com/img/pb/130/674/362/362674130_708.jpg. It has tube from which refrigerant flows and fins for heat exchange. Originally both tubes and fins were made out of copper, but later to improve efficiency fins were replaced with aluminium as aluminium provided better heat exchange capability (but the tubes remained copper). But then a combination of copper and aluminium led to galvanic corrosion. So now many ACs have blue fin condensers that have aluminium fins coated with anti corrosion protection. The tubes are still copper.

      Parallel Flow Condenser is a newer technology which has multiple slots for refrigerant flow than a single pipe. It is made of all aluminium and is more energy efficient (saves electricity). It will look like this: http://web.tradekorea.com/upload_file/prod/marketing/mkt_files/new_company//jk8188/img_en/o_P302499.jpg but it is harder to repair in case of problems. In fact in case of problems it will have to be replaced. Also because of smaller passage size it is also prone to get clogged as explained in this article: http://www.compressorworks.com/Upload/Four%20Seasons/documents/Tech%20Tips/English/4S%20362%20CONDENSER%20COMPARISON.PDF

      However all I can say is that energy efficiency (or electricity saving) depends on multiple factors and not just the condenser. You can get an AC with traditional tube and fin structure (copper tube and blue fin) having higher energy efficiency than models with parallel flow condenser.

      Also to answer your last question: AC has 3 parts: condenser, compressor, evaporator. Evaporator is in the indoor unit and it is also heat exchanger and does the cooling inside the room. They have said that Evaporator or the cooling coil is Copper. The Condenser which releases heat outside and is part of outdoor unit has Parallel Flow Condenser which is made out of aluminium.

      So PFC may be cheap but from a durability perspective Tube/Fin condenser would be better.

  67. Ambhure Prasad says:

    Hello sir,
    I m Prasad and i live in parbhani mh. I want to buy a split ac for my bedroom . Its size is 12×10 feet…it is at ground floor and there is no other construction over it.plz suggest me an ac to buy…

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Prasad,

      As per my calculations you need 1.3 tons of cooling for your room. If the usage of AC is only at night then 1.2 ton AC would be good for your needs. However if you also plan to use it during the day time then you would need 1.5 ton AC. How much is your usage of AC in hrs/day and months/year?

  68. Rajnikant says:

    Sir, I want to buy 1.5 ton five star spilt Ac for my bedroom.I want electric consumption nd cooling best. It is noisless.It has full systems. So sir, which AC should i purchase?

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Rajnikant,

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

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

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

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

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

  69. rohit says:

    HELLO SIR

    I LIVE IN KOLKATA, MY ROOM IS 11X10, TOP FLOOR, WITH THREE WINDOWS (2X5), I RECENTLY SAW AN 1 TON PANASONIC AC, IS THIS SUFFICIENT FOR ME AND THE PANASONIC BRAND???

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      11×10 room in kolkata on top floor would need about 1.2 tons of cooling in peak summer day time. You can either look for 1.2 ton fixed speed AC or 1 ton inverter AC. You can look at these:

      1.2 ton AC:
      Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
      Voltas 155 CY

      1 ton inverter AC:
      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

      Inverter AC will save more electricity.

  70. santosh says:

    Hello Abhishek Kindly guide me for LED TV which I may buy for my hall which is 16 length ft x 10 ft width?? Also the one which uses less electricity, I have two kids both of them watches more TV, I am worried about their eyesight health too, so please guide me by keeping this very important point in mind.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      What sized TV are you looking for? What is your budget? Also are you looking for features like SMART and 3D?

      • santosh says:

        Full HD LED TV 42 inch with flexiable wall stand. Price 35000 to 45000 Rs.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          In 42 inch there are only 2 models that you can get in your budget:

          LG 42LB5510
          Videocon VJE42FH-VX

          but if you are fine with 39-40 inch as well then you can also look at:

          Samsung UA39EH5003R
          Philips 40PFL4958/V7
          Philips 40PFL4758/V7
          Toshiba 39L3300
          Toshiba 39P2305

  71. Hasan Khan says:

    Dear Abhishek,

    Thankyou for the prompt reply, I was constantly browsing internet post your reply,
    how ever it has created more confusion as all the three brands viz Mitsubhishi, Sharp and Daikin has there upside/downside over the other.

    For me, budget is not a constraint as such for one time investment, however It should provide Excellent After sales service.
    Hence, Requesting you to kindly provide the best among above, keeping yourself in my place.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Khan,

      If you observe carefully you will find negative feedback about almost all the brands online. Getting 100% positive feedback for any brand is impossible. And people mostly comment online when they have something bad to say about their purchase. Good feedback is rare. The brands/models that I suggested were some of the best models in various brands. I would suggest that you take feedback from local dealers/suppliers and local users of the brand about the service level of various brands in your area. I picking up one will not be right as I am not aware about service levels of each and every brand in various cities/areas. The brands I listed are in general considered as popular.

  72. Hasan Khan says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Expecting your suggestion wrt to following points

    1. Location:Mumbai-Sakinaka – Reliance Energy.
    2. Room size(Bed room) 11*10 (110sqft) with no wall having direct sunlight, how ever rays comes in.
    3. The room is Having a window (60 Inch * 70Inches) and a door.
    4. The Room is located at 5th floor with 2 More flats above it.
    5. Consumption: 4-5hrs/day during summers(4-5 months).

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Khan,

      You should go for 0.75 ton inverter AC for your room. You can go for anyone of these that fits in your budget:

      0.75 ton inverter ACs:
      Mitsubishi MSY-GE10VA
      Daikin FTKM25PRV16
      Sharp AH-XP10LV
      OGeneral ASGA09JGCA
      Daikin FTKP25PRV16
      O General ASGG09JLCA
      Panasonic CS-YS9PKY
      Daikin FTKE35GV1

  73. Deepika says:

    I want to buy split AC for my bedroom. it is on the ground floor. its size is 10*10. It will be used for nights 6 to 7 hrs in summer only.
    Considering the above kindly advise me which model of which company split Ac should I go for keeping in mind less electricity consumption and hassle-free durability. Cost is also consideration.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Deepika,

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

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

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

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

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

      • deepika says:

        Hi Abhishek

        I live in Chandigarh. My room is on ground floor in which AC is required and there is one floor above on. My room size is 10 by 10 and roof is 11. Ac is required only in summer 2-3 months in night only 5-6 hours.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Deepika,

          Your room needs 0.9 tons of cooling max in peak summer day time. If the usage is only at night then even 0.75 ton AC would work well. A BEE 3 star AC would be good for you. You can look at any of these:

          PANASONIC CS-YC9PKYP
          BLUESTAR 3HW09VC
          BLUESTAR 5HW09SA
          MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC MS-GK10VA
          MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC MS-HK10VA
          DAIKIN FT25MV16
          PANASONIC CS-YC9QKY3

  74. Rajesh Raj says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I would like to buy a SUPER split ac for my parents bedroom, which is about 120-140 sq ft. and they hardly use about 4-6 hrs for summer 6 months, for 2-4 hrs for 3 months and for the remaining 3 months it will be idle. Room has west side faced to sunshine. and has one window 3×2 ft on south side non exposed to sunshine.

    I would like you to recommend a split ac with
    1) Premium brand/model – No budget constraint
    2) Good maintenance service at Guntur and around
    3) Long lasting with minimum troubles
    4) Less monthly power bills
    5) Latest technology and features such as blue fin, anti corrosion, copper pipes, good condenser, good refrigerant, better eer, best rating, filters, timer, auto restart, auto clean, + + + + etc.

    All in all best one I’m looking for in all aspects. Please advise few models at your best. Thanks in advance Abhishek.

    Best wishes,
    Rajesh Raj

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Raj,

      You did not mention if the room’s ceiling is exposed to sun or not. But as you mentioned that it is in Guntur (which should not have too many high risers) I assume that it is an individual house with just the ground floor and the ceiling exposed to sun. Now in such a case 120 sq ft would need 1.3 tons of cooling and 140 sq ft would need 1.5 tons of cooling. If you want latest and best with least power consuming then I would say that you should go for inverter technology air conditioner of 1.5 ton. You can look at these 1.5 ton inverter ACs:

      Hitachi Ace or Kampa inverter 1.5 ton
      Daikin FTKM50PRV16
      Samsung AR18HV5DAWK
      LG BS-Q186C8R6
      Sharp AH-XP18PHT, AH-XP18PMT, AH-X18PET, AH-XP18MV
      Samsung AR18HV5NFWK

      • Rajesh Raj says:

        Hi Abhishek,

        thanks, you assumed right about house, as advised models are inverter and latest thanks for that. i have gone thru few of your responses below and had a doubt, in my previous post i have given the usage as per my assumption, but if i go with inverter model and usage is less say less than 900 hrs per year then operating cost (monthly bills) will be increased? compared with non inverter 5 star model. because i’m not worried about one time investment but will be an issue if operating cost increases on lower usage with inverter model. advise please.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hello Mr Rajesh,

          Inverter ACs are the most energy efficient air conditioners in the market. The reason I give hours is because if the usage is less then the extra cost paid to buy inverter AC will take time (more than 3 years) to recover through electricity savings. Inverter ACs are about 20-30% more efficient than BEE 5 star rated ACs. And I recommended inverter ACs to you because your concern was with operating costs and not initial capital costs.

          Just to add, if you have voltage fluctuations in your house then make sure that you put a voltage stabilizer with surge protection feature for inverter AC. This will be important for durability of inverter AC. Please note that surge protection is quite important.

          • Rajesh Raj says:

            Hi Abhishek,

            thanks for the clarification again, decided to go with one of the inverter model you advised. as i’m staying out of India, if you have any idea, can you please suggest which brand is giving good after sales service and support around Guntur area, Andhra Pradesh, please advise. As I see complaints about split ac in complaintsboard.in/com against almost all the brands in India.

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Hello Mr Rajesh,

            If you check online you will find complaints of all brands. Because satisfying everyone is a difficult task :). I have already given you a list of top models from top brands. The next best idea you can get is from local dealers and local people about post sales service of various brands. Brands like LG and Samsung have larger presence in India and have large service network and availability. However Japanese brands like Hitachi, Daikin, General are more sturdy, reliable and durable. But again I am talking based on market perception. Everyone has a different experience and I cannot pickup one which I can say is the best because you can get bad comments on some other site on it as well.

        • Mukesh says:

          wanted to buy an AC ,room specification 12X12,utilisation 6-8 hours from May to Sep in kolkata. I am on 4th floor of a 16 th floor building.

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            You need 1.2 ton cooling for your room. If you go inverter tech, you need 1 ton inverter AC for your room. You can look at these models:

            1.2 ton AC:
            Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
            Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
            Voltas 155 CY

            1 ton inverter AC:
            Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
            Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
            Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
            Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
            Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

            Inverter AC will save more electricity.

  75. Ashish says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    Here is my requirements and i seek your opinion on that:

    4 AC for my new flat.
    Here are the approx sizes of the rooms:
    BedRoom 1: 14 X 9 = 140 sqft.
    BedRoom 2: 15 X 10 = 150 sqft.
    BedRoom 3: 10 X 10 = 100 sqft.
    LivingRoom: 200 sqft.

    My usage:
    Mostly to be used in night. And a couple of hours during day time. Occasionally, can be used long hours in day time as well.
    Bedroom 1 and 2, each will house 4 people (2 adults and 2 kids).
    Bedroom 3 being parent’s room, will house 2 adults.

    Place Bhayander W, Thane which can be very hot and humid in summer.
    The flat is on the second floor in the 10 story building. Living room has a terrace. Living room, Bedroom 1 and 3 are east facing and directly exposed to sunlight.
    I am energy consumption and brand conscious at the same time.
    I’ve zeroed in on Daikin, O General and Hitachi brands.
    Your opinion will be big factor in my decision.

    So, looking forward to an expert and unbiased opinion as to which ACs would be the best choice. I prefer same brand for all the rooms, if possible.
    My sincere thanks in advance as what you’re going to provide is a favor without expecting anything in return. :)

    Thanks-
    Ashish

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Ashish,

      Here is the tonnage requirement for the rooms:

      For Bedroom 1: 1 ton AC
      For Bedroom 2: 1.2 ton AC
      For Bedroom 3: 0.75 ton AC
      For Livingroom: 1.5 ton AC.

      How much is your usage of these ACs in hrs/day and months/year? In Bhayander the provider will be MSEDCL, and the tariff is quite high, so I would suggest to go for inverter tech AC is usage is more than 900-1000 hrs a year, BEE 5 star if the usage is between 600-900 hrs/year and BEE 3 star otherwise. Let me know your usage and I can recommend you some models.

  76. Arjun says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I live in Gwalior on 3rd floor which is also the top floor. I want to buy a split AC for my drawing room (16X12 sq feet). Could you please suggest some good products for this requirement?
    My budget is 35-40k. Moreover I checked the rankings you have mentioned above, ironically I did not see any Daiken product in them in spite of the fact that you have suggested it to other people.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Arjun,

      The list above is created purely based on data from Bureau of Energy Efficiency on electricity consumption and efficiency of air conditioners. When we suggest ACs to people, then along with the data above we combine our knowledge of the popular brands nationally/internationally. If a Daikin AC appears in the list above in any of the categories then we do recommend them else not. Also if you see we mostly suggest Daikin for inverter technology air conditioners as they have the most energy efficient inverter technology air conditioners. And the list above does not contain inverter technology air conditioners as they are not yet rated by BEE.

      Now for your room you need a 2 ton AC for managing the heat during peak summer day time. How much will be the usage of the AC in hrs/day and months/year?

      • Arjun says:

        Abhishek,
        Thanks for your input. As for the usage, it will not be more than 4-5 hours a day. What do you suggest now?

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          You can look at any of these BEE 3 star 2 ton ACs:

          BEE 3 star 2 ton ACs:

          Hitachi (RAU424ETD, RAU324EUDA, RAU324HUD)
          Daikin FTC60PRV16
          Carrier Kurve 2 ton AC
          Samsung AR24HC3TFUR
          Voltas 243 CYa
          Bluestar 3HW24FA

  77. Sudha says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    As suggested to Ankur, Could you please recommend which 1.8 ton inverter AC should we buy for the hall.

    Thanks
    Sudha

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      You can look at these 1.8 ton inverter ACs:

      Daikin FTKP60PRV16
      Daikin FTKM60PRV16
      Sharp AH-X21RET
      LG BS-Q246C8R3
      LG BS-Q246C8A2
      Samsung AR24HV5NBWK

      The models from LG and Samsung are sold as 2 ton, but their nominal cooling capacity is 1.8 ton.

  78. mujawar says:

    for area 130sqft in central mumbai need best performance/usable AIRCOOLER with its galanvised body,honeycomb pad,humidity control & usable at coastal side too. pls suggest brand/price of energy saver one …

  79. Karthikeyan says:

    Please suggest us in buying a split AC. Our room Size is 12×9 sq.ft. located at top floor, roof directly exposed to sunlight and wall not exposed to sunlight.
    Requirements:
    1. Models with low power consumption.
    2. Budget is around 30-36K,
    Usage:
    I would hardly use for 6 months in a year and for 6hrs a day.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Karthikeyan,

      Which city is this for?

      • Karthikeyan says:

        Hi Abhishek,

        I am looking for AC in Chennai

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Karhikeyan,

          If your usage is also during the day then you would need about 1.2 tons of cooling. But if it is only at night then 1 ton AC would suffice. You should go for BEE 5 star rated AC. You can look at these models:

          1.2 ton fixed speed ACs:
          Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
          Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
          Voltas 155 CY

          1 ton BEE 5 star AC:
          Godrej GSC 12 FG 6 WNG / GSC 12 FG 6 BNG
          SAMSUNG AR12HC5TCNC,AR12HC5TDUR,AR12HC5ECLZ,AR12HC5UCNB
          MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC MS-GK13VA
          DAIKIN FTF35PRV16
          LG LSA3EG5M,LSA3AP5M,LSA3ES5M,LSA3EW5M,LSA3MP5M,LSA3NP5F,LSA3SP5M,LSA3VP5M

          1.2 ton AC would be slightly more expensive than your budget.

          • Karthikeyan says:

            Thank you Abhishek.
            Your suggestion was very useful to us.

            Please clarify me whether power consumption in Inverter AC’s less than BEE 5 star split AC?
            If so could you suggest me some of the models in Inverter AC’s.

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            HI Karthikeyan,

            Power consumption of inverter ACs will be less than BEE 5 star split AC. The benefit will depend on your usage as inverter AC would cost a little more. You can look at these:

            Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
            Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
            Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
            Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
            Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

            These may cost a bit more than 35K.

  80. Apurv Trivedi says:

    Is there any advantage in taking Inverter A/C and if Yes then will you be able to help out with their list based on EER.

    • Apurv says:

      Hi Abhishek,

      Read your blog below, Need your suggestion for below condition/s :

      In Bangalore,
      Room is 10*13 (post wardrobe removal)
      2nd Floor of 6 Floor Building
      Apartment is near to Lake (if that can be considered as a factor)
      Sunlight through window.

      Planning to use mostly from April-July as still the weather around other time is fine enough for fan

      My confusion points are :
      Whether a Cooling/heating will be better OR Only Cooling
      Inverter OR 5 Star BEE rating

      Looking for Longer duration (5-6 years+)

      • Abhishek Jain says:

        Hi Apurv,

        You need a 1 ton AC for your room. You should go for a cooling only AC unless you need a room heater in winters. I do not think you would need inverter AC as your usage is less. If your usage of AC is more than 1000 hrs in a year (or 250 hrs a month) then you should go for BEE 5 star AC, else BEE 3 star AC should be fine. Looking at your description I guess your usage would be less. You can look at these BEE 3 star ACs:

        Samsung AR12HC3USNB or AR12HC3USUQ or AR12HC3ESLW or AR12HC3TFUR
        Hitachi RAU412HTD or RAU412KTDP or RAU312HUD or RAU312HUDP
        Daikin FTC35PRV16
        Whirlpool 3D COOL DELUXE III

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Apurv,

      We have given a long explanation on Inverter Technology on this link: https://www.bijlibachao.com/air-conditioners/air-conditioners-with-inverter-technology-can-help-save-electricity-ac-india.html you may read the same. Also if you can provide your city, room size, and your floor (if it is on top floor or lower floors with ceiling not exposed to sun), then I can suggest you some models.

  81. Anand C says:

    Hi

    I am looking for a split ac for my 14 X 14 feet bedroom, which is located on 1st floor. I have another floor above. I plan to place the outdoor unit on the western wall outside which have a minimal exposure to sunlight. However i am on a limited budget and also considering that i plan to use the ac only for 2 months to 3 months max (April to June) and primarily night use. I dont think buying a 5 star would be feasible considering the cost. I plan to buy a 3 star ac and basis your website have shortlisted on Onida S183SMH or S183FLT-N. However what i find confusing is that in most of your responses i dont find you suggesting onida anywhere. You seem to suggest Ogen/Hitachi/Daikin etc type which are quite outside my budget. Further i am not sure of Kenstar’s quality which seems to offer cheaper ac. Further i want to buy a indian brand and would not want chinese / korean products. So please advice if the ac shortlisted would be fine. The city is hyderabad.

    Regards
    Anand

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Anand,

      A 14×14 room in Hyderabad would need 1.7 tons of cooling during peak summer day time. If you use it only at night then 1.5 ton AC would work perfectly fine. If you are looking for Indian brands then Bluestar, Voltas, Godrej, Onida would be good. From a reliability point of view I would rate Bluestar the highest amongst Indian brands. However if you like Onida you can certainly go for it. Ogen/Hitachi/Daikin are brands known for their technology throughout the world and thus they are mentioned more.

  82. Praveen Kumar says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I need an AC for my Lucknow Resident with following detail-
    Room Size: 8×14 sq Feet
    Room is at 1st Floor
    Room Floor is not exposed to sun
    one wall is west facing is exposed to sun
    need to use 4-5 months in a year
    plz suggest some inverter technology models

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Praveen,

      14×8 room in Lucknow on lower floor would need 1 ton of cooling. If you want inverter AC then you can look at these:

      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

  83. Sridevi says:

    Hello , we are planning to buy a split AC for our 150sq ft bed room in Chennai. Please suggest if Samsung Purista model or Voltas is good. Please suggest the best tonnage, brand and model. Our usage will only be in summer and not more than 6hrs per day during peak summer. Lot of confusions regarding copper/aluminium and gas leakage. Kindly suggest one best make/model. Planning to buy this evening

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Sridevi,

      As per my calculations you need 1.3 tons of cooling in peak summers day time if your room is not top floor (ceiling not exposed to sun), otherwise you need 1.6 tons of cooling. If your usage is mostly at night then you can event go for 1.2 ton (if non-top floor) or 1.5 ton (if top floor). Can you please let me know which floor is the room on so that I can suggest some models?

      • sridevi says:

        Hello Mr. Abhisek,

        Thank you for the reply. We are planning to buy two split ACs. One for the bedroom in my parent’s house which is of 150 sq.ft(Living in 1st floor(open terrace) – ceiling exposed to sun) but the walls are not exposed to direct sunlight.
        The other AC is for the master bedroom in my house – there are 2 floors above our bedroom. Room size is 150 Sq.ft. and walls not exposed to direct sunlight.

        As regard to the model, we get various versions from the sales guys in the stores regarding copper and aluminium alloy models. Now we are all confused about which one to choose – copper or Aluminium alloy? And which model/make is good for home use – our usage is 6 hrs per day

        Please suggest good make and model which would stand good atleast for 5yrs. We are bothered about after sales service too. Will go forward with your suggestion. Thanks in Advance.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hello Sridevi,

          For coil and fin, they are two different things. In an AC condenser there are coils as well as fins. It is important to check the material for both. Typically Fins are attached to coils and till some time back most fins were made of aluminium and coils of copper. The joint of aluminium and copper was prone to galvanic corrosion. Now coils are mostly copper in most brands these days (you should not buy one with any other type of coil). You can check it by asking the Shop owner to open the AC and show it to you. It will look like copper :). As for Fins, uncoated aluminium fins can cause corrosion. But aluminium is important to improve efficiency of the AC. So manufacturers have started using pre-coated aluminium to prevent corrosion. These pre-coated fins are also called blue fin or gold fin condensers (depending on the type of coating). And as the name suggests they either look blue in color or golden. You can again check the same by looking at the back side of the AC. If it looks blue it is blue fin.

          So in your house you need a 1.2 ton AC, but in your parents house you would need 1.5 ton AC. Your usage of AC is low so a BEE 3 star AC would be fine, but in 1.2 ton there are only BEE 5 star ACs available. You can look at these:

          You can look at these:

          1.2 ton BEE 5 star rated ACs:
          Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
          Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
          Voltas 155 CY

          BEE 3 star 1.5 ton ACs:

          Hitachi RAU318HUD
          Daikin FTC50PRV16
          Bluestar 3HW18HAF
          Whirlpool 3D Cool Deluxe III or 3D Cool Dlx Plus III

          • Sridevi says:

            Hi Abhishek,

            We just ordered Samsung AR18HC3ESLW as we didn’t hear from you.

            Please let me know your thoughts on our choice

            Rgds,
            Sridevi

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Samsung AR18HC3ESLW is a BEE 3 star rated Air Conditioner with EER of 3.11. It will be good for your parents’ house. For your own place I would say a 1.2 ton AC would be better for electricity savings. But if you have already purchased it then it is fine. Apologies for the delay. Having some personal issues because of which responses are delayed lately.

          • Sridevi says:

            We purchased same model for both the houses. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge on ACs

  84. Jayesh says:

    Abhisek Jain
    I wanted to buy Window A/c for my bed room in Mumbai , Area is 135 sq ft (Usage 8 hours in Summer Day) I have shortlisted 2 window a c , Whirlpool ac 1.2 magicool platinum v ( 5 star rating) and other is hitachi RAV513HUD 1.1 ( 5 star )
    Whirlp0ol has mentioned Copper Coli and where as Hitachi has mention Precoted aluminium Fin, I am confuse between 2 , which one to buy

    Can I know from where I can get Whirlpool Ac In Mumbai , I have inquired lots of show room including Vijay Sales , Sony Mony etc but no one is interested in whirlpool window ac , I also look at online it not available.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Jayesh,

      Window ACs are greatly in short supply these days as not many are being manufactured. However if you are keen on whirlpool then you can try finding their dealer in Mumbai: http://www.whirlpoolindia.com/dealer-brand-locator. As for coil and fin, they are two different things. In an AC condenser there are coils as well as fins. It is important to check the material for both. Typically Fins are attached to coils and till some time back most fins were made of aluminium and coils of copper. The joint of aluminium and copper was prone to galvanic corrosion. Now coils are mostly copper in most brands these days (you should not buy one with any other type of coil). You can check it by asking the Shop owner to open the AC and show it to you. It will look like copper :). As for Fins, uncoated aluminium fins can cause corrosion. But aluminium is important to improve efficiency of the AC. So manufacturers have started using pre-coated aluminium to prevent corrosion. These pre-coated fins are also called blue fin or gold fin condensers (depending on the type of coating). And as the name suggests they either look blue in color or golden. You can again check the same by looking at the back side of the AC. If it looks blue it is blue fin.

      Now both Hitachi and Whirlpool are very good brands. I have personally used Whirlpool in the past and have had good experience with it in Mumbai, so I can vouch for it. But I have not heard any complaints for Hitachi in Mumbai and in fact it is one of the top brands in Air Conditioning and is quite sought after. So I do not see any problem in going with Hitachi as well. I would say whichever is easier for you to get you can go for it :).

  85. Nitin says:

    Hi
    I need fair conditioning fora pharma unit about 20000. Sq feet
    And some areas are specified as class A that means the air passes through sets of filters and room needs to be in positive pressure
    Any leads plz contact
    09810002974

  86. vishal says:

    Hi I need AC for a room which 8X10(LXB) in Chennai with window on the west and I am a batchelor with 4-5 hrs of AC ussage during weekdays and maybe 8hrs on weekends. My budget is 25k-35k.Please suggest models.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Vishal,

      Is it a top floor room (ceiling exposed to sun)? Also how many months will you be using the AC?

      • vishal says:

        Hi its tops floor and exposed to sunlight and i use it for 8 months a year-Its cheennai

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Vishal,

          As per my calculations you need 0.9 tons of cooling for your room (or 0.75 ton inverter AC). I would strongly suggest that you go for a 0.75 ton inverter AC as it will fit in your budget, will be save you a lot of electricity considering your usage of AC. You can look at these models:

          0.75 ton inverter ACs:
          Mitsubishi MSY-GE10VA
          Daikin FTKM25PRV16
          Sharp AH-XP10LV
          OGeneral ASGA09JGCA
          Daikin FTKP25PRV16
          O General ASGG09JLCA
          Panasonic CS-YS9PKY
          Daikin FTKE35GV1

          The Daikin and Panasonic models should surely fit in your budget. The list above is based on decreasing levels of energy efficiency.

          • vishal says:

            Hi thanks,

            can you pls throw some light on this AC model-LG LSA3NP5F. I want to buy an AC little futuristically when I get married :P

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Hi Vishal,

            LG LSA3NP5F is a good model however I would still recommend you to go for inverter tech AC looking at your usage and budget.

    • vishal says:

      Add: I have to pay 6rs per unit.

  87. Karthik says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am living in Chennai, and the apartment roof is is exposed to the sun all the day
    Kindly advise Brand, Ton and BEE5 Star or Inverter AC on the following details

    Bed room
    Size: 13ft x 9ft (Plus 1ft Thermacoal false ceiling)
    Window is in the west side facing parallel apartment
    North, South ,East are walls/doors
    Usage- 4 hrs a day for 8 months(Mar-Oct) & 2 hours or less a day for 4 months(Nov-Feb)
    Budjet – 40 k
    preferred O General, Hitachi, Daikin

    thanks
    Karthik

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Karthik,

      You should go for a 1 ton inverter AC (based on your usage and size of the room). You can look at these:

      1 ton inverter AC:
      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

  88. anil says:

    Want to fit split a/c energy efficient. Pls. advise best BEE ac.
    Room 1 : size (open space) L-13’2”xB-8’8”xH-9,8” + L-2’xB-3’3”xH-6’8”;
    Room 2 : size (open space) L-13’4”xB-8’8”xH-9,8” + L-2’xB-3’9”xH-7’8”

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

  89. Sam says:

    Sam Bhubaneswar

    Sir Can you please suggest me low power consumption AC brand.
    long lasting and less maintenance.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

  90. Ankur says:

    Hi Abhishek

    Can you please guide (a) AC capacity, (b) technology -invertor or normal, (c) AC company.
    Budget no constraint. We want long lasting and less maintenance.

