AC Buying Guide

Air Conditioner: The Ultimate Buying Guide

AC Buying Guide

In 2019, certain cities in India reported temperatures as high as 50.8°C. Why not #BeSummerReady this year by getting an AC installed in your home. Shop on the EMI Network and get the latest ACs affordably on easy EMIs.

To ensure that you get the most out of your purchase, follow this comprehensive AC buying guide.

Types of AC (Window, Split or Portable): Select the Best as per your Need

The first tip for buying an air conditioner is to know and understand the 3 types of ACs. This buying guide will help you to find the one that is best suited for your home and needs.

Window AC

Window AC

  • Features a single unit mounted on to a window or a wall

  • Ideal for cooling one room

  • Easy to install

Split AC

Split AC

  • Features two units: indoor and outdoor

  • Used for cooling larger rooms

  • Has higher installation costs

Portable AC

Portable AC

  • Mobile and lightweight

  • Ideal for cooling smaller spaces

  • Requires a specially-crafted vent for the exhaust hose

AC Buying Tips

AC Buying Tips to Find Out Which one’s Best for You

  • TYPE OF AC

    OPT FOR IT IF YOU ARE

  • Window AC

    On a budget and are prioritising energy efficiency

  • Split AC

    Looking to cool multiple rooms or large spaces

  • Portable AC

    Looking to cool multiple rooms with one unit

Inverter AC Vs Normal AC

How to Determine the Cooling Capacity

Find the best AC for your need

Capacity becomes the next important factor when you are buying an AC. You need to calculate the square foot area of your room to understand the capacity requirement to cool that room. Read this AC purchase guide to get the most from your AC.

Room size

The capacity required to cool a room depends on the size of that room. For instance, a 1-ton AC for a small room of 150 sq.ft. is more than enough as the heat load is manageable. However, in a medium-sized room, a 1-ton AC is likely to be overloaded

Noise level

If you’re a light sleeper or have an infant in the room, a loud AC can be a disturbance. So, remember to check the noise level, especially for window ACs. However, it may be best for you to buy a split AC in this case

Average city temperature/weather

The ambient temperature is also critical in determining the type of AC you’d require. If you live in an area with harsh summers, then you may require a 1.5- or 2-ton AC even for medium-sized rooms

Number of occupants

Another essential tip for buying an air conditioner is to consider the number of people in a room. This adds to the heat load of the room. A crowded room requires a stronger unit

Smart home compatibility

Smart features in your AC can help you to seamlessly integrate it with other smart devices in your home

Aluminium Coil vs Copper Coil

Coils become the next important deciding factor as they determine the overall efficiency of your AC. Continue reading this air conditioner buying guide to quickly understand what sets them apart.

  • Descriptions

    Copper Coil

    Aluminium Coil

  • Heat Transfer

    Higher heat-transfer coefficient

    Lower than Copper

  • Durability

    Durable

    Less durable

  • Pliability

    Poor pliability needs more raw material to bend to the desired shape

    Fairly pliable, requires less raw material

  • Corrosion

    Can corrode

    Can corrode

  • Maintenance

    Easy to maintain

    Difficult to clean and maintain

  • Cost

    Costlier

    Cheaper

Power Consumption (BEE Rating)

An important part of the air conditioner buying guide is to help you understand the power consumption of your AC. The BEE Rating, now ISEER, is issued keeping in mind an AC’s Energy-Efficiency Ratio (EER). ACs are rated in British Thermal Units (BTU), regardless of their tonnage and capacity.

Features to look for when you’re buying an AC

Wi-Fi compatibility

Grants wireless access to your AC even when you’re not home

Self-clean feature

Automatically moves a brush across the filter to clean dirt sitting on the wing

Activity sensors

Monitor activity to reduce energy consumption if you’re not in the room

Voice-command compatibility

Allows you to control your AC hands-free

App control

Replaces a traditional remote and gives you more information about the AC and its operations

How to ensure optimal cooling

You need to keep in mind the following tips to get the most from your AC purchase.

Use your AC efficiently

Turn off extra heat sources

Lights, appliances add heat to the room

Ensure airflow for the AC

Keep the AC vents clear of obstacles like curtains

Check for air leaks

These can be around doors, vents, and windows

Block direct sunlight

Sunlight adds heat to the room and makes it harder to cool

Use the ‘Eco’ mode

This controls temperature efficiently and limits power consumption

Pay Attention to After-Sales Service and Additional Warranty

Once you’ve identified the AC of your choice, ensure that it comes with a good after-sales service. If you can, do opt for additional warranty too. Read on to know how these 2 factors can help you.

  • Protect you from paying for breakdowns due to defects
  • Give you access to professional technicians familiar with the AC
  • Help you to lower additional costs/expenses

How to shop on the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network

Step 1: Visit a partner store and pick the latest AC

Step 2: Use your EMI Network Card at the checkout or opt for in-store financing

Step 3: Select a repayment tenor and convert your purchase into easy EMIs


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