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Uncompromise: The Inside Story of IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC – Part 	II

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Uncompromise: The Inside Story of IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC – Part II

Our world is heating at a faster rate than ever before.

Global warming is resulting in yearly increase in temperatures, and the five warmest years in recorded history have been in the past decade. In India itself, many cities – including Delhi – recorded their highest monthly temperatures ever in 2019, with heat wave to severe heat wave conditions in large swathes of the country. July 2019 went down as the hottest July ever in Indian meteorological history, and about 65% of our population came face to face with temperatures of 40 degree Celsius and more. Elderly people and children were the demographic most vulnerable to this heat.

We at IFB realized that this phenomenon will continue – and possibly even worsen – in years to come, so we needed to build an air conditioner that would ensure that even severe heat wave conditions didn’t affect people’s lives, at least when they are indoors. In short: no compromise on cooling.

Uncompromise on Cooling Comfort

Driven by the idea to set an industry benchmark in cooling, our R&D division performed the most gruelling of tests to check the cooling performance of our ACs. The machines went through various combinations of high and low ambient heat, various levels of humidity and frequent voltage fluctuations to ensure that wherever in India the air conditioner is used, neither weather factors nor power variations affect its cooling performance. Our team also tested the ACs in Rajasthan, one of the hottest states in the country where temperatures regularly cross the 50° Celsius mark, to check how it was cooling.

The outcome of these demanding tests and field visits: IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC, which offers cooling even at 58° Celsius ambient temperature, one of the best in the industry. The performance is backed by cutting-edge technology and innovations:

    • Cools at 58° Celsius: The IFB FastCool air conditioner delivers quick cooling in your room even at 58° Celsius ambient temperature.

  • Superior Cooling Power with Twin Inverter Hi-speed HD Compressor: Even in the midst of heat wave conditions, the powerful compressor of the IFB AC ensures peak efficiency and cooling.
    • Dual GoldFin Heat Exchangers: The fins in indoor and outdoor units of the air conditioner have been coated for better heat exchange and cooling performance.

  • Air Cooled PCB: This unique cooling system prevents the PCB of the IFB ACs from getting hot, ensuring efficient and consistent performance of the air conditioner.

    • 4 Way Auto Cooling: IFB air conditioners cool all parts of a room uniformly through motorised horizontal and vertical air swing.

    • 120% capacity: When you turn on the air conditioner, the variable-speed compressor operates at 120% capacity as compared to a fixed-speed one, resulting in immediate lowering of room temperature.
    • Long Air Throw: The 360° blower and powerful fan ensures that cool air reaches even the farthest corner of a large room.

Uncompromise on Good Sleep

Our research also showed that consumers – particularly those residing in hotter areas of the country – were not sleeping in a comfortable state even when an air conditioner was in use. The reason: hot breaks when the compressor of the AC shuts off.

A fixed-speed air conditioner works on the principle that once the desired temperature is reached, the compressor shuts off. It will only restart after at least 3 minutes. During this time, the temperature of the room rises; the hotter the region, the quicker this rise in temperature. This is precisely the time when people’s comfort and sleep are affected, with the heat making them twist and turn.

 

To resolve this issue, IFB decided to focus only on inverter technology in air conditioners, becoming the first Indian company to build a range of only inverter ACs. The functioning of an inverter AC can be related with the walk-and-sprint analogy. When the AC is turned on, the compressor “sprints” and cools immediately. After the optimal temperature is reached, the compressor doesn’t shut off but only reduces its speed in a manner of “walking.” The inverter technology ensures two major advantages over fixed-speed ACs in terms of performance and durability:

  • Constant, comfortable cooling: A steady temperature is maintained, with no variations or “hot breaks” in between.
  • Longer compressor life: Continuously switching on/off in a fixed-speed AC shortens the life of the compressor. This is not the case in an inverter AC.

Uncompromise on Energy Efficiency

The next question was: Does this superior performance entail more energy consumption or more pressure on the environment?

The answer is: No.

The inverter technology in our ACs results in higher energy savings, since reduction in compressor speed reduces power consumption and also because the compressor doesn’t need to restart, a process that itself requires more power. Another step towards driving energy efficiency – in line with the India 2021 vision – and taking care of the planet was to use R32 refrigerant across all of our models. While R32 reduces energy consumption, it is also eco-friendly with zero impact on the ozone layer.

It has been a relentless, uncompromising pursuit to perfect our product, which is derived on IFB’s own philosophy of zero-compromise. A philosophy that reflects in the FastCool’s cooling performance and efficiency, in the comfort it delivers – even if you are in the hottest place in the country.

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Frequently Asked Questions About AC (Air Conditioner)

Q: Which AC is better: fixed speed or inverter?

A: An inverter air conditioner is much better in cooling and more energy efficient than the conventional fixed-speed air conditioner. In the inverter AC, the variable-speed compressor does not shut off after the desired temperature is reached; rather, the compressor speed is reduced. This ensures better and consistent cooling and also consumes less power. The compressor doesn’t need to start again like it does in fixed-speed ACs, a process that requires more power and is not good for the life of the compressor.

Q: Why is 100% copper tubing in ACs better?

