A few years back, I was considering getting one for the sala because it looked so sleek and promised to save me some pesos from Meralco. But I balked when I saw the price. So I rationalized to myself that a window-type aircon would be better to replace the noisy monster in the sala as there was a hole which would gape open if I bought a split-type aircon for it. So I bought a Panasonic window-type and one year later, Ondoy chose to destroy it. The question again arose as to which to buy to replace the broken unit – a split-type or a window type? The same rationalizations came up. So again, I got a window-type for the sala.
Fast-forward to a few months later. Confronted by El Nino and the hot days and nights as early as February, I thought hard. What if the aircon in the bedroom conks out when the heat is especially oppressive and my respiratory system is going haywire? I dread hospitals and thought of getting a second aircon for the room, no not for turning on simultaneously, but for back-up. When one conks out, a second is available. When one is repaired, a second is available.
As I didn’t want a second rectangular hole in the room, a split-type aircon seemed logical. So the question that next came up was – inverter or not? Though not was some P10k cheaper, the long-term savings promised by an inverter proved more enticing and so we got a 1hp Panasonic inverter. I just can’t wean myself from Panasonic.
Bought it from SM Power Plant which offered great service – went there on a Sunday and by Monday morning, the unit was in the house. They arranged with Virex to install it and was told it would be on Wednesday rather than tuesday because Virex was full, that is had a full schedule. At first I said I’d call Virex and ask for Tuesday then said never mind. I didn’t need the stress attendant to pleading and haggling. But later, with nothing to do and after psyching myself not to be demanding, I called Virex. Being a regular customer, I mentioned that or maybe just my name which may be familiar having called them 4 times a year for the past N years, the girl on the other end of the line said YES. And was I taken aback.
Tuesday morning, their people came. At first the head man seemed surly. Plus he had a tattoo. Oops, what did I get myself into? Should I have waited for the next day? I tried to befriend him and say I was pleased they came a day earlier and he grumbled that he shouldn’t have reported for work but for me. Yikes, guilty. He mentioned the boss had asked him to go because I was a regular customer. Oops, should I have apologized? Oh well, he got the job done and the maid who was with him said he was Ilonggo and actually okay.
That night, we all had a good sleep because the Panasonic split-type aircon with inverter is virtually soundless, quiet. The following day, we all woke up at past six a.m. so breakfast wasn’t yet cooked as the kitchen door was locked and the maid couldn’t get in.
Two things as yet have to be determined where it is concerned – what setting is best if there are people in the room who are not on the bed — so that they too will be comfortable? the remote control of the aircon has so many buttons, I don’t know which ones to press. The split-type aircon is on top of the window-type aircon.
from http://panasonic.com.ph/web/pid/5589. It operates so quietly I’m almost fearful I’ll forget to turn it off every time we leave.
Second – will it really reduce our power bill? I’m keeping my fingers crossed. If I could, my toes, I would.
As requested, above are pictures of the remote control, the back of the split type, the back of the split type and the regular aircon. Sorry, the last picture is not correctly posted.