    City: Mumbai
    Floor: 7th out of 14

    Room #1
    Size: 10ft x 15ft x 10ft (Plus 1ft gypsum false ceiling)
    West is window with 8ft x 7ft
    North, South 6 East are walls/doors
    Usage- 10-12 hrs a day for 10 months & 5 hours a day for 2 months
    Almirah 5ft(L) x 2ft(Depth) x 11ft (H)

    Room #2
    Size: 9ft x 13.5ft x 10ft (Plus 1ft gypsum false ceiling)
    West is window with 7ft x 7ft
    Usage- 7-8 hrs a day only in summers (~3 months)
    Almirah 5ft(L) x 2ft(Depth) x 11ft (H)

    Room #3
    Size: 9.6ft x 13.5ft x 10ft (Plus 1ft gypsum false ceiling)
    East is window with 8ft x 7ft
    Usage- 8 hrs a day only in summers (~3 months)
    Almirah 5ft(L) x 2ft(Depth) x 11ft (H)

    Hall
    Size: ~300 square feet
    Sitting of 10ft x 21.5ft
    Dining of 5.6ft x 7.9 ft
    Gallery of 14ft x 3 ft
    11ft Height including 1 ft gypsum
    West is window with 8ft x 7ft
    Usage- 4-5 hrs a day only in summers (~3 months)

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Ankur,

      As per my calculations here are your requirements:

      1) For room 1: 1.2 tons of cooling or 1 ton inverter AC. As per your requirement I would recommend going for inverter AC.
      2) For room 2: 1 tons of cooling of 0.75 ton inverter AC. As per your requirement BEE 5 star AC would be fine. But the cost difference between 5 star rated AC and 0.75 ton inverter AC would not be much.
      3) For room 3: 1 tons of cooling of 0.75 ton inverter AC.As per your requirement BEE 5 star AC would be fine. But the cost difference between 5 star rated AC and 0.75 ton inverter AC would not be much.
      4) For hall: 2 tons of cooling or 1.8 tons inverter AC. You can go for BEE 3 star rated 2 ton AC.

      You can look at these:

      1.2 ton BEE 5 star rated ACs:
      Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
      Voltas 155 CY

      1 ton inverter AC:
      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

      1 ton BEE 5 star AC:
      Godrej GSC 12 FG 6 WNG / GSC 12 FG 6 BNG
      SAMSUNG AR12HC5TCNC,AR12HC5TDUR,AR12HC5ECLZ,AR12HC5UCNB
      MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC MS-GK13VA
      DAIKIN FTF35PRV16
      LG LSA3EG5M,LSA3AP5M,LSA3ES5M,LSA3EW5M,LSA3MP5M,LSA3NP5F,LSA3SP5M,LSA3VP5M

      0.75 ton inverter ACs:
      Mitsubishi MSY-GE10VA
      Daikin FTKM25PRV16
      Sharp AH-XP10LV
      OGeneral ASGA09JGCA
      Daikin FTKP25PRV16
      O General ASGG09JLCA
      Panasonic CS-YS9PKY

      BEE 3 star 2 ton ACs:

      Hitachi (RAU424ETD, RAU324EUDA, RAU324HUD)
      Daikin FTC60PRV16
      Carrier Kurve 2 ton AC
      Samsung AR24HC3TFUR
      Voltas 243 CYa
      Bluestar 3HW24FA

      • Ankur says:

        Hi Abhishek,
        Could you please recommend which 1.8 ton inverter AC should we buy for the hall

        Thanks
        Ankur

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          You can look at these 1.8 ton inverter ACs:

          Daikin FTKP60PRV16
          Daikin FTKM60PRV16
          Sharp AH-X21RET
          LG BS-Q246C8R3
          LG BS-Q246C8A2
          Samsung AR24HV5NBWK

          The models from LG and Samsung are sold as 2 ton, but their nominal cooling capacity is 1.8 ton.

          • Ankur says:

            Hi Abhishek,
            Just one more query, the person who is getting our flat renovated was telling us that that .75 ton ac has more maintenance issues because of thin filters so rather buy 1 ton inverter ac.
            Is that correct, as the price difference between .75 ton and 1 ton inverter ac is not too much. Request your views on which inverter ac to buy for room 2 &3.

            Thanks
            Ankur

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Hi Ankur,

            If you go for inverter AC then 0.75 or 1 ton will not make much of a difference, because an inverter AC adjusts its tonnage as per the requirement of the room. So if your room need 0.6 tons of cooling, then both will run at 0.6 tons. So you can go for 1 ton inverter AC. You can look at these models:

            Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
            Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
            Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
            Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
            Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

  91. mukesh dharmik says:

    Hi Abhishek this is mukesh frm nagpur.How is the new carrier midea 1 ton 4 star with r410a and 100% copper for my bedroom 12×11 in nagpur.its side wall gets sunlight for 4 hrs.my flat is on 2nd floor of total 5 floor.please suggest and guide about this new ac

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Dharmik,

      I would suggest you to go for at least 1.2 ton AC. 1 ton may not cool the room effectively. You can find 1.2 ton AC in Whirlpool, Hitachi and Voltas

      • mukesh dharmik says:

        Sir please can you explain about how is the godrej 1.5 ton 5 star gsc18 fg6 bng which uses r290 refrigerant.it has pfc condenser so is it value for money and long lasting.please give ur reviews.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hello Mr Dharmik,

          This model has high energy efficiency because it uses R290 which is a hydrocarbon and highly energy efficient. But being a hydrocarbon, it has its associated risks as in it is inflammable. So the model needs to have good amount of safety features to prevent fire in case of leakage. I have not seen the model myself to comment on its safety but I hope team at godrej would have taken good precautions. Other brands are not using this refrigerant.

  92. Nirav says:

    I live in Ahmedabad and intend to buy a split air con for my bedroom – the size of the room is 13’x14′, with a balcony and window facing east, and a big window facing west. My apartment is on the top floor. Which air con should I consider buying? I prefer one with copper coil due to its durability. I have shortlisted Hitachi and Carrier brands, but have not been able to decide upon the tonnage. Kindly suggest. Also, with extra piping cost, would it be okay if I put the outdoor unit on the terrace on top of my apartment ?

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Nirav,

      A 13×14 room in Ahmedabad on top floor would need 2 tons of cooling. How much is your usage of AC in hrs/day and months/year? It is always better to avoid exposing the AC’s outdoor unit directly to sun as in summers it can reduce the efficiency of the AC during the day time.

      • Nirav says:

        Hi Abhishek, Thanks so much for your reply. My usage of the air con would mostly be during the day time, and that too, during summer months of April to June end. I might occasionally use it in October, but that would also be during day time. Also please let me know whether or not the brands that I have shortlisted – Hitachi and Carrier – would be an appropriate choice. Is it okay if I buy the air con in off-season, i.e in winter? Or, should I wait for summer to set in when I can start using the air con right away? Is it important to consider the star rating while selecting the brand/model? Thanks.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Nirav,

          If your usage is mostly during the day then you should go for 2 ton AC. Your choice of Hitachi and Carrier is not bad at all. Looking at your usage I would suggest that you go for a BEE 3 star rated AC at least. You can go for any BEE 3 star 2 ton AC by Carrier or Hitachi. If you are getting deals like free installation, or free copper pipes, etc then you can buy in off season. And the deals depends on stores when they want to clear off their old inventory. And it will depend on the store. Otherwise from a maintenance point of view it will not make much difference if you buy now or in summers.

  93. Vinod S says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    I lives in kochi, kerala and looking for a 1 Ton 5 Star AC for my bed room of size 9′ X 10′. I have short listed Lloyd LS13A5SN and Voltas125Cy. How is the performance of Lloyd AC, as most of the technicians and sales persons recommend this as the best and with copper comp but some says that it is substandard. Please advice.
    Vinod

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      You need 0.75 tons of cooling for your room. 1 ton AC would be oversized. I would suggest that you go for 0.75 ton inverter AC for your room. You can look at any of these as some of them may cost almost as much as the 1 ton ACs:

      Daikin FTKE25GV1 (This would be cheapest)
      Panasonic CS-YS9PKY
      O General ASGG09JLCA
      Daikin FTKP25PRV16
      O General ASGA09JGCA
      Sharp AH-XP10LV
      Daikin FTKM25PRV16

      These can save you a lot of electricity.

      • Vinod says:

        Hi Abhishek, Thank you for your reply. Please suggest an AC for my first floor room of size 13.7′ X 9.8′ and has a truss roof over the slab. It is in the North West direction.
        Vinod

  94. M.Suresh Kumar says:

    Hai Mr.Abhishek,
    Iam from Erode, Tamilnadu. Iam looking for a ac for my bedroom which is on the top floor with windows on East and North. Sun does not fall on the West side. The dimension of the room is 16.6 ft * 16ft.
    My usage would be for 8 months a year and 9-10hrs during night only.
    Kindly advice about the tonnage required and also whether to go for Inverter or Non Inverter. My budget is around Rs.50000/- + or – Rs.10000/-
    Thank you in advance & Regards

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Suresh Kumar,

      As per my calculations you need 2.8-2.9 tons of cooling for the room during peak summer day time. If you use it only at night then 2.5 ton would do. I would suggest that you go for inverter tech AC as your usage of AC is quite high. You can get 2.5 ton inverter model only in OGeneral or Mitsubishi Heavy Industries or Daikin. All others have smaller tonnages. However they might not fit in your budget. You will have to go for regular 2.5 ton AC if you have that budget. However most 2.5 ton regular ACs are just BEE 2 or 3 star rated. I would suggest that you go for insulation of ceiling and then install a 2 ton inverter AC.

  95. Sanjay Gupta says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    We have 3 rooms at top floor of independent corner house in Noida.

    The specifications are : L x B x H

    1. Mater bed room: 1 wall facing south-west open side. Size 12.5’ x 16.5’ x 10.2’ + 9’ x9’ x 10.2’ [open play area, separated with half wall].

    2. Guest bed room: 1 wall facing north-east open side. Size 13.5’ x 16.5’ x 10.2’

    3. Study room: Size 10’ x 16’ x 10.2’. north-west open on 2 sides with large window and sliding door

    Please note it is the top floor, corner house and I plane to do some heat insulation on the terrace.
    I am looking for split ACs for the above 3 rooms. I normally use ACs during summer [May – Sep] 9-10 hrs/day.
    My criterion is less power consumption, low maintenance and preferably company AMC. Please suggest.

    Thanks a lot in advance.
    =Sanjay

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Gupta,

      As per my calculations you need:

      For Master Bed Room: 2.4 tons of cooling or 2.2 ton inverter AC (I have not added play area assuming that it will be closed by a curtain)
      For Guest Bed Room: 2.6 tons of cooling or 2.5 ton inverter AC.
      For Study Room: 1.9 tons of cooling or 1.8 ton inverter AC.

      If you do a good insulation (on ceiling as well as walls) then you would need:
      For Master bedroom: 2 tons of cooling or 1.8 ton inverter AC
      For guest bedroom: 2.1 tons of cooling or 2 ton inverter AC.
      For study room: 1.5 tons of cooling or 1.5 ton inverter AC.

      You mention 9-10 hrs/day of usage. Is it for all these 3 ACs combined or for individual ACs? I guess your usage of Master Bedroom AC will be higher and not for the other two rooms, is that correct? If it is, can you mention the usage of individual ACs?

      • Sanjay Gupta says:

        Thanks a lot Abhishek,

        You are correct regarding the usage, please find the details.

        1. Master bedroom : 9-10 hrs
        2. Guest room : on an average 3-4 hrs
        3. Study room : 4-6 hrs

        Please suggest the split AC make and model which I should buy for these rooms. Please also suggest the idea height at which I place the split AC? How much should I leave from the roof top? Considering that the roof height of all the rooms are 10.2’ and the rooms are bigger than standard size. Any other recommendation during piping and fixing the units [control inside and compress outside].
        Thanks a lot
        =Sanjay

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hello Mr Gupta,

          I would suggest going for Inverter AC for the master bedroom, but for the other two rooms you can go for BEE 3 star rated AC. So a 2 ton inverter for master bedroom, 2 ton regular BEE 3 star AC for guest room and 1.5 ton BEE 3 star AC for the study room. You can look at these:

          2 ton inverter:

          Mitsubishi Electric MSY-GE24VA
          Hitachi RAU023EUEA
          Samsung AR24HV5NBWK
          Panasonic CS-S24PKY

          BEE 3 star 1.5 ton ACs:

          Hitachi RAU318HUD
          Daikin FTC50PRV16
          Bluestar 3HW18HAF
          Whirlpool 3D Cool Deluxe III or 3D Cool Dlx Plus III

          BEE 3 star 2 ton ACs:

          Hitachi (RAU424ETD, RAU324EUDA, RAU324HUD)
          Daikin FTC60PRV16
          Carrier Kurve 2 ton AC
          Samsung AR24HC3TFUR
          Voltas 243 CYa
          Bluestar 3HW24FA

          You can choose your brand as per your preference from the list above. Try to make sure that the AC is about 7-8 ft above the ground. Leaving 6-8 inches on top should be good enough. Also make sure that the length of the piping does not exceed 13 mts. Avoid keeping the outdoor unit under direct sunlight as in Delhi the heat in summers is so high that the ACs stop cooling under influence of direct sun.

          • Sanjay Gupta says:

            Hi Abhishek,

            Thanks a lot for your valuable input. It is really very very helpful.

            Sanjay Gupta

  96. Puneeth says:

    Hi Abhi,
    I think I got to the right place for getting the much needed advice in choosing the right Split Ac. Could you please advise a recommended Split AC according to the requirements stated below.

    I am planning to buy an AC for my hometown which is a Tier 2 city in northern Telangana, where temperature exceeds above 45 in most of the summer days.
    Here is room details
    Room size: 9 ×10 sq ft; Facing: East, 1 Open door towards another room on northern side (Only curtain in b/w); Windows: One window, 4×3 sq ft, West side
    There is terrace on the top of this room, mostly covered by small plants such as flowers etc.
    Usage: Regular usage, during Summer about 4 – 5 hrs, only 2-3 months usage for the year.
    Budget: 30-35 K per Ac
    Since this purchase if for a Tier 2 city, I think the best would be to buy an already established brand so that there wont be any problem in after sales support.
    After doing some research on internet, I am planning to buy 1 or 1.5 ton split AC for this room. I’m more concerned to reduce the maintenance cost (monthly power bills) so looking for best star rating, bee n eer one. Not sure if Invertor AC is a good deal for my usage.
    Thanks in advance :)
    Regards,
    Puneeth.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Puneeth,

      I took Hyderabad as reference to do the calculations. A 9×10 room in Hyderabad with ceiling exposed to sun would need about 1 tons of cooling. If you are keen on reducing electricity bills you can go for BEE 5 star rated ACs as you can get 1 ton BEE 5 star rated AC in your budget. You can look at these models:

      Godrej GSC 12 FG 6 WNG / GSC 12 FG 6 BNG
      SAMSUNG AR12HC5TCNC
      SAMSUNG AR12HC5TDUR
      SAMSUNG AR12HC5ECLZ
      SAMSUNG AR12HC5UCNB
      LG LSA3EG5M
      MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC MS-GK13VA
      DAIKIN FTF35PRV16
      LG LSA3AP5M
      LG LSA3ES5M
      LG LSA3EW5M
      LG LSA3MP5M
      LG LSA3NP5F
      LG LSA3SP5M
      LG LSA3VP5M

  97. Jyothi says:

    Hi! Abhi,

    I got to the right place and your advise is very much appreciated in choosing the right Split Ac for my requirements below,
    We are living in Coastal Andhra near to Sea 5-6 km, salt weather and temp touches above 45 during summer, very humid.

    I’m planning to install two Split Acs for my home in two bed rooms, both rooms are on ground floor west facing, and first floor is open, here is room details
    Bed room #1:
    Room size: 11×13 sq ft; Facing: West & South side open; Windows: One window, 3×2 sq ft, south side
    Usage: Regular usage, during Summer about 10 hrs, normal 2-6 hrs in non summer.
    Bed room #2:
    Room size: 11×12 sq ft; Facing: West & North side open; Windows: Two windows each one 3×2 sq ft, north & west side
    Usage: only 1-2 months usage for the year.

    Budget: 30-35 K per Ac
    Ceiling: Gypsum ceiling work is done for the both rooms recently.

    I don’t have in depth knowledge in choosing the right one, but after spending few hours on the net and from known relatives with their experience of Acs, like to buy 1.2 or 1.5 ton Hitachi Kaze Plus. I’m more concerned to reduce the maintenance cost (monthly power bills), looking for best star rating, bee n eer one.

    Kindly advise and do let me know if you need any more details. Thanks in advance Abhi.

    Regards,
    Jyothi

    • Jyothi says:

      Hi! Abhi,

      Continues..

      Also advise if there is any best option for hot n cold (Split Ac can give hot n cool air) to use both n cold n summer seasons…! (please don’t keep budget as constraint in such case, I’m free up to 50K per one AC regular use.. and the other one occasional use up to 40K). Thanks in advance.

      • Abhishek Jain says:

        I would not recommend Hot and Cold ACs because regular hot and cold ACs are not very energy efficient and Inverter Hot and Cold ACs will be more expensive than 50K. You can get regular inverter ACs in sub 50K. Also in case you have voltage fluctuations in your area, make sure that you get a voltage stabilizer with surge protection for your inverter AC.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Ms Jyothi,

      As per my calculations you need 1.4 tons of cooling for 11×12 room and 1.6 tons of cooling for 11×13 room. For bedroom 1 the usage of AC is high and thus I would recommend going for inverter technology air conditioner. To know more about inverter technology AC you can read more on these links:

      https://www.bijlibachao.com/air-conditioners/air-conditioners-with-inverter-technology-can-help-save-electricity-ac-india.html
      https://www.bijlibachao.com/air-conditioners/difference-between-a-bee-5-star-rated-and-inverter-technology-air-conditioner.html

      So for bedroom 1 you should go for 1.5 ton inverter AC (1.5 ton inverter AC can extend to 1.7 tons and thus it can cover 1.6 tons cooling requirement). And for bedroom 2 you should go for 1.5 ton BEE 3 star AC. You can look at these models:

      1.5 ton inverter ACs:
      Hitachi Ace or Kampa inverter 1.5 ton
      Daikin FTKM50PRV16
      Samsung AR18HV5DAWK
      LG BS-Q186C8R6
      Sharp AH-XP18PHT, AH-XP18PMT, AH-X18PET, AH-XP18MV
      Samsung AR18HV5NFWK

      BEE 3 star 1.5 ton AC:
      Hitachi RAU318HUD
      Daikin FTC50PRV16
      Bluestar 3HW18HAF
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Deluxe III or 3D Cool Dlx Plus III

      • Jyothi says:

        Thank you so much Abhi…!

        I think, I would need some study.. will follow the links provided and will get back if required.

        Thanks for your time and response.

  98. joelito says:

    Hi Abishek,

    In one of your articles, I read that AC power consumption depends on thermostat setting, i.e., power consumption increases with higher thermostat setting and vice versa. Also in one of your articles, it says that power consumption is increased with higher thermostat setting because the compressor will have to run for longer periods of time thereby consuming more electricity.

    Now, the other day I just called Carrier Support in our country and spoke to one of their representatives over the phone, and I was told that if a NON-inverter aircon is rated 650 watts it will run on 650 watts regardless of thermostat setting.

    I think your answer to my previous question regarding this is clear enough, but I guess I just wanna clarify to be sure I got your correctly. And please note, this is for a NON-INVERTER aircon.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Joelito,

      In a non inverter AC there are 2 components that consume electricity 1) Fan 2) Compressor. Compressor consumes the maximum electricity and Fan is minimal. The compressor in a non inverter AC is either ON or OFF. When the room temperature is high (higher than thermostat setting) the compressor is ON. When it gets lower the compressor gets OFF. So now taking your example, if aircon is rated at 650 watts, then it would have approx about 80-100 watts for fan and rest for the compressor. When the compressor is OFF, the consumption is only of the Fan. When compressor is ON, the consumption is of Fan + Compressor which is about 650 watts. So yes when it is ON the compressor will run on 650 watts regardless of thermostat setting. But the frequency of ON and OFF of the compressor will change with thermostat setting. If you keep it at lower setting, the AC will have to remove more heat, and thus compressor will remain in ON state for longer. But if you keep it at higher setting, the amount of heat to be removed from the room will be less and thus the ON state will be shorter and OFF state longer. And thus as compressor will run less, the power consumption will be less.

  99. joelito says:

    CONTINUATION..
    1. If an aircon is NON-INVERTER, sample rating of 650 watts, thermostat setting of 1-10. Does it mean that per knotch setting is 65 watts consumption (setting 1=65w, setting 2=130w, setting 3=195w, setting 4=260, setting 5=325w, etc.)? That electric consumption is influenced by the thermostat setting itself?

    OR
    2. Is it just 650 watts flat consumption?… Meaning in setting 1, the AC will be running on 650 watts but only for a short period of time. In setting 2, it will be running a bit longer. In setting 3, much longer etc. And that the duration the NON-INVERTER aircon is running in relation to its power rating is what determines the electric bill?

    So sorry, I just need to hear directly from you. I can’t just take the Carrier Support’s word for it. I wanna hear from the pro.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      The 2nd point you mentioned is correct. Power consumption and running time of the compressor will also depend on the external temperature. If the heat is more, the compressor will have to work more to get the room to the same temperature as compared to when the heat is less. So for e.g. if outside temperature is 32 and you want indoor to 25. The temperature difference is of 7 degrees. But if the outside temperature is 42 and you want to get it to 25 the temperature difference is 17 degrees. The AC will have to work more to bring down the temperature by 17 than bringing it down by 7 (even though the thermostat setting is 25).

  100. Manik Ahluwalia says:

    Abhishek,

    Not sure a relevent question but i thought will ask.. My room is on the 2nd floor in 3 floor house. We are looking to instrall split Air conditioner and the electritian recomendation is to put the outside unit on the terace. I have 2 questions

    1) Does the distance between the inside and outside unit impact teh cooling / electricity consumption as wiring will be 15 ft between the two
    2) is teher a standard wire thickness that we should put betwen teh two units as the distance is more we will have to so this standard given by compnies will not work

    manik

  101. Kannusamy says:

    Hello Abhi,
    I want to buy split A/C for my new flat in chennai. total 7 floor. my flat is 5th floor. bed room size is 10 x 10 feet. i want to buy inverter split A/c. please feed back for suitable brand A/c. my budget Rupees 40 thousand.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      You need 1 ton cooling or 0.75 ton inverter AC for your room. You can look at these ACs:

      0.75 ton inverter AC:
      Mitsubishi MSY-GE10VA
      Daikin FTKM25PRV16
      Sharp AH-XP10LV
      OGeneral ASGA09JGCA
      Daikin FTKP25PRV16
      O General ASGG09JLCA
      Panasonic CS-YS9PKY

      The list is in decreasing order of energy efficiency. You will get almost all of these in 40K budget.

    • K.Samy says:

      Thanks for your replay, I would like to buy 1.o ton cooling only inverter split A/c, please suggest energy efficient and super cooling and best quality brand. Thanking you.

      • Abhishek Jain says:

        You can look at any of these:

        Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
        Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
        Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
        Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
        Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

  102. Joelito says:

    Hi Abishek,

    Given a window type, NON-inverter AC, with thermostat setting range of 1-10, rated at 850 watts.

    Does electric consumption vary depending on the thermostat setting, i.e., uses less electricity when set at 1, a bit more at 3, more at 6, and max consumption of 850 watts at 10?.. OR is it simply flat 850 watts regardless of the thermostat setting?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      It changes with thermostat setting. At lower setting the electricity consumption is low. At higher setting the electricity consumption is high.

  103. Prashant Sharma says:

    Hello Abhishek,

    I am from Gorakhpur ( Uttar Pradesh ) . My room size is 140 sq.ft it has got 2 window (north& south) and 1 door ( South) on the east & west side have other rooms so no direct sun light and it is on the 3rd floor of the 4th floor building. AC will run 10-12 hour per day throughout the year ( hot & Cold) . Cost is not a matter i want Best and durable Air Conditioner , can you please suggest me the best and durable air conditioner … I have kept 1. Daikin FTXS35EVMA, 2.Daikin FTXR42KVMA, 3. Daikin FTXG35JV1BA 4. CARRIER SUPERIA 365 as an option. i have considered 1 ton inverter air conditioner, what will you suggest me ?

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      You need about 1.4 tons of cooling for the room. 1 ton inverter AC will not work. You will have to go for 1.5 ton inverter AC. You can consider the same ones I recommended earlier.

  104. Devang says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    First of all three cheers for bijlibachao.com. I really appreciate your effort on raising awareness on energy conservation and also helping out personally all your readers.

    I have to buy 3 (1*1.5 ton and 2 * 1 ton) new split AC’s for my home. I would be very thankful to you if you could suggest me the models:
    (Details:Thane/North facing windows/Middle floor)

    Thanks
    Devang

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Devang,

      What is the size of the rooms and how much is the usage of ACs in hrs/day and months/year? Also what is your expected budget for these?

      • Devang says:

        Hi Abhishek,
        The room sizes & usages are:
        Living (approx 19*11 =209 sqft) – Approx usage: 4hr/day for 4 summer months
        BR1 (approx 10*11 =110 sqft) – Approx usage: 8hr/day for 4 summer months
        BR2 (approx 11*11 =121 sqft) – Approx usage: 8hr/day for 4 summer months

        My budget is around 1.5 lakhs inclusive of installation/ducting cost.

        Thanks.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          You need:

          1.5 ton cooling for 19×11 room.
          And 0.8 tons cooling for both the bedrooms.

          Your usage of AC in living room is not high so a BEE 3 star AC would work well. But for the bedrooms I would recommend going for 0.75 ton inverter AC. You can look at these:

          0.75 ton inverter AC:
          Mitsubishi MSY-GE10VA
          Daikin FTKM25PRV16
          Sharp AH-XP10LV
          OGeneral ASGA09JGCA
          Daikin FTKP25PRV16
          O General ASGG09JLCA
          Panasonic CS-YS9PKY

          BEE 3 star 1.5 ton AC:
          Hitachi RAU318HUD
          Daikin FTC50PRV16
          Bluestar 3HW18HAF
          Whirlpool 3D Cool Deluxe III or 3D Cool Dlx Plus III

          The 0.75 ton inverter ACs should cost you about 30-32 K for buying and another 1.5 K for installation. The BEE 3 star 1.5 ton AC should cost you about 35-37K for buying and 1.5 K for installation. And these will be most efficient in controlling your electricity costs.

          • Devang says:

            Thanks a lot Abhishek for such a prompt and detailed reply. I appreciate it!

          • Devang says:

            Hi Abhishek,
            You have recommended 0.75 inverter AC for smaller rooms. However, not many retailers stock 0.75 ton AC. I found only Daikin and the dealer is charging additional 5K (installation+ducting+gas testing). This would finally cost 33+5=38K for 0.75 inverter AC. This is almost same as Hitachi 3 Star 1 ton AC (installation charge is waived off).

            Would you recommended to go for 3 star 1 ton instead of 0.75 inverter AC as a minor compromise? Or should I stick to 0.75 inverter AC considering long term energy savings.

            Thanks
            Devang

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Hello Devang,

            For long term energy savings perspective I would suggest that you go for 0.75 ton inverter AC as the price is same.

  105. Srinivas says:

    Hi Abhishek

    This is Srinivas from Bangalore. Not sure whether i can post this question here or not, but please help me. Need your suggestion on buying a refrigerator. We are 2 people expecting kids to join in near future. Pure vegetarians with lots of vegetables consumption.

