Air conditioners will cost more as new energy rating standards come into play

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If you bought an air conditioner this summer, everything is ready to become theoretically obsolete from July.

Air conditioner energy rating rules are set to change from next month, star ratings will be tightened by one level, making existing product lines one star lower. So a 5-star air conditioner purchased this summer will become 4-star starting next month, and so on with much higher energy efficiency guidelines for 5-star models.

This will drive prices up 7-10% due to higher production costs, manufacturers said.

Next comes the tightening of energy standards for refrigerators from January next year. The companies said the change in the guidelines would make it difficult to manufacture refrigerators with high energy ratings such as 4 stars and 5 stars due to a significant increase in costs.

“The new energy rating standards will improve the energy efficiency of air conditioners by approximately 20%, which is necessary given that it is an energy-intensive product. There is a six-month window to liquidate the ‘old stock, but any new manufacturing will be compliant with the new energy label,’ said Kamal Nandi, Commercial Director of Godrej Appliances.

Energy rating standards for air conditioners were originally set to change in January 2022, but manufacturers had asked the nodal agency, the Office of Energy Efficiency, to delay it for six months so they could clear inventory of air conditioners. past two years which was stuck due to Covid lockdowns. . The next change in the rating standards for AC is in 2025.

Lloyd’s sales manager Rajesh Rathi said the energy standards upgrade would increase the cost of raw materials for production by around ₹2,000-2,500 per unit. “So while the price is going to go up, from the consumers’ point of view, they are getting a much better energy efficient product. The new standards will make India one of the best energy standards in the world,” he said. he declares.

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Manufacturers said the new energy rating standards will also accelerate the obsolescence of older-technology fixed-speed ACs, as their price will increase relative to the latest inverter ACs. AC inverters now represent 80-85% of the market, up from 45-50% in 2019.

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