India is a tropical country with varied weather conditions throughout the year. We have summer, winter and rainy seasons during the different months in a year.
While there are Inverter ACs to control the heat during the summer, the same may not be viable in the winter or rainy seasons where you need to produce the heat to survive the chilling cold climates.
Thanks to the dual air conditioners that can tackle both hot and cold climates effectively.
These are also known as all weather ACs and they come in various capacities, depending on the required area coverage.
What is Hot and Cold Inverter AC?
Unlike the conventional air conditioners, these hot and cold ACs come with a heater that provides heat during the winters/cold climates besides cooling the room in the summers.
They also come with a Thermostat that generates heat at optimal comfortable temperatures.
So, rather than purchasing a separate room heater or electric blankets for cold climates, you can purchase a single hot and cold Inverter AC that works for all climatic conditions.
|Hot and Cold AC Brands||Capacity||BEE Ratings||Power Consumption||Warranty|
|1.LG Hot & Cold Inverter AC||1.5 Ton||3 Star||1015.70 units/year||1 Year +10 Years (Compressor)|
|2.LG Inverter AC with Heater||2 Ton||3 Star||1296.18 units/year||1 Year +10 Years (Compressor)|
|3.Lloyd Hot and Cold Inverter AC||1.5 Ton||3 Star||1071.88 units/year||1 Year (Condenser) + 5 Years (Compressor)|
|4.Voltas All Weather AC||1.5 Ton||5 Star||980 units/year||5 Years|
|5.Daikin Hot & Cold Split Inverter AC||1.5 Ton||3 Star||1046.64 units/year||1 Year +10 Years (Compressor)|
Though the Hot and Cold air conditioners look similar to the regular Inverter ACs, the functioning is a bit different.
Here are a few things you should consider in order to choose the right all weather AC in India.
The first thing you should check in an air conditioner of any type is its capacity, which determines the area it can cover in square feet.
The heating of an air conditioner is usually measured in BTU or British Thermal Units.
Using this measurement, you can get an idea of how much heat an AC can produce based on the room sizes.
|Room Size (Area)||Required BTU|
|150 sq.ft||5000 BTU|
|250 sq.ft||6000 BTU|
|300 sq.ft||7000 BTU|
|350 sq.ft||8000 BTU|
|400 sq.ft||9000 BTU|
|450 sq.ft||10000 BTU|
|550 sq.ft||12000 BTU|
|700 sq.ft||14000 BTU|
|1000 sq.ft||18000 BTU|
Choose the Hot and Cold AC with enough BTU that suits your room size.
2.Head Count inside the Room
The total number of persons present inside a room will also influence the output of an AC w.r.t cooling and heating.
You can use this formula to know about the BTU required based on the count of people.
For every single person, just add 600 BTU to the original BTU (see the table above) and you’ll get the desired BTU of your room.
While the Inverter ACs consume less power when compared to non-inverter ACs, you’ll still need to check the BEE ratings.
So, the more the BEE star rating of the hot & cold inverter AC, the more energy efficient it is.
Thermostat of an AC helps you in reducing the overall power consumption, thereby paying less electricity bills.
And, the thermostat feature has even more importance when it comes heating and cooling inverter ACs.
So, try to buy an air conditioner with automatic or timer based thermostat settings in order to get the most of your AC without increasing your power bills.
5.Condenser Coil Material
We have talked about it earlier in our article ‘Aluminium vs Copper Coils’, which gives you a better idea about both the condenser materials.
While the copper condensers are durable and energy efficient, the Aluminium condenser coils are cheaper.
So, for longevity, try to choose only the ACs with copper based condenser coils.
A stabilizer is a device that protects your electrical appliances from sudden high/low voltages, thereby increasing the lifespan of the appliance.
Luckily, most Inverter AC brands are providing in-built stabilizer options so that you don’t have to purchase them separately.
This will save you on the costs as well as compatibility issues.
7.Pricing & Warranty
The prices of a hot and cold inverter AC in India starts from Rs.35000 and goes up to Rs.60000, depending on the brand, BEE ratings, features and warranty.
Most AC companies offer a minimum of 1 year warranty on the product and 5 years on the compressor unit.
There are a few companies like LG and Lloyd that offer up to 10 years warranty on the compressor.
So, read the product specifications carefully before making a decision. The more the warranty period, the better your investment.
Top 5 Best Hot and Cold AC in India
The LG 1.5 Ton 3 Star hot and cold inverter AC is our first choice as it comes with amazing features and also has copper condenser.
Thanks to the 1.5 ton capacity and 4 way swing mechanism, it is ideal for rooms from mid to large sizes.
The AC can handle dual temperatures and with the EZ Clean filter, you’ll be able to get fresh and clean air in your room.
It uses the environment friendly R32 AC refrigerant and also comes with a low refrigerant indicator that reminds you when the gas is about to get nil.
