Ah, the air conditioner; what better appliance to have on hand when summer descends in all of its heat and humidity. And this may be all that most of us know about an air conditioner; that it keeps us cool when we need it to. We might imagine, if asked, that there are different kinds of air conditioners – and we would be right. This article looks at one type of air conditioner –the non-inverter air conditioner.
What is an inverter?
To understand what a non-inverter air conditioner is, it is useful to first understand what an inverter is. If you look up “inverter” in a dictionary, you will find that it is defined as an electronic device that converts direct current into alternating current. Now, unless you were paying very close in 9th grade science class, and have an exceptional memory, you probably need some more information.
A direct current, as its name implies, is an electrical current that flows only in one direction. An alternating current is one that constantly reverses its direction; it does so many different times in every second. An alternating current is usually used to supply power. Now that we have defined our terms, we know that an inverter changes a current that moves in only one direction into a current that is constantly reversing its direction.
What is an non-inverter air conditioner?
A non-inverter air conditioner is one that does not have an inverter. So, it does not have a device that changes direct currents into alternating ones. But what does this mean for the non-inverter air conditioner?
A non-inverter air conditioner is also known as a “fixed” air conditioner; this is because the amount of power is fixed and the speed at which it flows is also fixed. Because the way the energy flows, and the amount of it that is generated, is not flexible, the compressor must stop and start to achieve the target temperature.
What are the effects of the compressor having to stop and start continually?
A non-inverter air conditioner uses more energy than an inverter air conditioner. This is perhaps its most important detraction, especially in a world where we are meant to be constantly seeking ways to use less energy.
Also, the non-inverter air conditioner is less successful in achieving a constant or level temperature than its cousin, the inverter air conditioner.
When it comes to the financial side of things, the non-inverter air conditioner has an advantage; it is much less expensive than the inverter air conditioner. The non-inverter air conditioner is considered a good option for those who only need to use an air conditioner for part of the year; this is because the potential savings in energy are not so great compared to a scenario where it needs to be used more frequently.
So, if someone asks you if you know what a non-converter air conditioner, you can say “Why, yes, yes, I do.”