Split AC buying guide: Factors to take a note of while buying a split AC

Split Air Conditions are one of the most important home appliances also because summers nowadays are getting worse. Depending on your room and needs there are various options and types of split ACs also available in the market. Some of these ACs are even designed to maintain aesthetics of your house while using minimum power.

The choices of the ACs can leave you dumbfounded like capacities. For example just the number of brands like Hitachi, LG, Samsung, Daikin, Bluestar, Voltas, Carrier, LLoyd, Panasonic and so on. The abundance of so many options can be overwhelming and hence you need to be sure about your requirement and price before getting down buying one.

Budget

The price of split air conditioners range from Rs 15,000 to Rs 3, 00,000. In fact, the size, features and compressor of the AC is what typically defines its price. Much before buying you should have a predefined budget otherwise with the wide range of products, there are chances for you to get confused.

Types Of Split AC

1. Wall mounted

Wall mounted split ACs are one of the most popular ones in the range. The indoor unit is placed inside the room and duct cannot be concealed. It is perfectly suitable for smaller rooms that can be cooled uniformly and easily.

2. Floor mounted

Floor Mounted AC are also known as vertical or tower split AC and is very useful for the rooms where you cannot mount the AC in your wall. These are a little more expensive as compared to wall mounted ACs and are hence less popular for homes.

3. Ceiling mounted

Ceiling mounted ACs is known as Cassette type split air conditioners also and as the name suggests these are fixed on the walls. They look aesthetically beautiful as the unit is concealed, however this needs a false ceiling. The price for this type of air conditioner is a little more than wall mounted or floor mounted split ACs. These are also called concealed ACs.

4. Multi Split ACs

Multi-splits, as the name suggests, are multiple split air conditioners that are connected to one outdoor unit.
The indoor units can be used individually and also at the same time it is needed if it is supported. If both the units are used then the capacity of the AC will be divided. The condenser and fan of the outdoor unit will be regulated based on the signals received from indoor units.

Advantages of multi-split ACs:

• Independent control

• Compact Design

• Good EER

• Saves installation space

• Can be used individually

• Saves on running costs

• Economical

Cooling Capacity

The cooling capacity of is the most important feature of a split air conditioner this is exactly what defines the price of the AC. Most air conditioners are rated on the basis of tonnage. One ton is equal to 12,000 BTU per hour. The cooling capacity needed depends on factors like:

Average Temperature: Higher temperature of the air outside your house, higher is the cooling capacity needed.
Size of the room: The cooling capacity depends on the area of the room where the device is placed.

Number of people: The more is the number of people in the room, the higher will be the required cooling capacity.

Exposure: Direct exposure towards any wall in the room towards the sun results in higher requirement of the cooling capacity. Glass windows that let in the sunlight inside the room also increase the need for cooling capacity.

Noise

Indoor units that do not produce much noise are better as else these can be a big disturbance.

Price And Budget

You should take care to narrow down on the appropriate split ac by looking at the product design, quality and its performance. Also, consider the installation cost, running costs like power and maintenance while buying your AC.

Energy Efficiency Rating

The ratio of air conditioner’s cooling capacity to its power consumption is the unit’s (EER). A system with higher EER is good. Though these models are expensive while buying, they save money in the long run by consuming less energy.

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