9+ Aircon Buying Tips in Philippines

Aircon, also known as Air-Conditioner or AC, is an appliance that lowers the temperature of an enclosed space by taking in hot air and blowing cold air in it. Buying an Aircon Unit refers to obtaining the appliance in exchange for payment.      

Are you planning to buy an aircon unit for every room in your house? However, you are clueless about the type of aircon, horsepower rating, and the size you need to get. This guide helps you get an answer to those.

The 10 tips when buying an air conditioner include room dimensions, heat load (of the room), aircon types, compressor types, energy efficiency, cost, features, noise generated, warranty, and service center availability.

We will explore these factors below.

1. Room Dimension where you will install the aircon

Room Dimension refers to the room’s measurements presented in length, width, and height. The best units of measurement to use are meters and feet. The equipment that you can use to measure the dimension is a tape measure.

You need to measure the dimensions of the room from corner to corner. Also from floor to ceiling.

To calculate the dimension of your room multiply the Length (L) in meters/feet, Width (W) in meters/feet, and Height (H) in meters/feet of the room. The formula will be like this: L × W × H = Room Dimension in cubic meters or cubic feet.  

For example, the length is 5 meters (16.4042 feet), the width is 3 meters (9.8422 feet), and the height is 3 meters (9.8422 feet). The total size of the room is 45 cubic meters (1589.0568 cubic feet).

aircon room dimension

You need to know the dimension of your room because it is necessary for getting the BTU or Heat Load of the room. 

2. Heat Load of the Room

Heat Load is the amount of heat energy that the room generates per unit of time. The heat load is measured in the British Thermal Unit (BTU).

You have to determine the heat load of the room so you can buy the aircon unit that has the equivalent British Thermal Unit or BTU. This simply means that the aircon size is not too big or not too small relative to the room size.

If the aircon unit is oversized relative to the room. The aircon will frequently turn on and off. This can cause wear and tear on the aircon parts in the long run. Frequent turning on and off of aircon also can cause high electricity bill.

On the contrary, if the aircon is too small relative to the room size. Chances are the aircon will keep running because it cannot reach the temperature set in its thermostat. This again can cause wear and tear for the latter and high electricity bill.

Since the Airconditioning unit is rated in Horsepower (hp) in the Philippines. Once you calculate the BTU or heat load of the room, you need to convert it to Horsepower. One hp is equivalent to 9000 BTU, so to convert BTU to hp the equation will be like this: 1 hp = BTU/9000.

For example, an aircon unit with a 0.5 hp rating can remove 4800 BTU per hour, a 1 horsepower (hp) window type aircon can remove 9000 BTU per hour of heat and a 1.5 hp can remove 12000 BTU per hour.

The factors affecting the heat load of the room are the number of persons occupying the room on average, sunlight exposure, ceiling light, insulation of walls, climate, humidity, and appliances in the room. Basically, anything that generates heat or sources of heat inside and outside of the room affects the heat load.

It is quite complicated to compute for BTU or heat load so it is easier to use an online calculator. With this calculator, you need to provide the dimension of your room, the regular number of people inside, the type of room, insulation, sun exposure, and climate in the Philippines.

At this point, you probably know the corresponding aircon size in horsepower / HP relative to the heat load BTU of your room.

What you need to know now is the type of aircon unit that you want to buy.

3. Types of Aircon Units

Types of Aircon refer to the different designs of the air conditioning unit. In the Philippines, the common types of aircon that you can buy in appliance stores are window type, split type, Portable type, and centralized/commercial type. Each of them varies in cost, features, and installation requirements. 

Window Type Aircon

If your room has an available square slot for your aircon and a ready power supply. Then the easiest decision is to buy a window-type aircon. The reason is you can install it by yourself.

It is also advisable to get the dimension of the square slot so when you visit the appliance store you can compare it to the available aircon size at hand.

how to buy window type aircon in the philippines

A .5hp non-inverter Window type aircon cost roughly between 10k to 15k pesos. On the other hand, an inverter is almost double the price of non-inverters.

