Understanding a Tick Rating on Air Conditioners

Understanding a Tick Rating on Air Conditioners


When the weather is hot, and you want to cool down your home or office, an air conditioner can be a lifesaver. But did you know that not all air conditioners are created equal? Some use more energy than others to beat the heat.


That is why it’s essential to look for the Energy Label before purchasing a new aircon. It can help you have an energy-efficient aircon and save money in the long run.


In the Energy Label issued by National Environment Agency (NEA), you can see the number of ticks of your desired aircon models. If you are not sure what do they mean, don’t worry! We’ll explain it now.


What is a tick rating?


Tick Rating is a part of the Energy Label. It helps consumers identify energy-efficient electric appliances so consumers can make an informed purchasing decision. Also, it is an effort by NEA to increase the average energy efficiency of regulated goods in the market.


Why is this even possible?


That is because the Tick Rating is tied to Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Mandatory Energy Labelling Scheme (MELS). Registered suppliers can only supply electric appliances with the Energy Label on those units. For retailers or sellers, it is also a requirement to show the Energy Label, or at the very least, you need to display the Tick Rating.


What do the ticks mean in aircon?


The greater the number of ticks, the more energy-efficient your air conditioner is. In simple terms, a 5 ticks aircon uses less electricity to beat the heat and is more energy-efficient than a 2 ticks aircon. This can have a significant influence on your electricity cost.


The number of ticks on the Energy Label is from 1 tick to 5 ticks. Those ticks too are also represented using words on the complete Energy Label, and they are:

  • 1 tick = Low
  • 2 ticks = Fair
  • 3 ticks = Good
  • 4 ticks = Very Good
  • 5 ticks = Excellent


Why should you choose an aircon with more ticks on the energy label?

reduce aircon electricity consumption


More ticks on the energy label mean lower electricity bills over the model’s lifespan.


The only downside is higher ticks mean higher upfront cost. Yet, choosing a higher ticks model will still cost less overall if you consider their low life cycle costs.


Besides choosing a model with more ticks for your aircon, you also need to select the correct BTU size for your aircon—more of that on how to calculate aircon BTU for your room.


The key takeaway


It is important to look at the Energy Label before purchasing. The number of ticks from 1 tick to 5 ticks on your desired model will determine its overall efficiency compared to other models. Higher cost upfront means lower life cycle costs and a more efficient unit altogether. You will also leave less carbon footprint if you opt for a model with higher ticks.


For example, if you have two models and one is a 3 ticks rating while the other is only 2 ticks, the 3 ticks model will cost more to purchase. However, it will use less energy and therefore cost less to operate over its lifespan.

Remember that an energy-efficient aircon also requires proper installation and maintenance. At Purer Fresher Air, we are experts in both. You can reach us at +65 9830 8224 or schedule an online aircon servicing appointment with us.

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