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What is star rating in inverter AC

Star rating of AC means how efficient the AC is in converting electricity to cooling air and is based on the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) for cooling. The earlier BEE Star Ratings were for normal fixed speed Air Conditioners and this could not be applied to Inverter ACs which are variable speed machines. In 2015, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) started a new Star Rating standards for Inverter Air Conditioners.

The earlier BEE Star Ratings was based on the EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) calculated by the simple formula of,
EER = Output Cooling in Watts ÷ Input Electric Watts.

Which star AC is best

In India the maximum star rating is five stars and a 5 star is is the best. The next best AC is a 4 star AC and the next best AC is a 3 star AC and so on.

Is there any star rating for inverter AC

Yes, there is a star rating for inverter AC which is calculated differently from normal ACs. The earlier EER Star Rating for normal ACs were a very easy because it is a Star Rating based on just 2 variables, the output cooling and input watts. But this same EER Star Rating could not be used for Inverter ACs where a 3rd variable comes into play, that is the speed of the compressor which results in different efficiency ratios depending on the speed of the compressor.

When the inverter AC works at a slower speed the tonnage rating of the inverter AC goes down and when it speeds up, the tonnage rating of the inverter AC goes up. So, for example, a 1.5 ton inverter AC operating from say 10% to 150% of the nominal inverter AC capacity, becomes a 0.15 ton to 2.25 ton AC, depending on the speed of the compressor. Because of this ability of inverter AC to vary its AC ton according to needs, it makes inverter ac running cost so low that inverter ACs become the cheapest AC to run in India.

What is ISEER Star Rating for AC

The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has come up with a new Star Rating system for Indian Air Conditioners called ISEER (Indian Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). How the ISEER Star Rating works is that it is based on the annual cooling output of an inverter AC divided by the annual consumption of electricity of the inverter AC based on the different outside average seasonal variation of temperatures across the whole of India.

How to calculate ISEER rating

The new ISEER star rating of inverter ACs takes into account the total annual cooling in watts of the inverter AC divided by the electricity in watts it consumes in a year. In addition it takes into account the outside temperatures during the different times of the year. This is because an AC requires more power to cool a room when the outside temperature is more, for example inverter AC uses more power when outside temperature is 45 degrees C than when it is 30 degrees C.

The new ISEER star rating calculation involves both an annual temperature profile and an assumption of the average usage pattern of an inverter AC. The ISEER assumes that an Air Conditioner will be used for 1600 hrs throughout the year. The annual outside temperature profile is obtained from the weather profile of 54 cities across all regions of India and is from 24 to 43 degree C.

Highest ISEER rating AC in india

The highest ISEER rating for an inverter AC is a 5 Star rating. The efficiency of Air Conditioners have been steadily improving in India. For example a 5 star rated AC of 2010 became a 3 Star AC in 2015 and this same AC will only be a 1 Star AC under the new ISEER Star Rating is implemented in 2018. The ISEER star rating became mandatory from 1 January 2018. From 1 Jan 2018, all air conditioner units sold in India, both inverter and non-invertor ACs, must display prominently on the AC unit and its packaging the ISEER label with a Star Rating.

Many are curious as to how much more monthly electric bill you can save by buying a 5 star inverter AC instead of a 3 star inverter AC. We have a dedicated on the Savings possible with a 5 star inverter AC.

More details of ISEER star rating methodology can be seen at the official BEE white paper on ISEER rating

Advantage of Online buying of Home Appliances

Whatever Home Appliance you plan to buy, it is best to first do an online research about all available types and models on the leading online retailers in India, namely Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal. The advantage of first doing an online research about products you plan to buy is that you get to see all the available models of the product and you get to compare prices online. After this you can go around to the showrooms and do window shopping.

You should then decide to buy from the cheapest and most reliable source. When buying online, you can be sure that you will not get fake products and you are assured of after sales service. This is because the giant on-line retailers arrange for delivery to your house directly through the manufacturers of the product. Due to the high volume of business from the big online retailers, all manufacturers will make sure that any delivery on behalf of the big online retailers are of the best quality and that after sales service is provided on a priority basis.

If ever you have any problems, then you can go back to these online retailers and complain. All of these big online sellers have a reputation to keep and they always make sure that all complaints are promptly solved.

Advantage of buying AC, Fridge, Washing Machine, etc. online

Buying online fridges, washing machines, dishwashers and other major kitchen appliances is now the better option in India, just like it is in the USA and other advanced countries. There are several advantages of buying online. First of all, you get unbeatable bargain prices. Secondly, you get new and genuine products. Other benefits include no interest EMI payments, able to return the product for a full refund if not satisfied, etc.

Just to give you an example, below are some of the benefits Amazon India, the leading global online retailer, offered in India during their last sale. The same deals are not always available, but it is a good idea to check this link to the special offers page on India website.

Link to deals

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