Buying a home appliance shouldn’t be so confusing that you end up with something you wish you hadn’t bought. It’s easy to get muddled up with the choice of ACs, from high-end models like the Hitachi AC to home-grown brands like Blue Star.
The first consideration while buying an ACis knowing whether you want a window AC or a split AC. Window ACs suit Indian homes in urban areas where homes are compact. These usually need an AC “slot” in which the AC fits, so you may need to know appropriate dimensions.
Window ACs are popular, and have the new inverter technology that split ACs have. A split AC is one that is installed in a room on a wall. The installation of a split AC requires a duct, and an external unit. Installation requires more work and thought, though cooling is better with features like dehumidifiers and bacteria filters, as well as less noise from the internal unit.
Window vs. Split AC
The air conditioner market has witnessed a remarkable growth over the past few years, mainly due to the growth in disposable income of much of the Indian population. A rising demand for split ACs against window ACs accounts for most growth in the air conditioner market segment. By FY18, the production of ACs increased by 4.9% year-on-year. In FY18, split ACs had an 85% market share. Since brands are catering to average-income groups who want split ACs in smaller homes, split ACs now come in sizes to match this need.
High-end brands, like the Hitachi AC, come in sizes to suit small and large rooms. Furthermore, the AC capacity is reflected in terms of its cooling ability, and is represented by its tonnage (cooling capacity). Split ACs are mounted high on walls and are meant to cool larger spaces efficiently. Window ACs on the other hand, serve air circulation in small rooms.
Coming down to the costs, the cost of a split AC is typically more than a window AC of the same tonnage, and this represents maintenance costs too. Both kinds are available with the advanced inverter technology, so energy efficiency is maintained.
Inverter technology adjusts cooling in an AC to suit the temperature needed to cool a room, giving the room the exact amount of cooling it needs. Window ACs may be noisier, as the compressor and blower are housed together, whereas in the split AC, there is no sound as the inner and outer mechanisms are housed in two separate units.
Here are some of the best ACs available in the market today.
- Blue Star AC 1.5 Ton 5 Star (Alloy, 5CNHW18QATX/IC518QATX, White)- With 1.5 tons, this Blue Star split AC comes with filters to minimize pollutants, has a self-cleaning system, and is rated 5 stars (most energy efficient).
- Hitachi AC 1.5 Ton 5 Star – White (RSD/ESD/CSD-517HBEA, Copper Condenser) – With a copper condenser, better for cooling, and a capacity of 1.5 tons, this is one of the best-selling ACs in India, with a 5-year warranty on the AC compressor.
- LG 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter Wi-Fi Window AC (Copper, 2020 Model, JW-Q18WUZA, White) – With a tonnage of 1.5, this is a window AC with a low level of noise and inverter compressor for energy efficient cooling, maximized with a copper coil.
- Hitachi 1 Ton 3 Star Window AC (RAW312KWD Kaze Plus White) – Hitachi is one of the few brands that caters to smaller areas, and makes window ACs in the 1 ton capacity, with 3 star rating for higher energy efficiency.
New ACs have Wi-Fi connectivity, so they are compatible with Amazon’s Alexa to perform tasks.
You can buy the air conditioner that suits your needs by visiting the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store, where you can select your AC from a range of brands. Pay in no-cost EMIs, using your Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card and avail attractive discounts.