Split Type Aircon

If there is no rectangle slot on your room’s wall. You can consider the split-type aircon.

how to buy an inverter split type aircon

From the phrase “split type.” The aircon is divided into two parts. The indoor part is composed of evaporator coils and blowers. The outdoor parts are composed of a compressor and condenser.

you need an aircon technician to install this for you. The technician needs to plan the installation and they need to drill a hole for the pipes needed for the split-type aircon.

The suggested retail price of a 1hp inverter split type aircon is over 30000 pesos per unit while a non-inverter is around 28000 pesos per unit.

Portable Aircon

There are a handful of aircon makers in the Philippines that sell portable air conditioners. This requires an installation that you can do by yourself.

The advantage of this aircon type is you can move it to any part of your house. You only need to set it up near the window or an opening for its exhaust.

Suggested retail Prices for 1hp and 1.5hp are 20500 pesos per unit, and 23500 pesos per unit, respectively.

Commercial / Industrial Air-conditioning Unit

Commercial or Industrial aircon units are used in Malls and huge space offices. Normally, you can see its exhaust installed on the ceiling. This aircon type is also sometimes a split type aircon, multi-split type, and or ducted aircon. Moreover, this aircon type needs a contractor or specialist to be able to install it properly.

4. Aircon Compressor Types (Inverter and Non-Inverter)

Aircon Compressor is a motor pump that facilitates the flow of refrigerant in the aircon system. There are two types of Aircon compressors which are the Inverter and Non-Inverter.

According to panasonic.com, the critical difference between an inverter and a non-inverter aircon is the former can regulate the aircon’s compressor motor speed. This means that when the room has reached the desired temperature based on your settings. The compressor motor will automatically lower its speed just enough to maintain the temperature. As a result, there is a savings in electricity consumption for us consumers.

Meanwhile, the non-inverter aircon does not have that speed regulation capability. Its motor only runs at full speed. When the aircon has reached the desired temperature, the motor stops. Afterward, when the temperature drops to a certain level, the motor will run at full speed again.

If you compare this scenario to an electric fan. You have a choice to set the fan’s motor speed to number 1, 2, or 3 depending on your needs. On the other hand, for non-inverter, you can only set the fan’s speed to number 3 only. Usually, max speed always consumes electricity the highest.

Now that you know the difference between an inverter and a non-inverter aircon. You can choose between the two.

Of course, this depends on your budget. The upfront cost for inverter aircon is high, but you save roughly 30% to 40% on electricity costs as you use it. The upfront cost for the Non-inverter is low, but it costs more when you use it.

condura inverter aircon in the philippines

5. Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of Aircon Unit

Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) refers to the cooling capacity of an air conditioning unit over its power consumption. The EER is also another factor when buying an aircon. Usually, aircon makers include in the specifications the energy efficiency of their appliances.

The ideal energy efficiency ratio for aircon units is 8.5. The higher the EER means the lower the power consumption. So choose which of the aircon brand offers the higher EER.

Normally the aircon with a higher Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) is the best choice. However, has a slightly higher price.

You can check the value of the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of the aircon in the yellow card attached to it. If you are not familiar then ask the salespeople in the appliance store.

energy rating of an aircon

6. Cost of Owning an Aircon Unit

Cost refers to the sum of money spent on owning and using the aircon unit over a period of time.   

Most of the time, the selling price is the only consideration for most aircon buyers. Whichever aircon brand is the cheapest in terms of price, the consumer will buy it. But hopefully after reading this, your perspective will change.

Aside from the aircon’s unit price, you should also consider its Depreciated Cost or its selling price after you use it over a period of time. Moreover, your monthly electricity bill as you use the aircon daily.

The real price of the aircon should be calculated like this: (Aircon unit price minus Depreciated cost) plus (Daily usage cost in pesos multiplied by 365 days multiplied by 5 years or more).

The formula will be like this: Real Aircon price = (Aircon unit price – Depreciated cost) + (daily usage in pesos×365 days×5 years or more).

