Ask the Expert: About Energy Savings and Air Conditioners

Source: Panasonic PH website

We asked an air conditioning expert to talk about the most frequently asked questions about air conditioners and share tips for saving on electricity bills.

Inverters, Compressors, Freons, Portable Air Conditioning, Central Air Conditioning and More – Are you overwhelmed with what you need to know to buy the right air conditioner for your home and not sure where to start? Don’t worry, here’s a quick guide to all things air conditioning and energy saving straight from the expert.

START WITH THE BASICS

By now, most people have probably heard of inverter technology. It sounds rather technical, but what exactly is it and what does it do for home appliances?

Simply, an inverter is a control circuit that varies electrical frequency. In an air conditioner, the inverter regulates electrical power linearly based on ambient conditions to achieve comfortable and energy-efficient operations. Meanwhile, non-inverter air conditioners only run at full speed or shut down, resulting in wasted energy.

According to Engr. Neil Galero, a product expert from Panasonic Air-Conditioning Philippines, you can compare it to driving a car. You save more fuel when driving on a freeway without stopping compared to driving on a normal road where you have to stop at traffic signs and converging roads.

The same analogy applies to air conditioners. At startup, the inverter operates at maximum power to provide rapid cooling. Once the set temperature is reached, the inverter maintains efficient operation to minimize temperature changes. This, in turn, avoids unnecessary consumption of electricity.

Simply put, inverter air conditioners give you better energy efficiency compared to non-inverter air conditioners, resulting in savings on the electricity bill.

That’s why more and more customers are now choosing inverter appliances for their homes.

THE ADVANTAGES OF INVERTER TECHNOLOGY

In addition to energy efficiency, inverter technology offers other advantages. One of them is the longer life of your devices.

Motors, especially compressors running inside your unit, experience the most stress during start-up. Since non-inverter compressors start and stop periodically, they can wear out much sooner than inverter compressors.

With Japan Quality Certified Panasonic devices, customers can expect superior quality and reliability. With over 60 years of air conditioning expertise, Panasonic products are designed with innovative features that deliver unparalleled comfort, energy efficiency and ease of use!

Another benefit of Inverter technology is that it can help reach a set temperature faster compared to a non-Inverter air conditioner.

This is further enhanced when you have a Panasonic Inverter Air Conditioner. It comes with PAM (Pulse Amplitude Modulation) and PWM (Pulse Width Modulated Wave) which provide faster cooling at startup compared to conventional inverters.

According to Engr. Neil Galero, conventional inverters can also have a rougher control of their compressor rotation, while Panasonic’s inverters are more precise and smooth in controlling compressor rotation speed.

He adds that with PAM, Inverter technology boosts power output to boost compressor speed, allowing it to deliver strong, cool air at a faster rate. Once the set temperature is reached, PWM stabilizes the rotation speed to maintain a set temperature for constant comfort while maintaining optimal energy efficiency.

Source: Panasonic PH website
Source: Panasonic PH website

Panasonic’s unique and patented Inverter Technology enables customers to achieve #PureEnergySavings. At the same time, different types of air conditioning have this Inverter function. Panasonic has window type inverter air conditioning and split type inverter air conditioning.

Now you can enjoy excellent cooling without breaking the bank!

CONSIDERATIONS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT AIR CONDITIONER

Customers often ask what air conditioner capacity corresponds to a particular room. According to Engr. Neil Galero, room size is important in identifying the best model. The size of the room determines the power that best suits your needs. However, a proper chamber survey remains the best means of assessment.

With a study of the room, the ideal location for the air conditioner can be determined to give the best cooling conditions for the room. The study of the room also takes into account the different sources of heat present in the room.

Since every room in your home is different, it’s almost impossible to choose just one design that you can use in all spaces. Fortunately, if you get a Panasonic air conditioner with ECO+AI function, this dilemma can be solved. The ECO+AI feature ensures that your device can intelligently balance energy savings and comfort without any hassle.

Engineer Neil Galero adds that the ECO mode with artificial intelligence (AI) control automatically learns and judges what the optimal ECO level is based on several factors. There is the condition of the room (size and ventilation) and the presence of heat sources (sunlight, heat from other appliances, body heat).

Additionally, this feature balances energy consumption with the time it takes to reach the desired temperature to maintain your comfort with minimal energy waste.

Thus, ECO+AI allows you to save up to 20% more energy! That’s a big check for any potential customer.

Owners are also looking for other traits that give them big yields. In addition to excellent energy efficiency, Panasonic air conditioners have features that ensure optimal air purification.

Panasonic has its patented nanoeMT X Technology. This inhibits viruses and bacteria in the air. More so, this maintenance-free titanium nanoe™ X generator inhibits novel coronavirus.

This has been verified by Texcell, a global contract research organization. Over 91% of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) activity was inhibited within 8 hours in a 6.7 m³ test space.123

Finding the perfect air conditioner for your home is a daunting task. Even the smallest details can make a big difference. Find out here how #CareWins every day with Panasonic air conditioners: https://www.panasonic.com/ph/consumer/air-conditioners.html

References:

  1. https://www.panasonic.com/ph/nanoe/all/verification/evidence.html
  2. https://www.panasonic.com/ph/corporate/news/articles/20220301-worlds-first-verified-inhibitory-effect-of-nanoetm-nano-sized-electrostatic-atomized-water-particle-on-adhered- new-coronavirus-in-a-test-space-24m3.html

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