    Help me with answers to the following questions:
    1. Which one to buy either single door or double door?
    2. Top freezer model or bottom freezer model?
    3. Is any invertor technology refreigerator available? If available is it good to buy?
    4. Any extra stabiliser required to buy along with refreigerator?
    5. Features expected: “Great power saving, BEE 5* rating, Big Vegetable Basket, Less or no freezer space(as we don’t eat Non-veg), Environment friendly or good latest refrigerant, Frost-free or automatic defrost, good after sales service”, Suggest models with a capacity around 250L to 300L?

    Thank you,
    Srinivas

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Srinivas,

      I will give you quick responses:

      1) Double door.
      2) Top Freezer.
      3) Yes inverter tech refrigerators are available.
      4) You mostly do not need to buy stabilizer. LG specifically mentions that their models run at voltage range of 100-290 V. Samsung does not mention that, but I am sure it would also work in that range but you can confirm with their online customer support for specific model (you can chat with them).
      5) You can look at these models:

      Brand Name Model Number Gross Volume(Litres) Storage Volume(Litres) Electricity consumption (unit per year) Star Rating Market Price
      WHIRLPOOL NEO IC305 Royal 292 263 259 4 30305
      WHIRLPOOL NEO IC275 Royal 262 236 253 4 26322
      SAMSUNG RT29HDRZESA/TL 275 255 248 4 30200
      SAMSUNG RT27HDRZESA/TL 253 234 244 4 26800
      LG GL-D302RPJL 285 259 242 4 28900
      LG GL-E302RPTL 285 259 242 4 32490
      LG GL-M302RATL 285 259 242 4 32490
      LG GL-M302RLTL 285 259 242 4 26600
      LG GL-P302RPJL 285 259 242 4 29400
      LG GL-D292RPJL 258 237 238 4 27400
      LG GL-E292RPTL 258 237 238 4 29990
      LG GL-M292RATL 258 237 238 4 28500
      LG GL-M292RLTL 258 237 238 4 23500
      LG GL-P292RPJL 258 237 238 4 27000
      LG GL-B292RMTL 258 235 238 4 19773
      SAMSUNG RT27HARZERY/TL 253 234 244 4 27700
      SAMSUNG RT29HARZERY/TL 275 255 248 4 30000
      LG GL-B282RACL 255 235 240 4 27400
      LG GL-B282SLCL 255 235 240 4 20775
      LG GL-C282RPCL 255 235 240 4 29900

      Whirlpool does not have inverter technology. And there are no BEE 5 star rated refrigerators as per BEE 2014 ratings.

  106. Prasanna says:

    Hi Abhishek

    I am Prasanna from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Want to buy AC for a room of size 216 sqft for 22 year old house. This room gets direct sunlight on the ceiling. Average temperature in our city will be 35 with lot of hot air blowing always. This room does not have any POP, WallPutty, False Ceiling. Usage of AC will be around 1000 to 1500 Hrs per year. Please help me in clearing these doubts question wise

    1. Do i need to have any POP or WallPutty or False Ceiling to my room of 22 year old house before buying the AC?
    2. Do i need to have a separate wiring for AC as this house little old of around 22 years?
    2. What capacity or Tonnage AC will be useful for this room of 216 sqft?
    3. Suggest me best invertor split AC model with BEE 5 star rating?

    Thank you,
    Prasanna

    • Prashant Sharma says:

      Hello Abhishek,
      I am from Gorakhpur ( Uttar Pradesh ) . Room temperature(inside room) in summer goes to 38 C and out door temperature goes to 40 C & above, My room size is 10*12 it has got 2 window and 2 doors and it is the top floor of the building. AC will run 10-12 hour per day throughout the year ( hot & Cold) . Cost is not a matter i want Best and durable Air Conditioner , can you please suggest me the best and durable air conditioner … I have kept Daikin FTXS50FVMA as an option if you also agree with me please let me know the pros and cons of FTXS50FVMA.

      • Abhishek Jain says:

        Hi Prashant,

        Daikin FTXS50FVMA is quite good with decent energy efficiency level. However there a few models that have better energy efficiency than this model. You may also consider:

        O General ASGA18LFCA
        Carrier SUPERIA 365 1.5 ton
        LG AS-W186C2U1

        From a durability perspective Daiki, General and Carrier will be really good. Carrier claims to be 100% copper, however Daikin and Ogeneral also have blue fin condenser.

        • Prashant Sharma says:

          Hello Abhishek,
          Can you let me know the size of air conditioner required for the room ( Inverter Technology)

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            A 12×10 room on top floor in UP needs 1.4 tons of cooling in peak summer day time. A 1 ton inverter AC will not be able to stretch to 1.4 tons and thus 1.5 ton inverter AC would be better.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Prasanna,

      A 216 sq ft room in Guntur would need about 2.2 tons of cooling (in peak summers) or a 2 ton inverter AC would work fine. Now to answer your questions:

      1) Better the insulation, lower the consumption of electricity by an air conditioner. If you can have a layer of POP then that will provide some insulation to the room from heat.
      2) New wiring will depend on the condition of existing wiring. It should be able to handle about 15 Amp current. If it is not in a good condition then better get new wiring done as if your AC fails after sometime, the expenses of repair will be high (specially for inverter AC).
      3) As I said 2.2 tons is what comes out as per my calculations, but that is for peak summer day time. If usage is mostly at night then 2 ton AC would also suffice. You can look at these models:

      BEE 5 star 2 ton AC:

      HITACHI RAU524IUD
      MITSUBISHI SRK26CNS-S6
      MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC MS-GK24VA
      HITACHI RAU524ITD
      VOLTAS 245 DY
      OGENERAL OG-24WIS5
      BLUESTAR 5HW24MA

      2 ton inverter:

      Mitsubishi Electric MSY-GE24VA
      Hitachi RAU023EUEA
      Samsung AR24HV5NBWK
      Panasonic CS-S24PKY

  107. Rajeev says:

    Hello sir
    I want to buy 3 ac for my home. I am from Muzaffarpur (Bihar).
    My flat have No floors above it (top floor).It gets very hot during summer. I am looking for best ac in every parameter

    Room no- 1 (Bedroom)
    Size- 13’2″×11’2″×10′
    Short listed- Daikin FTXS50FVMA
    INVERTER Hot and cold
    1 big window

    Room no- 2 bedroom
    Size- 12’10″×11’4″×10′
    Short listed- Hitachi ace cutout RAU518HUD
    5 Star cooling only
    2 big windows

    Room no 3 – sitting room
    Size- 15’7″×12’11″×11′
    Short listed- Mitsubishi electric MSGK24VA
    5 Star cooling only
    4 big windows and 2 doors

    Kindly suggest me

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Rajeev,

      As per my calculations for peak summer day time you need:

      1.7 tons cooling for room 1 or 1.5 ton inverter AC
      1.7 tons cooling for room 2 or 1.5 ton inverter AC
      2.5 tons cooling for room 3 or 2.2 ton inverter AC

      This requirement is for peak summer day time. At nights the requirement is less also during other months the requirement will be less.

      For room 1: Daikin FTXS50FVMA is good but you may also consider:

      O General ASGA18LFCA
      Carrier SUPERIA 365 1.5 ton
      LG AS-W186C2U1

      For room 2: Hitachi RAU520IUD or RAU520ITD will be better options (if the usage is during the day as well). If the usage is only at night then the model you have chosen is good.

      For room 3: You can go for 2 ton AC if the usage is not during the day. If the usage is during the day then I would rather suggest Daikin FTKD71FVM than a 2 ton BEE 5 star AC. There are no BEE 5 star rated ACs in bigger tonnage.

  108. raja says:

    Daikin FTKM25PRV16 vs ogeneral asga09jgca

  109. B S Rao says:

    Hello sir

    I am using 1.5 ton Blue star split AC form last 5 years. Recently the compressor got burnt. can I repair the compressor? or replace the compressor with new one? or go for new Air conditioner?. which one of the above is best.

    Which star & Brand Split AC is best for around 4Hrs/day working of room size 150sft. Please suggest
    Thanq
    BSRao

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Rao,

      A 150 sq ft room in Vishakhapatnam will need 1.5 ton of cooling. Newer ACs are much more energy efficient than ACs available 5 years ago. However your usage of AC looks quite less. Replacing the compressor will be cheaper than buying a new AC. But the payback will depend on how much is it costing to buy a new AC and the cost of replacing the compressor. Did you get any quote from Blue Star for replacing the compressor?

      However you can look at these BEE 3 star 1.5 ton ACs:

      Hitachi RAU318HUD
      Daikin FTC50PRV16
      Bluestar 3HW18HAF
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Deluxe III or 3D Cool Dlx Plus III

  110. Rahhul Pkkarna says:

    Hello Sir,

    I want to know the difference between 3 star & 5 star. above i have seen ratings given by the website. are the ratings correct. What all do we have to look into before buying an AC.

    i want to buy spilt ac for my shop. its 10 * 8 ft in secunderabad. I want to buy one which would give me value for money and in long run also.

    i thought of
    Onida S125FLT-LA as the rating is good & the price is app 24500/- INR. I want low maintainence.

    TIA

    Rahhul Pokkarna

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Pokkarna,

      Between 3 star and 5 star rated AC there would be about 15% electricity saving. So if a BEE 3 star rated 1.5 ton AC is rated 1650 watts then a BEE 5 star rated would be rated at about 1400 watts. We have lot of articles on our website to give you details on what to look for while buying AC; https://www.bijlibachao.com/save-electricity/air-conditioners

      For a 10×8 shop in secundarabad, the best thing would be to buy a 0.75 ton inverter AC (to save electricity). You can look at these:

      Mitsubishi MSY-GE10VA
      Daikin FTKM25PRV16
      Sharp AH-XP10LV
      OGeneral ASGA09JGCA
      Daikin FTKP25PRV16
      O General ASGG09JLCA
      Panasonic CS-YS9PKY

  111. Saurabh says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am looking to a buy a good 1 ton split ac with more energy efficiency. I have shortlisted the below. Can you please help me pin point the best among the below? My room is not too big, say around 8X9 sq. ft.
    Daikin 1 FTF35PRV16 5 Star Split Air Conditioner. Power Consumption – 931 Watts
    Onida 1.0 Ton 5 Star S125FLT-N Power Flat-N Split Air Conditioner. Power Consumption – ?? Watts (dint find this info anywhere)
    LG 1 Ton 3 Star LSA3ES3M Split Air Conditioner. Power Consumption – 1070 Watts
    Blue Star 1 Ton 3 Star 3HW12FA1 Split Air Conditioner. Power Consumption – 1080 Watts
    Carrier 1 Ton 5 Star Superia Split Air Conditioner. Power Consumption – 950 Watts
    The main things I will be looking for are longer life and good customer service. Also i plan to buy these from Snap Deal where there have been some comments saying that Daikin a/c’s do not provide warranty if they are bought from snap deal. Hence not sure if i will go for Daikin.
    Thanks for you help!

    Regards,
    Saurabh

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Saurabh,

      A 1 ton AC is oversized for a 8×9 room (every where in the country) and will consume lot more electricity. Even if you are in North India max you need is 0.75 ton. If you are in Mumbai even a 0.75 ton is oversized. I would recommend you to go for a 0.75 ton inverter AC for your room. You can look at these models:

      Mitsubishi MSY-GE10VA
      Daikin FTKM25PRV16
      Sharp AH-XP10LV
      OGeneral ASGA09JGCA
      Daikin FTKP25PRV16
      O General ASGG09JLCA
      Panasonic CS-YS9PKY

      As far as buying from Snapdeal is concerned, make sure you are getting warranty on the product as there are brands like Sharp who do not provide warranty on products sold through snapdeal.

  112. Rajeev says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    First of all i would like to appreciate you helping people this way.
    I am in Delhi and want to buy 3 HOT AND COLD invertor AC for 2 bed rooms and one living room :
    Bed room 1 (13×9 ft ) with a small window facing North.
    Bed room 2 (15×8 ft) with window size 7×8 ft facing West.
    Living room ( 26×12 + (7* 4 ft) attaching open kitchen ( window of living room size 10×9 is facing to East.
    Our Flat is on top floor. my usage pattern would be 9 months a year and an average of 10-12 hrs a day.

    As my usage is high, Please suggest me only power efficient brands with less noise.

    Thanks a lot

    Rajeev

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Rajeev,

      You need 1.5 ton hot and cold inverter AC for room 1 and 2 and 3 ton for the living room. However there are no 3 ton inverter ACs available in market so you will have to go for two 1.5 ton ACs for that room. You can look at these 1.5 ton inverter ACs:

      LG AS-W186C2U1
      O General ASGA18LFCA
      Daikin FTXR50KVMA
      Carrier SUPERIA 365 1.5 ton
      Hitachi RAU018ITXAI

  113. Durairajan says:

    Thanks for your reply.

    Daily i ll use 2 to 4 hrs.

    Kindly advise about ‘Electrolux 1.5 Ton 5 Star SP55N Split Air Conditioner’

    Durairajan

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Durairajan,

      The EER of this model is 3.51 which is good. As it is your usage is low. Electrolux is a good brand but certainly not amongst the top AC brands. The difference between top brands and other brands is their durability/reliability. But at the price at which you can get it, there won’t be too many brands offering a 5 star rated AC. So from cost and efficiency point of view, it looks good.

  114. Hitesh Vaghela says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am staying in Vadodara and room size is 12 * 14. Though rooms is top floor (4th floor), ceiling has good POP. Two glass windows (South & West) and room has one big wardrobe.

    Please suggest required tonnage capacity for split ac and good models available in market.

    Usage of ac mainly in Summer, 10 to 12 hours a day.

    Best regards,
    Hitesh

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Hitesh,

      You need 1.7 tons of cooling for your room or if you go for inverter tech AC then 1.5 ton inverter tech AC would be good. Your usage of AC is quite high and thus I would recommend going for inverter tech AC. You can look at these models:

      1.7/1.8 ton ACs:

      Hitachi RAU520IUD or RAU520ITD (1.7 ton AC)
      or Daikin FT60MV16

      You may also look at these 1.5 ton inverter ACs:

      Hitachi Ace or Kampa inverter 1.5 ton
      Daikin FTKM50PRV16
      Samsung AR18HV5DAWK
      LG BS-Q186C8R6
      Sharp AH-XP18PHT, AH-XP18PMT, AH-X18PET, AH-XP18MV
      Samsung AR18HV5NFWK

  115. KB says:

    HI Abhishek

    I have two Room

    1) 10 X 12 , have one window ( Closed most of time), No Direct sunlight, Ground floor. There is Room top of it. living in Ahmedabad. Uses only in summer for 3 hours each day. Please suggest Suitable AC with tonnage , Star rating and Brand.

    2)15 X 12 , have one window ( Closed most of time), Direct sunlight on top , Front and left, Top floor. Living in Ahmedabad. Uses only in summer for Avg 2 hours each day. Please suggest Suitable AC with tonnage , Star rating and Brand.

    Thanks
    KB

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello,

      The first room needs 1 tons of cooling. Your usage is less so BEE 3 star rated 1 ton AC would be good. The second room needs 2 tons of cooling. Again the usage is less so BEE 3 star AC would be good. You can look at these ACs:

      BEE 3 star 1 ton ACs:

      Samsung AR12HC3USNB or AR12HC3USUQ or AR12HC3ESLW or AR12HC3TFUR
      Hitachi RAU412HTD or RAU412KTDP or RAU312HUD or RAU312HUDP
      Daikin FTC35PRV16
      Whirlpool 3D COOL DELUXE III

      BEE 3 star 2 ton ACs:

      Hitachi (RAU424ETD, RAU324EUDA, RAU324HUD)
      Daikin FTC60PRV16
      Carrier Kurve 2 ton AC
      Samsung AR24HC3TFUR
      Voltas 243 CYa
      Bluestar 3HW24FA

  116. ROY says:

    Hi
    Thanks for your quick reply
    Bluestar R410A 3 Star H series AC uses R410A refrigarent. what are the pros and cons of R410A over R-22?
    Is R410A costlier than R-22 for in case of refilling or leakage?
    pls comments….

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      R22 has more global warming potential and is less efficient in general. And that is the reason it will be phased out completely in next 20 years. Starting 2016 no new models will use R22 and everything will move to R410A or R32. Production of R22 will also start reducing going forward (as it will have to be phased out). Currently certainly R410A is costlier (but more energy efficient) than R-22.

  117. nitin kumar jain says:

    hi abishek

    pls suggest me two split ac for room size 12* 12 & 15*10 . I am living kota rajasthan rate wise cheap ho to best hai light to bachani hi hai.

    thanking u

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      HI Nitin,

      Here are the size requirements for rooms in Kota:

      12×12 needs 1.3 tons of cooling if the room does not get direct sunlight on the walls/ceiling and is in general a dark room. Otherwise if the walls/ceiling are hot then it needs 1.7 tons of cooling.

      15×10 needs 1.4 tons of cooling if the room does not get direct sunlight on the walls/ceiling and is in general a dark room. Otherwise if the walls/ceiling are hot then it needs 1.7 tons of cooling.

      Please let me know if the rooms get direct sunlight on the walls/ceiling or not and I can recommend you some ACs. Also a tentative budget would be good to know.

  118. Durairajan says:

    Hi abhishek

    I am in chennai. Staying 2nd flr. for 10*10 size room, which AC is best(5 *).

    Kindly advise.

    Durairajan

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello,

      You can look at any of these 1 ton ACs:

      GODREJ GSC 12 FG 6 BNG, GSC 12 FG 6 WNG
      SAMSUNG AR12HC5TDUR, AR12HC5ECLZ, AR12HC5TCNC, AR12HC5UCNB
      WHIRLPOOL 3D COOL CLIMATE CONTROL
      PANASONIC CS-XC12QKY/CU-XC12QKY
      DAIKIN FTF35PRV16
      LG LSA3EG5M, LSA3VP5M, LSA3TM5M, LSA3ES5M, LSA3EW5M, LSA3MP5M, LSA3NP5F, LSA3SP5M
      MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC MS-GK13VA
      CARRIER Superia 1 ton

  119. Ravi K says:

    Hello Abhishek,

    I am from Bangalore Karnataka.Need to buy three ACs for three rooms as per the below requirement .

    1.First room of size 14’0″ * 10’6″ with an enclosed balcony having glass fitted big sliding door exposure to sunlight with curtains on it and without any window in it.

    2.Second room of size 14’0″ * 10’6″ with one window exposure to sunlight with curtains on it.

    3.Third room of size 11’6″ * 10’6″ with one window No exposure to sunlight with curtains on it .

    4.It will be used normally in day (afternoon) and whole night for weekdays and almost whole day and night on weekends during summer seasons .

    5.Which one is the Right tonnage for my rooms.

    6.Whether I should go for 3 star or 5 star ?

    7.Should be Energy efficient/power saving.

    8.Low maintenance ac even with little higher initial capital cost.

    9.Also any preferred brand with good durability & low maintenance.

    10.I stay on the 3rd floor of an 5th floor building.

    11.Should I go for inverter based or normal ACs.

    Please suggest.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Ravi,

      As per my calculations you need 1.2 tons of cooling for the first 2 rooms and 0.9 ton (or 1 ton) cooling for the third room. Your tariff in Bengaluru would be close to Rs 7 per unit. So if your yearly usage is more than 1300 hrs, you should go for inverter technology AC. If it is more than 900 hrs/yr but less than 1300 hrs/yr then you should go for BEE 5 star rated AC. If it is less than 900 hrs/year then you can go for BEE 3 star rated AC.

      If you go for inverter AC then you can go for 1 ton inverter AC for the first 2 rooms and 0.75 ton inverter AC for the third room. In fact the cost of 0.75 ton inverter AC is almost as much as BEE 3/5 star 1 ton fixed speed AC, so for third room you should go for inverter AC.

      Inverter AC can have high electricity savings, but they can also have high maintenance costs if power quality in your are is not good, which I think should not be the case because I think BESCOM should supply good power. Or to protect the inverter AC you can put stabilizer with surge protection.

      Japanese brands (Hitachi, Daikin, Sharp, Panasonic, General, Mitsubishi) + Carrier + Bluestar are quite durable ACs. But Samsung inverter ACs with triple protection are also quite durable (they would not need a voltage stabilizer as well).

      How much is your usage in hrs/day and months/year?

      • Ravi K says:

        Thanks Abhishek for your help and guideance.
        My usage in hrs/day is Min.8hrs on weekdays and min 12hrs over weekend.Please suggest.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          For how many months?

          • Ravi K says:

            Generally in Summer season.

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Assuming its summer for you only for 4 months, your usage would be 64 hrs per week or about 250 hrs a month or 1000 hrs a year. A BEE 5 star rated AC would be better for you. You can look at these:

            1.2 ton AC (for 2 rooms):
            Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
            Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
            Voltas 155 CY

            1 ton AC (for 3rd room):
            GODREJ GSC 12 FG 6 BNG, GSC 12 FG 6 WNG
            SAMSUNG AR12HC5TDUR, AR12HC5ECLZ, AR12HC5TCNC, AR12HC5UCNB
            WHIRLPOOL 3D COOL CLIMATE CONTROL
            PANASONIC CS-XC12QKY/CU-XC12QKY
            DAIKIN FTF35PRV16
            LG LSA3EG5M, LSA3VP5M, LSA3TM5M, LSA3ES5M, LSA3EW5M, LSA3MP5M, LSA3NP5F, LSA3SP5M
            MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC MS-GK13VA
            CARRIER Superia 1 ton

            You can go for Whirlpool ACs for both the rooms.

  120. Sandeep says:

    Thanks Abhishek for your quick response..I am in Maharashtra Raigad city. I have decided on Hitachi 5 star Ace cut 1.5 ton.. Is this model good & would suffice my needs ? Also which Co. has a blue fin condenser ? Does above model of Hitachi has this ?

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Sandeep,

      For 12×15 room in Raigad, 1.5 ton AC is fine. Hitachi 5 star Ace cut 1.5 ton is a good model, but your usage is high, I would still suggest you to go for inverter tech AC. If you are worried about the initial cost of the AC then you can still look at these models of inverter tech:

      Panasonic CS-YS18PKY
      Daikin FTKV50NRV16
      Samsung AR18HV5NFWK
      Sharp AH-XP18PHT
      Sharp AH-X18PET
      Carrier Kurve Inverter 1.5 ton

      If power quality is not good in your area then you will have to go for voltage stabilizer with surge protection for these ACs (in fact with Samsung model you would not need that as well because Samsung has inbuilt features for that). Most brands these days have blue fin condenser. You can just ask the shopkeeper to show you the outdoor unit and open the indoor unit to see the heat exchanger and coils. Coils will look copper and blue fins look blue (as the name goes). If the fins look white (aluminium) then avoid it. Hitachi has blue fin condensers.

  121. Joelito says:

    Hi Abishek. Thank you for you kind reply.

    Yeah, it is for Canada. Luckily I found one for the Philippines, although I am not really sure if it is accurate as it is a government article from way back 2005! =o Here is the link: http://www.doe.gov.ph/doe_files/pdf/Researchers_Downloable_Files/Brochures/Properly_Sized_Room_Air_COnditioners.pdf

    I am from Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines with recorded temperature ranges of 23-39 degrees Centigrade to date (based on what I could find online). With all variables considered, do you think 3/4 hp unit would do me good OR do I need to get a 1 hp unit?

    Should a 3/4 hp unit suffice, which of the following units do you think would serve my purpose of Economy without sacrificing Comfort? –Carrier WCARY09EC 0.9HP [8,000 kj/h, 660w, 12.1 EER] –Panasonic CW-SC84JPH 0.8HP [7,420 kj/h, 645w, 11.5 EER] –Carrier WCARY08EC 0.75HP [7,000 kj/h, 580w, 12.1 EER].

    Thank you so very much, sir!

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Joelito,

      You need about 10000 kj/hr of cooling capacity which is about 1 hp AC for peak summer day time. An 8000 kj/hr AC can work if your room becomes well insulated. Or if your usage is only at night then an 8000 kj/hr AC may suffice. But if you need cooling during peak summer day time then you need a 1 hp air conditioner. You can save electricity by going for a lower cooling capacity air conditioner (as it will need lesser power), but that will result in lesser cooling in peak summer day time.

  122. joelito says:

    Now, dear sir, my questions are:

    1) Would the 3/4hp unit suffice for the cooling needs of the room? The cooling capacity required is 7,227.13 kj/h (as per the computation from the resource site -but it could be wrong! =] )
    2) Would it be better to use a higher cooling capacity unit (1hp) to lower my electric bill?
    3) Which unit would consume more electricity upon startup: 1hp (940 watts) or 0.75hp (645 watts)?
    4) Which of the two Panasonic units above would consume more electricity while running in relation to the variables of my bedroom described above?
    5) In choosing an aircon unit and in comparing one unit to another, which factor has the most bearing? Would it be the EER, the cooling capacity, or the wattage?

    Thank you and more power to you!

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      1) As I mentioned in previous response, the sizing will depend on you city’s climate.
      2) It is always better to use the right capacity or slightly lower capacity to reduce electricity bills. Over capacity increases electricity bills.
      3) 1hp will consume more electricity on startup.
      4) 940 watts one would consume more electricity.
      5) Well first thing should be right cooling capacity and then it should be EER. Wattage will automatically reduce if you choose right cooling capacity and higher EER.

      • Sandeep Jain says:

        Hi Abhishek,
        My hall room size is 12*15..its on 3rd floor & above is terrace with one window & door. My usage will be in between 1000 to 1500 hrs per year. Unit charge is 8 rs. Kindly suggest
        1) Right tonnage for my room
        2) Whether should go 3 star or 5 star ?
        3) PLC or Copper based as near to coastal area ?
        4) Low maintenance ac even with little higher initial capital cost
        5) Also any preferred brand with good durability & low maintenance.
        Thanks

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Sandeep,

          Which city are you in? The tonnage will depend on that. Your range of 1000-1500 is big. If it is close to 1200-1300 hrs at Rs 8 a unit, I would suggest to go for inverter technology Air Conditioner. You can go for 100% copper or Blue Fin condenser if you are closed to coast.

  123. joelito says:

    Hello Abishek,

    I have a 10.8 sqm of bedroom with 8ft ceiling height. Poorly insulated. Exposed to sunlight from morning till afternoon (corner room). With big window facing NW, tinted light brown. Three persons regularly inhabiting the area. No electronic appliances yet, just an electric fan. With minimal furnitures.

    Basing on this site: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/publications/efficiency/ee-products/roomaircond/6667 –I would need an aircon unit that meets the cooling capacity of 7,227.13 kj/h. I used to have SANYO SA-76P (7,400 kj/h, 720 watts, 10.3 EER) installed in this room but seemed inadequate to handle the heat as the compressor initially runs for around 2-4 hours before tripping off.

    I am considering getting either of these units: PANASONIC CW-XC104VPH [11,000 kj/h, 940 watts, 11.7 EER] PANASONIC CW-XC84JPH [7,420 kj/h, 645 watts, 11.5 EER]

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Joelito,

      Which country/city are you located in? The link mentioned is calculation for canada. The numbers vary significantly with climate of the place. A hot place needs more cooling capacity, a colder place would need much less.

  124. santosh says:

    Hello Abhishek
    I am from NAVIMUMBAI. I would be very happy if you provide me with your valuable suggestion. My room is 16 x 10 x 9 ft. Which tonnage Ac is best for it?? My usage will be 300 hrs/month or 4500 hrs/ year . I don’t need bulky electricity bills every month??? Invertor Ac or voltage satbilizer??? Best condenser for long life usage.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,

      You need 1.2 ton AC for your room or 1 ton inverter AC. You can look at these ACs:

      1.2 ton AC:
      Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
      Voltas 155 CY

      1 ton inverter AC:
      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

      Your usage is very high so I would suggest you to go for either Hitachi ACE inverter AC or Daikin FTKM35PRV16.

