Are you ready for the summer?
Every year, summers in India get hotter due to global warming and deforestation of the country’s green cover.
To beat the heat, it is very important to have an air conditioner installed at your home and office.
Should you be planning on buying an air conditioner, there are some top brands you can consider.
Air Conditioners in India: Backgrounder
Till about a decade ago, air conditioners were considered a luxury by most Indians: they cost a lot of money and guzzled electricity causing huge bills.
Maintaining an air conditioner was also difficult as services were available only from the manufacturer or street-side workshops.
Indians thus beat the heat with fans and in very hot climatic regions, with desert coolers.
However, the economic boom of India leading to increased income made air conditioners very affordable. People are also willing to foot higher electricity bills.
With summers getting incredibly warm, intolerable humidity in monsoons and relatively milder winters, Indians began to depend increasingly on air conditioners.
Owning an air conditioner or ‘ac’ as it is fondly called became a necessity rather than a luxury.
Increasing demand for air conditioners prompted several Indian and foreign companies to manufacture this home appliance.
Fierce competition among manufacturers is helping keep air conditioner prices fairly low. Here we list some of the topmost brands of air conditioners in India.
Top 10 Air Conditioner Brands in India – 2018:
Carrier is the global leader in air conditioning. The company was founded in the US by none other than Willis Carrier, inventor of air conditioning.
Carrier’s relations with India date back to 1936 when it installed an air conditioning system at Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, which was then a princely state and is now capital of Rajasthan.
In 1986 Carrier India was established and began manufacturing air conditioners from its state-of-the-art facilities at Gurgaon, Haryana. Carrier manufactures various types of air conditioners in India including cassettes, ducted splits, package units, and window.
2. Whirlpool India
Whirlpool India is a division of the eponymous multinational company (MNC), Whirlpool Corporation that was founded in Michigan, US in 1911. Whirlpool entered the Indian market in the 1980s.
The company acquired Indian refrigeration major Kelvinator. Whirlpool India manufactures a wide range of state-of-the-art air conditioners for home and office use. These include split and window air conditioners.
3. Electrolux/ White Westinghouse
Sweden’s Electrolux is a brand of high-quality electronics and home appliances worldwide. The company has extensive operations in India.
Electrolux India manufactures a highly popular range of split air conditioners in India under the line, Euro Health. These air conditioners conform to European health and safety standards.
Electrolux air conditioners come fitted with unique filters that cleanse the air of disease-causing microbes, fungi, and other toxins. Additionally, Electrolux India also makes and markets air conditioners under the American brand, White Westinghouse.
Voltas India Ltd is the pioneer of India’s indigenous air conditioner manufacturer. The company is part of Indian corporate major, Tata Group. Voltas India Ltd has been manufacturing air conditioners in India since 1954.
It was the only Indian brand at a time when air conditioners were considered a luxury in this country and use remained limited to the affluent class and offices.
Over the last 64 years, Voltas India Ltd has defended its image as a world-class manufacturer of window and split air conditioners.
Today, the Voltas brand is exported worldwide. For several households and businesses, Voltas remains the preferred brand of air conditioners.
Videocon Industries Ltd is an Indian multinational company with manufacturing units in China, Poland, Italy and Mexico.
Much before top Japanese and South Korean brands began manufacturing in this country Videocon was the preferred brand for home appliances including air conditioners, among Indians.
Videocon makes split and window air conditioners.
Japan’s electronics and home appliances major Panasonic is a giant player in India’s air conditioner market.
Panasonic air conditioners are made with components produced at the company’s multiple manufacturing units across the country. Panasonic regularly launches newer variants of air conditioners that offer innovative features.
Hitachi started its business in India in the 1930’s. The company has over 25 business bases and over 10,000 employees in India.
Hitachi offers some of the most energy-efficient air conditioners in both split and window air conditioning categories.
“Built using the latest technology, Hitachi air conditioners have many appealing features such as an anti-bacterial Koukin filter which ensures that you only breathe fresh and pure air as well as the auto climate technology which provides the assurance that you will always be comfortable,” says the company website.
