Even though the cost of ACs has witnessed a hike of between 10-15% recently, owing to the newly implemented ISEER (Indian Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio), the inverter AC market is expected to continue its upward growth surge. The share of inverter ACs is slated to increase to 50% of the total air conditioner market by this year.

The reason for this sustained growth is the plethora of benefits an inverter AC has to offer. When compared to a non-inverter AC, an inverter AC consistently outperforms the former on multiple parameters.

Here, we compare the two types of ACs, in various capacities to demonstrate why inverter ACs are preferable to non-inverter ones:

  1. Efficient Cooling: An inverter helps an AC run more efficiently, while minimizing the amount of electricity consumed.  The refrigerant flow in an inverter AC is tailored to the cooling requirement of your home. The compressor does not stop working at any point of time, and instead works at optimum levels depending upon the cooling capacity required.

In contrast, a non-inverter AC does not have this intelligent technology to adapt to the changing temperature in a room. The compressor in a non-inverter AC switches on and off, depending on whether the target temperature has been reached.

  1. Eco-friendliness: A key difference between inverter ACs and non-inverter ACs is that the former are more environmentally sustainable. This is because the inverter allows the AC to run at variable speeds, depending upon the cooling requirement of the room.

Non-inverter ACs do not have the option of variable cooling. What this means is that an air-conditioner will run at a fixed ‘level’, consuming a great amount of energy no matter how much cooling is required. This invariably consumes more energy and is less environmentally friendly.

  1. Affordability: While the market price of an inverter AC can be higher than that of a non-inverter one, an inverter AC helps one save a considerable amount of money over the long run. Since the inverter can have the AC run at variable speeds, the consequent energy consumed by such ACs is also less, which, in turn, results in lower electricity bills. Non-inverter ACs, on the other hand, consume a higher amount of energy, which means that their bills are usually higher. The cost of maintaining an inverter-AC is also considered to be less than that of a non-inverter AC.
  1. Less Sound: The compressor motor of an inverter AC does not need to turn on and off repeatedly. Instead, it functions at a steady low power supply, maintaining quiet and smooth functioning. In comparison, the inverter AC generates more noise, since the compressor needs to keep rebooting. For those who want their air-conditioners to work noiselessly in the background, an inverter AC is the ideal choice.
  1. Durability: An inverter-run AC does not tax the compressor unnecessarily. This prevents strain on the AC compressor, allowing it to live a longer life as compared to a non-inverter AC. A non-inverter tends to burn out sooner because of the uniform usage, regardless of temperature requirements.


For all the reasons stated above and more, an inverter AC is a better choice than a non-inverter AC. The aforementioned parameters should all be taken into consideration when making your AC purchase.