  125. Amit Agarwal says:

    Abhishek, I am from Gwalior, MP. The summer temperatures go upwards of 44 degrees in peak times with night temperatures between mid to high twenties (Winters are bad as well with min temperature close to freezing point). We live on the first floor of independent house and second floor is just roof. I would like your advice on what AC can I install in my living room (220 sq ft), and two bedrooms (150 sq ft each). If there is an AC that can provide both warm and cold air, that will be awesome provided combining hot+cold is not a compromise on cooling/efficiency/durability. I am currently thinking of Hitachi, Voltas (185 CYA) and Carrier split ACs. Please recommend if inverter AC is a good choice for me as well.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      How much do you think will be your usage in hrs/day and months/year? You would need 2 ton inverter AC for 220 sq ft room and 1.5 ton inverter AC for 150 sq ft room. You can go for hot and cold AC, just that it will be important to know approximate usage of AC to decide on which one to go for.

      • amit says:

        It will be used for 15 hours per day for 2 months (cooling) and 10 hours per day for 3 months.. so approximately 2000 hour per year for cooling. The heating will usage will be approx 500 hours per year. The smaller rooms are 100 sq ft and 130 sq ft respectively. The 130 sq ft is relatively cool because of a shade from a huge tree and no direct sunlight on any of its walls except the roof above it.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Amit,

          You need 1 ton inverter AC for both the smaller rooms and 2 ton for the living room. Will the usage be same for all the rooms?? 2000 hrs for living room seems quite high. However you can look at these inverter hot and cold ACs:

          2 ton hot and cold inverter ACs:
          Carrier Superia 365 2 ton
          LG AS-W246C2U1
          O General ASGA24LFCA

          1 ton hot and cold inverter ACs:
          LG AS-W126B1U1
          Carrier SUPERIA 365 1 ton
          Daikin FTXS35EVMA
          Hitachi RAU012ITXAI

          • Amit says:

            Hey Abhishek, you are right.. the living room usage will probably be close to 500-700 hours. What I wanted to know is if normal cold air ACs are in general better/reliable than hot and cold all weather ACs. So let me know if I should buy separate room heater and cold ACs or if you recommend hot and cold all weather ACs

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            A hot and cold AC is three times more energy efficient than a room heater in heating. So it consumes 1/3rd energy. If your heating need is high then it makes a lot of sense. However regular hot and cold ACs are less energy efficient as compared to regular BEE 3/4/5 star ACs in cooling (and only in cooling). But inverter hot and cold ACs are highly efficient in heating as well as cooling. They certainly are reliable. If your usage of AC is low then you can go for regular hot and cold ac as well.

  126. Debabrata Saha says:

    Hi,Abhishek.. I am from JANGIPUR(DISTRICT-MURSHIDABAD,W.B)My room size 165 sqft(approx),top floor.I am looking for a good ac with low power consumption..Which will be better for me?Is hitachi copper condenser?
    1)Hitachi Ace Cut Out-RAU518HUD
    2)CARRIER SUPERIA-1.5
    3)VOLTAS-(185CYA /185EYS)

    If these are not good for me, you can also suggest me another one………..Thanks

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      A 1.5 ton AC would work good for your room. Hitachi would be copper tubes with aluminium fin. Carrier claims to be 100% copper. Out of the three you mentioned Hitachi Ace Cut out will be best in terms of power consumption. I would suggest either Hitachi or Carrier.

  127. priyesh says:

    Hello,
    I stay in Navi Mumbai and bedroom area is around 140 sqft top floor and window facing east side.I would like to know is 1 ton Ac size okay for my room.I would like to go for daikin,carrrier or lg brand and I would prefer 3 or 5 star ratings for ac.Also Is it worth going for Invertor model as my usage is 1300 hrs/year .My budget is around 33,000 rs including installation.Kindly suggest some models

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Priyesh,

      A 140 sq ft room on top floor in Mumbai needs 1.2 tons of cooling or 1 ton inverter AC. There is no 1.2 ton AC in Daikin, Carrier or LG. Also a split AC would have installation cost of about Rs 1500 in mumbai. Last tariff slab in Maharashtra is about Rs 8-9 per unit, so at usage of 1300 hrs/year, it is better to go inverter AC. But it is very difficult to get 1 ton inverter AC in 33K (or 31.5K excluding installation). Please note if there is no space/balcony to install the outdoor unit then you will have to get brackets installed outside the window which will cost additional. In that case the installation cost will be more. Also some brands like Daikin do not provide copper pipe, so purchasing that also involves some cost. In that case the best would be to go for 1.2 ton BEE 5 star window AC. In that case you can go for:

      Whirlpool MAGICOOL PLATINUM V
      Hitachi RAV513HUD or RAT513HTD

  128. darshan says:

    Hello. This is darshan from Hubli, karnataka temp here is 30 to 35’c. I want to install a hot and cold split ac for my bedroom in first floor of size 10x10x9 placed in Southwest .there is a room on my ceiling ,Both south and west are exposed to sun. There is a wardrobe covering whole wall of south. And there is a Window in the west of size 2×4. Ac will run whole night..i dont know whether ac will off when specific temp is reached.. Please tell me a good hot and cold ac for my requirement.. Inverter or normal ac..?? ac should save electricity.. And ac outer unit will be installed in ground floor where there is no sunlight falling on the unit. Piping length is 9 ft frm outer unit.
    Brands preffered are bluestar,Panasonic,lg,samsung,onida,carrier.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Darshan,

      You need 0.8 tons of cooling for your room. If your AC usage (including heating and cooling) is more than 1500 hrs/year then I would recommend you to go for inverter AC. You can look at Panasonic CS-YE9PKY hot and cold inverter AC which has the best efficiency amongst your preferred brands. In regular hot and cold you will have to go for 1 ton AC. Here are some options for that:

      Panasonic CS-A12PKY
      Panasonic CS-UA12PKY
      LG LSA12ARMH
      (in sequence of decreasing energy efficiency). But the inverter model would be at least 40% more efficient than the best fixed speed model. So my recommendation would be to go for Panasonic CS-YE9PKY.

  129. Manjunath says:

    i want a information(comparesion)b/w 2 companies for data analysis purpose and which 1 is best company(in 1.5 ton)? and reason?.and also want a specification. r u help me???
    my email id is [email protected]

  130. Rakesh says:

    Hi,

    I am very glad to find this blog which having more information on air conditioners.. Can you please suggest best AC for me and below are my requirements:

    Bedroom Size 140Sqft fully furnished, Iam from Vijayawada Andhra pradesh, Stays in 3rd floor, southwest faced bed room of a 6 floored apartment, It got 4 * window and 6.5 *3 door.

    my options like 5 star in Godrej , Hitachi, carrier and Blue star.

    Can you please let me know the pros and cons with Godrej and hitachi.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      You need 1.5 ton AC for your room. You can look at these ACs:

      GODREJ GSC 18 FG 6 ONG or GSC 18 FG 6 WNG
      HITACHI RAU518HUDDZ or RAU518HUDD
      Carrier Superia 1.5 ton AC

      Godrej is highly efficient, but they use a refrigerant that is flammable.

      Hitachi has high efficiency models, but their service is not that great in some places. You may have to check with local dealers to find about their service in your area.

  131. Mitun says:

    Hi,
    More I read, more it confuses me.
    I need to buy a AC for 120 sq ft bedroom in Mumbai. I visited Croma store and they suggested Croma AC, no clue if should trust them. They say it has same compressor as Voltas AC which according to them is made by Toshiba.
    I would prefer to go for 5 star energy ratings. “Leading” electronic retailers have 3 star energy rating appliances in showroom. So, I am not sure what to buy and whom to trust.
    My mother suffers from arthritis and does not need cool room. However, humidity levels in Mumbai are high and painful for arthritic patients. Is it true that all ACs are dehumidifiers ? LG ACs show feature called dehumidifier and “monsoon mode”. Is it just a marketing trick ?

    Can you please suggest me AC or dehumidifier for humid Mumbai climate.

    Thanks
    Mitun

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Mithun,

      A 120 sq ft room in Mumbai needs a 1 ton AC unless it has roof/walls exposed to direct sunlight. If you go for inverter tech AC then even a 0.75 ton inverter AC would be good. In fact Inverter ACs are more consistent in maintaining the temperature of a room (oversized ACs lead to overcooling). ACs do remove humidity and act as dehumidifers. Most ACs have a dry mode for removing humidity. How much will be your usage of AC in hrs/day and months/year? And what is your budget like?

      I would not suggest going for Croma AC. It is better to go for a good brand.

      • mitun says:

        hi Abhishek,

        thanks for the information. My AC usage would not be more than 1000 hrs / year. I expect it to be between 600hr – 800hrs in year.
        I am flexible with the budget. So price is not an issue. However, I would not like to buy very expensive AC as I am would like to see if AC is good for my mothers health.

        Thanks.

        Mitun

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Mitun,

          For usage of 600-800 hours/year in Mumbai it is better to go for BEE 5 star rated AC. If you are looking for cheaper options then you can look at these:

          Lloyd LS13A5LN or LS13A5SN
          Onida S125CUR
          Voltas 125 CY or 125 MY

  132. Khan says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Found your site when I was trying to check on which size & which brand to buy an AC. I see that you are well versed in this and provide advice. Thank you for this informative article and thank you for passing on your knowledge to others & also for your individual advice.

    If you can help me with my requirement below, I would be another happy soul following your advice.

    Room1:
    12×12.5 Feet – around 2×10 feet is occupied by cupboard in the room
    Window on south-east side, hence a lot of direct sun in the mornings.
    AC usage: Primarily in night with very minimal day usage.
    Daily Night Usage of 5-6 hours average, peak of 8 hours usage. Primary usage for 6 months of the year.
    Morning usage of 3-4 hours on weekends for around 4-5 months.
    Based on this my estimate is around 1200 hours with 90% usage in the night.

    Room2 – Guest Room (Minimal usage):
    12×10 Feet – around 2×10 feet is occupied by cupboard in the room
    Window on west side, with sunlight blocked by adjacent building.
    AC Usage: Only in night with 5-6 hours average for 3-4 months of the year at max.

    Both 2nd Floor with floor above. Three floors in the building.

    Presently using LG 1Ton AC in Room1 which has failed after around 8 years. During summer 1Ton used to take over 1 hour for effective cooling & I felt it required a fan to feel comfortable air circulation for that 1 hour.

    If you can guide me with the tonnage & the model/brand I should look for, I would be grateful.

    If there is any other details that I should provide then please do let me know.

    • Khan says:

      Wanted to add that the city is Chennai and the cost of AC is an important factor. I will be relying on Snapdeal or flipkart for prices and probably for ordering since the cost from dealer is atleast 5K higher than online.

      • Abhishek Jain says:

        Make sure you are getting warranty on the products. Some manufacturers are not giving warranty on products purchased from Snapdeal.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,

      You need 1.2 ton AC for room 1 and 1 ton AC for room 2. You can look at these ACs:

      1.2 ton ACs:

      Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
      Voltas 155 CY

      1 ton BEE 3 star ACs:

      Samsung AR12HC3USNB or AR12HC3USUQ or AR12HC3ESLW or AR12HC3TFUR
      Hitachi RAU412HTD or RAU412KTDP or RAU312HUD or RAU312HUDP
      Daikin FTC35PRV16
      Whirlpool 3D COOL DELUXE III

      • Khan says:

        Hi Abhsihek,

        Thank you for the response.

        On going though the model’s I see that most models are out of stock as they are old and new models are available.

        Also, due to cost reasons and open slot in rooms to replace old AC I would prefer to go for window AC. Can you please suggest equivalent window AC current models especially for Room 1.

        Thank you for your help.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hello Mr Khan,

          The models I recommended are not old models, they were rated by BEE in 2014. However if you are looking for window ACs you can look at these models:

          There are on few BEE 5 star rated 1 ton window ACs (also please note, BEE 5 star rated window AC is equivalent to BEE 4 star rated Split AC in electricity consumption):

          HItachi RAW511KUD
          LG LWA3BP5F or LWA3GP5F
          Whirlpool MAGICOOL PLATINUM V 1 ton window AC
          Voltas 125 DY

          1.2 ton Window ACs:
          Whirlpool MAGICOOL PLATINUM V 1.2 ton window AC
          Hitachi RAV513HUD or RAT513HTD

  133. Varun says:

    The dealers always claim theirs is superior and rest arent good !

    A final question – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (R22) or Mitsubishi Electric (R410) ?

  134. abhishek says:

    Please suggest an Air conditioner for the kids room
    -room sized approx. 300sqft
    -located on the topmost floor
    -road facing
    -daily running 12 hours
    -kids are asthmatic, so I require an air-conditioned with good dirt filtration.

    Thanks

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      300 sq ft room on top floor in Kolkata would need 3.3 tons of cooling. If you go for inverter AC, you will have to go for two 1.5 ton inverter ACs. If you want local cooling close to the bed then you can go for a 2 ton AC near the bed. It will not cool the whole room but will give sufficient cooling near the bed. Let me know what you want to go for.

      • abhishek says:

        a single 2 ton A.C will be more practical than a 2nos 1.5 ton inverter a.c. Which is THE BEST in 2ton?Thanks

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          You can go for any of these:

          HITACHI RAU524IUD
          MITSUBISHI SRK26CNS-S6
          MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC MS-GK24VA
          HITACHI RAU524ITD
          VOLTAS 245 DY
          OGENERAL OG-24WIS5
          BLUESTAR 5HW24MA

  135. Mikhail says:

    Hi Abhishek
    This is Mikhail and I stay in Mumbai Santacruz . The climate is mostly hot and humid. I would like to install a split ac for my bed room measuring 180 sq feet. I have the terrace above my bed room and it gets really hot as the temp outside touches 39 degrees and inside the room it feels much hotter. Two of my outer walls get sunlight one is the wall on the north and the wall on the west. I have 2 windows in my bed room one measures 4 feet * 4 feet and the other window is 10.5 feet * 5 feet. The room consists of a bed room with an enclosed balcony. The room is mostly occupied by 3 people with furniture. I plan to use the ac for about 4 hours daily for 8 months of the year. I am around 8 to 9 kms away from the sea
    I plan to keep the outdoor unit 20 feet away from the indoor unit as my building is a ground +1 structure and my landlord doesn’t want the outdoor unit attached to any walls of the building .
    Request you to kindly suggest and ac which is suitable for this size bed room, durable, maintaince free cost effective and whether I should go in for a copper condenser or aluminum one
    Thanks
    Mikhail.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Mikhail,

      You need a 1.5 ton AC for your room. Try to keep the windows closed (with dark curtains) while using the AC. Avoid using ceiling fan as your roof gets quite hot (prefer a pedestal fan instead). If possible you can put energy saving wall paper on the walls to block some heat (especially the west wall).

      If the outdoor unit has to be kept far away then you will need extra gas for the AC. The gas pressure of the AC needs to be maintained for right cooling. The installer will fill in extra gas for it (but he will charge you for extra gas/copper pipe as well).

      You are quite far away from the sea so you can go for an AC with blue fin condenser as well. Blue Fin is aluminium coated with anti corrosion resin. How much is your usage of AC? If it is less than 600 hrs/year in Mumbai then you can go for BEE 3 star rated AC. Between 600-1000 hrs/year you can go for BEE 5 star and beyond that it would be better to go for inverter tech AC.

      • Mikhail says:

        Hi Abhishek,

        I plan to use the a/c for 800 to 1000 hrs per year . Could u pick up 5 possible ac’s from bellow which I could install keeping in mind , cost , Durability and efficiency and whether I should install one with a copper condenser or an aluminum condenser

        Daikin FT 60 MV16 1.8 Ton Split Air Conditioner
        Daikin 1.8 Tons FT60M Split AC
        Carrier Midea Estrella R410 A 2 Ton 4 Star Split Air Conditioner
        Daikin 1.8 Ton 5 Star FTF60PRV16 Split Air Conditioner
        Blue Star 3HW24SVB1 2Ton (3 Star) Split Air Conditioner
        O GENERAL ASGA24AET 2.0 Ton Hi Wall Flat Panel Split Air
        Panasonic 2 Ton 3 Star CS/CU-UC24QKY3 Split Air Conditioner
        Blue Star 2 Ton 3 Star 3HW24VC1 Split Air Conditioner
        Hitachi Sugoi 2 Tons RAU323HSDD Split Air Conditioner
        Daikin 1.8 Ton 3 Star FTC60PRV16 Split Air Conditioner

        Thanks a ton

        Mikhail.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Mikhail,

          I wonder why you have chosen 1.8 or 2 ton AC for the room. As per my calculations 1.5 ton AC should be good enough. For your usage of 800-1000 hrs, BEE 5 star rated AC would be better (because in mumbai last slab of electricity costs almost Rs 10/unit and with AC it easily gets to last slab). In fact if you feel 1.5 ton fixed speed AC is not enough, you may also go for 1.5 ton inverter AC.

          As far as copper vs aluminium is concerned. Most brands (even those you have mentioned) have copper coils with aluminium fins. Carrier is only brand that claims 100% copper. You can go for Carrier Kurve 1.5 ton Inverter AC if you want all copper.

          • Mikhail says:

            Hi Abhishek ,

            If I go for 1.5 ton Fixed speed ac in Mumbai which ac would u recommend .

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Here are some models:

            Hitachi RAU518EUDA or RAU518HUD or RAU518IUD or RAU518HUDD
            Carrier Superia 1.5 ton
            Daikin FTF50PRV16
            Panasonic CS-XC18QKY
            Bluestar 5HW18SAF

            I have gives the most efficient models from your brands of preference. You can choose anyone of them.

  136. Mikhail says:

    Hi Abhishek

    This is Mikhail and I stay in Mumbai Santacruz . The climate is mostly hot and humid. I would like to install a split ac for my bed room measuring 180 sq feet. I have the terrace above my bed room and it gets really hot as the temp outside touches 39 degrees and inside the room it feels much hotter. Two of my outer walls get sunlight one is the wall on the north and the wall on the west. I have 2 windows in my bed room one measures 4 feet * 4 feet and the other window is 10.5 feet * 5 feet. The room consists of a bed room with an enclosed balcony. The room is mostly occupied by 3 people with furniture. I plan to use the ac for about 4 hours daily for 8 months of the year. I am around 8 to 9 kms away from the sea
    I plan to keep the outdoor unit 20 feet away from the indoor unit as my building is a ground +1 structure and my landlord doesn’t want the outdoor unit attached to any walls of the building .

    Request you to kindly suggest and ac which is suitable for this size bed room, durable, maintaince free cost effective and whether I should go in for a copper condenser or aluminum one
    Thanks
    Mikhail.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Mikhail,

      You need a 1.5 ton AC for your room. Try to keep the windows closed (with dark curtains) while using the AC. Avoid using ceiling fan as your roof gets quite hot (prefer a pedestal fan instead). If possible you can put energy saving wall paper on the walls to block some heat (especially the west wall).

      If the outdoor unit has to be kept far away then you will need extra gas for the AC. The gas pressure of the AC needs to be maintained for right cooling. The installer will fill in extra gas for it (but he will charge you for extra gas/copper pipe as well).

      You are quite far away from the sea so you can go for an AC with blue fin condenser as well. Blue Fin is aluminium coated with anti corrosion resin. How much is your usage of AC? If it is less than 600 hrs/year in Mumbai then you can go for BEE 3 star rated AC. Between 600-1000 hrs/year you can go for BEE 5 star and beyond that it would be better to go for inverter tech AC.

  137. Virag Shah says:

    Plz help me. . . I have purchase 1.5 ton 5 Star Copper Coil split AC in my office.(10 x 15 Sq.Foot.)

  138. Varun says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I have 1 bedroom – 120sqft and 1hall – 180 sqft in Mumbai. I am thinking of Mitsubishi Elec – HK13VA (1Ton-3*) and H18VA (1.5Ton-3*) for Bed and Hall respectively. Are my choices good ?

    Also wanted to know esp about the quality of after sales service and the durability of parts.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Varun,

      The sizes are right, brand is also a good one, however choice of star rating will depend on your usage. In Mumbai we typically recommend people to go for BEE 5 star if usage is more than 600 hrs/year and Inverter if usage is more than 1000 hr/year. The tariff in Mumbai touches Rs 10/unit in last slab, and if your usage of AC is high, it surely touches Rs 10/unit. Mitsubishi is certainly durable, as for service, your local dealers should be the best to comment about it. Being in Mumbai I hope that Mitsubishi should not have any challenge.

  139. Pranav says:

    Hey Abhishek,

    It’s a unique blog and with relevant info n a best purchasing guide thanks.

    I need to ask you again as I havnt made up my mind yet. So want to ask you with more details of my usage and requirement.
    I reside in Mumbai.

    I require two AC units.. Details as following.

    A) unit 1: room size – 110sq ft; Windows facing east and south; 3rd floor apartment in 7 floor bldg..
    Usage of typically 2-3 hours in breaks during day time & 5-6 during night.. And this remains for around 10 months a year.

    Models had thought of:
    1) Carrier superia 1 ton
    2) Panasonic KC12QKY 1 ton
    3) carrier superia plus 1ton (inverter)
    4) panasonic ys12pkyp 1 ton (inverter)

    I preferred carrier as it’s an old school reliable brand and it’s 100% copper make( not sure if it should matter) plus it has lot of good premium features too as well. Panasonic came to mind for its Japanese tech and looks.. Not sure if it has all the premium features or not too also not sure it’s copper based or not.
    Which one to go for copper based or blue fin/ aluminum. And my ideal investment would be a 5 star or an inverter tech? I would prefer using this product for 7-8 years as the investment is high.

    B) unit 2: room size- 140sqft; single large south facing window.it isn’t affected with too much outside heat. This would have minimal usage. Typically summer or on the hotter days. I assume 3 star product would be fine for this.

    Thought of these
    1) carrier Novello plus 1.5 ton
    2) panasonic yc12qky3 or the UC series 1.5 ton.

    In these above to Ac unit requirements which one should I go for? Should copper based matter to me? As well as inverter tech or 5 star for unit 1? Is there any other product I should look for in similar pricing category?

    Pls help me make a right decision.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Pranav,

      For room 1: If you prefer panasonic then I would suggest going for Panasonic CS-S12PKY. Else Superia Plus is good too. Aluminium is used in condensers because it helps in increasing energy efficiency of the AC. However it leads to corrosion. Blue Fin prevents corrosion or you may even go for copper fins. If you have liking for Carrier then I would suggest that you go for Carrier Superia Plus. I personally own a carrier AC in Mumbai and I have never had any issues with their service.

      For Room 2: I would suggest you go for 1.2 ton AC instead of 1.5 ton. However you will only get BEE 5 star rated 1.2 ton ACs. Hitachi, Whirlpool & Voltas have 1.2 ton models. Going for 1.2 ton would be more energy efficient. If your usage is very low then you may go for 1.5 ton BEE 3 star AC as well. Again Carrier would be good.

      However for room 1 I would suggest going for inverter AC only. That will be much better as your usage is high.

      • Pranav says:

        Thanks Abhishek.
        I will probably go for carrier.
        Should carrier superia plus inverter be good for the job?

        • Pranav says:

          Sorry.. you have actually me mentioned that I should go for carrier superia plus. Done :)

          and for room 2.. can I use 1 ton instead? then I would buy 1 ton superia (non-inverter) or 3 star novello?

          I was intending to buy two unit of same brand as servicing would be simpler for me.. I assume this.. I may b wrong too..as after a point will have to hire a service agency.. so what should I ideally do.. ????

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Pranav,

          Superia Plus will be good for the job.

  140. Neelesh says:

    Hi,
    I need a Split AC immediately at my office in Thane. The room size is 22 ft X 9 Ft X height 10 Ft. west side is exposed to sunlight. I intend to run it for 8 hours daily and the room will have 5 to 6 people working with 3 computers and 3 N computing devices.

    Do i need to go for a 2 ton Inverter.

    I also have a cabin which is 12 ft X 9 Ft . will a 0.75 ton split be sufficient as this cabin will be used intermittently.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      A 1.8 ton inverter AC should be good for your room. You can look at these:

      Daikin FTKP60PRV16
      Daikin FTKM60PRV16
      Samsung AR24HV5NBWK

      If you want to go for 2 ton inverter then you can look at these:

      Mitsubishi Electric MSY-GE24VA
      Hitachi RAU023EUEA
      Samsung AR24HV5NBWK
      Panasonic CS-S24PKY

      A 0.75 ton split should be fine for the 12×9 cabin (if it does not get direct sunlight on any wall).

    • Neelesh says:

      Thanks Abhishek

  141. Pranav says:

    Sine this list isn’t very updated with newer models and 2014 rating system.
    I need some feedback\ opinions on which product should I buy.
    Point of concern are a} reliability b} cost effectiveness. c} servicing convenience and feasablity.

    I need 1 unit of 1 ton Ac with aggressive usage of 8-10 hrs a day almost throughout the year for which I have short-listed.
    (Also I need 100% copper make & compatible with my existing R22 based piping.
    1) Panasonic YC12qky3 3*
    2) Carrier Superia 5* http://www.cromaretail.com/Carrier-1-Ton-Superia-Split-Air-Conditioner-(White)-pc-21088-393.aspx
    3) Croma inhouse brand 5* http://www.cromaretail.com/Croma-1-Ton-CRC7412-Split-Air-Conditioner-(White)-pc-20369-393.aspx

    Which can be the ideal thing?

    • Pranav says:

      Would like to add one more request in reference to the above query.
      As I said my piping is already done by some other vendor assuming that time I might be buying the YC/ UC panasonic series. But I have decided to go for something more efficient.

      So can the same piping work be used for an inverter Ac? If yes which one? I was considering panasonic. If daikin is compatible.. nothing like it.

      Also which is good place to purchase stuff in mumbai?

      • Abhishek Jain says:

        There are different sizes of piping for various tonnage/brands. Depends on what you select. It can work for inverter AC if the size required for the new AC is same. Also if you are in Mumbai and your usage is 10 hrs everyday throughout the year, then I would highly recommend inverter AC as tariff is almost Rs 10 a unit. A 0.75 ton inverter AC can stretch itself to cover 1 ton cooling. You can get 0.75 ton inverter AC in Daikin, Panasonic, General. Daikin is only available through its dealer network. You will not get it on regular stores like Croma, Ezone, etc.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      HI Pranav,

      I wonder what made you think that the list above is not updated. It has the latest models as per 2014 rating system. You have selected Croma, but amongst the Indian brands the only one that I would suggest you are Blue Star, Voltas and Godrej. Amongst the three you listed Carrier Superia would be the best. However your usage of AC is quite high. If you can let me know the size of your room and city (and also if any of the room’s wall/ceiling get direct sunlight or not), then I can recommend you some models. Also let me know your budget.

      • Pranav says:

        Thanks Abhishek,

        My apartment is on 3rd Floor of a 7 floor building. Its 3Km from a beach, hence contemplating for an inverter model as all are aluminium based I thought copper based units would be better. Its a 110 sq ft room, windows are facing east and south as well making it slightly hotter than avg sometimes.

        For the inverter I had selected Panasonic CS-YS12PKYP 1ton I have received quote of 35.2K + 1500 installation.

        If regular Carrier superia is my preferred choice as of now.

        I intend to buy immediately. So if you could reply immediately would be helpful.

        Ps: Your work is really very helpful. Thank you.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Pranav,

          For a 110 sq ft room in Mumbai, even a 0.75 ton inverter AC is fine. But if you go for 1 ton inverter then that is also fine (because inverter AC will auto adjust). Panasonic has blue fin condenser which should work well in a location close to sea. If you want to go for 100% copper, then you may also look at Carrier Kurve Inverter or Carrier Superia Inverter series. Kurve would be closer in cost as that of the Panasonic model you are looking at.

  142. Sium says:

    How is the LG air conditioner plasmastar……specially durability…..is Lg air conditioner is best plaese let me know

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Sium,

      Almost all other brands have something or the other for durability: Blue Fin Condenser or 100% copper or Triple Protection (Voltage, Corrosion, Surge) but somehow LG does not have any of these (even if they have then nothing like it is mentioned on their website so I assume that their models do not have it because all other brands specifically mention the features they have for durability). So I would rate LG low on durability.

