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When you’re planning to purchase an appliance, you aren’t looking at short-term benefits. You’re looking at how it’s going to hold up for years, hopefully decades into the future. Put simply, home appliances are investments that need to pay back, both in longevity and running cost. That’s why buying an aircon can be a decision that takes a ton of research and thought.
Since they’re meant to last so long, it’s important for buyers to approach finding the right aircon model systematically. While it’s certainly not a requirement, it can be helpful in pinning down what exactly you want from your unit. And although initially the research process may seem lengthy, it can actually help shorten your decision making time.
Put simply, Filipinos don’t walk into big decisions like this easily. Because we’re a naturally frugal people, we take our time when making big purchases. When possible, Filipino buyers ask for advice, recommendations, and even reviews from trusted sources. It can be tough, however, to figure out what points are important to you, so it’s important to outline what you’re looking for.
Beginner buyers may look at price to start off with, but that’s not always the most important thing about an air conditioner Philippines. When you start shopping around for aircons, you aren’t just thinking about the upfront cost, but future costs as well.
How? To start with, the Philippines has some of the highest electricity costs in the region. Running an air conditioner, even for only a few hours a day, is a surefire way to bump up your monthly electricity bill. Wasting energy contributes to climate change, which in turn makes temperatures hotter. This thus creates an endless cycle that puts the bulk of the burden on you as a consumer and citizen of the planet.
On a personal and societal level, it’s thus important to prioritize energy saving features. Sure, you might be looking at a cheaper model for now, but the costs of running it for the next three, five, or even ten years might not be worth the initial savings.
The label of “energy saving” isn’t always enough to ensure actual savings, however. Your air conditioning unit’s overall performance is dependent on several factors. These include the size of the cooling area, if there are any obstacles blocking the passage of cool air, if there are any heating objects in the room, and the number of occupants.
Still, there are certain things you can look out for which can play a huge part in your aircon’s eco-friendliness. One of the first things, of course, is the energy efficiency ratio (EER). This rating gives you an idea of how much cooling capacity (described in British Thermal Units (BTU)) is available according to the power input (described in watts). The higher the EER rating, the more efficient your unit. Generally, an EER of around 10 or higher is preferred for modern air conditioning units.
Another thing you’ll want to look at is whether your aircon has inverter technology. An inverter aircon might be more expensive upfront, but this new technology promises better savings compared to non-inverter types. An inverter increases energy efficiency by decreasing or increasing the speed of the compressor motor depending on the temperature of the room.
Unlike a non-inverter type, where the speed remains constant, this puts less strain on your compressor and takes up less energy. This has the double benefit of increased energy savings, as well as extending the life of your compressor.
When it comes to picking a window type aircon that promises long-term savings, it can be hard finding one that walks the talk. While window types are generally cheaper and easier to install compared with split types, not many offer the power-saving perks of inverter technology. Today we’ll talk about one that does, in this LG LA100EC aircon review below.
LG Electronics Inc. is a South Korean multinational corporation that was initially founded as GoldStar in 1958 before rebranding as LG Electronics in 1995. In the Philippines, the company offers a range of home appliances and electronics.
The LG LA100EC is an LG air conditioner with inverter technology. A 1.0 HP, dual converter compressor, according to LG Philippines it can lead to up to 70% more energy savings, and has a 40% faster cooling time. It also comes with SmartThinQ technology, which allows you to control it with the SmartThinQ app even when you’re not at home.
LG’s inverter technology offers greater energy savings when compared to LG’s non-inverter air conditioner units. Testing at a third-party laboratory found that the LA200WC model saved 70% more than a non-inverter model.
The LG LA100EC also comes with a Sleep Mode, which ups comfort and power saving. The Sleep Mode turns the air conditioner off after a set time, which can range anywhere from 1 to 7 hours. This allows you to cut down on energy costs while you sleep. The Sleep Mode also keeps operating noise to a minimum, with sound levels that can go as low as 44 dB in low mode. This makes it ideal for bedroom or relaxation area use, ensuring comfortable, uninterrupted sleep for users.
It also comes with multiple fan speeds ranging from low, mid, to high, as well as an Auto Restart function that gets your aircon working again after a power interruption. You can choose between its simple selection control panel and LED display, the full-featured remote control, or even the SmartThinQ app to get your unit up and going. It also comes with a 10 year compressor warranty, and if you have any concerns about maintenance you can alwys direct them to the LG service center.
Right out of the box, the LG LA100EC is a little bit deeper than your standard window type aircon at 623mm in depth. This LG air conditioner has a cooling capacity of 9500 kJ/h, with a range of 4600 to 10500 BTU/h. Its power consumption is at an average of 850 W, although it can be anywhere in the range of 500 to 1100 W. As a 1.0 HP aircon, it’s good for up to 22 square meters, although the performance is ultimately dependent on several factors.
Overall, the LG LA100EC is not a bad choice if you’re looking for an air conditioner that can offer a reliable performance, varied features, and energy savings. With an EER of 11.1, it fares much better than other window type aircon units. Although it may be a bit more of an investment compared to a non-inverter window type, its quiet mode and up to 70% greater energy efficiency make it a worthy investment in any book.