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Normal Split AC Vs Inverter Split AC – which one is more efficient?

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Karan and Rati, a young couple in their thirties had just finalized a beautiful two-bedroom house in the suburbs of Mumbai. They had finalized the furniture, and the final coat of paint was being applied. There was only one decision pending – the air conditioners in the house.

Mumbai, people said, had only two seasons: summer and monsoon. The rising humidity in the city and scorching summer heat made it imperative to have an air-conditioner in your house. However, several choices and fancy promotions make it quite difficult for a consumer to decide which air conditioner to pick. Several questions such as what the latest technology in ACs are, what’s my budget, how much energy does it consume, which type of AC should I opt for etc. puffs up their mind.

Like others, these questions and thoughts were also troubling Karan and Rati. So, they decided to sit down and do some research with a level mind. Karan knew that Rati was very good at considering various parameters and he was good at researching. So, if they put their minds together, they could quickly come up with the best choice.

They had both agreed to buy a split AC since they had much better energy efficiency ratings and are technologically much more advanced than the window ACs. So, the more important question was whether they should opt for a regular split AC or an inverter split AC.

Normal Split AC Vs Inverter Split AC


The first parameter they considered was the working of each type of AC. Karan told Rati that inverter ACs worked on a variable speed compressor. Rati’s eyebrows curled up in confusion. Karan smiled and explained that this means that an inverter AC adjusts itself to a lower speed as soon as it reaches the optimal temperature and starts working faster when the temperature of the room rises.

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A regular split AC, however, works on a fixed speed compressor which restarts several times based on how far or close it is to the desired temperature. This can result in some unnecessary noise, extreme cooling, and shortened lifespan of the machine.

Energy Consumption

Next was energy consumption. Karan and Rati both wanted to be conscious of their carbon footprints like most millennials. Karan found out that since inverter AC compressors do not undergo extreme changes in their speed, the consumption of power is lesser, leading to lesser energy consumption.

In the end, Rati brought up the most crucial factor – the price! Karan took a few more minutes to frame this for Rati. Karan informed her that inverter split ACs were more expensive than regular split ACs. So, regular split ACs has a price advantage over his competitor.

However, before Rati could jump to a final conclusion, Karan tried explaining why he was leaning towards inverter split ACs. He explained that while a normal split AC can be a good option for those who are looking to use the appliance very rarely, an inverter AC is a better option if you’ve to use it around the clock. Due to their efficiency and less energy consumption, they would require less maintenance, and will also lead to lower electricity bills.

Now, Rati was completely convinced on the operation and energy consumption benefits of an inverter split AC but was still thinking about the cost difference. After all, they were on a budget. Karan, then, reminded her of their parents’ problems with the constant AC repairs and the long summer electricity bills, and Rati was immediately convinced for an inverter split AC.

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So, the choice was finally made! They both placed an order for a 1.5-ton inverter split AC for their living room and a 1-ton split AC for their bedroom separately.

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