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Buying Guide For Air Conditioner

Diffrent Types
Windows AC
Windows AC

These types of AC are designed to be fitted in window sills. A single unit of Window Air Conditioner houses all the necessary components, namely the compressor, condenser, expansion valve or coil, evaporator and cooling coil enclosed in a single box. Since a window AC is a single unit, it takes less effort to install as well as for maintenance.

Advantages

  • Single unit air conditioner
  • Less effort needed for installation
  • Costs lesser in comparison to other varieties
Split AC
Split AC

These are kits of 2 units, one internal and another external. The indoor unit installed inside a room intakes warm air and throws in cold air. The outdoor unit on the other hand is installed out of the house. It contains the compressor and is linked to the internal unit via drain pipes and electric cables. This external unit throws out the warm air.

Advantages

  • Internal unit takes up less space for installation
  • Usually more silent than window ACs
  • Minimally affect your home decor
  • Can be installed in room with no windows
Tower AC
Tower AC

These are also known as floor-standing air conditioners. Like split ACs, a tower AC set consists of 2 units- one internal and an external. However, the indoor unit doesn’t need wall installation. It rather occupies some space on the floor. Tower air conditioners usually have high cooling capacity and suitable for very large rooms.

Advantages

  • Suitable for high capacity cooling
  • Ideal for large rooms at home and in offices
  • Doesn't need windows or wall installation
Cassette AC
Cassette AC

These space-saving ACs are shaped like cassettes and are designed to be installed on ceilings. The panel of these air conditioners is designed to blend with all kinds of home décor. They are stylish, and are known to deliver fantastic performances. Most cassette type air conditioners require no ducting. They are perfect for large spaces where windows or split AC may not reach out.

Advantages

  • Best at saving space
  • Able to cool large areas where other ACs don’t reach out
  • Blends with decor
Cube air conditioner
Cube Air Conditioner

This fairly new design introduced by Panasonic can be mounted close to a ceiling or at the window level. Basically, this is a smaller version of the split type air conditioner and costs less than the former. The indoor unit features a newly designed diagonal propeller fan for efficient and fast cooling. Improved blade shape curvature and larger intake grill further aid for efficient performance.

Advantages

  • Can be mounted close to the ceiling or at window level
  • Newly designed diagonal propeller fan for fast cooling
  • Improved blade shape curvature for efficient performance

Key differences between "Window", "Split" and a "cassette" air conditioners

AC Parameters Window AC Split AC Cassette AC
Suitable For Small rooms with a window sill Any room with or without a window Large indoor spaces
Noise Relatively on the higher side Minimal noise Silent operation
Capacity range 0.75 ton to 2 ton 0.8 to 2 ton 1 ton to 4 ton
Advanced features Humidity control, dust filter Humidity control, dust filter, bacteria filter Humidity control, dust filter, bacteria filter
Interference with home decor Slight possibility to interfere with window curtains and drapes Designer indoor units blend well with wall decor Barely interferes with interior decor
Ease of installation Minimal effort required Indoor and outdoor units need some amount of effort for installation Needs specialised false ceiling

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