Air conditioners are indispensable in many environments, but before buying any model, it is important to keep an eye on energy consumption. Fortunately, Inmetro has the Brazilian Labeling Program (PBE), which lists the models with better energy efficiency, that is, those that will weigh less on the consumer’s pocket at the end of the month. Below, I’ll show you the more economical air conditioners by 2021—all offer the A rating.
Springer Midea QCI078BB
The Springer Midea QCI078BB is ideal for smaller environments. With a power of 7,500 BTUs and monthly consumption of 14.6 kWh, this window air conditioner has mechanical temperature adjustment and “Cool” and “Fan” functions. Being more basic, it still provides manual control of wind direction and does not offer Inverter technology. On the other hand, this model does not require professional installation.
Springer Midea QQJ105BB
In addition to being more powerful than the previous model, totaling 9,500 BTUS, the Springer Midea QQJ105BB is a window air conditioner with a hot and cold function. It also delivers an air renewal system to dissipate smoke and odors and two modes of ventilation. However, temperature and wind direction control is still manual. The monthly consumption of this device is 19.3 kWh.
The Gree GJC12BL-D3NMND2Q offers 12,000 BTUs of power, with monthly consumption of 24.4 kWh. This window air conditioner has seven temperature options and manual air vents, plus minimum and maximum ventilation function for added comfort. The model also features a mechanical timer and a removable filter that keeps out dust and solid particles.
The Agratto ICS12FR4-02 air conditioning is part of the Split category and has a power of 12,000 BTUs. This device delivers the Inverter technology, which regulates the compressor speed to reduce energy consumption according to environmental conditions, helping the monthly consumption of 18.8 kWh. In addition, there is a remote control that allows you to adjust the temperature, set a timer or activate the “Sleep” function.
Despite being a window air conditioner, the Consul CCK10ABXNA has a modern design, 10,000 BTU power and support for Inverter technology. This device features a removable front panel for easy cleaning, a digital display and a remote control with various functions, such as “Sono Bom”, which regulates the temperature throughout the night according to the age group. According to Inmetro, monthly consumption is 20.2 kWh.
The Agratto EICS18FR4-02 is a Split air conditioner from the same line as the ICS12FR4-02. That means there aren’t many changes, except for the power of 18,000 BTUs and some features like the Backlight panel, which lets you turn off the lighting so it doesn’t impact the decor or disturb your sleep, and coils with copper tubes to improve thermal conductivity. Monthly consumption is also 18.8 kWh.
Springer Midea ZQI185BB
With a monthly consumption of 35.7 kWh, the Springer Midea ZQI185BB is a window air conditioner that bets on the high power of 18,000 BTUs. This model offers a more basic design, with manual knobs for temperature adjustment. On the other hand, the manufacturer introduced the hot and cold function and an air renewal system to filter impurities and dissipate odors.
Britânia’s BAC24000IFM9W model, with power of 24,000 BTUs and monthly consumption of 40.1 kWh, arrives on the market with Inverter technology to save more energy, display with invisible effect, copper condenser and evaporator for better thermal efficiency and, of course, control Remote for temperature adjustment and other functions. This device also supports the Britânia Home Smart Wi-Fi kit (sold separately) to control the air conditioning by cell phone.
The Philco PAC24000IFM9W has a power of 24,000 BTUs. This device stands out for its fins with resistance to corrosion and bacteria proliferation, support for Inverter technology, liquid crystal display with invisible effect and remote control with various functions, such as “Sleep”, “Timer” and “Turbo”. If you want, you can install the kit (sold separately) Home Philco Smart Wi-Fi, which allows you to control the air conditioning by cell phone. The monthly consumption of this model is 40.1 kWh.
The Philco PAC24000IQFM4 is part of the same lineup as the PAC24000IFM9W, so there aren’t many changes. With a power of 24,000 BTUs and consumption of 40.1 kWh, this device is distinguished by offering filters that are easy to remove, making cleaning more practical and faster, hot and cold function, “Fan” mode to operate only as a fan and “Dry mode” ”, used in hot and humid places to dehumidify the environment.
Bonus: Daikin FCQ30AVL
Daikin FCQ30AVL is a Split Cassette air conditioner, suitable for medium to large environments, whether residential or commercial. Therefore, a single unit costs almost R$12,000. Some of the features of this model include: power of 31,000 BTUs, consumption of 47 kWh, Inverter technology, hot and cold cycle, anti-bacteria filter and remote control to regulate the temperature and activate functions such as “Sleep” and “Timer”.
Specifications of the most economical devices
|Model||Price||Energy consumption (kWh/month)||Voltage||Occupation||BTUs||Inmetro classification|
|Springer Midea QCI078BB||R$ 1.123||14,6||127 V||Frio||7.500||A|
|Springer Midea QQJ105BB||R$ 1.520||19,3||220 V||Hot Cold||9.500||A|
|Gree GJC12BL-D3NMND2Q||R$ 1.599||24,4||220 V||Frio||12.000||A|
|Agratto ICS12FR4-02||R$ 1.899||18,8||220 V||Frio||12.000||A|
|Consul CCK10ABXNA||R$ 2.114||20,2||127 V and 220 V||Frio||10.000||A|
|Agratto EICS18FR4-02||R$ 2.294||18,8||220 V||Frio||18.000||A|
|Springer Midea ZQI185BB||R$ 2.999||35,7||220 V||Hot Cold||18.000||A|
|Britannia BAC24000IFM9W||R$ 3.098||40,1||220 V||Frio||24.000||A|
|Philco PAC24000IFM9W||R$ 3.299||40,1||220 V||Frio||24.000||A|
|Philco PAC24000IQFM4||R$ 4.461||40,1||220 V||Hot Cold||24.000||A|
|Daikin FCQ30AVL||R$ 11.989||47||220 V||Hot Cold||31.000||A|
The Brazilian Labeling Program (PBE) is an Inmetro initiative to assess the energy performance of products, considering attributes such as energy efficiency, noise and other criteria that can influence consumer choice.
Inmetro grades serve to indicate how much a given product is economical in terms of energy consumption. The agency provides a rating ranging from grade A (lowest consumption) to E (highest consumption).
The amount of BTUs depends on the environment where the appliance will be installed — we’ve already shown how to size air conditioning.
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With information: Inmetro.
Collaborators: Felipe Ventura, Everton Favretto and Laura Canal.