The LG split AC comes with FreshDry technology using which the air temperature and humidity inside the room are well maintained without causing any discomfort.
The auto clean feature gets rid of all mold inside the air conditioner.
You can control the AC using your Smartphone by installing the LG ThinQ app.
It doesn’t require a separate stabilizer to handle voltage fluctuations.
Warranty: LG provides 1 year of warranty for the product and 10 years for the compressor.
2.LG Inverter AC with Heater (2 Ton; 3 Star)
This LG 2 ton 3 star hot and cold AC incomes with similar features like the 1.5 ton version but is ideal for large sized rooms.
With a 4 way swing mechanism, the air is spread evenly across the room in all directions, thus giving you comfortable heating and cooling, depending on the thermostat settings.
It comes with corrosion resistant copper coil with gold fin condenser technology, which makes it durable and also increases its lifespan.
With the EZ Clean filter, you get hot and cold air in your room that is free from all the harmful particles.
Thanks to the Intelligent air detection, the AC blows air away from the people’s faces to avoid any discomfort.
You also don’t need any separate stabilizer to handle the voltage surges/drops.
Controlling the Air conditioner is also easy with the LG ThinQ app that also lets you diagnose the problems easily.
Warranty: You get 1 year warranty on the product and 10 years compressor warranty.
The Lloyd 1.5 ton 3 star hot and cold split AC comes with Inverter compression technology and has a durable copper condenser.
It is ideal for room sizes up to 150 sq.ft and requires less maintenance.
It comes with an LDC motor with twin rotary compressors, thus making it 30% more energy efficient.
The Lloyd hot and cold air operation ranges between -10 degrees to 48 degrees, depending on your room’s internal temperature.
It automatically adjusts the thermostat using Lloyd’s 10 step inverter technology.
The AC comes with blue fin coils and anti-bacterial air filter to provide cleaner air inside your room.
It uses the R32 refrigerant gas which is safe for the environment as well.
Warranty: Lloyd provides up to 1 year of warranty on the condenser, 1 year on the product and 10 years on the compressor unit.
Voltas is a TATA company that has gained huge popularity during the Make in India campaign.
They also have a good name when it comes to providing best quality products with advanced features.
The Voltas 1.5 ton hot and cold inverter AC comes with Intelligent heating technology that automatically adjusts its thermostat settings to match the internal temperatures and keep you comfortable during summers and winters both.
The condenser coil is made of copper material and hence it increases the longevity of the air conditioner.
The Voltas AC is ideal for room sizes of 150 sq.ft to 180 sq.ft, thanks to the multi-directional air flow mechanism.
It uses R-22 Eco-friendly refrigerant gas.
It comes with many useful features like auto sleep, auto humidification, temperature balance, 4-stage air filtration etc…
Warranty: You get 1 year of standard manufacturer’s warranty that can be extended up to 4 years by registering on the Voltas website.
Daikin is a Japanese brand that has gained huge popularity in India with their advanced electrical appliances like air purifiers and air conditioners for commercial and home use.
The Daikin 1.5 ton 3 star inverter split AC comes with a PM 2.5 air filter that traps fine particulates in the air and provides you clean and fresh air to breathe.
This air conditioner also has a great heat transfer and propagation mechanism.
You can use the remote to control the heating and cooling settings using the special buttons ‘super cool’ and ‘super temperature control’ modes.
It uses R32 environment friendly refrigerant gas.
It is ideal for room sizes up to 150 sq.ft.
The AC also comes with automatic shut off feature that saves a lot of electricity.
Warranty: Daikin offers 1 year comprehensive warranty on the product & condenser and 5 years on the compressor.
What is Hot & Cold AC?
As the name implies, these are all weather ACs that can give you cooling during the summers and heating during the winters.
Are Hot and Cold ACs good?
Of-course, they are good. Since the hot and cold Inverter AC comes with both AC and heater in a single unit, you can easily tackle the heat and chilled climates without needing a separate room heater or electric blanket.
Which dual purpose AC is best? Daikin or Voltas?
Voltas consumes less power when compared to Daikin and since it is an Indian brand, you can get good after-sales support.
What is the temperature range of a hot & cold AC?
A good branded hot and cold air conditioner can offer you temperatures ranging between -10 degrees to 48 degrees centigrade.
How much electricity does the hot and cold split AC consume?
A 3 star hot and cold inverter AC with ISEER Value of 3.96 Kwh consumes around 1015.70 units per year, while the 5 star AC consumes less power.
So, the electricity consumption actually depends on the BEE ratings and IEEE value.
These are some of the best hot and cold inverter ACs in India with good reviews and brand warranty. We personally recommend the LG 1.5 ton Split AC or Voltas 1.5 ton inverter AC with heater as they are the most energy efficient ones in the list.
Anyways, choose the one that fits your budget and room size requirements.