Sweat Patches and Heat Rashes: A Millennial’s Guide to Buying the Right AC to Survive the Summer


Sweat Patches and Heat Rashes: A Millennial’s Guide to Buying the Right AC to Survive the Summer

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

It’s March again, and in India that could only mean one thing — two to three months of relentless summer is on its way, with temperatures often crossing 35 degrees, and us suffering from a sunstroke everytime we go out.

Summers in India aren’t like summers abroad — there people go to beaches, use the opportunity to be more social, and go out of their way to sunbathe. Back home, the goal is to spend as much time as possible away from the sun. Instead we spend most of our time frantically looking for the remote that controls the air-conditioner.

The air-conditioner, meanwhile, which has been lying idle for the last few months, has now become a home to a pigeon family and won’t start without the assistance of a few repairmen.

So, instead, might we suggest saving yourself the trouble of getting that box fixed and buying a brand new air conditioner. Fair warning though, ACs don’t look the same as they did in your parents’ time — if you haven’t been to the nearby electronic store for a while, you are missing out on new features of the latest air-conditioners, which complement the decor of any contemporary home.

What you’ll also soon realise is that there are nearly a million ACs to choose from, each boasting of more features than the average computer. If only you knew at this point about Panasonic’s MirAIe Powered Connected ACs, but more on that later…

For now, here are a couple of pointers you could keep in mind the next time you go out to buy an AC, so you’re never left standing there looking confused:

Figure out the AC’s capacity:

If your house is massive, chances are you don’t live in Mumbai, and also will need an AC with a higher capacity — such as 1.0 tonne or 2.0 tonne model. Of course that will work out more expensive in the long-run. In case your house is smaller, opt for an AC with a lower capacity and the bills will be lower. The only exception is if you live in a place that regularly sees temperatures going above 40 degrees Celsius (so sorry), in which you’ll need one with a higher capacity either way.

Energy efficiency

This is a no-brainer. Obviously go for the most energy-efficient AC you can find. This will work out both financially and you’ll do your bit for the environment – both things you can talk about when you run out of topics to discuss at the next party you host. (Hat tip: As per the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, setting a default temperature of 24 degrees Celsius on your AC would help in energy savings.)

Now you’re probably wondering if there’s some kind of device that could combine all of the above-mentioned benefits and still look sleek. Something that is maybe IoT & AI-enabled, and turns on before we even get home. Wouldn’t that be nice?

That’s where Panasonic comes in, with its new range of “connected ACs”. What does that mean? Only that your air-conditioner can now use a technology called MirAIe to connect all your devices, turning your regular home into a luxury home from the future. Panasonic MirAle connects all your devices via an easy interface on your smartphone. You can also access a unique feature called “customised sleep mode” that allows users to set temperatures through the night depending on one’s preference, so that you don’t have to wake up feeling too cold at some odd hour.

MirAle platform helps to adjust the indoor temperature depending on the weather. You also receive alerts on your smart phone about the air quality in the area and one can use NanoeG to purify the indoor air. Your AC servicing request is just a phone tap way. With a host of other features, MirAle is truly a futuristic experience.

And yes, the AC frankly looks really cool. The next time you’re having friends over, you don’t even have to move to control the temperature, and that’s priceless!

So hopefully, you’ve found this guide both entertaining and informative. It’s time for us to leave you in your cool new home from the future. Unless you read this whole article and went for another, more boring AC. In which case, why?