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Do you know the difference between Inverter AC & Split AC

Inverters are used in air conditioning equipment to vary, to modulate the speed of the compressor, as opposed to a standard split system which just cycles the compressor on and off to maintain temperature control.  Either one will provide acceptable temperature control in a space if they are sized and installed correctly, including the distribution ductwork and controls.

While air conditioning systems using inverters are more efficient than those without, they are also more expensive, which is the case with all efficiency upgrades, so it’s a matter of spending more money initially to save money later, and the efficiency upgrade will eventually pay for itself in energy savings; the more operating hours per day or year, the faster it will pay for itself.

The other factor is air conditioning systems using variable speed compressors can maintain more exact temperature control than on/off systems, although it isn’t usually a big issue or even noticeable in residential applications.Some of the inverter ACs are built on the newer direct drive technology that reduces the number of parts that are used to transfer or transform a motion. This means a lesser wastage of power.

Also, most of the Inverter ACs come with a fairly wide operating voltage range, they’re able to adjust the power of the compressor according to the voltage being supplied.Some fail to notice this, but the quality of electrical fittings used in each AC increases with its BEE rating, one starred ACs being of the cheapest make while the Inverter ones being the topmost.

An AC draws a considerable amount of power when it cycles its compressor to the on state. Also, if the compressor is totally shut off, it will turn itself back on only when the thermostat is triggered. How this may affect you : let’s take an example of a room with ambient temperature of about 31 degrees. Suppose you set your non-inverter AC to 24 degrees celsius. The moment it reaches the 24-degree-shut-down-temperature, the compressor will turn off. Almost always the compressor will turn on when the temperature has increased considerably (say 26 degrees), thus increasing the effective power usage. And that’s not all, while the AC is trying to bring the temperature back down, the incoming insolation will further try to increase the temperature above 26 degrees, so in the end, you’re looking at a significant run time of the compressor.

In case of an inverter AC, it will actually cool the room a couple of degrees below the set temperature, and once it reaches that temperature, it will put the compressor in a low power mode just to cool the room enough to replace the incoming heat. This means that using a very low cooling capacity, it will be able to maintain a fairly constant temperature without having to put it’s compressor to full load very frequently.

Lately, we have been hearing more about inverter air conditioners but not many people have knowledge about the basic difference between a normal AC and inverter AC. The rising tariff of electricity has established a notion that purchasing air conditioners will cause a further shoot in the electricity bill. Therefore, people are interested to buy air conditioners only if it consumes less electricity while delivering extraordinary cooling performance.

People are often sceptical while purchasing an AC because of the versatile options available in the market. But what’s more important is choosing between the two main technologies – inverter and non inverter/ normal air conditioner. Both these systems offer similar features but are different in terms of the type of compressor motor they host.

In an air conditioner, the compressor is the unit, which compresses the refrigerant into liquid and then shuts off and allows it to expand. After this process, the refrigerant begins to cool and delivers the cooling effect. Now when both kinds of air conditioners are aimed at providing the desired cooling effect, then here are some vital facts that will enlighten you to understand the basic difference between inverter and normal AC and will make your purchase process easier:

  1. Speed

The inverter air conditioner is known for its superior and sophisticated technology because it comprises of a compressor that runs at a variable speed. This modern technology is quite complex to understand but the crux of this variable speed is that instead of letting the compressor run continuously at full power, it controls the operation of the compressor in a way that the temperature gets regulated.

On the other hand, the normal air conditioners available in the markets come equipped with compressor that runs at a fixed speed, which implies that the compressor is either fully controlled or not at all controlled. A constant amount of energy is delivered to the compressor that causes it to run at a fixed speed. The temperature is therefore controlled when the unit is switched on and off.

  1. Energy Efficiency

When it comes to saving energy consumption, then inverter ACs have no competition. The A graded energy economic operation method in the inverter models automates the cooling and heating in an energy efficient manner owing to the inclusion of a sensor that adjusts the power according to the current temperature. This implies that when the heat load varies during different seasons or in different rooms, the inverter air conditioner works best in managing the energy consumption.  However, this is definitely not applicable in case of non inverter air conditioners as regular air conditioners work in a fixed manner.

  1. Noise

Another reason to buy an inverter AC is that they are quieter in operation. This is because they don’t automatically turn on and off when they reach certain temperature limits. In fact, these air conditioners constantly work along to maintain the room temperature and this is why they require less power to regulate the temperature in comparison to normal ACs. This also explains the reason why the inverter ACs depreciate less faster than the normal ones.

On the other hand, the continuous on and off process, makes the appliance work harder, which also results in increase in noise. Also, the process of wear and tear is faster in case of non inverter ACs, owing to which it may burden you with heavy maintenance costs.

  1. Cost Economy

Being a part of the latest generation of air conditioners, the inverter ACs are expensive but when you derive benefit in the form of less electricity bills, low maintenance costs and exemplary performance, they are in fact, a long term investment. Normal ACs are less costly but their installation charges may be higher.

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