  143. Manish says:

    Hi Abhishek, We have a room of 10*18, what would be the best fit AC for this size room? Can you also highlight some differences between Window & Split AC please? One of the main concerns, as you have already highlighted, is the electricity bill after the AC is installed. Can you throw some light on that aspect of choosing the AC too? The room is on the ground floor and has minimal to nil exposure to sunlight and is in Hyderabad.
    Thanks.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Manish,

      A 10×18 room in Hyderabad on ground floor and no exposure to sunlight would need 1.5 ton AC if the room. There are several articles that we have on this website to help you choose right AC. You can look at these :

      Split or Window … which air conditioner should you buy?: https://www.bijlibachao.com/air-conditioners/split-window-air-conditioner-ac-lg-hitachi-carrier-samsung-buying-guide.html

      Air Conditioners: Copper Coil vs Aluminium Coil: https://www.bijlibachao.com/air-conditioners/air-conditioners-copper-coil-vs-aluminium-coil.html

      Air conditioner selection: understand Tonnage, EER, COP and Star Rating: https://www.bijlibachao.com/air-conditioners/air-conditioner-selection-understand-tonnage-eer-cop-and-star-rating.html

      Difference between a BEE 5 star rated and Inverter Technology Air Conditioner: https://www.bijlibachao.com/air-conditioners/difference-between-a-bee-5-star-rated-and-inverter-technology-air-conditioner.html

      Tips to choose the best brand air conditioner: https://www.bijlibachao.com/air-conditioners/tips-to-choose-the-best-brand-airconditioner.html

      Air Conditioners with Inverter technology can help save electricity: https://www.bijlibachao.com/air-conditioners/air-conditioners-with-inverter-technology-can-help-save-electricity-ac-india.html

  144. Balamurugan says:

    Dear Abhishek, This site gives very usefull information about AC. Thanks a lot for that. Can you please guide me with proper selection of AC for my room. I live in Chennai. Looking for a correct AC for my bed Room measuring 12*9 north facing. East side sun light blocked by adjacent building. Full exposure to sunlight from terrace. I live in chennai. I am having 1 ton Hitachi AC bought 10 years back. EB unit are going up too much nowadays, i have a feeling that is because of this old age technology and AC condition. We have a godrej bero, wooden self which stores cloth and laft running on 9 ft side of the room. I have short listed Hitachi RAU013EUEA ACE 1 ton inverter AC. Am I right? Is 1 tone sufficient for this case. Please sugget. Thanks in advance.

    • Balamurugan says:

      Forgot to mention that i will be running the AC 5 hours during night during summer (9 months in a year) period. Is it worth going for inverter technoligy?

      • Abhishek Jain says:

        Your usage is about 1350 hrs. In Chennai your tariff per unit would be close to Rs 6.5 per unit. So it will be fine to go with inverter technology.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Balamurugan,

      1 ton inverter AC is perfect for your room. Hitachi Ace 1 ton is a good model (with highest energy efficiency in its segment). You can certainly for it it.

  145. Gora Chattoraj says:

    I have received valuable opinion regarding my AC from you. Now one of my friend wants opinion for the same. He has a room of size 15′ x 12′ x 10′ (W x L x H), and his room face sunlight from 12 pm to 5 pm. the average use will be 6-8 hrs a day. He lives in Kolkata and his room is at top floor. Pl. suggest him suitable AC with Brand and model no.

    I have not yet purchase any AC for myself, will purchase in the winter. You suggest me “Hi, You need 1.7 ton cooling for your room. So you can go for 1.7 ton fixed speed AC or 1.5 ton inverter tech AC. Your usage is high so I would suggest to go for 1.5 ton inverter tech AC. You can look at these models: You can look at these ACs: Hitachi RAU520IUD or RAU520ITD (1.7 ton AC) or you can look at 1.5 ton inverter ACs: Hitachi Ace or Kampa inverter 1.5 ton Daikin FTKM50PRV16 Samsung AR18HV5DAWK LG BS-Q186C8R6 Sharp AH-XP18PHT, AH-XP18PMT, AH-X18PET, AH-XP18MV Samsung AR18HV5NFWK These days most brands have aluminium condenser and there are hardly a few brands that make 100% copper. However many brands provide anti-corrosion protection for most models. The biggest benefit that copper has over aluminium is that in case of leaks it is easy to repair (aluminium needs replacement), however both aluminium and copper are prone to corrosion (with aluminium being more prone). And when anti-corrosion protection is applied, chances of leaks minimize.” You also said that Hitachi Ace Inverter is the most energy efficient.
    According to the Respective website of the company I saw that price of Hitachi Ace Inverter AC RAU019EUEA is 54,600/- and the Price of Samsung AR18HV5DAWK 1.5 TR is 60,700/- which has “10 Year Digital Inverter Compressor Warranty , 3 Yr Multijet Condensor warranty, ” I am bit confused here, Which AC shall I choose. Regardless of monetary issue pl suggest me the best one which will prove to be economy as well as durable one.

    Regards

    Gora

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Gora,

      Your friend needs 2 ton AC for the room. If he goes for inverter AC then 1.8 ton AC would suffice. How many months does he use AC?

      Also regarding your choice, I would suggest you to check Sharp models or Samsung AR18HV5NFWK. These models are quite economical and efficient as well.

      • Gora Chattoraj says:

        Hi,

        Thanks for your reply. Pl. suggest some brand for 2 ton AC and 1.8 Ton inverter AC for my friend.

        Regarding myself, Samsung AR18HV5NFWK model does not have any temp display in the indoor unit. I am thinking of Hitachi Ace Inverter AC RAU019EUEA or Samsung AR18HV5DAWK 1.5 TR. Samsung is providing 10 Year Digital Inverter Compressor Warranty , 3 Yr Multijet Condensor warranty, but there is nothing mention in the Hitachi website. Pl suggest me the right one.

        Regards

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          You can look at these 1.8 ton inverter ACs:

          Daikin FTKP60PRV16
          Daikin FTKM60PRV16
          Sharp AH-X21RET
          LG BS-Q246C8R3
          LG BS-Q246C8A2
          Samsung AR24HV5NBWK

          If you want to go for 2 ton inverter then you can look at these:

          Mitsubishi Electric MSY-GE24VA
          Hitachi RAU023EUEA
          Samsung AR24HV5NBWK
          Panasonic CS-S24PKY

          As for Samsung AR18HV5DAWK, it should have temperature display on the remote control. Hitachi ACE is a bit more energy efficient than Samsung model. However I have heard good feedback about Samsung inverter ACs. They have lot of inbuilt protection against voltage and surges for durability. And even the warranty is long. So I think Samsung is a good deal.

  146. hetal says:

    hi Abhishek,
    adding details of mine:
    in which city you are in: Ahmedabad,
    what is the size of your room : room 1: 10 by 16, room 2: 10 by 10, room 3: 10 by 12 but one whole wall is going in wardrobe.
    which floor they are on: second floor,
    is there any floor above it: yes two floors above,
    are the walls exposed to sun: only room 2,
    usage in hours per day: room 1: 6-8 hrs in summer, rest seasons may be 2-3 hrs, room 2 and 3 : max 6-8 hrs
    and months per year: may be 6-8 months, and
    approximate budget: i can go upto 1.25 for all three but Lesser the better and i am also thinking saving the amount and taking extended warranty to utilise effectively. but not rigid on this.

    two more things: is there any difference in copper and aluminium tech, is there any difference with two way swing and four way swing?

    regards,

    Hetal

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Hetal,

      Here is what you need:

      For room 1: 1.5 tons of cooling. If you go for inverter technology AC then you need 1.5 ton inverter AC.
      For room 2: 1 ton of cooling. If you go for inverter technology AC then you need 0.75 ton inverter AC (you can even go for 1 ton inverter AC if you are getting good deal on it).
      For room 3: 1.1 ton of cooling. If you go for inverter technology AC then you need 1 ton inverter AC.

      We typically recommend people to go for BEE 3 star split AC if usage is less than 1000 hrs per year and price of electricity less than Rs 5 a unit. If usage is between 1000-1500 hrs per year, then we suggest going for BEE 5 star split and beyond that Inverter Tech split AC. This is for 3 years payback for the extra money you pay to buy the appliance. With each star rating increase, the energy saving potential increases by 7-8%. Inverter tech of same EER are 15-20% more efficient than BEE 5 star rated AC. Also the cost differential between 3star and 5 star is about Rs 5000 and similarly between inverter and 5 star is also about Rs 5000.

      Your usage in all rooms looks on a higher side. So I think going for inverter AC would be better (let me know if you want to go for BEE 5 star rated AC and I can suggest you some models). Here are some models that you can consider:

      1.5 ton inverter AC:
      Daikin FTKV50NRV16
      Panasonic CS-TS18PKY
      Daikin FTKP50PRV16
      Samsung AR18HV5NFWK
      Sharp AH-XP18PHT
      Sharp AH-X18PET

      1 ton inverter AC:
      Daikin FTKE35GV1
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK
      Sharp AH-X13PET
      LG BS-Q126B8A4

      0.75 ton inverter:
      Daikin FTKE25GV1
      Panasonic CS-YS9PKY
      O General ASGG09JLCA
      Daikin FTKP25PRV16
      O General ASGA09JGCA
      Sharp AH-XP10LV
      Daikin FTKM25PRV16

      As for copper vs aluminium, the biggest difference comes if you are in an area with high humidity and close to the sea (or any other reason for which corrosion can happen). Aluminium is difficult to repair in case of corrosion and coils needs to be replaced. Copper can be repaired. However these days many brands like Daikin, Hitachi, General, Panasonic, Bluestar and even Samsung in many cases come with pre-coated aluminium (also known as blue fin condenser) which is pre treated for corrosion. It has a better durability as it does not corrode easily.

      I personally do not find any benefit of 4 way swing as two way left and right is better for me. Up and down can be better if the room is big (may be but I am not sure).

      Hope this helps.

      • hetal says:

        Hi Abhishek ji,

        Thanks for the response.

        can you suggest me good models in 5 star category 2 ton split without invertor.

        good models in 3 star category in 1 – 1.5 tons split non invertor.

        I had a look to the list which you have mentioned in your top 10 category; according to that list Hitachi comes first and onida is also equally good. DO u recommend ONIDA is a good brand?

        secondly what is acceptable noise level one should look for?

        regards,

        Hetal

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Here are some models:

          BEE 5 star 2 ton AC:

          HITACHI RAU524IUD
          MITSUBISHI SRK26CNS-S6
          MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC MS-GK24VA
          HITACHI RAU524ITD
          VOLTAS 245 DY
          OGENERAL OG-24WIS5
          BLUESTAR 5HW24MA

          BEE 3 star 1.5 ton:

          Hitachi RAU318HUD
          Daikin FTC50PRV16
          Bluestar 3HW18HAF
          Whirlpool 3D Cool Deluxe III or 3D Cool Dlx Plus III

          BEE 3 star 1 ton AC:

          Samsung AR12HC3USNB or AR12HC3USUQ or AR12HC3ESLW or AR12HC3TFUR
          Hitachi RAU412HTD or RAU412KTDP or RAU312HUD or RAU312HUDP
          Daikin FTC35PRV16
          Whirlpool 3D COOL DELUXE III

          Most Indian manufacturers just assemble various components sourced from various international manufacturers. They do not engineer the components. Onida has Hitachi compressors. However from a reliability perspective brands like Japanese brands (Hitachi, Daikin, Panasonic, General, Mitsubishi, Sharp) are quite reliable.

          As regarding sound level, it should be around 35 dB for the indoor unit.

  147. hetal says:

    hi Abhishek,

    Me from Ahmedabad. One of my friend has recommened you. I am looking for buying split AC s for my home.
    I wanna buy 1 ton two and 2 ton one AC.
    I had searched and i found that whatever company you take is good.
    what do u recommend in moderate price band?
    is brand croma is good in ACs?
    Hitachi what I feel from your survey is a good brand but bit costly almost 5000 compared to other brands; can that difference be negated in less EER?

    awaiting your response.

    regards,

    Hetal

  148. ravi says:

    Sir my bed room size is 16×16 plz suggest me which ac to buy window or split my budget is range is 30k to 35k.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

    • SR says:

      Hi abisekh,

      I am looking for a budget Split AC for my Bed Room of size 15*10 ft, is in top floor at Jajpur road, Odisha. The room gets direct sun light & has 2 nos. 16 sqft glass windows. I want to know the tonnage? The AC will work 5hrs/day & 6 months in a year.
      My requirements are

      (1)Lowest power consumption.
      (2) Durability (i.e good quality)
      (3) Budget below 30K (Not MRP)

      Please suggest me the brand (popular brands as all brands are not available at Jajpur) with model no. with star rating..

      what do u say about LG LSA5PW3M 1.5 Ton 3star for my case?

      thanks in advance…

      • Abhishek Jain says:

        1.5 ton AC of BEE 3 star rating is the right choice for you. Below are some of the most energy efficient (lowest power consumption) models in BEE 3 star 1.5 ton:

        Brand Model
        ONIDA S183FLT-LA
        ONIDA S183FLT-N
        ONIDA S183CUR
        ONIDA S183TRDN
        VOLTAS 183 DY
        VOLTAS 183 MYi
        LG LSA5NP3F
        VIDEOCON VSD53
        LLOYD LS19A3PN
        VOLTAS 183 CYe
        VOLTAS 183 CY
        GODREJ GSC 18 FR 3 WNT
        GODREJ GSC 18 FT 3 WNT
        VOLTAS 183 PYa-R
        VOLTAS 183 LYa
        VOLTAS 183 CYt

        You can go for LG LSA5NP3F or any of the Voltas model mentioned above.

        • SR says:

          Thanx for your valuable suggestion.

          You suggest me LG LSA5NP3F has cooling capacity of 5175W & EER 3.2. I have opted LG LSA5PW3M whose cooling capacity is not declared in LG’s website, Is It 3.15X1460(input wattage)= 4599W?? Will it be not effective in 150 Sq ft of room (top floor) during summer?

          Are LG acs reliable or durable (internal parts) for long ife?? Pls comments…

          How do you rate Bluestar 3HW18HAF? You suggested me some of ONIDA & GODREJ are they value for money or reliable???

          PLS Help…

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            That is right LG LSA5PW3M has cooling capacity of 4600 W. It will not cool the room as fast as LG LSA5NP3F would. Bluestar 3HW18HAF has EER of 3.24, it is better than LG LSA5NP3F but will cost you more than 30K. Also please note that along with AC there are costs of installation as well which may be at least 2K or so. The models I mentioned were the best BEE 3 star rated ACs that I could get within 30K. Better brands were costlier than 30K.

          • SR says:

            Hello Mr. Abhisekh

            thank u once again for guiding us.

            For the same EER/cooling capacity(W), Which brand will be the best (among the list of ACs u suggested earlier) as far as quality & longevity of the product is concerned among LG, Voltas, Godrej?? & why?

            Please help to select the brand…

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            You can go for LG or Voltas. Both are considered as premium brands. Voltas is Indian, LG is korean. Both are equally good.

          • SR says:

            Does LG LSA5NP3F have blue fin or pre-coated condenser? because I will install it near bhubaneswar, odisha..!
            Please comment.

            What should be the mounting height of the indoor unit in a room of 15*10 sqft having height of 10.5 ft for effective cooling??

            thanks for your support…

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            You can install it anywhere above 7 ft. For checking blue fin, I would suggest that you ask the shopkeeper to show you the outdoor unit as well as open the indoor unit (it opens in the front). The blue fins are clearly visible blue on the outdoor unit and even inside the indoor unit. If it is white as aluminium then it is not blue fin.

  149. Janani says:

    Hello Abishek,
    Recently i installed a Inverter A/C and it works 3 hours a day and it is a 5-Star Inverter AC. But i had a 900% increase in my consumption i.e. 90 units more than the previous reading. Do you think that the AC would have caused this.?

  150. Sium says:

    I am very much confused among the three air conditioners o general, Hitachi, panasonic inverter and sharp ….(1.5 ton)
    my requirements are
    1.Durability
    2.Energy efficient
    3.all over good
    please inform me which one is best…and why…..please please let me know

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hitachi or Panasonic.

      1) Durability: It is better that the AC has blue fin or pre coated condenser. General, Hitachi and Panasonic have it. But Sharp does not mention that it has pre coated condenser.

      2) Energy Efficiency: Brands in order of decreasing EER: Hitachi, Sharp, Panasonic, General.

      3) All over good: I have heard a few complaints about Hitachi about its noise and service. But Panasonic in general is good. General as a brand is quite liked by most people but energy efficiency numbers are low. Sharp is a great value for money brand with good efficiency, but again their service is not up to the mark at some places and durability is a concern specially if you live in area with high humidity or coastal area.

  151. srinivas says:

    Hi,sir I am living in Trichy tamilnadu we have mostly hot claimet round the year.l am planning to buy a split AC, we are in grond floor,my bed room size is 10*13 and the room has one window at south side.we have one top floor.but the room has poor insulation and also we have kept one big iron cupboard and few things.then my approx annual usage is 1200 hr.so with this conditions pl suggest one best AC for me. Thank u……sir

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Srinivas,

      You need 1.2 tons of cooling for the room. You can look at following ACs:

      Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
      Voltas 155 CY

      • srinivas says:

        Thank u so…..much for your valuable suggestion abhishek sir. Your articles about AC’ are very informative.and i have one more doubt that Hitachi comes with copper or aluminium coil ? In my area for LG ,Blustar and Samsung after sale service is good.lf l go for above brands which model is good in 1.2 &1.5 tn 5srar. Thank u………..

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Srinivas,

          Hitachi these days comes with pre-coated aluminium also known as blue fin condenser. These are condensers with aluminium pre treated with anti corrosion enamel and thus provide durability. If you do not have good service of Hitachi and Whirlpool then instead of BEE 5 star 1.5 ton AC, I would recommend you to go for 1 ton inverter AC from Samsung or LG (Samsung would be cheaper). You can look at these models:

          LG BS-Q126B8R8
          LG BS-Q126B8A4
          Samsung AR12HV5NBWK
          Samsung AR12HV5DAWK

          You should get some of these models between 30-35K.

  152. Muffadal says:

    Hello Abhishek,

    Thank you for the very informative post on various air-conditioners. I am planning to purchase an air conditioner for a 160 sq ft room in Surat,Gujarat. The flat is located on the second last floor of the building. We are planning to use the AC for around 6-7 hours per day. Currently the room has a single sliding window. I got a fair idea of the ACs and the types but while purchasing I am confused between an inverter AC or a 5 star or 3 star AC as my usage will not be that much every day. I am okay to purchase a inverter or a 5 star rating AC but I don’t think with this usage I will be able to recover the extra costs which I am paying for an inverter or a 5 star rating AC.

    Please let me know your thoughts on the type of AC to go with and also if possible some brand names with model.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Muffadal says:

      Thank you for your reply.

      The exact area of the room is 156 sq ft.

      We will be using the AC for around 7-8 months per year.

      Thanks.

      • Abhishek Jain says:

        You can look at these ACs:

        GODREJ GSC 18 FG 6 ONG or GSC 18 FG 6 WNG
        HITACHI RAU518HUDDZ or RAU518HUDD
        LG LSA5AP5M or LSA5ES5M or LSA5MP5M or LSA5NP5F or LSA5SP5M
        SAMSUNG AR18HC5EXLZ or AR18HC5TXNC or AR18HC5TYUR

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      You need 1.5 tons AC for your room. Your usage is 7 hrs/day or 210 hrs/month. If you use it for less than 5 months (less than 1000 hrs/year) then go for BEE 3 star. If you use it for more than 5 months (1000 hrs/year) but less than 8 months (1500-1600 hrs/year) go for BEE 5 star. If your usage is more then you should go for Inverter AC. Let me know the type of AC that you want to go for and I can suggest you some models.

      • Muffadal says:

        Thanks Abhishek for the quick reply.

        I think the usage of AC will be around for 8 to 9 month. So I think it will be good to have a BEE 5 star rating or an inverter AC.

        Please suggest some good models for both the types of AC.

        Thanks again for the support.

        Regards.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          BEE 5 star rated 1.5 ton ACs:

          Hitachi RAU518HUD
          Godrej GSC 18 FG 6 WNG or GSC 18 FG 6 ONG or GSC 18 FG 6 BNG
          Whirlpool 3D Cool Climate Control PLT V or 3D Cool Elite IV
          or any LG BEE 5 star rated model
          Mitsubishi MS-GK18VA

          Inverter Tech 1.5 ton ACs:

          Hitachi Ace or Kampa inverter 1.5 ton
          Daikin FTKM50PRV16
          Samsung AR18HV5DAWK
          LG BS-Q186C8R6
          Sharp AH-XP18PHT, AH-XP18PMT, AH-X18PET, AH-XP18MV
          Samsung AR18HV5NFWK

  153. Venkateshwaran says:

    Dear Sir,

    It is nice to see your valuable inputs here. Thanks for the same.

    We live in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, intend to have A/c for 2 bedrooms(one in first floor & other in ground floor). .

    Room size is 10feet x 16 feet.
    1 wall(west) is exposed to the Sun post noon.
    Have 2 windows, one in west and the other in south. Size of both the Windows are 3ft (height) x 4ft (width).
    Climate is humid here.

    Usage may not be more than 2-3 hours/day initially.

    Some say, Refrigerants R410A is nature oriented and it will be the order in coming days. Please suggest the best one…. in terms of energy efficiency, durability, service etc.,

    Model & Brand.
    Inverter / non inverter based.

    Thank you…

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Venkateshwaran,

      A 10×16 room on ground floor will need 1.5 tons of cooling, while the one on first floor (assuming its roof is directly exposed to sun) will need 1.75 tons of cooling. Your usage of AC is very less so you may not need inverter tech AC. Even a BEE 3 star rated AC would do. Here are some options:

      BEE 3 star 1.5 ton:

      Hitachi RAU318HUD
      Daikin FTC50PRV16
      Bluestar 3HW18HAF
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Deluxe III or 3D Cool Dlx Plus III

      For 1.75 ton cooling:

      Daikin FTC60PRV16 (uses R32 refrigerant and good on EER)
      LG LSA6ES3M or LSA6MP3M or LSA6AP3M or LSA6NP3F (although marked as 2 ton AC, their BTU/hr is close to 1.75 tons).

      Now R410A is energy efficient, green and future. But existing R-22 will continue to be available in market for next 10-15 years.

      • Venkateshwaran says:

        Dear Sir,

        Good Morning.

        Many thanks for your guidance.

        I understood from local market/sellers that air conditioners from O General, Samsung, LG in our area.are largely available than others mentioned in your reply. Hence, please do suggest accordingly.

        Vendors suggest, Inverter A/cs in view of the power failures..

        Thank & Regards.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Helo Mr Venkateshwaran,

          Inverter AC has nothing to do with power failure. “Inverter” for power failure is completely different thing than Inverter AC. In case of power failure, Inverter AC will not work. Inverter AC is for saving electricity.

          Now going for Inverter AC will be economical only if your usage is high enough to justify extra money that you pay for it. Your usage of AC is low and thus the payback of Inverter AC will be much longer. And that is why I suggested BEE 3 star AC to you.

          Now if O General, Samsung and LG are the only choices then here are some AC models for you:

          1.5 ton models:
          LG models: LSA5AT3M, LSA5NP3F, LSA5MP3M, LSA5AP3M, LSA5SP3M, LSA5VP3M, LSA5TM3M, LSA5EW3M, LSA5ES3M
          Samsung models: AR18HC3UXNB, AR18HC3EXLW, AR18HC3TXNC, AR18HC3TYUR
          O General does not have a BEE 3 star 1.5 ton AC

          1.75 ton models:
          Samsung AR24HC3TFUR
          LG LSA6AP3M, LSA6VP3M, LSA6TM3M, LSA6EW3M, LSA6ES3M

          Please note that although the above models are marketed as 2 ton but their cooling capacity is equivalent to 1.75 ton.

          You can go for anyone of them.

  154. Samir Bagde says:

    Hi there, I have bought 1.5 Ton O General AC for my bedroom of 130 Sq. Ft area. We are having a terrace flat. The installation was also very costly. The cooling is good but i have big problem with my electricity bill. It is drawing lot of current. Well its not a Inverter AC.
    Should i sell this 2 yrs old AC or is there any other solution ? Pl. help.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Which city are you in? You can try AC power saver, something like this one: http://www.omenergysavers.in/power-saver-for-split-air-conditioner.html

  155. sunanda kumbhar says:

    i have decided to purchase air conditioner for two bedroom, which are 150-170 sq ft in size. please tell me whether window ac or split ac is useful for me. i live in solapur, maharashtra. the consumption of air conditioner will be about 7-8 hours a day . please suggest me good air conditioner which i will have to buy please urgent

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello,

      For 150 sq ft room, you need 1.3 tons of cooling and for 170 sq ft room you need 1.5 tons of cooling (assuming that there are more floors on top of these rooms and no west facing wall open to sun during the day). It will be better to go for split AC as there are more energy efficient options in Split ACs as compared to window ACs. How many months in a year will you use the AC?

  156. Pankaj Agarwal says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    We need to install AC’s for our Lodging project . Our requirement
    a. 3 Star AC b. Split Air Conditioner c. 1.5 tonne d. Price Range :20-30k max e. Also good Cooling and Low Energy Consumption And above all Low Maintenance and Service issues and efficient service delivery
    Please help me in making the best decison to make a bulk purchase of AC’s . I am totally unaware and there a lot of views and i am confused.
    Which Brands and Models should i go for ?.
    What difference will purchasing a 5 star rated variant make in terms of Electricity bill ?. (Taking an average usage of 10 hrs a day)
    What other factors shud i consider before selecting a brand.
    To be honest Initial Cost is a huge constraint for us and i am unable to convince my dad for going for a higher price range for better returns later On. More Over effective maintenance and rapid service is a huge requirement as we require for Hospitality purposes. Please help at the earliest.

    • Pankaj Agarwal says:

      To Provide u more details
      1. Place: around 100 kms from Bhubaneswar
      2. Room Size: 14 ft (width)*12 feet (length) for normal . For Delux rooms 14 ft (width) *17’3” (length)
      3. 1 wall is exposed to the Sun.
      4. Floors G+2 initially in the first phase , but another 2 floors later
      5. Window size: 4.6ft (height)by 6ft (width)
      6.Average usage of 8-10 hrs per day for 8-9 months a yr

      Pls suggest ur views freely starting from Tonnage ,star rating , brand and Model with that Budget. Waiting for ur Reply Abhishek

      • Pankaj Agarwal says:

        One more thing Abhishek, we have bad experience with Voltas with Aluminium Condensers. Pls suggest Copper ones . We cannot afford Inverter AC’s. Pls suggest models in the range of 20k-35k. max. Little more of this range can be looked into. Pls help

      • Abhishek Jain says:

        Sorry I replied to your previous message without looking at this one. Now you need:

        1) 1.5 tons of cooling for 14×12 room.
        2) 2.2 tons of cooling for 14×17.25 room.

        Your usage of AC is about 2500-3000 hrs in a year.

        Now if you go for 1.5 ton BEE 3 star rated AC in 14×12 room. It would consume 1.4-1.5 units in an hour. A BEE 5 star rated AC would be 15% more efficient so 1.2-1.25 units in an hour. Inverter AC (of similar nominal EER as BEE 5 star) will be at least 20% more efficient than BEE 5 star so would consume about 0.9 units an hour. So in 2500 hrs your consumption will be:

        BEE 3 star (assuming 1.4 units an hour): 3500 units in a year
        BEE 5 star (assuming 1.2 units an hour): 3000 units in a year
        Inverter AC (assuming 0.9 units an hour): 2250 units in a year.

        Now commercial tariff in Orissa is about Rs 7.5 per unit. So if you look at electricity spend it would be:

        For

        BEE 3 star AC: Rs 26250
        BEE 5 star AC: Rs 22500
        Inverter AC: Rs 16875

        So if you go for Inverter AC which would cost about 42K (Samsung model), it would save you Rs 9000 in a year. You may also get bulk deal discount on inverter ACs.

        For the bigger room if you go for 2 ton AC then

        A BEE 3 star AC would consume: 1.8-1.9 units/hr or 4500 units a year
        A BEE 5 star AC would consume: 1.5-1.6 units/hr or 3750 units a year
        Inverter Tech AC would consume: 1.2-1.3 units/hr or 3000 units a year.

