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ACs consume 40% of your utility bills � choose wisely!

Fig-1: Average distribution of power utility bills
Current estimates indicate that nearly 40% of an average family's power consumption comes from cooling! So how do you go about selecting an energy efficient AC system to help you keep your cool this summer, without burning a hole in your pocket? While limiting the usage of ACs for relevant occasions is prudent, on a practical note you need to opt for the AC with the right ratings in the Power Labels This would help you save significantly on power bills as also taking care of tips to maintain cooling ACs would help you maintain the balance.

Power Savings Label
On any power savings label you would notice the EER & STAR Rating. EER is defined as the ratio between the cooling capacity and the power input into an AC. If you have a 1 Ton AC rated at about 3,500 Watts, then for every 1,000 watts consumed, your AC has an EER of 3.5W/W. Technobabble aside, it tells you how much cooling can your AC give you for the amount of power you give it. Bottom line is: The higher the EER, the more efficient is your AC. STAR Ratings are closely linked to EERs. In the earlier example, the EER of 3.5 that we calculated earns the AC a 5-STAR rating. On the other hand, A 3500W AC of 1 Ton which consumes 1400 watts of electricity (a full 400W more than the earlier example) instead has an EER of 3500/1400 Watts = 2.5 W/W or an Energy rating of 1 STAR.

Once you have made the choice between Split & Windows AC refer to this table for the mapping between EER & the STAR rating system - updated for 2012:

Star Rating

EER (W/W) Min. Max. 2.49 2.69 2.89 3.09

Star Rating

EER (W/W) Min. Max. 2.69 2.89 3.09 3.29

1. Star 2. Star 3. Star 4. Star 5. Star
is the same as for 2011

2.30 2.50 2.70 2.90 3.10

1. Star 2. Star 3. Star 4. Star 5. Star

2.50 2.70 2.90 3.10 3.30

2012 STAR� EER mapping for Windows AC 2012 STAR� EER mapping for Split ACs

Most people won't be going around with ratios and numbers rattling around in their heads; instead, it's easier to remember if an AC is rated 1, 2, or 3 STARs. Thus, the higher the number of STARs, the more energy efficient is the AC. When purchasing an AC, it's wise to select one that has the STAR label on it. Why? Because such appliances begin paying for themselves the minute you have them installed and switched on. Don't believe us? These numbers should convince you:

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