After you determine the value based on that computation. Buy the aircon that offers the cheapest cost in the long run.

7. Features of the Air Conditioning Unit

Features refer to functions and operations that an aircon unit is able to do. The aircon features are one of the considerations when buying an aircon unit.

There are aircon units that come with remote control, aircon timer, sleep mode, 7 in 1 air filter, dehumidifying capabilities, and so on. Basically, select the aircon unit that has features that is beneficial to you on a daily basis.

For example, if you prefer to use the aircon for a number of hours only. It is better to get an aircon with remote control feature. You can set an ON and OFF timer on the remote control. If you will place the aircon near the ceiling like the split-type aircon, it would be better to get an aircon with remote control hahaha. Because you can not use a ladder just to turn it on or off.


8. Noise that an Aircon Unit Generates

Noise refers to the vibrating sound that the aircon unit produce during its operation. It is measured in decibels.

Your aircon has a compressor, fans, blowers, and other moving parts. When your aircon is turned ON, these moving parts produce noise.

In general, if the aircon has high decibels of noise then it will affect your sleep at night. It will also affect your concentration during the day. Try to let someone shout or talk near your ear while you memorize your lessons for school. It is annoying and at the same time very disturbing.

Take note that window-type aircon of the same horsepower as split type will produce higher decibels. Simply because they are one unit. The compressor, fans, and blowers in the window-type aircon are in one box. This type is also closer to you because it’s in your room.

On the other hand, the compressor and fan of a split-type aircon are normally located outside of the house. So the parts located inside are the evaporator and blower which is generally quieter or has lower decibels.

So if you are considering buying an aircon. Select the aircon with the lowest decibel. It means that it is quieter.

9. Warranty Period for the Aircon Unit

Warranty period refers to the duration that the manufacturer covers the repairs and services of the aircon unit free of charge.

The aircon brand that offers the longest number of years in parts and labor warranty is the ideal choice. It means that when the aircon breaks down under normal working conditions within the duration of the warranty. The brand will repair or replace the aircon free of charge.

Before buying an aircon, ask the salesperson which among the aircon brands in the Philippines has the longest warranty with respect to parts and labor.

There are also options to lengthen the duration of the warranty. For example, from 2 years it will lengthen to 5 years. This is not free but you can avail of it if you have the budget and you trust the aircon brand and the appliance store.

aircon warranty for parts and labor sample photo

10. Availability of Service Centers

Service Center is where you bring your aircon unit for maintenance and repair. In many instances, the service center technician does a house visit so they will repair the aircon in your house. As you can see in the photo, the Samsung service center technician visits the house to repair the TV. By the way thanks to him for repairing the tv. The technician that specialized in aircon repair will also do the same thing.

samsung service center repairman photo

Make sure that the aircon brand you plan to buy has nearby service centers. The reason is so when your aircon breaks down they can immediately go to your place to repair it.

For example, if you are in Davao and the nearest service center for your aircon brand is in Bohol. It will take the technician forever just to go to your place.

How many years does an Aircon Unit Last?

An aircon unit lasts between 10 years to 20 years on average. This depends on how members of the household use it. 

Your aircon unit will usually become part of your home for a very long time. It will affect the quality of your sleep, and comfortability at day time. It will also become part of your monthly electricity bill.

This is why you should really think about the aircon brand, the efficiency, and the type of aircon that you will buy.

What are the Popular Aircon Brands in the Philippines?

The popular aircon brands in the Philippines are Carrier, Condura, Samsung, Midea, Daikin, LG, and Panasonic.

How much is an Aircon Unit in the Philippines?

The price of an aircon unit in the Philippines is between 10000 pesos to 30000 pesos.

What are the Benefits of Owning an Aircon?

The benefits of owning an aircon include being able to sleep comfortably at night, better air quality at home, reduce occurrence of health ailments such as asthma, and having a cool room.

*I hope this aircon buying guide will be of help to you.

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