        Electricity spend will be:

        BEE 3 star AC: Rs 33750
        BEE 5 star AC: Rs 28125
        Inverter AC: Rs 22500

        Again buying inverter AC would be better. 2 ton inverter AC would come in 50-60K range. 1.5 ton AC may not be effective in this room during peak summer day time.

        Now I have given you idea on tonnage, star rating, budget and recurring electricity expenses. Please let me know the type you need and I can suggest you brand and model. In case you want to go for BEE 3 star 1.5 ton AC in 20-30K then I would suggest that you go for Panasonic CS-YC18PKY. It has blue fin condenser which is corrosion resistant. Carrier is the only brand that I know of that makes 100% copper models. However Carrier BEE 3 star ACs will cost more than 30K.

        • Pankaj Agarwal says:

          Thanks a lot abhishek for the detailed reply….. We are not going for the Inverter Ac’s . So pls suggest the best AC (Brand and make ) in the range of 25k-35 k ,both 3star and 5 star taking into consideration 1. Cooling effect, 2. Durability ( conditions are a bit humid ,mostly copper condenser ), 3 ease of maintenance and service 4. Economy in Electricity consumption. Just give ur gut feel and imagine urself in my situation and tell. Thanks again for ur suggestion

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Hello Mr Agarwal,

            You can go for either of these ACs:

            Hitachi RAU318HUD
            Daikin FTC50PRV16
            Bluestar 3HW18HAF
            Hitachi RAU318HUDD
            Bluestar 3HW18JBG

            Carrier is the only premium brand that has 100% copper. All others have blue fin or pre-coated (with anti-corrosion enamel) condenser. Precoated would be better than copper for durability. Also these are the most efficient I could find in your budget.

          • Pankaj Agarwal says:

            Hi Abhishek ,Thanks for suggesting all the brands. (with reference to the reply below the current reply). Pls suggest some Panasonic models and 1-2 Carrier models as well. In ur very first reply u had suggested Panasonic CS-YC18PKY . How is this in comparison to d models u have suggested later. Thanks again!!!!!. We are inching closer to taking the final call. Request for Quotations have begun. Thanks!!

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Hello Mr Agarwal,

            Panasonic CS-YC18PKY has EER of 2.97 which is lower than that of the models I suggested in previous reply. I could hardly find models that were from premium brands and could fit in your budget. Panasonic CS-YC18PKY is the only model. However the rates I have are retail rates. You may get discounts on bulk purchase. You can go for any BEE 3 star rated model from premium brands that you get in your budget.

        • Pankaj Agarwal says:

          Hi Abhishek, Thanks for ur reply.
          2 things which i missed entirely in my previous discussions is

          1. The AC machine will be @ a distance of 40-50 ft from the room due to ease of maintenance and elevation

          look considerations. Now
          a. How do we go from here.
          B. What things do we need to take care of to ensure cooling effect is intact?
          c. Do the models u have suggested handle this pressure including the Panasonic one
          d. If my budget is increased by 5k which better Panasonic , Carrier and other models for the brands u have

          recommended
          e.How is Bluestar 3hw18vc1 ( have received a quotaion from bluestar for dis model)in comparison to

          3hw18HAF/JBG as suggested by u

          2. Which stabiliser brand shud i go for.

          Thanks for ur continued guidance. I am recommending Bijli Bachao to m friends, relatives and FB family
          as a one stop solution for all electrical appliance related queries and grievances

          Thanks for creating a forum where we ignorant consumers can take informed decisions and get value for money. Sorry for missing this points earlier.

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            For maintaining the right amount of cooling the pressure of the refrigerant should be right (75 psi). If you increase the length of piping then you will have to add extra refrigerant to maintain the pressure. You should talk to your installer about the same.

            You can also look at these panasonic models: CS-YC18QKY3 & CS-UC18QKY3. You can also look at Carrier Novello Plus or Duraedge series.

            Blue star 3hw18vc1 has EER of 3.11, while 3hw18HAF has 3.26 and JBG has 3.16. Not much of a difference but still 3hw18HAF will be slightly more efficient. You can go for anyone of them.

            You can go for VGuard stabilizers.

          • Pankaj Agarwal says:

            Hi Abhishek, Thanks again for d reply. I have d required inputs now and will inform u our final choice soon. I have further queries on
            1. Transformers: We are installing a 125 kva machine. We have given it to the Electrical contractor ( reliable young man and has built very good trust for himself in d market) to take care of our electriication needs . What are ur suggestions on this? ( points to check, precautions, checks and suggestions )etc

            2. DG : We are looking for 125 kva DG. which brand to go for. We do not want to pa more just in d name of the brand as u know money is a constraint

            3. LED: Which companies to go for lighting our lobby and corridors rooms , offices.
            Also where to look for decorative lights etc.
            Can we go for China made?

            Thanks!

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Hello Mr Agarwal,

            Here is my response:

            1) For Transformers: What is the efficiency offered? Check for the best in the market. Ensure earthing done properly.

            2) For DG Sets: I am not aware of the brands available in market. All I can say is check for warranty and after sales service.

            3) LEDs: There are many companies offering LED lights. Cheapest come all made in China, however they may not last long. A few things to check while buying LED lights: a) Power Factor should be more than 0.9 b) Make sure that it does not have a light aluminium casing as light aluminium casing means bad heat sink design. If heat increase beyond 60 degrees, LEDs fail and this heat sink design have to be proper c) Try going for a Edison or Osram make LED. Indian manufacturers just assemble LED lights and as long as they get LEDs from Edison or Osram it will be good. d) Make sure you are getting long enough warranty (3 years is common). On Edison product you can get 3 year warranty and anyone who uses Osram LEDs would give you up to 5 years warranty.

          • Pankaj Agarwal says:

            Just adding one more point to my previous reply ( regarding Transformers… Led)

            4. TV’S ( in d budget of 20-30 k max),
            5. Fans: I have read u blogs ( pls tell me ur choice, No to super value Fan. I just want that the cooling shud be perfect)
            6.Refrigerators ( big capacity . Best brand with minimum cost, maintenance, and other parameters u best know) .
            7. Washing Machine ( for d bedsheets ,etc) . In all minimum cost and best product is wat we are looking for
            Thanks!

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            4) for TVs: I would suggest that you go for Sharp Full HD TV. You can easily get 32 inch Full HD TV from Sharp in 30K budget. In fact you may even get Sharp 39LE155 39 inch LED TV in 30K.

            5) Well it seems you are not interested in Bijli Bachao :). All the suggestions that I have are energy saving ones. If you are looking for any fan, then you can go for Havells, CG, Orient or Usha fans.

            6) Refrigerators: What is your budget on this? And what is the capacity you are looking for? Again my suggestion would be an energy saving one because that is my first priority. LG, Samsung, Hitachi and Panasonic have energy efficient refrigerators with inverter technology.

            7) Even in washing machine, LG and Panasonic have efficient options, but they are a bit expensive. Electrolux and Onida have cheaper models.

            All I can say is that you will be charged on commercial tariff and the more you compromise on capital cost the higher you will pay on operating costs. And the life cycle cost of appliances you buy for cheap will be much more than the life cycle cost of efficient appliances. My recommendation would be to go for efficient appliances.

          • Pankaj Agarwal says:

            Hi Abhishek, Thanks again.
            For 32” LED TV’s pls suggest me the best in the lowest price in 20k-25k.
            Sharp is a new brand and it wil not have service centers in my town. What abt Panasonic. We are strongly Thinking of Pansasonic for AC’S , TV’s , Washing Machine and Refrigerator .What do u say?
            Also what abt Samsung and LG TV’s . How does Panasonic TV’s stand in comparison to them

            Fans: Ha ha. The reason for not chosing supervalue fan is the maintenance issue. It even does not have a retailer in Odisha. Even electricians may not know how to repair. To add to it mine is just an upcoming

            town.Hence every decision the maintenance is a bigconcern as the end customer may not be ready to understand our issues and the market is highly competitive.

            Refrigerators: Actually I have no idea of the budget. We require one big freeze. Pls suggest top 5 in ranking along with the price. How abt

            Panasonic?. Which Panasonic model

            Washing Machines: I have no idea on the capacity front ( but more than the domestic ones we use). Pls suggest top 5 along with budget and capacity. How abt Panasonic?. Which Panasonic model?

            Abhishek i am highly indebted to u for ur continued persistent replies. I completely agree with ur suggestions , on the energy efficienc front and the operating costs but I have a few points which are making it difficult for me to take decisions
            a. My cousin recently bought a Refrigerator based on Inverter Technology and within a month there were issues. He had a big goof up with the retailer and finally it was replaced with a normal one
            b. My brother in law is a big electrical apliance retailer in BBSR and he is of the same opinion of not going for inverter technology as these have not stood the test of time. He is daily encountering customers ( though he does not sell electronic products) with issues in appliances based on inverter technology .
            c. Ease of Maintenance- Most of the companies do not have service centers in my town and will come on call. Thus i need to ensure to take those brands which can guarantee me service on time.

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            You can certainly go for Panasonic for all products. It is a great japanese brand. For TV you can look at TH-32A401D or TH-32A410D. Panasonic is comparable to Samung and LG in TVs. For Fans you can go for Havells ES50 or Fusion50 in case you want to go for a energy saving fan with good air delivery. Even for refrigerators of larger size, panasonic have good models. But most of their bigger models are three door or side by side models for which there is no BEE star rating. And thus I do not have data of those models to give you any suggestion. For washing machine also Panasonic has good models with very good features. If you can go for one with Econavi sensors and Shaznami Drum then that will be great. But they will be costly. Going for a regular Shaznami drum model is also fine. You can look at NA-FS14X2WRB which is a 14 Kg model or NA-F90G3 or NA-F90H3 which are 9 Kg models. All others are smaller models for home use.

          • Pankaj Agarwal says:

            Hi Abhishek, Thanks again . Regarding AC’s most of the premium Brands like Bluestar, daikin, Panasonic and Carrier dont have service centers in my town. We are zeroing in on Panasonic and talks are on. But my dad is also getting feedback from other Hoteliers in our locality and we have received good feedback for LG,Samsung and Voltas and Incidentally all 3 of them have service centers in my hometown . Pls share the best split ac models among these 3 brands with bluefin aluminium/copper condenser make in the range of 25k-30k max in the order of your preference( 1 being the best preferred). Also pls share the models for TV’s ,( 32inch 20k-30k Max) Washing Machines (14kg, 9kg) and Refrigerators (big ones) for these 3 brands with minimum cost and Maximum energy efficiency as recommended by you.
            Also pls share ur thoughts on where these brands stand in the Washing Machine and Refrigerator segment and can we go for them

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            You can look at any of these in decreasing order of preference:

            VOLTAS 183 DY
            VOLTAS 183 MYi
            VOLTAS 183 CYe
            VOLTAS 183 MYe
            VOLTAS 183 LY
            VOLTAS 183 CY
            LG LSA5MP4M
            SAMSUNG AR18HC3USUQ
            VOLTAS 183 PYa-R
            VOLTAS 183 LYa
            VOLTAS 183 CYa
            VOLTAS 183 EYa
            VOLTAS 183 CYt
            LG LSA5NP3F
            LG LSA5AP3M

            For TVs you can look at:

            Samsung UA32F5100AR (Full HD model)

            HD Ready models:
            Samsung UA32H4000AR
            Samsung UA32H4100AR
            Samsung UA32F4000AR
            Samsung UA32F4100AR
            Samsung UA32EH4003R
            Samsung LA32E420E2R
            LG 32LB515A
            LG 32LB530A
            LG 32LB550A
            LG 32LB551A
            LG 32LB554A
            LG 32LB563B
            LG 32LN4900
            LG 32LN5110
            LG 32LN5120
            LG 32LN5150
            LG 32LN541B
            LG 32LN5650

            Washing Machines (these would be cheapest for around 30K):

            LG T10RRF21V
            LG P1860RWN
            Samsung WA11F5S4QTA/TL
            Samsung WA90F5S4QTA/TL
            Samsung WA11WP

            Refrigerators 500 lts or more:

            LG GR-B812GSPH
            LG GR-B772GSPH
            LG GN-M702GSHH
            SAMSUNG RT50H5809SL
            SAMSUNG RT56H6679SL
            SAMSUNG RT54H6679SL
            SAMSUNG RT56H667ESL
            SAMSUNG RT54H667ESL
            LG GL-M542GPHM

            These are good brands both for washing machine and refrigerators as well.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Agarwal,

      Which city is this for? Also what will be the size of your rooms where you will put these 1.5 ton ACs? Will these rooms be on top floor getting direct sunlight on the roof or on lower floors? Also will some of the rooms get direct sunlight on the wall during the day (i.e are they west facing)?

  157. kanreddyjp says:

    Hey Abhishek,

    Really useful post and intelligent comments. Thanks for the all the effort you have put in.

    I’m planning to buy AC and this is for Chennai location. I may stay in this city temporarily hence thinking of portable AC unit. Do you have any thoughts about it?

    Thanks,
    Reddy

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      HI Reddy,

      There are a few portable air conditioners available in market, however they are not very energy efficient. I would suggest that if you can avoid them, it will be better. If not then there are only a few options in the market and mostly from lesser known brands. You can go for any one of them.

  158. sujay says:

    Hi.. I am sujay…

    I wanted to know…

    Which brand ac to buy and which coil is better copper or alloy coil

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Sujay,

      I would say pre-coated aluminium or blue fin condenser ACs are a better buy. As long as there is anti corrosion protection, it is good, else copper is better. However there are several factors that one need to consider while buying AC:

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

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

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

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

  159. jitesh k says:

    Sir I want to buy 5 star ac for my clinic which is 90sq feet…as usage is less and budget is an issue…which one among them would be better interms of longevity,refrigent used, copper coiling and above all efficiency…i short listed 4 models with price …pls suggest which one would be best…..

    ONIDA S125FLT-LA 1 ton 5 star price Rs 28318
    Videocon VSZ35.WV1-MDA 1 ton 5 star Rs.24538
    Lloyd LS13A5SN 1 Ton 5 Star Rs 25854
    Voltas 125 CY 1 Ton 5 Star Rs.27389

  160. Sium says:

    I want to buy an air conditioner my choices are Panasonic econavi inverter and General air conditioner please let me know which is better from every side

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      You can go for Panasonic econavi inverter.

      • Sium says:

        Thanks Bro……bro i want to know the durability of Panasonic econavi inverter….is that value for money

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Sium,

          Panasonic Econavi Inverter is a very good range of ACs. It’s just that they are a bit expensive.

          • sium says:

            Thank you bro…… But now a days I’ve read bad reviews about Panasonic from users….. In this situation what about the o general air conditioner 5 star….. Please let me know ASAP

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Japanese brands are quite durable and long lasting brands. O General is quite good. You can go for it.

  161. Abhishek says:

    Dear,

    Thank You for your advice. I am now going to buy one more Air conditioner for my hall. Area is 6 metres by 4 metres. It also has a small passage with it. Hall has one 55″ tv, set top box, printer, router and two fans with furniture.

    It has a sliding glass door on the east and we are situated on the 7th floor. (8th flr is the top floor)
    City – kolkata, Temperature is hot and humid during maximum time off the year.

    The total usage will be more than 1600 hours in a year.

    Based on my usage, I have taken down the following A/c’s with prices.

    Panasonic 2 Ton Inverter CS/CU-UA24PKY – Rs. 51000
    LG 2 Ton Inverter BS-Q246C7M1 – 51600
    Daikin 2.2 Ton Inverter FTKD 71 FVM R-22 – Rs. 52000
    Hitachi 2 Ton Inverter Ace RAU023EUEA – Rs. 56800

    Please inform if I have selected the correct tonnage. I already have 3 Daikin ac’s at home.
    Please suggest which A/c to buy. I would directly order it. You can also inform about some other model too. I could gather just these models, so mentioned.
    Your time and co operation is really appreciated.
    Thank You
    Abhishek

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      You need 2.2 tons cooling for your room or 2 ton inverter AC. So your calculation is right. If you can get Mitsubishi Electric MSY-GE24VA then that will be the best. Else you can go for Hitachi 2 Ton Inverter Ace RAU023EUEA. Daikin FTKM71PRV16 is also very good but will be quite expensive as compared to others.

      By the way I have not heard great feedback about Hitachi service in Kolkata. In that case you may also consider LG BS-Q246C8R3 or BS-Q246C8A2.

      • Abhishek says:

        As you said both Daikin and Mitsubishi, are great products. I have received the rates from online stores.

        1. Mitsubishi Electric MSY-GE24VA- – Rs. 68355
        2. Daikin 2.2 Ton Inverter FTKD 71 FVM – Rs. 57000
        3. Daikin 2.2 Ton Inverter FTKM71PRV16 – Rs. 69228
        4. Hitachi 2 Ton Inverter Ace RAU023EUEA – Rs. 56800

        I have short listed the above Ac’s. My questions are as follows:-

        1. Should I buy Ac from an online store like Snapdeal and Flipkart?
        2. Is it sensible to spend 12,000 extra between the two Daikin Air Conditioners for the R22 gas and R32 gas? (My friend works in Daikin and tells me that R22 gas will not be phased out for the next 10 years in India)
        3. I had an Hitachi in my old home and the service was good.

        Finally, Mitsubishi is also my first choice, but just to be 100% sure, I cannot justify myself of spending 12,000 extra for the same kind of technology.

        Thanks a lot.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Abhishek,

          If you were happy with Hitachi service, then I would recommend that you go for Hitachi AC. It’s energy efficiency numbers are the best. And it is also coming for a reasonable price. Before buying from Snapdeal or Flipkart, make sure that you are getting warranty of the product. Sharp specifically mentions that it will not give warranty on products sold through Snapdeal.

  162. Darshan says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I want to buy Split Ac/1.5 ton /without inverter /3star / Copper in Vadodara, Gujarat

    I am confused between

    Hitachi kaze Plus RAU318HUD : Copper Condenser, Copper Pipe
    Voltas 183 LYE: Copper Condenser, Copper Pipe
    Samsung AR18HC3TFUR , AR18HC3USNB: Aluminium +Alloy Condenser, Copper Pipe + 3years warranty on Condenser

    Considering Condenser life, energy saving and after sales service and new features which one is best?

    Also please suggest any one better than i mentioned, it will be helpful.

    Please suggest.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Darshan,

      Firstly I doubt that Hitachi Kaze Plus and Voltas 183 LYE have copper condenser. Hitachi Kaze Plus has pre-coated aluminium condenser (you can check hitachi website for the same). If you want 100% copper then you should go for Carrier Novello Plus or Duraedge Plus series. However frankly I do not see significant benefit of 100% copper over pre-coated aluminium (or blu fin condenser).

      • Darshan says:

        Thanks Abhishek,

        Thanks for clearing doubt that blue fin is enough,

        Can you please suggest me below from samsung is good in terms of Condenser life, energy saving and after sales service and new features
        http://www.samsung.com/in/consumer/home-appliances/air-conditioner/split-air-conditioner/AR18HC3TYURNNA

        Or can you suggest other models?

        I have shortlisted this, Blue Star 1.5 Ton 5 Star 5HW18SA1 Split Air Conditioner but as my need as of now is not much i moved to 3 star.
        This bluestar model says blue fin is this good in terms of Condenser life, energy saving and after sales service and new features.

        Please suggest pre-coated aluminium (or blu fin condenser) models in 3 star 1.5ton.

  163. amit says:

    i have a voltas ac 1.5 ton window ac it is on for 18 hrs daily and my bill shoots to around 17000 for 2 mnths please suggest some replacable ac.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Amit,

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

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

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

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

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

  164. Ajit says:

    Good Morning Abhishek,

    Your site is really helpful and so is your comment.
    I have two rooms for which I plan to put Split AC. Size of one room is 110 sq ft (10*11) and the other is 100 sq ft(10*10). It is on the top floor in kolkata where humidity is too much. We plan to run the AC for less than 900 hours / year and the outdoor unit will be exposed to Sun. Please suggest me some good brand with value for money and keeping in mind durability. It would be better if you suggest any 5 star rated product

    Thanks in advance
    A K

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Ajit,

      You need 1.2 tons of cooling for both the rooms. You can look at following ACs:

      Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
      Voltas 155 CY

      There are very few 1.2 ton ACs (and most of them BEE 5 star). If you do not go for any of the above (brands) then you may have to go for 1.5 ton fixed speed. However instead of that I would recommend that you go for 1 ton inverter AC:

      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

  165. Sunil Nangare says:

    Hi Abhishek
    I live in Ghatkopar and planning to install 1 windows AC- one for my bedroom (120sqft). I live on the second floor and have 5 floors above my room. After going through your site, I plan to install 1 ton windows AC as the builder has created space for Windows AC.
    The parameters to be considered are good cooling at night, energy efficiency, low on maintenance and good after sales service. Please recommend. from you site Planning to go for Voltas / Hitachi or other brands as per your suggestion.In addition, we will use the AC for 4 hours i.e cooling the room for 2 hours in day and night and then subsequently use the ceiling fan to help regulate the temprature.
    Other relevant parameters are as under
    1. Anti Corrosion
    2. Less Noisy
    3. EER (5 stars may be if you suggest so) for less electric bill
    4. Auto switch off & self timer
    5. The outer unit of the AC would be exposed to sunlight – (Kindly factor the best practice as per ur experience)

    Regards
    SN

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Sunil,

      I would suggest that you go for Hitachi Kaze Plus air conditioner (http://www.hitachi-hli.com/productdetail/KAZE-Plus-Window/). It has Pre Coated aluminium fins for anti corrosion. It claims to have silent cooling. EER is 3.4 and is the most energy efficient 1 ton window AC (there are very few energy efficient options in 1 ton window ACs). It has On/Off timer. And 1 ton is considering that the outdoor unit will be exposed to sunlight.

  166. Vishwas Shetty says:

    Hello Abhishek,

    I live in Mumbai and I am looking to purchase an AC for my bedroom which is West Side Facing. The room dimensions are around 14X12 feet and we are located on the 4th Floor of a 8 storey Apartment. Our usage will be around 8-10 hours per week.

    I was looking out for an energy efficient air conditioner with good maintenance services and could do with your guidance on the same. Kindly suggest some models which would suit my requirements.

    Many Thanks in Advance !!

    Regards,
    Vishwas

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,

      You need about 1.2 tons of cooling or 1 ton inverter AC. The choice between fixed speed and inverter will depend on your usage of AC (in hrs/year). However you can look at these ACs:

      1.2 ton fixed speed ACs:
      Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
      Voltas 155 CY

      You can also go for 1 ton inverter AC for the room:
      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

      If your usage is less than 900 hrs in a year then I would suggest that you go for the fixed speed, if it is more then I would suggest going for inverter tech AC.

      • Vishwas says:

        Thanks Abhishek for your detailed feedback.

        We plan to use the AC for less than 900 hrs in a year hence I believe that Fixed Speed would suit our requirements . Also unfortunately we might not be able to accommodate a Split AC :( in this room due to room dimensions and orientation hence could you kindly suggest alternative Window AC’s which support my requirements

        Many Thanks in Advance !!

        Regards,
        Vishwas

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          In that case I would suggest that you look at these window ACs:

          Whirlpool MAGICOOL PLATINUM V (1.2 ton window AC)
          Hitachi RAV513HUD or RAT513HTD

          All these are window ACs of 1.2 ton BEE 5 star rated.

  167. Nitin Kadam says:

    Hi Abhishek
    I live in thane and planning to install 2 ac; one for my bedroom (120sqft) and another study room (63sqft). After going through your site, I plan to install 1 ton & .75 tom respectively. I am very much confused with which brand is good. Please recommend. from you site Daikin, General seem the best. Is BlueStar good?
    Also we will use the both ac’s only during night, so total 8 hrs a day. Is 3* fine or shud I go for invertor
    Nitin Kadam

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      If your usage of AC is more than 1000 hrs/year, go for inverter. Go for 3 star only if your usage is less than 600 hrs/year. Bluestar is a highly reliable indian brand. Daikin and General are Japanese brands. While buying AC you must also look at energy efficiency along with the brand. Efficiency varies with model. You can look at following inverter ACs:

      0.75/0.8 ton inverter AC
      Daikin FTKM25PRV16
      Sharp AH-XP10LV
      Mitsubishi MSY-GE10VA
      OGeneral ASGA09JGCA

      1 ton inverter ACs:
      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

  168. Dibyajit Dash says:

    Hello Abhishek, Thank you for the wonderful blog. I want to purchase a AC. My requirement is 1.5 ton.My Room is direct sun facing on the roof and it gets very heated up.My usage will be very during summer and Monsoon for about 18 hrs a day.Can you please recommend if i should go for Inverter split acs or BEE 5 star rating. The AC’s quality should be durable and it should have Value for money.My budget is 35,000-40,000.I live in Bhubaneswar. Can you please list some products to me according to my requirements. It would me much appreciated.Thank you.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Dash,

      18 hours a day is quite high and so I would suggest that you should go for inverter tech AC. What is the size of your room? The cheapest 1.5 ton inverter ACs would cost about 42K + installation costs (samsung or sharp).

    • Rajesh says:

      Hello Abhishek, I live in Kothagudem, Khammam District of Telangana which is a coal belt area. The temperature here is always above 40 degrees and in summer it touches 50 and above. Please suggest suitable AC in terms of EER, Star rating and Price. Why star rating not mentioned on inverter Acs? Kindly suggest.

      • Abhishek Jain says:

        Hello Mr Rajesh,

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

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

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

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

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

        As for star rating of inverter ACs is concerned: regular ACs have fixed tonnage and thus fixed EER. Inverter ACs have variable tonnage and variable EER. BEE star rating is done for fixed speed ACs with fixed EER based on the value of their EER. But inverter tech do not have fixed EER and thus it cannot be compared against regular ACs.

        Regards,
        Abhishek

  169. vasanth N says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Thanks for all inputs. but still i have some questions regarding my AC selection!

    I am from Chennai. Here min temp 37 max as 42. My bedroom size 12*14 and i am looking for split ac. i have short listed below AC’s as per some of your reply. can you please suggest me on that. my room located like 1) Ground Floor(above 1 floor is there) 2) one side sunlight minimum shade and my usage will be approximately 1700 hrs/year and my budget is 36K

    inverter ac:
    1) SHARP 1.1 ton inverter ac

    5star ac:
    1) Electrolux 1.5 ton 5star ac
    2) whirlpool 1.2 ton 5star ac

    3star:
    1) voltas 1.5 ton 3star
    2) onida 1.5 ton 3star

    Please suggest. thanks

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,

      I think SHARP 1.1 ton inverter ac will be better for you.

      • vasanth N says:

        thanks for your reply.

        I have checked outside store as well as compared online price .below two ac’s are better

        1) SHAPP 1.1 Inverter ac – 39500 (with installation double booster) – outside shop -best price
        2) Whirlpool 1.2 ton 5star AC platinum V – 34500 (with double booster free installation) – online best price

        which one i should go.

        FYIP:
        my room located like 1) Ground Floor(above 1 floor is there) 2) one side sunlight minimum shade and my usage will be approximately 1700 hrs/year.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hello Mr Vasanth,

          Your usage of AC is quite high and thus inverter AC will be better for you. You should go for SHARP 1.1 Inverter ac.

  170. Santosh says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Thanks for sharing,

    A quick question which is a bit urgent , Need your help in selecting right AC for my house.I have 14 ft x 12 ft bedroom house in Bhandup, mumbai, at 13th floor (Humid weather).and floor above my apartment. Our usage will be almost daily at night around 3-4 hours and day time 3 -4 hours approx.

    Features looking for in Air conditioner is,
    1. Anti Corrosion
    2. Less Noisy
    3.For less electric bill
    4. Auto switch off & self timer
    5.Temperature control (Auto)

    Please suggest few Best ones to finalize .

    Thanks for you cooperation

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Santosh,

      You need about 1.2 tons of cooling or 1 ton inverter AC. The choice between fixed speed and inverter will depend on your usage of AC. However you can look at these ACs:

      1.2 ton fixed speed ACs:
      Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
      Voltas 155 CY

      You can also go for 1 ton inverter AC for the room:
      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

      If your usage is less than 900 hrs in a year then I would suggest that you go for the fixed speed, if it is more then I would suggest going for inverter tech AC.

