If you’re in the market for a new split air conditioner, the number of choices on offer can get overwhelming. Additionally, when buying an AC for your bedroom, there are a few factors that need to be considered. To make life easier, we have compiled a few key pointers worth keeping in mind when buying a split air conditioner.
Setting your budget is an important step when making an AC-buying decision. Without a budget limiter, you may find yourself paying more for features that may sound wonderful but may not be all that useful. Split AC prices can skyrocket, so having a budget will let you be more mindful. It’s worth remembering that your budget shouldn’t only be about buying the AC, but also take into account cost of ownership – energy bills, maintenance costs, and more.
Air conditioners have a capacity that’s denoted in tons. AC tonnage has nothing to do with weight, but instead refers to the amount of air an AC can cool in a specific amount of time. Depending on the space you need to cool, along with some other factors, getting the right tonnage for your AC is crucial.
To calculate your tonnage requirement, you can use one of the several AC tonnage calculator websites available online. These sites simply require you to fill in information like the area of the room, the number of windows, the number of walls directly facing sunlight, and will give you your tonnage requirement. Get an AC with a tonnage value above your requirement value, and you’re good to go.
The power consumption of any air conditioner is also another important factor to consider. The electricity usage of most ACs is denoted by the BEE star rating system. The higher the stars, the more efficient your AC will be, resulting in lower energy bills in the long run.
When it comes to choosing a split AC for your bedroom, power consumption is more important than ever, as bedroom ACs are more likely to be turned on consistently every night for long hours. So, while you may be able to get away with a 2-star AC for lesser-used areas of your home, consider a higher star rating for the bedroom AC.
Smart AC features
Modern ACs offer several features to make your life easier. If you haven’t heard already, smart ACs now allow users to control them air conditioners remotely. Users can do everything from remotely turning the AC on to changing the temperature. However, these features also come at a premium, so make sure you really need them, or else you may be spending extra money on features you may never use.
Other features to look out for
There are also many smaller features that may or may not be important to you depending on your use cases. These include ‘auto start’, a four-way swing feature that allows vertical and horizontal distribution of cool air, and dehumidification, which lets your AC double up as a dehumidifier when required. Depending on where you live and how often you use your AC, these features may or may not be important to you.