While shopping for air-conditioners, you will be faced with a decision between an inverter and non-inverter technology used. What should you go for? What is the difference between inverter and non-inverter? What should you look out for while shopping for an air-conditioner?
According to a global air conditioner giant maker, Daikin, an inverter is a device for converting frequency. The technology is used in many home appliances and controls the electric voltage, current, and frequency.
“Inverter air-conditioners vary their cooling/heating/ capacity by adjusting the power supply frequency of their compressor,” says Daikin in their latest publication as they enter the Kenyan market with their products.
An inverter air-conditioner adjusts the speed of the compressor to control the refrigerant (gas flow) rate thereby consuming less current and power. If you are energy-saving conscious, then you should go for an inverter air-conditioner that will help you save on energy costs.
A standout feature of the inverter is the fact that it has precise temperature control and as the set temperature is attained, the unit adjusts its capacity to eliminate any temperature fluctuations. You can as well say that the inverter air-conditioner is flexible and gives the user an opportunity to determine how the temperature should be and the amount of energy consumed in the process.
In contrast, according to Daikin, “non-inverter air-conditioners have a fixed cooling/heating capacity and can only control the indoor temperature by restarting or stopping their compressors.” non-inverter air-conditioners stops and restarts repeatedly.
In a non-inverter air-conditioner, the power consumption and current goes down when the operation stops, but it goes up sharply at the time of restart and, thus, it has high average power consumption and temperature variations. In summary, inverter air-conditioners are more energy-saving and comfortable than non-inverter air conditioners.
What are some of the advantages of inverter air-conditioners?
Inverter air-conditioners are powerful. They operate on maximum capacity as soon as they start-up and as a result, the set temperature can be reached quickly.
They are also energy-saving. After the indoor temperature approaches the set temperature, inverter control adjusts to low capacity operation to maintain this temperature. This makes these types of air-conditioners more energy-saving than non-inverter air-conditioners which must start or stop their compressors to maintain the set temperature.
Inverter air-conditioners are also comfortable. They do not fluctuate with the change in temperature. They are constant and stick to the set temperature unless it is changed.