Summer, not only in India but also at almost every part of the world is becoming tougher. Although there are no ways to escape from the heat waves outside the enclosed spaces, we are fortunate enough to have ways to keep cool inside. In the recent past, in India, a number of companies have come out with their latest versions of residential air conditioners that are not only feature-rich but also very convenient to use. In many such products, inclusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made their use more convenient.

Let us have a look at some such products, which can add value to the comfort level inside residences, offices or other enclosed spaces.

Whirlpool of India rolled out their 2024 AC range

A subsidiary of Whirlpool Corporation, Whirlpool of India, has recently launched its new 2024 AC range, powered by 6th Sense IntelliCool Technology, for the perfect cooling experience at the press of a single button. This technology intuitively senses and adapts to consumers’ needs to make their everyday moments truly delightful. These air conditioners are available at capacities varying from 1 ton to 2 ton in 3 star and 5 star energy ratings respectively.

Special features

The unique 6th Sense IntelliCool Technology provides premium personalised cooling experience using smart sensors & advanced algorithms that intuitively sense changes in the environment & weather conditions to dynamically adjust temperature, humidity, airflow and direction of air. Thus, it delivers optimal comfort levels with maximum energy efficiency.

  • 3D Air modes: This features personalised air modes like Focused Air Mode for quick and intense cooling, Diffused Air Mode for a gentle breeze that cools the room without harshness on the skin, and Sweep Air Mode for uniform cooling across the room with a 4-way swing.
  • 3D Cool technology: This is designed with unique 3D air vents that facilitate rapid removal of hot air from the room. Resulting in quick and powerful cooling even in extreme temperatures as high as 55°C.
  • Xpand technology: This enables you to instantly convert the cooling capacity of your AC according to your changing cooling requirements. Convert the capacity of your AC in 5 different steps starting from as low as 47% that saves maximum energy to as high as 110% when you need it the most.
  • Intellisense Inverter Technology: This is the latest compressor technology that ensures powerful optimised cooling with maximum energy efficiency, thus providing an unmatched performance.

Focusing on their company’s outlook, Kumar Gaurav Singh, Vice President-Marketing, Whirlpool of India said, Understanding the consumer’s demand for a new-age technology that enhances their cooling experience, we at Whirlpool are proud to introduce the new 2024 AC range, designed to provide unique and smart technology for everyone’s specific needs and preference. This launch will set a new benchmark in the air conditioning industry in India for its efficiency, advanced technology, and product features. Our goal is to continuously innovate to provide an unparalleled comfort and convenience to our customers making them brand loyalists.”

Blue Star unveiled its new comprehensive range of Room ACs

Recently, Blue Star Limited has unveiled its new comprehensive range of Room Air Conditioners, which includes its ‘best-in-class affordable’ range and a ‘flagship premium’ range. Altogether, the company has launched over 100 models across the spectrum of inverter, fixed speed, and window ACs, and across price points to cater to every consumer segment.

The Company has launched three categories in the inverter split AC segment. These include flagship, premium and affordable ranges in 2-star, 3-star, and 5-star variants.

Special features

The new ACs launched are embedded with various customer friendly features. These include a new innovative feature called ‘AI Pro’, which is a complex and intuitive algorithm that senses various parameters, adjusts and delivers maximum comfort. In addition, these comprise features such as ‘Turbo Cool’ for fast cooling; ‘Convertible 6-in-1 cooling’ where the customer can vary the cooling capacity upwards or downwards; and Nano BluProtect Technology and Hydrophilic ‘Blue Fin’ coating, for both IDUs and ODUs, to prevent coil corrosion and leakage and for longer life, respectively.

Some other unique features include DigiQ penta sensors that deliver unparalleled accuracy and reliability; a 4-way swing for uniform cooling; high cooling performance for fast and effective cooling; precision cooling technology for setting temperature at every 0.5°C and a PM2.5 filter with activated carbon for clean air.

All Blue Star inverter ACs are Smart Ready and can be upgraded to Smart ACs with the addition of a separate smart module. Another important aspect of Blue Star’s inverter ACs is that they have a wide operating voltage range, thus eliminating the need for an external voltage stabiliser

The company has launched a formidable range of flagship models comprising ‘Super Energy-Efficient ACs,’ ‘Heavy-Duty ACs,’ ‘Smart Wi-Fi ACs,’ ‘Hot & Cold ACs’ and ‘ACs with Anti-Virus Technology’. Further, it has launched an 80th-year special edition AC to commemorate its legacy. This model is powerpacked with comprehensive technologies and boasts several innovative features, making it the most advanced air conditioner available in the country. Blue Star’s ‘Super Energy- Efficient ACs include a unique Dynamic Drive Technology to achieve enhanced energy efficiency with optimised cooling by delivering high airflow volumes. As a result, the 1 TR Inverter Split ACs achieve a 6.25 ISEER, which is 64% more energy efficient than a 3-Star Inverter AC.

Voltas launched IoT enabled SmartAir Air Conditioners

A few days back, Voltas has launched its SmartAir Inverter AC series, offering a bundle of smart features and IoT capabilities. This new lineup boasts lower noise levels, effortless temperature adjustments, and advanced functionalities accessible through the Voltas Smart Mobile App, available on both Google Play Store and iOS App Store. The IoT enabled device can swiftly connect to the user’s network and smart speakers. The SmartAir AC is compatible with Alexa and Google Home. Consumers can also track and analyze their energy usage with the Energy Consumption Trend graph feature.

Presently, Voltas has introduced a total of 6 IoT enabled SKUs, of which 3 SKUs are in the 5-Star Inverter Split AC and 3 in the 3-Star Inverter Split AC. Commenting on the launch of the new summer range of Air Conditioners, Pradeep Bakshi, Managing Director & CEO, Voltas Limited, said, “Voltas has always been a flag bearer of innovation in the Cooling Products and Home Appliances domain. The product that we have launched is in line with the market demand and to meet the growing expectations of consumers in the Indian market, by offering them unique technology at an affordable price. Voltas’ SmartAir ACs come with a unique value proposition of smart and IoT enabled features and its unique Super Silent Operation for additional comfort and convenience. Given the strong summer predictions, we at Voltas are well prepared to meet the surge in demand with our new range.”

Special features

A few of the key features of Voltas’ SmartAir air conditioners include:

  • Super silent operation: This operates with a noise level as low as 28 dB(A) to provide a calm and cozy atmosphere.
  • Sleep mode: This maintains a comfortable temperature by cutting excessive cooling and power consumption
  • Internet of Things (IoT) enabled: The IoT feature enables seamless operation of your AC from anywhere through the Voltas Smart Mobile App, accessible on the Google Play and iOS App Stores. Additionally, users can monitor and analyse their energy usage with the Energy Consumption Trend graph feature available in the app. With the voice control module, you can effortlessly control your device by simply speaking to it using Alexa or Google Home. Additionally, Wifi Connectivity lets you schedule a range of aspects, like cooling mode, fan speed, vane direction etc., as per your requirements, besides changing the temperature from anywhere will be possible.
  • Multi adjustable mode: The 5- stage adjustable Mode offers preset cooling capacities by adjusting the inverter compressor’s running frequency based on the number of occupants in the room and the ambient temperature. It can operate across various tonnages, optimizing power consumption effectively.

By P. K. Chatterjee (PK)


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