  171. Lakshmanansethu says:

    Hi,
    Greetings, I m living in chennai and looking for split ac for a attached bedroom of size 14*11. We are in the first floor and there is one more floor above us. Can you suggest me a good ACs for my specifications?

    1.0 Ton split ac’s or 1.2 Ton split acs?

    Do we have 1.2 Ton split acs in daikins? I heard that Hitachi acs are facing service problem? Whats your view on this?

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi,

      You need about 1.2 tons of cooling or 1 ton inverter AC. The choice between fixed speed and inverter will depend on your usage of AC. However you can look at these ACs:

      1.2 ton fixed speed ACs:
      Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
      Voltas 155 CY

      You can also go for 1 ton inverter AC for the room:
      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

      If your usage is high, I would suggest going for inverter tech AC. Daikin does not have 1.2 ton split ACs. Hitachi does have service issues at some places.

  172. Rohit says:

    Hi Abhishek, Very useful and nice information. Thanks for sharing.

    I have 15 ft x 10 ft bedroom house in Mumbai i.e. 4-5 kms away from sea (Humid weather). My usage will be almost daily at night around 3-4 hours and day time 3 hours approx.
    Features looking for in Air conditioner is,
    1. Anti Corrosion
    2. Less Noisy
    3. EER (5 stars may be if you suggest so) for less electric bill
    4. Auto switch off & self timer

    Kindly suggest few Best ones to finalize from.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Rohit,

      If your usage is through out the year then I would suggest going for 1 ton inverter AC. You can look at these models:

      You can also go for 1 ton inverter AC for the room:
      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

      All of them have anti corrosion protection, they are super high on energy efficiency.

  173. Ardhendu says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am planning to buy an AC for my house. My room size is 13ft * 11ft and above my floor there is another room. I am residing at Kolkata. The key factors that I want for my AC are :
    1. Great cooling solutions.
    2. BEE 3 star rating.
    3. Good after services.
    4. Durable.
    5. Budget Friendly.
    Please let me know your views.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Ardhendu,

      You need about 1.2 tons of cooling or 1 ton inverter AC. The choice between fixed speed and inverter will depend on your usage of AC. However you can look at these ACs:

      1.2 ton fixed speed ACs:
      Hitachi RAU514IUD or RAU514EUDA
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
      Voltas 155 CY

      You can also go for 1 ton inverter AC for the room:
      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

      If your usage is high, I would suggest going for inverter tech AC.

  174. Amit says:

    Hi Abhishek – a quick question which is a bit urgent. Based on your articles, I know a Hitachi 1 ton inverter works best for a 120 sq foot shop in Mumbai on the 6th floor. The challenge is that the distance between the inside unit and outside unit is 24 feet. How will that affect cooling given the gas will have to travel this large a distance? Is it better for me to install a 5-star 1-ton window unit? If yes, pls recommend a couple which are most efficient (unit cost is rs 10 and the AC will be in throughout the year.) Thank you

    -amit

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Amit,

      Typically the recommended length of the piping is mostly less than 13-15 mts. 24 ft will be less than that, so ideally that should be fine. However in case the length is more than the recommended piping length, the installers add extra refrigerant to maintain the pressure. In air conditioning what is important is to maintain the right pressure of refrigerant for ideal cooling. Typically the costs of refrigerant needed for installing 13-15 mts piping is included (you may check the same with Hitachi), if not they will just charge you extra for extra refrigerant. However I feel that it will not be the case with you. You should go for inverter AC only if you are in Mumbai and AC to be used through out the year. You should not even thing about any other type of AC :).

  175. Srinivas says:

    Hi Abhishek

    I am Srinivas from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, Need your help in selecting right AC for my house. Our house is 20 year old individual house with no more floors on top. Planning to put a Split AC to our Hall. Hall size is 18*12 ft. Temperature will always be around 35 or 36 in our city. In summer it touches around 40 to 45. Suggest a right AC for our use with features like…Good Energy Efficiency, Anti Corrosion, Good reliability and most importantly good after sales service. Should i select Split AC or Split AC with Inverter. Thanks in advance.

    Best wishes,
    Srinivas

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Srinivas,

      You need 2 tons of cooling for your hall. How much is you usage of AC in the hall in hrs/day and month/year?

      • Srinivas says:

        Hi Abhishek

        Thanks for your quick reply. Everyday night we will be using 4 hours. In summer may be another 4 more hours in the day time. In total usage will come around 2200hrs/year. AC will be used by my parents whose age is around 65 years. As my parents are older, it would be better to take an AC with good after sales service in Guntur, AndhraPradesh. One of my uncle suggested O General will be a good choice, because he says it can withstand at high temperature without breakdown. Also few people are suggesting, as my house is 20 years old better to put Wall putty to inner side of Hall walls, so that it saves good energy. Please suggest me
        1. whether to go for Split AC or Split AC with Inverter.
        2. Suggest models with Good Energy Efficiency, Anti Corrosion, Good reliability and most importantly good after sales service.
        3. Is it necessary to put Wall putty to inner side of the Hall walls
        4. Suggest me companies [No indian companies, as they are mostly assembled] with model numbers

        Sorry if i troubled with too many questions. Thanks in advance.

        Srinivas

        • Srinivas says:

          Hi Abhishek

          Thanks for your reply. Everyday night we will be using 4 hours. In summer may be another 4 more hours in the day time. In total usage will come around 2200hrs/year. AC will be used by my parents whose age is around 65 years. As my parents are older, it would be better to take an AC with good after sales service in Guntur, AndhraPradesh. One of my uncle suggested O General will be a good choice, because he says it can withstand at high temperature without breakdown. Also few people are suggesting, as my house is 20 years old better to put Wall putty to inner side of Hall walls, so that it saves good energy. Please suggest me
          1. whether to go for Split AC or Split AC with Inverter.
          2. Suggest models with Good Energy Efficiency, Anti Corrosion, Good reliability and most importantly good after sales service.
          3. Is it necessary to put Wall putty to inner side of the Hall walls
          4. Suggest me companies [No indian companies, as they are mostly assembled] with model numbers

          Sorry if i troubled with too many questions. Thanks in advance.

          Srinivas

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Hi Srinivas,

            2200 hrs/yr is extremely high usage. I would strongly suggest that you go for an inverter AC. You should go for either 1.8 ton or 2 ton inverter AC.

            For 1.8 ton inverter you may look at:

            Daikin FTKP60PRV16
            Daikin FTKM60PRV16
            Samsung AR24HV5NBWK

            For 2 ton inverter you may look at:

            Mitsubishi Electric MSY-GE24VA
            Hitachi RAU023EUEA
            Samsung AR24HV5NBWK
            Panasonic CS-S24PKY

            OGeneral has one model of 2 ton inverter AC, but its energy efficiency numbers are quite low and thus I would not recommend that.

  176. Sudarsan Radhakrishnan says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I’m planning to buy an ac and need you help choosing the right one. I live in Chennai and It is for master bed room of size 16 x 14.5 ft (9.25 height). It has attached toilet of size 5 x 11.5 ft (9.25 height) and no open passage between bedroom area and toilet area other than door. Should I also include toilet area on choosing the tonnage? Kindly help getting the right tonnage.

    Room is on 2nd floor (Top Floor) and It has two sliding glass windows on west and south sides of approx. size of 4 x 6 ft. My usage would be around 8-10 hrs/day and 8-10 months in a year. I want to go for a better one in all means (EER, Cooling Capacity, Eco Friendly Refrigerant, Anti corrosion, Copper tubes, Post Sales Service, Reliability). Please suggest few models.

    Thank you.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      You need 2.2 tons cooling or 2 ton inverter AC for your room. You need not include the toilet area as there is a door that will remain closed most of the time. Your usage of AC is high so I would suggest that you go for inverter AC. You can look at these models:

      Mitsubishi Electric MSY-GE24VA
      Hitachi RAU023EUEA
      Daikin FTKM71PRV16
      Samsung AR24HV5NBWK
      Panasonic CS-S24PKY

      These models have highest EER, Eco Friendly Refrigerant and have anti corrosion treatment done and also have good reliability.

      • Sudarsan Radhakrishnan says:

        Thank you Abhishek for your response. My room measurement (16×14.5) was included with toilet area (5×11.5) as well. It is like total room area is around 232 sq.ft and toilet area is around 57 sq.ft. Hence excluding the toilet area, it would be around 175-180 sq.ft only. For this measurement do I need 2.2 tons of cooling. I guess, your response is for 232 sq.ft. right? Can you please calculate for the area of 175-180 sq.ft and the corresponding AC models with the above same considerations.

        Thank you again.

      • Sudarsan Radhakrishnan says:

        Just to summarize… My room size is 175-180 sq.ft (Top Floor – 2nd Floor) in Chennai and usage would be around 8-10 hrs/day and 8-10 months in a year. Seeking your help to list few models with good EER, Cooling capacity, Anti-corrosion, Eco-Friendly Refrigerant and Reliability. I strongly feel confident on your suggestions and gonna purchase based on your recommendations. Thank you again for the entire support.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          In that case you need 1.7-1.8 tons of cooling or 1.5 ton inverter AC. You can look at:

          Hitachi RAU019EUEA or RAU018IUEA
          Samsung AR18HV5DAWK or AR18HV5NFWK
          Daikin FTKM50PRV16
          Panasonic CS-TS18PKY
          O General ASGA18JCC

  177. DR SHARMA says:

    PLEASE TELL ME UTILITY OF VRV SYSTEM AND multisplit invertor ac

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Well essentially functioning of both are same as they adjust their speed to the room’s requirement (or total requirement in case of VRV). With VRV there will be a single centrally cooled system but inverter ACs will be separate indoor and outdoor units. VRV will look much more organised from outside, but inverter ACs will have their multiple outdoor units hanging outside.

  178. Niraj says:

    Hi !
    I am looking for split acs for my house in Mumbai. flat is on 8th floor, east & north side is open.
    1) living room 22×10 feet;
    2) Master bedroom :- 15×13 ,
    3) daughter’s bedroom :- 12×11 and
    4) guest bed room :- 8x 12
    please note height of celling in all rooms are around 8 feet.

    Usage of AC mostly in summers ( 2-3 months in a year) around 4 hrs in night & might be 1-2 hrs in day.
    looking for value for money, cost effective & energy saver, low maintenance and good after sales service.

    appreciate quick response.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Niraj,

      When you say 8th floor, I assume that there are more floors on top of it. You need a:

      1.5 ton AC for living room
      1.5 ton AC for Master bedroom
      1 ton AC for daughter’s bedroom
      0.75 ton AC for guest bedroom.

      You usage of AC is quite less so a high efficiency (BEE 5 star or inverter tech AC) may not give early payback. You can go for BEE 3 star rated ACs. You can look at these models:

      1.5 ton ACs:
      Hitachi RAU318HUD
      Daikin FTC50PRV16
      Bluestar 3HW18HAF

      1 ton AC:
      Samsung AR12HC3USNB or AR12HC3USUQ or AR12HC3ESLW or AR12HC3TFUR
      Hitachi RAU412HTD or RAU412KTDP or RAU312HUD or RAU312HUDP
      Daikin FTC35PRV16
      Whirlpool 3D COOL DELUXE III

      Guest Bedroom AC I guess will not be used much, so you can go for any AC for that.

      • Niraj says:

        Thanks a lot Abhishek for the reply,

        there are 12 floors in the building we stay on 8th floor.

        just FYI there is a small passage area connected to living room around 4×10 sq ft.

        don’t you think living room needs either single ac of 2 ton or 2 AC’s of 1 ton each (or 1.5 tone each) or should i go for multi split AC for living room ( 2 indoor units & one common out door unit ) if yes please suggest which brand should I go. if you want i can share layout drawing with you. (in that case please provide email ID)

        • Niraj says:

          Hi!
          Also I have short listed Daikin, can you please provide information about after sales service from Daikin in Mumbai. After sales service is going to be one of the major criteria for the selections. pl suggest which are the good brands in terms of after sales services in Mumbai.
          Thanks

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Hi Niraj,

            People I know who have purchased Daikin in Mumbai are quite happy with their purchase. I have also got decent feedback about sharp. So you can go for any of them.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Niraj,

          At times people apply thumb rule of 1 ton for 100 sq ft. But the thumb rule does not work always. And that is because different cities have different climatic conditions. This thumb rule may work in a place like Delhi (if the room is not top floor). But in Delhi the peak summer temperature goes up to 46-47 degrees. Whereas in Mumbai the peak summer temperature is just 34-35 degrees. If you put a 2 ton AC then that will be oversizing it. You can try the calculator from LG: http://www.lg.com/in/support/ac-tonnage-calculator and it will suggest 1.5 ton (even when it considers ceiling height of 10 ft whereas in your case it is 8 ft). Even in Delhi is the room is top floor then one has to consider heat coming in from ceiling. Or if it is west facing with afternoon sun directly on the wall, then one has to consider that. Or for that matter if there is a big window which is not covered with curtains then that will get some heat. But putting two 1.5 ton would be an overkill. You will get huge electricity bills with that. If you feel that 1.5 ton is less then you may consider a 1.5 ton inverter AC. It can cover up to 1.75 ton requirement. It can also auto adjust to room’s requirement and save on electricity. (By the way most 2 ton ACs available in market actually just have 1.8 tons cooling capacity, their number is just rounded off).

          • Niraj says:

            Hi Abhishek,
            Thanks for the reply, I would like to share my Intirior Layout design with you. please let me know who can it be done, my mail ID is [email protected]

  179. vijay says:

    I am looking for a inverter 2 ton ac for my house – please suggest a good model to go for.. I did check out the Voltas 24V DY…

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      You can check these 2 ton inverter ACs:

      Mitsubishi Electric MSY-GE24VA
      Hitachi RAU023EUEA
      Daikin FTKM71PRV16
      LG BS-Q246C8R3 or BS-Q246C8A2
      Samsung AR24HV5NBWK
      Panasonic CS-S24PKY

  180. sarathy says:

    Dear Abhishek,

    This is sarathy From Chennai , I live in 4th floor of the flat and above the floor is open terrace, My room size is 11.5 Ft x 12 Ft and Ceiling is 10 Ft High , We have window and balcony in west side , Iam looking for good Inverter/5 Star AC which saves electricity and gives good cooling to the room please suggest me for the same.

    Please let me know your view of Sharp 1.25T (AH-x15 Ret) inverter AC.

    With Regards

    sarathy

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Sarathy,

      You need 1.5 tons of cooling for your room. A 1.5 ton inverter AC would be good. If you are looking for good economical models then you can go for Sharp or Samsung. Hitachi (Ace) and Daikin (FTKM) will be a little more energy efficient than these but a bit more expensive as well. Sharp in general is a good choice and I think you should go for it.

      • sarathy says:

        Hi Abhishek,

        Thanks for your reply and suggestion , In The showroom the sales person says 1.25Ton of inverter ac is sufficient which is equivalent to 1.5 ton of normal AC , Shall i need to buy 1.25 ton or 1.5 ton of inverter AC.

        With Regards

        sarathy

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          You can even go for 1.25 or 1.3 ton inverter AC. However there is only one 1.25 ton model that’s in sharp and one 1.3 model that is in Mitsubishi electric. So the choice is less.

          • sarathy says:

            Hi Abhishek

            Please suggest me 1.5 Ton Energy Efficient Inverter AC with Proper Installation and Service Support which i can opt for in chennai and also please advice of purchasing AC from Snapdeal online purchase.

            With Regards

            sarathy

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            These are the most energy efficient 1.5 ton inverter ACs:

            Hitachi Ace or Kampa inverter 1.5 ton
            Daikin FTKM50PRV16
            Samsung AR18HV5DAWK
            LG BS-Q186C8R6
            Sharp AH-XP18PHT, AH-XP18PMT, AH-X18PET, AH-XP18MV
            Samsung AR18HV5NFWK

            You can buy from Snapdeal but please make sure that you are getting warranty on the product. I know Sharp does not give warranty on products sold through snapdeal. There may be other brands as well.

          • sarathy says:

            Dear Abhishek

            Thanks for sharing your valuable suggestion , i would like to know your views about the following inverter AC.

            Panasonic 1.5T YS 18pkyp

            With Regards

            sarathy

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Hello Sarathy,

            Panasonic 1.5T YS 18pkyp inverter AC has nominal EER of 3.17 at nominal tonnage of 1.5. However inverter ACs are 20% more efficient than fixed speed AC of similar tonnage and EER. So the equivalent fixed speed EER would be 3.17/0.8 = 3.9 which is higher than any BEE 5 star rated AC. However there are inverter ACs that are more efficient than this one and would cost just a couple of thousand more (check Samsung or Sharp ACs). Samsung 1.5 ton inverter AC has nominal EER of 3.8 and costs about 42K.

  181. jitesh says:

    hi abhishek planing to buy ac for my clinic of length 11 feet by 9 feet width…i.e.99sq feet….i am confused between 5 star ac vs invertor ac….secondly i shortlisted Daikin FTKE35…but refrigent used is R-22….In recent article of yours u told R-410 refrigent saves electricity…considering cost of daikin ac with old R-22 i.e.ftke35 ..it costing me around 32k….n one with new refrigent is 4k costly…what should i do?…Or should i buy 5 star ac….my budget is upt0 32k……pls guide….

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Jitesh,

      I guess I replied to you on this:

      Well all I can say is that if your cost of electricity is Rs 5 per unit then you should go for 5 star rated AC if your annual usage is more than 1000 hrs and inverter tech AC is your usage is more than 1500 hours. This is for payback (of extra amount) in 3 years (assuming difference in price of 5 star and inverter tech is Rs 5000). If your cost of electricity is more or usage is more, it will be better to go for inverter tech with lesser number of hours of annual usage.

      Now you can get Sharp’s 1 ton inverter AC in 32 K which will be much more efficient than Daikin FTKE range. However FTKP or for that matter FTKM are much more energy efficient (FTKM being the most energy efficient). If at price of Rs 5 your usage is about 1500 hrs, FTKE will work. If it is more than that and about 1800-1900 hrs, I would strongly suggest that you go for FTKM series. Of if you are in Mumbai where price of electricity is almost Rs 10+ then FTKM makes a whole lot of sense.

  182. Sam says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    Quick question for you
    room on top floor New Delhi approx size 120 sqft 10 ft ceiling carpet and furniture very hot during summer large front balcony facing north east with sunlight almost all day till late afternoon , 2 people occupying room with 6-8 hour use of room per day but also leave for months at a time sometimes…..what tonnage and brand do you suggest also if inverter tech or window or split ? Thanks your expert advice will be much appreciated…….

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Sam,

      Would suggest you to go for 1.5 ton AC for your room. It will be better to go for split ACs as you will get more energy efficient options. If your usage of AC is more than 800-900 hours a year you should go for BEE 5 star rated AC. If it is more than 1200-1300 hours then inverter tech. You can look at these models:

      BEE 5 star 1.5 ton ACs:

      GODREJ GSC 18 FG 6 ONG
      GODREJ GSC 18 FG 6 WNG
      HITACHI RAU518HUDDZ
      HITACHI RAU518HUDD
      LG LSA5AP5M
      LG LSA5ES5M
      LG LSA5MP5M
      LG LSA5NP5F
      LG LSA5SP5M
      SAMSUNG AR18HC5EXLZ
      SAMSUNG AR18HC5TXNC
      SAMSUNG AR18HC5TYUR

      Inverter Tech 1.5 ton ACs:

      Hitachi RAU019EUEA or RAU018IUEA
      Samsung AR18HV5DAWK or AR18HV5NFWK
      Daikin FTKM50PRV16
      Panasonic CS-TS18PKY
      O General ASGA18JCC

  183. jaya prakash says:

    hi abhisek,
    iam leaving in chennai my room size was 100 sq meters in top floar that is teracewhich one will suit with lower power consumption please suggest

    regards
    jai

  184. Gautam Grover says:

    Thanks Abhishek for your input on my query..

    As living in Thane/MumbI region there is no such trouble of voltage so stablizer can be eliminated.

    Further can you suggest any other ac against the shortlisting of Hitachi- Kampa RAU512HUDD – 1 Ton

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Gautam,

      Voltage is not a problem in Thane/Mumbai, so you can leave the stabilizer.

      Also Thane/Mumbai is not very hot during summers. Highest temperature is around 34, so typically smaller tonnage ACs are also good enough. Also tariff is quite high in Thane/Mumbai so I mostly suggest people in Mumbai/Thane to go for inverter tech ACs. What is the size of your room? Also is it a top floor or lower floor flat?

      • Gautam Grover says:

        Hi Abhishek,

        Thanks again for replying

        Iam staying in 10th Floor ( 15th Floor Tower), Looking for Ac in Bedroom which 10 X 12 in size.. Its a small room…

        Thus can you suggest suitable AC Brand – 5 Ton/ Inverter Tech with options of few brands to help me in making final call on same.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Gautam,

          1 ton is a right size for 10×12 room in mumbai. Optionally you can also go for 0.8 ton inverter tech AC from Sharp. It may cost the same but save more electricity. Sharp inverter tech of 0.8 ton costs about 28K. Daikin and Mitsubishi also have 0.75 ton inverter ACs, however they cost about 34K.

  185. Gautam Grover says:

    Iam planning to buy Hitachi SPLIT AC – 1.0TR CLASS HITACHI KAMPA – RAU512HUDD. How is this product ?
    I would like to know that does this product require stabilizer to install along with ?

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Gautam,

      Hitachi RAU512HUDD is a BEE 5 star rated AC with EER of 3.52 (rated wattage of 960 watts). It looks good, however the cost benefit of the choice will depend on your usage of AC. Also the suitability will depend on the size of your room and you location (city). Also I have hardly seen ACs that have stabilizer free operation and specially those from Hitachi. So if you have voltage fluctuations in your area, then you must go for a stabilizer. Also the online specs of this model does not mention that it has stabilizer free operation.

  186. Rishi says:

    Hi Abhishek

    I want to cool a room with carpet area 120 sqft and with a floor to ceiling distance of 10ft. The room is in Mumbai on the top floor (terrace on top) with 1 window facing approx. North-West. The room will by occupied by 2 people. There is 1 ceiling fan, 2 tube lights, 1 metal bed and 2 wooden tables in the room. The AC for cooling is expected to run for about 8 hours every night throughout the year. I guess an AC with about 1.2 Tons of cooling should suffice. But I am more inclined to go with a 1.5Ton inverter, as an oversized inverter AC will reach steady state faster and settle into low power consumption mode thereafter leading to potentially significant power savings. Is this line of reasoning sound? Can you suggest some good fixed speed as well as DC inverter models for my application? I already have 2 Hitachi ACs and I am generally happy with their performance as well as the service from Hitachi. But, I would like to check out some good models from companies like Daikin, Carrier etc. I was advised by a local dealer to avoid Sharp because their service in Mumbai is really poor.

    Thanks
    Rishi

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Rishi,

      120 sq ft room in Mumbai on top floor needs 1 tons of air conditioning or 0.8 ton inverter AC. Even a 1 ton inverter AC will be more than enough. You can look at these ACs:

      1 ton inverter:
      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

      in case you are inclined for 1.5 ton inverter, you can look at:
      Hitachi Ace or Kampa inverter 1.5 ton
      Daikin FTKM50PRV16
      Samsung AR18HV5DAWK
      LG BS-Q186C8R6
      Sharp AH-XP18PHT, AH-XP18PMT, AH-X18PET, AH-XP18MV
      Samsung AR18HV5NFWK

      Hitachi has the models with highest energy efficiency (hitachi ACE models). In case you have liking for Hitachi, you can go for it.

  187. Saba Iqbal says:

    Dear Sir,
    I have a split AC HITACHI 1.5 Ton Model RAU318KRD. Please let me know the Power Consumption (in Watts). Hpoe for a early reply.
    Regards
    Saba

  188. Raja says:

    Hi Abishek,

    I have A banuqet hall with 3500 sq ft. and dinning area of 1500 sqft. Can you please what would best A/C brand and How many A/C
    s do I need put. It would be a great help. This is in Khammam, Andhra Pradesh.

  189. Varun says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    which type of ac should i prefer in chennai (whether inverter type or non-inverter split type)
    can u also suggest me whether GENERAL is good for the conditions in Chennai

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Varun,

      Choice of inverter or non inverter does not depend on climate or city. It depends on your usage of AC. Inverter ACs are expensive and you will be able to recover extra cost paid for buying only when your usage is high. We typically recommend people to go for BEE 3 star split AC if usage is less than 1000 hrs per year and price of electricity less than Rs 5 a unit. If usage is between 1000-1500 hrs per year, then we suggest going for BEE 5 star split and beyond that Inverter Tech split AC. This is for 3 years payback for the extra money you pay to buy the appliance. With each star rating increase, the energy saving potential increases by 7-8%. Inverter tech of same EER are 15-20% more efficient than BEE 5 star rated AC.

      General is a very good brand. In case you are in Chennai and have issues with corrosion of appliances (due to salty water in air), then you should go for models with blue fin condenser (or anti corrosion coating on the condenser).

  190. Nakul says:

    Hello Abhishek,
    I have a 100-120 sq.ft room on 2nd floor in Nagpur.
    I’m looking forward to buying a Split A/C for it which is energy efficient.
    Budget is not much a constraint.. but it should be energy efficient & value for money.
    Also, it’ll run for arnd 4-5 hrs a day.
    Which can even be more.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Nakul,

      A 120 sq ft room in nagpur would need 1.2 tons of cooling if it is a top floor room with ceiling exposed to sun. If ceiling is not exposed to sun and none of the walls are exposed to sun during the day then you need 1 ton cooling. Now because you are not sure about the room size as well, I would suggest that you go for a 1 ton inverter AC (it can vary its tonnage between 0.2 and 1.2 ton depending on room’s requirement) and it also saves a lot of electricity. You can look at any of these models:

      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

      Sharp or Daikin would be cheap amongst these.

  191. r k arya says:

    mr. abhishek
    if u can add to your reply about the service of sharp inverter a/c in delhi.
    i m getting sharp inverter a/c at the rate of Rs 31500 – 33500/-. (sharp a/c model-13PET –Rs 31500/- & 13PMT- Rs.33500/-) is it a good deal or not. because this is normally the rate of 3 star split a/c in my area & even in flipkart & snapdeal sites. please elaborate.
    thanks for your support

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      I have heard good feedback in general about Sharp air conditioners. Your local dealers will be best to tell you about their service in Delhi.

  192. r k arya says:

    i m planning to buy 1 ton 5 star or inverter a/c.for a room size 11 x 11 feet. first floor, two floor are above this room.in delhi facing south east. which one two buy & why.. second what should be the approx, cost of the a/c one u r suggesting now in the month of late AUG. /sept… . as a brand how is the quality & after sales service of sharp, LG , samsung a/c etc. . i m getting sharp inverter a/c at the rate of Rs 31500 – 33500/-. (sharp a/c model-13PET –Rs 31500/- & 13PMT- Rs.33500/-) is it a good deal or not

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      1 ton inverter is right for you. Sharp has really good models, just that their service is not up to the mark at some places. You should contact local dealer to figure out their support quality. At some places where their services are good, people are quite happy with their products. LG, Samsung have a big service network so they should be able to service anywhere. They have outsourced their service, so the quality truly depends on the vendor who is doing the service. Sometimes it is good sometimes not. I think Sharp will be a good deal in Delhi (but please confirm with local dealer about their service).

  193. Dawood Ahamed says:

    Hi, I live in chennai, planning to buy a 1ton split A/C, my room is approx 9X12, i am not sure which A/C to buy, all i am looking for is some basic function which should include autoclean, dehumidification, anti bacterial, easy to clean filters, have checked samsung, lg, panasonic, godrej, general, bluestar, it is too much of a confusion, could anyone pls help me and suggest me a good AC that fits my budget of around Rs.30000/-

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      What’s your usage of AC in hrs/day and months/year? Also is the ceiling of the room exposed to sun (is it a top floor room or is it an individual house)? Are any of the walls exposed to sun during the day?

