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Buy your air conditioner carefully

india Updated: May 22, 2011 00:36 IST

The first consideration should be what type of AC to choose from There is a wide range of air conditioning systems to choose like....

1. Select well:
The first consideration should be what type of AC to choose from. There is a wide range of air conditioning systems to choose from such as Window ACs, Hi Wall Split ACs, Cassette ACs, Floor Standing ACs. There are also air-conditioning options with inverter technology as well as heat pump options.

2. Right size:
In addition to the size of the area to be cooled, there are other factors to consider in order to determine the capacity of your AC. Heat load estimation is key factor in estimating capacity requirements.

3. Energy efficiency:
The BEE star rating should be checked before making the final deal; the more the stars, the better the efficiency, which is measured as the energy efficiency ratio (EER), the ratio of the cooling capacity to the power consumption of the AC.

4 Other features:
Key features that make an equipment easier to use are a remote control, LCD displays, and built-in timers. Other value-added features include an economic running mode, filters and air purifiers.

5 After-sales service:
Make sure you purchase your AC from an authorised dealer only. Check the warranty commitment and service back-up for the brand you are considering.

(With inputs from Krishan Sachdev, Carrier India)