A: Copper tubing in air conditioners is better than aluminum since copper has a higher heat transfer coefficient. This means it is better in cooling efficiency, which also results in energy savings. Copper is also corrosion resistant and highly durable, which increases the life of tubes for condensers and evaporators and that of the machine.

Q: Why are inverter ACs popular?

A: With increasing focus on energy savings and reducing the burden on the planet, the air conditioning industry is moving towards inverter technology from the conventional fixed-speed. An inverter air conditioner consumes less power than a fixed-speed AC, resulting in reduced energy bills. The focus on inverter ACs is likely to rise in India, with the ISEER rating making energy efficiency parameters stricter.

Q: Why do I feel ‘hot breaks’ even when my AC is continuously on?

A: Are you using a fixed-speed AC? If yes, that might be the reason. In a fixed-speed AC, once the temperature you’ve set is reached, the compressor switches off. The compressor will switch on only after at least 3 minutes. This is the time when you might be facing “hot breaks” or discomfort during sleep. Switching to an inverter AC will solve this problem, giving you constant cooling with no variations in temperature.

Q: Which AC refrigerant is commonly used?

A: The most common type of refrigerant used in ACs is R-410A. While R-410A is better than the HCFC coolants used earlier, e.g., R-12 and R-22 (which were depleting the ozone layer), it can lead to global warming. R-32 is the refrigerant of the future; it reduces energy consumption, is eco-friendly and has zero impact on the ozone layer. Its global warming potential (GWP) is 675, which is three times lower than that of R-410A, which is 2088.

Q: Why should I spend more on buying an inverter AC?

A: You may be spending more on an inverter air conditioner at the time of purchase, but it results in savings in the long run with reduced energy bills. An inverter AC uses less power, and the more your usage, the faster will be the payback of your extra investment. Also, the compressor in a fixed-speed AC continuously switches on and off – not good for its life. In inverter technology, the compressor runs at variable speeds, which puts less pressure on it, enhancing its life and performance.

Q: Can an AC reduce indoor air pollution?

A: Most air conditioners contain a dust mesh, which can filter only bigger dust particles. Some ACs do have filters that can trap various indoor air pollutants. These are usually a mix of dust filter, anti-bacterial filter (which may remove bacteria and allergens) or activated carbon filter (for absorbing smoke, gases and chemical fumes).

Q: How does 7-Stage Air Treatment in IFB FastCool ACs reduce indoor air pollution?

A: The 7-stage Air Treatment makes indoor air quality better through filters and diffusers, including: Dust Filter, which captures dust and airborne particles; PM 0.3 Filter, which removes pollutants as tiny as 0.3 micron that are harmful when inhaled; Anti-bacterial Filter, which gets rid of bacteria and allergens; Activated Carbon Filter, which absorbs smoke, gases, dust and chemical fumes; Catechin Filter removes bad odour; Vitamin C Diffuser adds natural antioxidants in the air; and Aroma Diffuser fills the room with a pleasant aroma.

Q: Do IFB FastCool ACs come with Twin-Rotary Inverter Compressor?

A: IFB FastCool ACs are equipped with Superior Cooling Power with Twin Inverter Hi-speed HD Compressor in 1.5 Ton and 2 Ton ACs, which is effective even in heat wave conditions and cools even at 58 degree Celsius ambient temperature. It cools faster, lasts longer and saves power.

Q: What is the benefit of Dual GoldFin Heat Exchangers in IFB FastCool ACs?

A: In this technology, fins in both the indoor and outdoor units are coated. The coating enhances heat exchange which leads to better cooling performance.

Q: How does Air Cooled PCB improve performance of IFB FastCool AC:

The unique feature keeps the PCB in the outdoor unit cool, which helps the AC to deliver best performance.

Q: What is 4-Way Auto Cooling in IFB FastCool ACs?

A: Most ACs have a two-way swing: up and down, in which the flaps move vertically while air is dispersed. However, all IFB FastCool ACs come with 4-Way Auto Cooling feature. Both horizontal and vertical air swing are motorised, which cools a room faster and uniformly. You also don’t need to worry about setting the horizontal air blades manually.  

Q: How does Nano-Tek Coating for Evaporator Tubes help in longer life of IFB ACs?

A: The exposed evaporator tubes in air conditioners are prone to corrosion, which may result in leakage, less cooling and breakdown. The special Nano-Tek Coating protects the evaporator tubes, reducing the chances of corrosion and increasing the life of the air conditioner.

Q: How is Fire Proof ECB in IFB ACs beneficial?

A: The indoor unit’s electronic control box (ECB), which controls the entire electronic mechanism in the air conditioner, is protected by a safety feature that ensures fire, heat and corrosion don’t affect it. This greatly enhances its durability.

Q: Why is the colour on the IFB FastCool ODU and stand different?

A: The ODU and stand are protected by an Automotive Grade Weather Proof Coating, a high temperature silver powder coating that safeguards against dust, rust and weather elements, enhancing the life of the ODU and stand.

Q: Do IFB FastCool ACs have 100% copper tubing?

A: All IFB ACs have 100% copper piping for condenser, evaporator and interconnecting pipes. This helps in faster cooling and machine longevity.

