First of all, Inverter AC doesn’t mean it runs on inverter or it runs even in electricity cuts. It uses an inverter technology, which uses to convert AC current to DC current which further regulate the compressor running speed. Try our Air Conditioner selector to choose right air conditioner by answering simple questions without reading any buying guide.
Traditional non-inverter air conditioner compressor motor sometime go “on” and “of”. Whereas, inverter AC compressor is always in “On”state. Although, inverter AC compressor is always on, it saves electricity a lot. When we switch to non-inverter AC, its compressor motor starts running at high speed to cool the room at the desired temperature. After reaching the desired temperature, it stops the compressor motor. When room temperature increases, it starts the compressor again. The compressor is gone “On” and “Off” again and again.
Whereas. The inverter AC compressor motor is always “On”. When the switch on the inverter AC, its compressor motor starts running at high speed to cool the room at the desired temperature. After reaching the desired temperature, it not stops the motor, instead it runs motor with minimal speed so that room temperature constantly maintained at the desired temperature.
When the air conditioner compressor motor goes ‘On’, it consumes peak level electricity. So traditional non-inverter AC whose mother goes ‘On’ and ‘Off’, obviously consumes more electricity. The inverter AC motor is always on so there is no electricity peaks and save electricity a lot. Inverter technology is just like a car accelerator. When compressor needs more power, it gives more power and when compressor needs less power, it gives less power. As inverter AC compressor motor is always on, it controllers the compressor motor speed, electricity consumption based on the room temperature.
BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) is an agency of the Government of India, under the Ministry of Power created in March 2002.
|Feature||5 star AC||Inverter AC|
|Price||Less||Hgh, at least 20% high compared to 5 star rated AC|
|Compressor auto shutdown||Yes, compressor switch off and switch on||No|
|Noise level||More noise||Less noises|
|Starting up||Consumes very high power when you start the refrigerator||Consumes very less power when you start the refrigerator.|
|BEE star ratings||5 star||Not given|
|Cooling liquid and cooling distribution efficiency||Very efficient||Not known, depends on manufacturer and model.|
Say you want to buy a car. There are two types of cars, Car-A and Car-B. Car-A has normal engine technology, but car engine and every aspect of car is optimized so well that it has very good mileage. In fact the mileage is tested in lab, reported in newspaper and verified by other trusted third parties.
The Car-B has superior engine technology, which by definition can give better mileage. But the problem is the mileage is not tested any where. No reports on mileage. No one know what can be the mileage. Even if the engine has superior mileage technology, if the wind aerodynamics is not designed in a good way, proper tyres are not used, overall car body weight Increases, then it leads to lower mileage. Car-B price is 20% more expensive than Car-A too.
So, which car will you take? Car-A, normal engine with tested mileage Or Car-B with superior engine with unknown mileage? We suggest you to take Car-A.
As we have mentioned earlier, BEE five star ratings are not given to inverter ACs. So even you pay very high price for the inverter ACs, you really do not know how much energy it consumes. From 2018, January new ISEER ratings are given for inverter ACs too. Till that it is better to wait and go for 5 star rated ACs. Apart from that inverter AC price is 20% more than normal AC price too.
We have takens 1.5 Ton ACs of various brands and compared the prices side by side for your reference.
|Brand||5 star AC price (1.5 Ton)||Inverter AC price (1.5 Ton)|