Making Smart Decisions: Your Guide To The Best AC

Making Smart Decisions Your Guide To The Best AC

Without doubt professional assistance is called for when it comes to installing an AC (air-conditioner), whether for one room or 100 rooms. The specs get highly technical but that doesn’t mean that we as consumers need to remain totally in the dark. This AC guide will provide just enough knowledge to allows us to make some sense of what the professionals suggest and have confidence in our decision-making on the subject.

Single Unit or Split AC?

Single AC units are usually the type installed onto windows where the side facing inside is attached to the exterior mechanism. Split AC units refer to the unit having two sections – an outer part placed on an exterior wall while the other section is fitted inside the room. Then there are basically three mounting options: ceiling, wall or floor-ceiling mounts being more expensive as weight-bearing support usually must be constructed. Floor mounting is most often only considered where wall mounting is not possible, and it is more costly than wall mounted AC.

Whatever the situation, never doubt that the Toshiba experts can provide the perfect solution. They are long-time leaders of the industry in innovation, cutting-edge technology with intelligent design and have included every comfort for excellence in climate control.

Noise Factor

Ask Toshiba for a model that has super-low fan speed and guarantee ourselves a decent night’s sleep undisturbed by the constant humming usually associated with ACs. Toshiba, however, has also perfected reduced noise levels even for hi-power settings, yes, it’s a whole new world out there!

Maintenance Factor

Self-cleaning functionality is part of Toshiba’s AC insistence on purifying the air that units circulate into a room. Reducing humidity levels banish the dank, swampy air smell ACs are infamous for and mould formation inside any Toshiba appliance is a definite no-no.

Portable Or Fixed AC Guide Options

Fixed AC units are always preferable for the main reason that they have the capacity to bring in fresh air whereas the portable variety simply cools the existing indoor air. Where there isn’t an option for fixed AC, the guide is to understand that they are not quiet, they need their water trays emptied regularly and can’t be expected to be as efficient as the fixed variety – either in running cost or in cooling capacity.

Having said all that, there is time and place for everything and better a trusty portable AC unit than no cooling assistance. Portable ACs do not require professional installation and can be pretty much the ‘plug-and-play’ variety for temporary office or dwelling situations or when renting or tenting or caravanning. Purchasing costs get lower by the day, they can be tucked away and used in various rooms as needed.

Energy Efficiency

Otherwise translated into electricity saving, look out for the EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. There may be a SEER rating, which is just the acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and without rolling our proverbial eyes to the ceiling, if we see ISEER, it stands for the Indian Seasonal Energy Ratio.  Usually indicated by star symbols from 1 star to 5 stars. The more the merrier in this case since 5 stars represent the maximum electricity saving – remember that 5-star hotels are always better if memory fails on this point.

The real differentiating factor in energy efficiency and lower electricity billing lies in the advent of the inverter AC. Prior to this technological breakthrough, non-inverter ACs regulated the temperature by sensing when to start the motor again when the temperature loses the selected setting. Much more electricity is consumed starting up the motor each time than when it can run continuously to maintain the desired temperature.

So, back to star ratings, understand that the BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) rates inverter ACs separately. So, the AC guide here is that a 3-star inverter AC will consume less electricity than a 5-star conventional AC.

Toshiba ACs use advanced PWM (Pulse-width Modulation) which provides a steady output voltage irrespective of the load. Along with their state-of-the-art DC Twin-Rotary Compressor ensures energy optimization, so we can’t go wrong there.

Basic Room Size Per AC Tonnage

  1. 8 m2 needs a 0,8-ton AC
  2. 8 – 11 m2 needs a 1-ton AC
  3. 11 – 16 m2 needs a 1,5-ton AC
  4. 16 m2 and above needs a 2-ton AC
  5. Larger spaces such as halls will obviously need more than one AC unit

Additional Factors

  1. Aluminium or copper? Most ACs come with either aluminium or copper coils and of course, the aluminium is cheaper but bear in mind that if copper coils get punctured, the damage can be successfully welded on copper but not, unfortunately, with aluminium.
  2. Rooms with direct sunlight require greater AC capacity regardless of room size.

If you’re battling with the acronyms and heady collection of numbers and letters, please feel free to give us a call. We are more than happy to run through your requirements and decipher the industry jargon for you.