5 Star Vs 3 Star Inverter AC power saving
Let us show you the calculation of the savings that could be possible buying a 5 Star inverter AC over a 3 Star inverter AC. If you need to know what the new AC Star Rating is in India, we have a dedicated page explaining what star rating of inverter ACs mean
As per the table above, for a five star inverter AC the minimum ISEER value has to be 4.5 and for a 3 star inverter AC the minimum ISEER value has to be 3.5
ISEER assumes the time an inverter AC is used in a year is 1600 hours.
Assume Cooling load is "C" and the electricity consumed is "F" for 5 star and "T" for 3 star
The cooling load "C" required will remain the same for both the 5 Star and 3 Star inverter AC in this example.
Thus for 5 star AC
ISEER Value = Cooling load ÷ Electric load
4.5 = C ÷ F
Therefore electric units used by 5 Star inverter AC, "F" = C ÷ 4.5
Similarly electric units used by 3 Star inverter AC, "T" = C ÷ 3.5
Ratio of annual electric bill of 5 star to 3 star inverter AC
= C÷4.5 : C÷3.5
=1÷4.5 : 1÷3.5
converting to decimals
=0.2222 : 0.2857
dividing both by 0.2222
= 1 : 1.2858
Therefore, in theory the annual 3 star inverter AC electric bill will be 28.58% more than a 5 star inverter AC.
In this example if the 3 star inverter AC electricity electric bill comes to Rs.1,000 per month, the 5 star AC electric bill will be Rs.778, a saving of Rs.222- per month or 22.2% saving in electricity bill with a 5 star inverter AC compared with a 3 star inverter AC.
Cost to run inverter Air Coditioner per hour
Since in the number of hours assumed to be run for the ISEER calculations is 1600 hours, then you can easily know the air conditioner power consumption per hour if the annual power consumption figure of an AC is given in their specifications. You just have to divide the annual power consumption by 1600 to get the hourly power consumption of an AC or the cost to run Air Conditioner per hour.
Advantages of 5 Star inverter AC over 3 star inverter AC
Note that the 3 star vs 5 star inverter AC power consumption differences shown here are theoretical figures. It should also be noted that inverter ACs with 5 Star rating has many advanced technologies built into them to reduce electric consumption, like to automatically off the AC when there is no one in the room, and/or to increase the thermostat temperature by 1 degree C every hour if the sensor in the AC detects that the sleeping person is not moving, and/or sweeping periodically the inverter AC air filter with a built in automatic brush, etc. All these additional features make a 5 Star inverter AC considerably more expensive than a 3 star inverter AC.
Buying a 5 Star inverter AC for sure makes sense if it is used 24x7, but for users who use their ACs sparingly and during the night while sleeping, it may not make sense to go for a 5 star inverter AC. If the inverter AC is only used during night time, when the outside temperatures are much lower than the assumptions on which the ISEER calculations are based, then the savings with the 5 Star inverter AC may not be that much.