When considering installing air conditioners in your home, there are various factors you’ll need to take into account – availability and location of natural ventilation, room size, floor plan, where the sun sits during the hottest part of the day and even the amount of natural shade outdoors.
One of the more important choices you’ll be faced with is whether to get a conventional energy-efficient air conditioner or a smart inverter system. While typically costing more at purchase and installation, an inverter system is the latest and most energy efficient technology for air conditioners and offer a number of long-term benefits to homeowners.
But first, what is the difference between the two?
The difference between inverter and non-inverter air conditioners
Non-Inverter Air Conditioners
Non-inverter air conditioners operate on a fixed amount of power at a fixed speed. This means the compressor has to stop and start again to maintain the desired room temperature. When it is on, it works at full capacity consuming full electricity. When the thermostat reaches the required temperature setting, the compressor stops and the fan continues to function. When the thermostat senses that the temperature in the room has fluctuated, the compressor starts again. This wastes energy and can cause some discomfort due to the temperature fluctuations.
Inverter Air Conditioners
This innovative technology is now being used globally for air conditioners and refrigerators alike and the take-up rate is increasing globally due to the benefits delivered.
In inverter air conditioning systems, the compressor does not alternate between off and on. It’s always on but the technology graduates the speed of the compressor, a little like using the accelerator in your car to remain at a constant speed depending on the terrain and roads that you’re navigating.
Let’s take a look at the top advantages of an inverter air conditioner
- It’s more energy efficient
In an inverter kind of setting, although the compressor is always turned on, it draws less power or more depending on the temperature of the incoming air and the setting adjusted in the thermostat. Because of this design, versus the start-stop system of a non-inverter air conditioner, inverter units offer more optimal energy efficiency resulting in up to 30-50% savings in electricity bills.
- It’s more eco-friendly
When compared to non-inverter air conditioners, inverter air conditioners are much friendlier to the environment owing to their sudden fluctuation detection capabilities and automatic adjustments made to the compressor speed. This highly sophisticated yet innovative mechanism helps save energy, proving beneficial to the environment.
These types of air conditioners also often use more environment-friendly refrigerant gas like R410A and R-32, which does not cause harmful effects like greenhouse gases and contributes less to global warming.
- It is quieter
Inverter air conditioners are silent compared to non-inverter ones because of how the compressor operates. It eliminates the jerky start-up sound and there is also less noise inside the room because there is no noise from the rush of refrigerant gas that comes with non-inverter air conditioners.
- It is more durable
The technology and hardware employed in inverter air conditioners not only makes the cooling and heating effect more efficient but also makes the unit last longer. Contrary to the operation of a non-inverter unit, the inverter uses less power and as a result, they work less, meaning that they are less prone to wear and tear.
- Faster Cooling/Heating
The inverter system is able to cool and heat your room faster than its non-inverter counterpart. This is due to the fact that an inverter air conditioner unit operates on a variable speed compressor rather than at a fixed speed one. This process ensures rapid air conditioning effects via faster variable speed allowing the compressor to run at full power only when required while constantly regulating the temperature to your comfort.
- Smart Capabilities
A smart inverter air conditioner can also provide you with complete control over energy consumption and usage through your PC and portable smart devices. Moreover, it will give you complete insights about all technical metrics such as watts, voltages, current and units consumed. A smart system also allows you to schedule the air conditioner to automatically turn itself on or off.
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