This is only peripherally related to hosting, but I thought I would ask for opinions here, because there does not seem to be much information on the net about this, and I also don’t have many people to ask about this.
I have an air conditioner in my room. It’s a conventional air conditioner. It’s now around 6 years old, doesn’t work that well anymore, and at some point I’ll have to replace it. So, I was wondering whether it would be better to replace it with an A/C inverter or another conventional A/C.
Relevant information: inverter consume far less electricity than conventional A/Cs if they are working properly. One sees this written everywhere, and I see no reason to doubt this.
This is the major pro.
Possible cons: I know that the circuitry is far more complex than that of a regular air conditioner. A regular one has maybe one PCB, an inverter has quite a number of them. And PCB can corrode in corrosive environments. We’re near the sea; it’s hot and humid. I think this is a fairly bad environment for electronics, though my computers have mostly survived ok. But it’s possible computer motherboards are better built that A/C PCBs. Also, computers don’t sit outside in the rain, as the external units of split A/Cs often do.
Another thing is that in India people generally don’t know what they are doing. So service/repair of complex devices can be a problem. And the more complex the device, the more of a problem.
I was just talking to a A/C service person who was here to repair my current A/C, which was having internal PCB problems, and he agreed with most of this. He said inverters are much harder to fix once they go wrong, and more expensive.
I could not find much information about these issues online.
Further note: there are quite large parts of the world where electricity is cheap enough that inverters are not used. This may include the United States. I was chatting to an American recently; very smart well informed guy. To my surprise, he wasn’t familiar with A/C inverters.
To bring this back to topic, the A/C that I have in my guest room, which is fairly new and was purchased for the rental, is a conventional A/C. I was thinking of an inverter, but the issues above made me eventually buy a conventional one.
Anyway, I was wondering if any of you can offer feedback, experience, and opinions about this.