Godrej has launched the NXW range that is billed as India’s most environment-friendly and energy efficient air conditioners.
The website of Godrej NXW also features a guide on buying air conditioners. According to the website, Godrej NXW range offers up to 25 percent savings on electricity bills when used in the power saver mode, which is said to be the highest for any air conditioner.
Onida is a brand of electronics and home appliances launched by Mumbai-based Mirc Electronics Ltd.
The brand made its splash in the Indian market in 1981. Onida manufactures window and split air conditioners for the Indian and export markets.
Onida ranks among the topmost trusted brand of India for its air conditioners and other electronics.
South Korea’s electronics and home appliance manufacturer LG is a favourite brand in India.
LG manufactures window and split air conditioners in India that offer very advanced features.
The company claims its air conditioners radiate sound waves that help keep away mosquitoes and other insects, thus protecting users from the disease.
Samsung of South Korea manufactures unique, triangle-shaped split air conditioners for the Indian market. Indoor units of Samsung split air conditioners come printed with various floral patterns that add to décor of a home or office.
Samsung does not manufacture the common, window air conditioners in India. However, the company is reputed for its system air conditioners that are widely used in offices, hotels and other commercial premises.
General brand air conditioners are very popular in India and are manufactured by Japan’s electronics and home appliances major, Fujitsu-General in JV with ETA, a Dubai-based firm.
The company has air conditioner manufacturing units in Tamil Nadu. General air conditioners have been popular in India since decades.
Earlier, General air conditioners were imported into India from countries in the Middle East.
However, the large potential of the Indian market prompted the company to open a manufacturing unit in the country.
Other Major Air Conditioner Brands
In addition to these brands, there are several other companies that manufacture air conditioners in India.
- Super General
- Blue Star
Air Conditioner Market in India: Overview
India’s air conditioner market is projected grow at a 10.39 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) up to 2021, according to a report compiled by Business Wire, a Berkshire-Hathaway company.
The report states, India’s brick-and-mortar retail outlets will fuel this growth as customers look for the better shopping experience. Online sales of air conditioners will also contribute a significant slice to the market, it indicates.
Indian-made air conditioners are now complying with international environment safety norms, states Indian Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE).
The organization states, by the year 2020, Indian air conditioner manufacturers will have completely stopped using the R22 gas, commonly used in the production of cooling equipment, including refrigerators.
This move is expected to spur the demand for India manufactured air conditioners in the global market.
In India, high-wall split air conditioners account for almost half of all units sold. This is because split air conditioners offer several distinct advantages: they blend with interior décor of homes and offices, are quieter when compared to window air conditioners and prices are only slightly higher.
Squeeze in property sizes also makes it imperative to install split air conditioners. Several housing and commercial complexes being developed across India now come with the system or central air conditioning.
District Air Conditioning
District Air Conditioning is a relatively newcomer to India, though the system is in use abroad for decades. District air conditioning, also called District Cooling dispenses with the need to use refrigerant gases.
Instead, it uses water as coolant and provides air conditioning to entire complexes of residential, commercial or industrial buildings.
Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) located between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad in Gujarat will become the first project in India to use district air conditioning.
As summers in India get hotter, it is very essential to defend family and yourself against heat. You can also buy a great air conditioner in easy monthly instalments through any bank or non-banking financial company or on your credit card.
Buying air conditioners online in India is very easy. All major online stores offer comparative charts between various models of air conditioners that guide you to make a correct choice.
These stores generally deliver the air conditioner within 24 to 48 hours of confirming your order. Installation is done by technicians from the company whose air conditioner you buy or its dealership.
Nowadays, air conditioners in India also come with advanced features like inverters, special filters, and air purifiers.
This allows excellent savings on electricity bills, ensures your air conditioner works during the power outage and protects family and you from disease caused by germs, dust, fungi and other disease-causing microbes.
Before buying an air conditioner, study all options available in the market.
Intense competition in the Indian market prompts all air conditioner brands to launch newer models with better features. You can buy a good air conditioner from any top brand at a very reasonable price.