Everyone desires a cool and comfortable atmosphere in their homes when the temperature rises outside of AC. Air conditioners and air coolers are two such electrical appliances that can help you ensure the same. However, it can get a bit confusing to zero upon which one to buy given the huge variety in the market.
You need to make a choice as per your budget, the kind of temperature that you require and the climate that you live in. Let us take a look at the various parameters on which both these fare to help you make an informed decision on whether you should purchase an AC or an air cooler this summer.
- Price: Coolers are affordable and start as low as ₹ 3000 whereas the range of air conditioners starts at ₹ 25,000. So if your budget is tight, you can go for the former, whereas if you can afford to spend more, air conditioners are a good choice.
- Power usage: An AC consumes more electricity and can raise your power bills. However, there are energy-efficient models in the market as well. On the other hand, air coolers use less power and can cut down your electricity costs by up to 80%.
- Maintenance: An air cooler needs water to be filled in its tank every now and then, unlike an air conditioner. You might also need to get your air conditioning unit serviced from time to time for proper functioning. Both have their own maintenance requirements.
- Installation: Air coolers are easier to install since they only need to be plugged into a nearby powerpoint. You can also find air coolers which are portable and can be easily moved from one room to another. Window and split ACs usually require a lengthy installation process which itself is crucial to ensure smooth performance in the future. Those in rented accommodations can opt for tower ACs which are movable and provide efficient cooling, however, they can be a bit expensive. You need to choose an appliance as per your needs.
- Mode of operation: Air coolers work on the principle of evaporation by absorbing water in their pads and cooling the air subsequently. However, ACs use a chemical coolant to reduce the temperature of the room. Air cooler can only cool up to a certain temperature and hence have a limitation here unlike an AC which can not only let you customise the temperature as per your preference but also let you control the humidity levels.
- Climate: Areas with temperatures above 45 degrees with a high degree of humidity such as cities near the coastline of India have hot and humid weather. An AC can provide faster, uniform and customised cooling as desired even in such adverse conditions. This is because air conditioners are designed to operate in such climates.
- Environmental impact: Earlier air conditioners had chemical coolants which were not as environmentally friendly. These included hydrochlorofluorocarbons or HCFCs which lead to global warming by releasing greenhouse gases. However, today you can find R-600(Iso-butane) and R-290( Propane) as coolants which cause the lowest damage to the environment.
These are a few things to keep in mind when you go shopping this summer. Take your pick from either an AC or a cooler and bring comfort home.