Durability – AC Units are used for long periods in warm climactic conditions. In India these conditions are exacerbated in the summer. With consistent long use of AC Units they are prone to breakdowns. Non-copper Micro-Channel Heat exchanger (MCHA) AC Units tend to see more breakdowns in the form of coil replacement, gas leakage. Also MCHA units parts are not easily available and hence getting the unit up and running again takes longer. A 100% Copper AC Units failure rate is 1% where as an MCHA Unit has a failure rate of as high as 25%.
Corrosion – The long contiguous coastline of India is home to a large number of Indians residing in cities and townships. MCHA AC Units are prone to corrosion and thus break down and also become less energy efficient over time. A 100% Copper AC anti-corrosive and hence is not affected by these coastal conditions.
Maintenance – A 100% Copper AC Unit is very simple to maintain due to its design. The dust particles are not caught in it and can be easily cleaned. On the other hand, MCHA AC Units are cumbersome to clean and the accumulation of dust results in the need for regular maintenance. Annual Maintenance Contracts for MCHA AC Units are also higher than those for 100% Copper Units because of the number of visits and the high cost of replacement parts. Assuming a 5 years life-cycle, an average consumer saves about Rs. 20,000 on 100% copper-based AC.
Mr. Sanjeev Ranjan, Managing Director, International Copper Association of India, commented saying, “At ICA India, we are committed to educate people on purchasing and utilizing quality products. These range from building wires, cables and even AC Units. The summer season is upon us and people will look at purchasing new AC Units to alleviate the heat. We want to equip them with the right facts to help make an informed decision. We want the consumers to be mindful of total lifetime costs of owning an AC unit rather than only the cost of the AC Unit. We believe that using 100% Copper AC Units would benefit the consumer, our energy starved Country and our environment as a whole.”
Other things to consider while operating an AC unit to reduce costs include:
A change of 1 degree Celsius in the thermostat setting can affect your energy bill by 3% to 5%
It is important to regularly clean and filter the ACs as this will improve cooling, reduce compressor-running time and consume less energy
Ensuring insulation to not allow cold air escape the room by keeping all windows and doors closed will help in minimizing energy consumption of room air conditioners
Placing lights, computers, televisions and other light-producing devices near the air conditioner thermostat affects the proper functioning of the thermostat and thereby makes the air conditioner condenser work longer and consume more electricity
ACs are not only used for cooling, but as a multi-seasonal product, these hot and cold air conditioners also save up to 35% more energy than heaters.