      • Dawood Ahamed says:

        mostly during the day from 08:00 am till 07:00 pm i work night shifts, during weekends it might run the whole day, one of my room ceiling is exposed to sun, other room has a top floor room above it, one side of the wall is exposed to sun, (it also has tinted glass windows)

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          A 9×12 top floor room in Chennai needs 1.2 tons of cooling in peak summer. If you go for inverter tech AC then you need 1 ton inverter AC. Your usage of AC looks high and so I would suggest that you go for 1 ton inverter AC for the room. If you go for fixed speed AC then in budget of 30K you will only get window AC of 1.2 ton (from Whirlpool/Voltas or Hitachi). However I would suggest that you go for 1 ton inverter AC. The closest that you can get to your budget would be: Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton). These would cost about 32K. Other brands will be expensive than 30K. Inverter Tech AC can save you a lot of electricity.

          • Dawood Ahamed says:

            Thanks Abhishek, Sharp AC are not that easily available here in chennai, even if it cost more than 30K i am fine, but can you suggest me any Inverter Tech AC? my usage is not that high, i had to randomly turn off AC when its too cold, so during weekdays it runs for approx 5 hours and weekends not all day as we go out as family tooo…………. Pls suggest me a good Inverter Tech AC,

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            If you are looking for 100% copper AC then you should look at Carrier Superia 1 ton inverter or Carrier Kurve 1 ton inverter AC models. Most others are aluminium or aluminium with anti corrosion coating.

          • Dawood Ahamed says:

            HI, one more query, people prefer me to buy an Copper condensor instead of an Aluminuim one, what is the difference between that, can you suggest me on both pls…………

  194. rc says:

    which AC best suits in Guntur city people?

  195. majed says:

    hallo,
    im trying to convert the EER ratio from W/W to BTU-h/w as required in UAE.
    when i convert the ratio, i get different ratings based on what UAE rating stands for.
    can you please help me in this matter?

  196. Partha says:

    I understand that Panasonic Econavi range (they have with and without inverter models) is one of the most efficient split ac around. Any reason that you have excluded Panasonic from your comparisons?

    • Partha says:

      I had referred to 1.5 Ton capacity range, just FYI.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Partha,

      Econavi are intelligent sensors that alter cooling based on presence of people and conditions in the room. These are very good, but all other brands also have something or the other. Hitachi has “Follow Me”, Daikin has “Intelligent Eye”, Whirlpool has “6th Sense”, Bluestar has “I Feel” and all these are intelligent occupancy sensors. However there is no objective way to make a comparison of the benefits of these technologies currently. We know that they are beneficial, but numbers are not available to compare. The most objective way to make comparison of electricity saving is to compare EER. On top of it there is academic research (done by researchers) available to show the benefits of inverter technology. And that is the reason the above comparison is primarily on Energy Efficiency Ratio and BEE star ratings.

  197. Abhishek says:

    Hi, I have a 400sqft room on the top floor and I am looking for a good split A.C . People are suggesting for above 2 tonne A.C but above 2 tonne split A.C are not available in the market.Please suggest an appropriate A.C

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Abhishek,

      Which city is this for?

      • Abhishek says:

        Kolkata. We use the a.c for atleast 10hrs daily.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hi Abhishek,

          For 400 sq ft room on top floor in Kolkata you need at least 4 tons of cooling. A 2 ton AC will just give local cooling (some spots in the room that are far from the AC will not cool enough). Also its compressor will keep running all the time. But even then a 2 ton AC with compressor running all the time will consume less electricity than putting 4 ton air conditioning. If you are fine with local cooling then you should look at these BEE 5 star rated ACs:

          Hitachi RAU524IUD, RAU524HUD, RAU524ITD
          Mitsubishi Heavy Industries SRK26CNS-S6
          Mitsubishi Electric MS-GK24VA
          Voltas 245 DY
          or Bluestar 5HW24MA

          • Abhishek says:

            Which according to you is better quality product : Hitachi 2ton A.C or Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ?

            Thanks for all your prompt responses & help.

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            HI Abhishek,

            I have heard better words for MHI in terms of quality. Hitachi has high efficiency models, but there are some complaints about it’s noise levels. However it is difficult to comment about the post sale service from both as their networks are not strong (Hitachi is still better on the same).

  198. mithun shah says:

    Namaste abhishekji
    Your reply really helped me to decide which ac to buy.
    Now i have an another requiremwnt for an ac.
    My room size is 14/10 no direct sunlight, ground floor, windows with proper curtains etc.
    I stay in ahmedabad.
    I came across this brand called Trane. The dealer says it has a german brand ingersoll rand compressor and many other features with the remote.
    I searched on the internet but in usa this brand has many customer complaints. In india all the reviews say its very good though they do not have experience of more then year so cannot rely much on them but i rely only upon your advise. Can u please guide me in this. ?
    My requirement now i suppose is of a 1.5 ton ac.
    What would go wrong if i go for trane and not daikin.
    The budget is almost the same .
    The main threat is servicing and maintainence and parts.
    If that is taken care of then what according to you is not good if i buy a trane .

    Thank you very much for this great effort of yours.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Shah,

      A 140 sq ft ground floor room in Ahd would need about 1.3 tons of cooling on peak summer day time. So if you go for fixed speed (non inverter) AC then you will have to go for 1.5 ton AC. Trane is a decent brand however as you rightly pointed out that it is new in India. We do not have much feedback on the models to make a comment on the brand. However the only thing that I can say is that their ACs do not rank high on energy efficiency on the BEE list. Personally with me if the choice is between Trane and Daikin, I would go for Daikin, and that is mostly because I am aware of what Daikin has to offer.

  199. kk srivastava says:

    I have two AC each 1.5 ton and I went for load increase from 4 KW to 5KW. Since I am having single phase in my house, I am told by electricity deptt. in Lucknow to go for three phase Meter. I want to know if they are correct

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      It is not necessary to have a three phase connection to run ACs. Typically distribution companies suggest three phase connection when the load is more than 7 kW (in most states) or even 5 kW in some states. With two 1.5 ton ACs, depending on their power consumption, it is quite likely that the load of your house would be more than 5 kW.

      In UP there will be no increase in the bill for a three phase connection. You will just have extra expenses in installing a three phase meter and for putting up a circuit board to split the load in your house on three phases.

  200. Ravi Wadhwani says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    I want to buy a refrigerator. I HV short listed LG GL-M393YSJX . but I didn’t find star rating on this model. Can you tell me about this model’s energy efficiency or suggest me any other model of 375-400 ltrs,@ my budget is 40000

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Wadhwani,

      LG GL-M393YSJX is a multi door refrigerator. Multi door refrigerators are not rated on BEE star rating yet. And that is why you did not find any star rating on it. You can look at any of these models:

      Brand Name Model Number Gross Volume(Litres) Electricity consumption (unit per year) Star Rating Market Price
      WHIRLPOOL NEO IC375 Royal 360 275 4 38633
      LG GL-P402RPJM 360 264 4 41200
      LG GL-P402RSJM 360 264 4 41000
      LG GL-D402RSHM 360 257 4 38500
      LG GL-D402RPHM 360 256.92 4 39000
      LG GL-D402RLJM 360 256.85 4 37350
  201. Vishal Makadia says:

    Hi Abhishek,
    My name is Vishal. I am from ahmedabad. I asked you earlier about your suggestion for, which split AC to use for my appartment? You asked me for additional information, which are as following. Please, provide me your valuable feedback ASAP.

    – I have a 3 bedroom apartment on fifth floor (which is also top floor) in ahmedabad, Gujarat.
    – I am planning to have split ACs in my two bedrooms. Both rooms have false ceiling.
    – ROOM 1 – size 10 x 14, partially exposed to sunlight, 1 window
    – ROOM 2 – size 10 x 12, not exposed to sunlight, 1 window.
    – My annual usage would be around 1100 hours.
    – After sales service of Hitachi is not good in my city, so please suggest other brands.

    Please, suggest which AC would be most suitable to me?
    Also, advice me which ACs are better in each 3 star and five star category for 1 ton and 1.5 ton. I hope I haven’t asked to much.

    Please, reply ASAP.

    Thank you.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Vishal,

      For room 1 you need 1.5 ton Air Conditioner. For room 2 a 1.2 ton AC should be fine. Your usage is high and so a BEE 5 star rated AC would be better. You can look at these ACs:

      1.5 ton AC:
      Godrej GSC 18 FG 6 WNG or GSC 18 FG 6 ONG or GSC 18 FG 6 BNG
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Climate Control PLT V or 3D Cool Elite IV
      or any LG BEE 5 star rated model
      Mitsubishi MS-GK18VA

      1.2 ton AC:
      Whirlpool 3D Cool Platinum V or Magicool Platinum V
      Voltas 155 CY

      Buying Whirlpool ACs for both the rooms would be good.

  202. karthikeyan says:

    Hi Abishek,

    I am from chennai , staying in top floor, exposed to direct sunlight . Planning to buy a split AC .. Please suggest if i should go for Voltas or godrej .. or any other brand .. Looking for a 5 star rated AC below 40 k budget

  203. K. V. Rangarajan says:

    Pls inform me about :: Requirements: 2 ton capacity; Copper condenser a/cs, advantages and disadvantages of inverter models, price advantages

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      The best fit for you is to go for Carrier AC. You can go for Carrier Superia 2 ton AC if you want fixed speed AC. In case you want inverter tech then you can go for Carrier Superia Plus 2 ton inverter AC model. We typically recommend people to go for BEE 3 star split AC if usage is less than 1000 hrs per year and price of electricity less than Rs 5 a unit. If usage is between 1000-1500 hrs per year, then we suggest going for BEE 5 star split and beyond that Inverter Tech split AC. This is for 3 years payback for the extra money you pay to buy the appliance. With each star rating increase, the energy saving potential increases by 7-8%. Inverter tech of same EER are 15-20% more efficient than BEE 5 star rated AC.

      To know more about inverter AC you can check this link: https://www.bijlibachao.com/air-conditioners/air-conditioners-with-inverter-technology-can-help-save-electricity-ac-india.html

  204. V says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    We are looking to replace an ac for the bedroom, size around 150-160 sqft. Usage is around 2-3 hours at night for around 4-5 months on an average. I am based at Lucknow. Could you please advise which Windows type ac would be good for our needs? We are looking at below 20K range.

    Appreciate all your good feedbacks on this thread.

    Thanks,
    V

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hello Mr Vivek,

      If your room is not a top floor room (or it is not a single storied house where ceiling is directly exposed to sun) and none of the walls are exposed to direct afternoon sun, then you need about 1.5 tons of cooling, else it will go up to 1.8 ton (for 150 sq ft room) or 2 ton (for 160 sq ft room). I doubt that you will get any good AC in sub 20K range. The models that you might get in that range will consume a lot of electricity. You will get something decent in about 25 K+ range.

  205. sounik says:

    I have a retail garments shop. which ac of 2tons will suit me the best. Most of my Acs get damaged within few years due to dusty conditions of clothes. so please suggest me an ac perfect for me

  206. veeru says:

    How are Mitsubishi electric splits ? Could u suggest me a model in 1.5 ton? And pls
    Tell me about this model ms gk18va in Mitsubishi.. One more thing mr. Abhishek pls tell me where the Hitachi splits are manufactured??
    Thank u

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Mitsubishi Electric splits are quite good and MS-GK18VA is the best 1.5 ton BEE 5 star rated AC they have.

      As for hitachi, their website http://www.hitachi.co.in/products/industry/home/ says “HHLI is headquartered at Ahmedabad, Gujarat and has manufacturing facility at Kadi, Gujarat.”

  207. RUPESH K C says:

    hi abishek
    i live in mumbai and looking for 1 ton inverter ac for my 130 sq feet bedroom.
    as i run ac for more than 10 hrs i i need inverter ac to cut electricity cost.

    i have some ac in my mind please suggest me which inverter ac would be better for saving electricity and have some useful features as well……….BUDGET NO PROBLEM.
    also inform if R32 gas or R410 have any impact on electricity.

    DAIKIN FTKP35 / EER 3.46
    DAIKIN FTKM35 / EER 3.63
    MITSUBISHI SRK13YL-S / EER 3.88
    TOSHIBA RAS-13N3KCV-IN / EER 3.27
    HITACHI RAU013IUEAR / EER 4.00
    PANASONIC CS/CU-S12PKY / EER 3.43
    GENERAL ASGG12JLCA / EER 3.2
    SHARP AH-X13PET / EER 4.02

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Roopesh,

      In general all brands are putting good filters in their models. However Daikin and Panasonic have extra sensors which when enabled can sense presence of people in the room and can adjust their power consumption accordingly, which can potentially result in additional savings. For impact on electricity you should only look at EER and should not look at the gas. I would simply go with a good brand with highest EER as the basic requirement for AC is to cool the room with least amount of electricity. Please note: in case of Sharp 4.02 is peak EER and the nominal EER at rated capacity would be about 3.83. Hitachi ACE has the highest nominal EER amongst all brands.

  208. Rajdeep Misra says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Thank you for helping us make the right choices with prompt advice. I am from Kolkata and require 3-4 ACs for 2 bedrooms sized 270 sqft (80% occupied by bed, wardrobes etc.) and 150 sqft (90% occupied by bed, wardrobes etc.) and 1 L-shaped living/dining sized 480 sqft (it may need 1-2 ACs if you recommend). The flat is on 2nd floor in a 4-storied building. The bedrooms have windows in 1) North & East 2) West. I’ll use the bedroom ACs for 6-8 hours and living room AC for 3-4 hours daily. The living/dining room has north open but no direct sunlight.

    Please recommend suitable ACs considering quality. low cost of ownership and ease of maintenance.

    Regards,
    Raj

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Bedroom 1 needs: 2 tons of cooling.
      Bedroom 2 needs: 1.5 tons of cooling.
      Living room needs: 4 tons of cooling.

      How many months in a year would you use the AC? Also is the usage only at night or even during the day?

      • Rajdeep Misra says:

        Thank you Abhishek for the detailed explanation and advice. I see you didn’t recommend any Hitachi model – any reason?

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hitachi is a great brand with good technology/reliability. But I have not got good feedback on their post sale service in Kolkata. If you wish to go for Hitachi, I can certainly suggest you some models.

    • Rajdeep Misra says:

      I’ll be using for 6-8 months. The bedrooms are mostly occupied with furniture. Would I still need that high tonnage? Please recommend the brand & models.

      • Abhishek Jain says:

        Hi Rajdeep,

        Your usage of Bedroom AC is high so I would recommend going for inverter tech AC. The ACs try to cool everything that is in direct contact in the room. If the wardrobe is closed, then it will just try to cool it’s outer door, but if it is open, then it will try to cool everything that is kept inside the wardrobe. So ideally it is best to keep the wardrobes closed during the AC usage. Similarly if you have a storage bed, then the cooling will not reach the space inside. But if the bed is open and there are things kept below it, the cooling will reach there as well. Now as per the calculations a 270 sq ft room in kolkata occupied by 4 people needs about 2.3 tons of cooling. You can reduce space if you keep the wardrobe closed and thus tonnage requirement will come down. Similarly if the bed has storage you can further reduce the space. If there are lesser people in the room, then further tonnage requirement is reduced. If usage is only at night then it can be further reduced. So the best possible option for you for the 1st bedroom is to go for 1.5 ton inverter AC (which can reach up to 1.7 tons of cooling capacity). Which should be good enough for the room.

        As for the second room, because it has a west facing wall which will get heated in the afternoon, that is why the calculation came up to 1.4 or 1.5 ton for 150 sq ft room. But again if there are closed wardrobes/bed, and usage mostly at night, then it can come down to 1.2 ton. In that case a 1 ton inverter AC (which can reach up to 1.2 tons of cooling capacity) can work. You can look at these models:

        1.5 ton inverter:
        Daikin FTKM50PRV16
        Daikin FTKP50PRV16
        Samsung AR18HV5DAWK
        LG BS-Q186C8R6
        Sharp AH-XP18PHT, AH-XP18PMT, AH-X18PET, AH-XP18MV
        Samsung AR18HV5NFWK

        1 ton inverter:
        Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
        Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
        Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
        Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

        For the living room I think you will not be using the AC much. You can put BEE 3 star rated AC in that case. Cooling the whole room in peak summers will be difficult unless you put 4 tons of cooling. However you can achieve local cooling (near the seating area in living and dining area) by putting smaller ACs close to the seating area. You can put 1.5 ton ACs one near your sofa and one near dining table, which can give cooling close to those areas.

        You can look at these models for it:

        Daikin FTC50PRV16
        Bluestar 3HW18HAF
        Whirlpool 3D COOL DLX PLUS III
        Carrier Novello Plus

    • Rajdeep Misra says:

      I’ll use the bedroom ACs alternatively for 2-3 hours during day & 6-7 hours at night

  209. Ninad Chandekar says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    I have a 325 sqft room on a first floor of 5th Floor Building. No direct sunlight.Having 20 numbers of computers with 20 operators. Kindly suggest me the best split ac which can save electricity.

    Other room is 190 sqft having only office Boss Cabin. Also suggest for this also.

  210. Ravishankar says:

    Hi Abhishek,

    Thanks for all the information. I would need your suggestion for an AC for my house.

    The bed room is 120sqft. I would like the Coolness to come to hall near the bedroom.

    I am Planning for Daikin 1.5 ton 3 start AC. Please put in your opinions. Thanks.

    Best Regards,
    Ravishankar

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Which city are you in? Are there any more rooms above the room? Does any of the wall face direct sunlight during the day?

  211. Gagan says:

    Hi Abhishek
    I m living in tarn taran punjab.. I need to buy an ac for one room in my house which is 9*10, and we have single storey house. One of the shopkeeper refers me a 1 ton digital inverter technology ac of samsung. As he told me that there are too many features of this technology and also the warranty of compressor is 10 year and no company is giving 10 yrs warranty. Also we have an ac of onida company in another room which is working very good it takes only 10 mins to cool the room.. so I m confused that which ac is gud hitachi, general, lg, carrier, onida or samsung??? And wether the digital inverter technology is good or not? I want to buy a split ac…

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Hi Gagan,

      You need a 1 ton AC for your room. The choice of inverter and non inverter will depend on your usage. Inverter ACs are the best and most electricity saving ACs in the market. But the extra price that you pay for them is recovered only when your usage is high. We typically recommend people to go for BEE 3 star split AC if usage is less than 1000 hrs per year and price of electricity less than Rs 5 a unit. If usage is between 1000-1500 hrs per year, then we suggest going for BEE 5 star split and beyond that Inverter Tech split AC. This is for 3 years payback for the extra money you pay to buy the appliance. With each star rating increase, the energy saving potential increases by 7-8%. Inverter tech of same EER are 15-20% more efficient than BEE 5 star rated AC. If you are looking for inverter ACs then you can look at these:

      Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
      Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
      Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
      Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
      Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

  212. Varun says:

    Hello Abhishek,

    My Self Varun, Thanks to you for providing these massive details, But dear my doubt is so long. I have second floor Room with a window facility and required a window ac with economical prize and good cooling capacity. My room size is approx. 120 Sq. Ft. Please suggest the best class ac in cooling as well as in prize. I lived in Delhi.

  213. Deepak says:

    Hi! Abhishek

    You are doing a very good job of addressing people’s cooling problem. I stay in noida and my room size 17×13. I have room above my room and it is located in south west. My daily running of air conditioner is around 12 hrs daily. The place where i stay, needs anti corrosion treatment in air conditioners, other wise it is very difficlut to maintain an expensive ac. I have done my bit of research and zeroed down on Toshiba invertor ac, carrier superia plus and panasonic s24pkyp air conditioners. Please help.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      You need 2 ton inverter AC for your room. You can look at these models:

      Hitachi Ace Inverter 2 ton
      Mitsubishi Electric MSY-GE24VA
      LG BS-Q246C8R3 or BS-Q246C8A2
      Samsung AR24HV5NBWK

      For protection against corrosion you should look for blue fin condenser or anti corrosion treatment done on the AC. Most AC models these days have that. I know that models in Hitachi, Daikin, Panasonic, Samsung, Bluestar do have blue fin condensers.

  214. Dharmesh says:

    HI Abhishek,

    Can you please tell me Split AC best suited for my following bed room requirements

    Master Bed room = 13*11 = 143 sq ft
    Kids Bed room = 13*10.5 = 136.5 sq ft

    I live in mumbai-goregaon.

    Thanks
    Dharmesh.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      Do you live on lower floor or top floor? Also does any of the room have wall directly facing the sun during the day?

    • Dharmesh says:

      Hi Abhishek,

      I live on 7th floor of 17th Story building. My bedroom windows are North-South facing. Through out the day my home has lot of natural light and air. We use AC most of the time at nights only. Also both my bedroom has very big windows (7X4 feet Approx).

      I hope above info will help you tell us the best Split AC for our home.

      Room Config:

      Master Bed room = 13*11 = 143 sq ft
      Kids Bed room = 13*10.5 = 136.5 sq ft

      I live in mumbai-goregaon.

      Regards,
      Dharmesh

      • Abhishek Jain says:

        You should go for 1 ton inverter AC for both the room. You can look at any of these models:

        Daikin FTKM35PRV16 or FTKP35PRV16 (1 ton)
        Hitachi ACE or iClean Inverter AC (1 ton)
        Sharp AH-XP13LV, AH-XP13PHT, AH-XP13PMT, AH-X13PET (1.1 ton)
        Samsung AR12HV5NBWK or AR12HV5DAWK (1 ton)
        Panasonic CS-S12PKYP Econavi (1 ton)

  215. Harsh says:

    Hi Abhishek
    You are doing a tremendous job of giving personalized opinions through out patiently. Hats off to you!
    I have been going through and following your suggestions for a long time.
    I am still not able to decide due to non availability & restrictions.
    My Room size: around 210 sq ft. living room in second floor, Chennai.
    No more floors on top. It is breezy not really very hot on sunny days but lot of mosquitoes, can’t leave the room open.
    Usage: 3-6 hours max/day.
    It is enough to have cooling where we sit, not the entire room.
    There is a lot of corrosion in our area than compared to rest of Chennai, due to a nearby filthy drainage system .
    We checked on Hitachi 5 star rated 2 ton fixed AC- (Model -STAR), 3 star rated Ace cut out -Not Available for more than 2 months in Chennai. I have been tracking and finally lost patience.I went around so many shops with vain.

    Dealer ( Largest AC Dealer in Chennai) says we can buy O’General ASGA24FTTA model with 5 star.
    But I want to go for models with R22 instead of R410a as we end up refilling with gas at least twice or thrice in a year with my existing hitachi split and window Ac’s ( after 4 years of use). I had one Samsung 3 star split AC which lasted 2 years only, i had to replace the out door unit and with Hitachi, indoor unit was replaced but atleast lasted 5 years.
    I heard R 410a is very costly to refill.
    Neighbors say Panasonic models don’t last here. I have no idea. The dealer is trying to push whatever he has.
    Do we need a 5 star rated AC for this usage or Inverter AC (with R 22 if any). Only 1.5 ton models are available freely in Hitachi. I thought known devil is better (with hitachi). How about Daikin models?
    Can you suggest between hitachi / O’general or Daikin?. I can stretch the initial budget but not for AMC as it is tiring to go at the back of these service providers.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Abhishek Jain says:

      HI Harsh,

      2 Ton AC should be good for your room. However you may not need a BEE 5 star rated model as your usage of AC is quite less. And in fact most BEE 3 star rated models will have R22. Secondly I would suggest that you go for a model that has blue fin condenser or has anti corrosion treatment done. Panasonic, Bluestar have models with blue fin condenser. Hitachi, Daikin have models that have anti corrosion treatment done. O General also has models with blue fin condenser and in fact the model you mentioned does have blue fin condenser but it is R410A. Models ASGA24ACT is BEE 3 star, R22 and also has Blue Fin Condenser. Hitachi, General and Daikin are companies that dedicatedly work on air conditioning and thus are the best in terms of technology/reliability. However it is an observation that within a BEE star rating, Daikin and Hitachi have higher EER models than General. But this observation is only within one BEE rating so A BEE 5 star rated General model will certainly be preferred than BEE 3 star rated Daikin model. You can go for either General or Daikin. Both are good.

      • Chandan Soni says:

        Hi Abhishek,

        Kudos to you for doing a tremendous job of helping people here. The part of Delhi where I reside has an open drain near-by, and none of my previous AC’s have lasted more than 2 years without developing a coil leakage problem. The technician’s point out this problem due to the pollution from the drain. Is there any solution to this problem.

        I am also looking forward to buy New Split AC’s. Please recommend:
        House on 4th Floor, Top of the building, Direct sunlight on Roof
        Room 1: Size 120sq.ft., with 1 wall East Facing. Usage: 7-8 hrs a day, 6-7months an year.
        Room 2: Size 120sq ft, with 1 wall West Facing. Usage: 5-6 hrs a day, 6-7 months an year.
        Room 3: Size 120sq ft, with 1 wall South Facing. Usage: 2-3 hrs a day, 6-7 months an year.
        Living Room: Size 230 sq.ft with 1 wall East Facing, 1 wall South facing, and huge windows on both walls. Usage: 2-3 hrs a day, 6-7 months an year.

        Please suggest the best possible options for my requirement. Should be very energy efficient, reliable & come with a good customer care. Anti-Corrosion feature is a must.

        I was quite surprised to see Onida on top of your 1 ton list (S125FLT-LA), and tried searching for it. But most of the Dealers do not stock Onida. Even Company’s website and market perception doesn’t inspire much confidence in the brand. What is your take on Onida’s AC’s with respect to their performance, reliability & after sales service.

        • Abhishek Jain says:

          Hello Mr Soni,

          You should go for ACs with Blue Fin Condenser or anti corrosion treatment done. Most premium brands have this feature these days. Now for the rooms a 120 sq ft room in Delhi would need anywhere between 1.1 and 1.4 tons of cooling depending on the sunlight it gets. As all the rooms are to floor then the best bet is to get 1.5 ton ACs (as the requirement of the room will be closer to 1.4 ton). It is better that you go for inverter AC for room 1 & 2. For room 3 you can go for BEE 3 star rated AC as well. For the living room you need 2.5 tons of cooling. Again you can go for BEE 3 star rated AC for the same.

          Here are the ACs you can look at:

          Hitachi Ace or Kampa inverter 1.5 ton
          Daikin FTKM50PRV16 or FTKP50PRV16
          Samsung AR18HV5DAWK
          Samsung AR18HV5NFWK

          For Room 3 you can look at:
          Hitachi RAU318HUD
          Daikin FTC50PRV16
          Bluestar 3HW18HAF

          For Living Room you can look at:
          Hitachi RAU330HTD or RAU230HUD
          Bluestar MHW301RC

          All the models I mentioned above have anti corrosion treatment done as per my knowledge. Just double check with the dealer. Check for both indoor and outdoor unit (as at times the websites mention Hydrophilic Blue Fin or Precoated Aluminium but it is only on ODU).

          As for Onida, it borrows a lot of its technology from Hitachi. And thus its numbers appear quite high. The list above is based purely on data from Bureau of Energy Efficiency. Most Indian manufacturers just assemble imported technology but do not design it themselves. Thus the models are good but not excellent. Ondia is a decent brand if someone does not want to spend a lot. But it lacks on durability and reliability as compared to others.

          • Chandan Soni says:

            Thank you so much for your prompt reply & valuable advise. Will keep you troubled if I need any more help on the same.

            Regards

          • Chandan Soni says:

            By the way, I have seen a lot of negative reviews for Hitachi’s customer care. How do you rate it?

          • Abhishek Jain says:

            Hitachi has good products but patchy service. Daikin fares better on it.

  216. sumit says:

    i plan to purchase in between two brand models.
    (1) LSA5MP3M- LG 1.5 ton 3 star
    (2) hiachi kaze plus- 1.5 ton 3 star

    can you please give your view to finalize one. i have to install ac in a interior area near meerut u.p. so i am also confused to take service after sell.

    I am plannning to buy 1.5 ton ac.In our area a lot of voltage usually low so can you suggest which stabilizer I should purchase, i mean company and rating.
    and also as my usage is very less 1 or 2 hours per day, how are these above options. i mean should i go for inverter ac. thanks