It’s too hot; you want your air conditioner to just kick it up a notch to keep your room cool and relaxing. Air conditioners are our best friends when it comes to battling the summer heat, but can also be our worst nightmares when it comes to the expenses. They use up so much energy, that it leaves the graphs on your bills skyrocketing. Well here is a fancy air conditioner that uses state of the art technology to help you save up energy!
If you are thinking of buying a new air conditioner, we’ll try to have an inverter air conditioner as one of your options when you go out shopping! Inverter air conditioners are on the rage this year, due to its promises to help you save up energy and slash some of your expenses on the electric bill. Most air conditioning units nowadays usually belong to the two common categories: An Inverter and Non-Inverter type. But before you even consider heading to the appliance warehouse and grab the finest inverter air conditioner they have. You need some background on how inverter air conditioning units work, so you won’t be surprised that it costs way more than your typical non-inverter air conditioners.
Here is an in-depth comparison of an inverter and non-inverter air conditioner, so you won’t have to go through the troubles of researching it:
THE INVERTER AIR CONDITIONER
An inverter air conditioning unit makes use of an Inverter, pretty obvious, and it is responsible for the processes concerning electronic motors of the compressors. The built-in inverter is used to control the fluctuating speeds of the compressor of the air conditioner, this in return gives a uniformed cooling within the room. So basically the inverter air conditioner has an outside compressor that can either speed up or slow down depending on the variables of the temperature. So how does this differ from a non-inverter air conditioner?
A non-inverter runs only at a single speed. Once you had switched your air conditioning unit on, the compressor starts to run at full speed, this goes for both the inverter and non-inverter units, the only difference they have is when the room will reach its desired temperature.
In this case, the non-inverter unit has an outside compressor that will FULLY stop once the room has achieved the desired temperature and the blower will still continue to circulate the air in the room. Once the room temperature starts to get warmer again (since the compressor is fully switched off) it will start back again at full speed, in the attempt to regulate the room temperature to its desired setting. So it’s an ON/OFF effect.
For the inverter unit, it’s simple. Once it had switched on, the compressor again starts to run at full speed and once the room had reached the desired temperature, the outside compressor will still CONTINUE to run at a slower speed, so there will be no fluctuations in the room temperature as well as the usage of electricity.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
To elaborate it a little, the direct current Inverter units have a variable-frequency drive that consists of an adjustable electrical inverter which is responsible for controlling the speed of the electronic motors, which are the compressor and the cooling/heating outputs.
The variable-frequency drive converts the incoming alternating current into direct current that goes through a module in the electric inverter of the unit. Commonly, a microcontroller is used to detect the room’s temperature so the speed of the compressor will be adjusted accordingly. Given the maintained speed, there will be minimal to no wear and tear present throughout the duration when using the inverter air conditioner. The parts that comprise an inverter air conditioning unit also have their lifespan extended.
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According to other air conditioning unit manufacturers, an inverter unit consumes less energy given that its compressor does not have to shut off completely and turn back on momentarily. Given its nature to automatically slow itself down to maintain the room temperature, it can save up to 30% of the energy consumed rather than non-inverter units that use up more.
WHY BUY AN INVERTER AIR CONDITIONER
Are you still not convinced that an inverter air conditioner is well fit for your home? Are you too doubtful given it has a higher price point? Read on further as we discuss the reasons why you should opt for an inverter unit!
CONSUMES LESS ELECTRICITY
Previously discussed, that an inverter unit consumes less electricity given that it does not have to switch completely off once the room has reached its desired temperature and only lowers its speed in order to maintain the room temperature. Unlike the non-inverter models that run only at a single speed, its outside compressor has to switch on and off just to regulate the temperature that consumes more electricity.
CUTS DOWN EXPENSIVE ELECTRIC BILLS
The lower the power consumption, the higher the chances that your electric bill won’t surprise you that it reached the top of the graph just by using an air conditioner. With the adaptive nature of an inverter unit, you can expect that the expenses for the electric bill will start to go down.
Here is a quick rundown of the costs
• Input power for 1HP Carrier Brand KN non-inverter unit: 1860 W
• Average usage per day: 8 hours
• Power consumption per month: 14880 Wh or 14.88 kWh (1860 W * 8 hours)
Electricity cost per day: $2.2
Electricity cost per month: $67.393
Electricity cost per year: $808.716
So let’s say that an inverter promises 30% savings, and use the total of the electric bill per month
$67.393 – 30% = $47.1751
So you are saving up to $20.2179 per month! It is a great way to keep a few pockets in your cash to save for a rainy day.
The components of an inverter unite is less subject to wear and tear, thus you don’t have to suffer anymore from those rumbling noises that non-inverter air conditioners do when their parts usually turn on and off.