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Which is Cool: Central, Window or Split?

By Finserv MARKETS - Apr 4,2019
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Which is Cool: Window or Split

What Are the Different Kinds of ACs Available?

Air conditioners are a necessary evil. Who wants a big box to block the view from the window or a huge unit that takes up all the balcony or portico space? Well most of us who have experienced even one single blistering day of summer will gladly sacrifice the view and space for a room cooled down to a comfortable 20 degree Celsius temperature!

What’s more, with the blessed cooling contraption getting more affordable and easy to purchase, anyone who has a regular salary will rush to buy AC online especially at a no-cost EMI.

In fact, if you were to stop by at Bajaj Finserv EMI Store, you will find all brands with freebies, discounts, zero payments and cash back offers thrown in for split ACs.

However, before you buy an AC you need to know the different kinds of ACs available. Depending on where the compressor and blower are mounted, ACs are classified as window and split AC.

 Window AC: This is the most popular type of AC and the cheapest too. It is always installed in the window of a room. The compressor and the blower are in the same unit; while the blower sends cool air into the room, the compressor blows out the hot air outside the window. It can be easily fixed, removed and shifted. It can be used to cool any room –be it the living room, bedroom or study. Depending on tonnage and star ratings, these ACs come with price tags ranging between Rs 17,000 and Rs 48,000. That it is noisy and an eyesore is something you will learn to live with.

Split AC: The Split AC can cool larger halls and may be installed on any wall of the room. The main advantage is that it is divided into two units and the outdoor unit takes the noisy compressor, condenser and expansion valve out of the living area. The indoor unit with an evaporator, cooling coil and fan is aesthetic in appearance. However installing and uninstalling when relocating is laborious, time-consuming and expensive too. It is rather costly and is priced from Rs 19,000 to Rs 88,000.

Check out the more reasonable product range on offer at Bajaj Finserv EMI Store. You can buy AC online at a no-cost EMI depending on the model you choose.

Central AC: A Central AC is used to cool huge buildings, houses, malls, movie halls, hotels and factories. It is comprised of a huge compressor, condenser, thermostatic expansion valve and evaporator –all housed in a large plant room.  The open reciprocating type of compressor with multiple cylinders is cooled by water like an automobile engine. A variation using the direct expansion technology is used for smaller buildings. Nowadays, central AC systems have been modernised with electronic components too.

Portable AC: The portable AC can be moved from one room to another and is not fixed either to a window frame or on a wall. Only a hose fit into the portable AC needs to be directed outside to drain water. These ACs on wheels, also have the fan and dehumidifier mode. They are expensive and available in a price range between Rs 23,000 and Rs 40,000.

Inverter AC: The inverter AC which converts AC current to DC current, regulates the compressor running speed. Always in the ‘on’ mode, this inverter AC compressor motor brings the room temperature to the desired level very quickly and then continues to run at a minimal speed to maintain it. This AC is more efficient than traditional ones.

Copper and Aluminium Coil ACs: ACs can also be categorised as copper coil ACs and aluminium coil ACs. These coils basically convert the gas refrigerant to liquid refrigerant in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. Suffice to say, aluminium is cheaper while copper is thought to be more efficient in heat transfer. However, new technologies like Blue Finn and Micro Channel are also being incorporated to fight against corrosion due to salty water. 

Air conditioner technologies are forever improving. You should keep yourself abreast of all the changes and buy an AC online that suits your pocket, your requirements and your surroundings.

Read more about AC comparisions: Split AC VS Window AC- Which should you choose and why


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