Q: Why do IFB FastCool ACs use R-32 refrigerant?

A: R-32 reduces energy consumption, is eco-friendly and has zero impact on the ozone layer. Its global warming potential (GWP) is 675, which is three times lower than that of R-410A, the refrigerant commonly used in most ACs.

Q: What is AI Inverter Algorithm?

A: IFB ACs use an AI Inverter Algorithm to reach the set temperature quickly and operate more accurately for faster, smoother cooling.

Q: How does Reverse Cycling Cleaning work?

A: Only available in Hot and Cold model, this feature enables the IFB FastCool ACs to defrost and remove the dirt from evaporator fins, leaving the evaporator cleaner.

Q: Is the installation of IFB AC free?

A: Yes, the standard AC installation is free for all 365 days a year. Free Standard Installation includes Indoor installation, Outdoor installation, one hole in brick/normal wall and standard piping provided with machine.

Q: What is the warranty on IFB FastCool ACs?

A: IFB ACs come with **1 year + 4* year comprehensive warranty on machine, 5 year Outdoor PCB warranty and 10 year warranty on compressor.

*Needs to be purchased at the time of installation. **Terms and conditions apply.

Q: Where are IFB FastCool ACs manufactured?

A: Following the Made in India, Made for India philosophy, all IFB ACs are manufactured in India – Goa.

Q: How many free AC services are provided by IFB?

A: IFB provides three free services (two dry and one wet) within the first year of purchase of the air conditioner.

 

 

Why You Should Buy IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC

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Why You Should Buy IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC

Planning to purchase an air conditioner? Here’s why the all-new IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC is perfect for you to experience the best in air conditioning.

Here are the top reasons why you should buy an IFB AC:

Breathe Healthier Air with IFB FastCool AC

  • 7-Stage Air Treatment: The IFB FastCool AC comes with 7-Stage Air Treatment, which comprises Dust Filter, PM 0.3 Filter, Anti-bacterial Filter, Activated Carbon Filter, Catechin Filter, Vitamin C Diffuser and Aroma Diffuser. These improve indoor air quality, helping you stay healthy and refreshed

 

IFB FastCool AC Gives Excellent Cooling Performance

  • Superior Cooling Power with Twin Inverter Hi-speed HD Compressor: The powerful compressor cools even at 58 degree Celsius ambient temperature. Inverter technology is better than fixed speed as it offers faster, efficient and consistent cooling and saves power.

  • 4 Way Auto Cooling: Ensures all corners of a room are cooled uniformly.

  • Air Cooled PCB: This feature keeps the ODU PCB cool, resulting in best AC performance.

  • Dual GoldFin Heat Exchangers: The fins on both indoor and outdoor units are coated to improve heat exchange, which enhances cooling efficiency.

  • 100% Copper Piping: All IFB air conditioners feature 100% copper piping for condenser, evaporator and interconnecting pipes, which is highly durable and results in fast cooling.

 

Get Unmatched Durability and Reliability with IFB FastCool AC

  • Nano-Tek Coating: This special coating protects the exposed evaporator tubes from corrosion, which can lead to leakage, less cooling and breakdown.

  • Unique ODU Stand with Stainless Steel Bolts: Specially designed IFB ODU stand ensures resistance against corrosion.

  • Automotive Grade Weather Proof Coating: This coating on ODU and stand offers protection from rust, dust and weather-related stresses.

  • Fire Proof ECB: Safeguards the IDU ECB from heat, fire and corrosion.

 

Multiple AC Models to Choose From

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  • Rating: IFB ACs have a 3 Star and 5 Star rating. All ACs are ISEER compliant, offering higher energy efficiency.
  • Silver and Gold Series: IFB FastCool ACs are available in Silver and Gold series. The Silver series has a matt finish indoor fascia while the Gold series has a premium chrome strip on the indoor panel.
  • Capacity: The IFB FastCool comes in options of 1 Ton AC, 1.5 Ton AC and 2 Ton AC, catering to whatever is your requirement as per your space.

 

Installation, Warranty and Service

  • Free Standard Installation: Standard AC installation (T&C apply) is free of cost by a trained IFB technician.
  • 3 Free Services: Three free services (two dry and one wet) can be availed within the first year of purchase.

  • Warranty: 1-year comprehensive machine warranty, 4-year Super Warranty can be purchased at Rs. 899 + Taxes at the time of installation, 10-year compressor warranty and 5-year ODU PCB warranty (T&C apply).
  • Service Network: IFB has 900+ authorised service providers covering over 2500+ towns pan India, giving you complete peace of mind.

 

Buying the IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC

You can explore the IFB FastCool AC range here. IFB air conditioners are also available at most IFB Points, our exclusive stores. Click here to access our Store Locator and find the IFB Point closest to you.

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Uncompromise: The Inside Story of IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC – Part 1

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Uncompromise: The Inside Story of IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC – Part 1

How often do you want to compromise?

We are forced into compromise on the very air we breathe, which touches every single moment of our life. It is the need for our survival. Unfortunately, it also threatens our very survival.

What we don’t realize is there is an insidious killer in the room – the air itself. Children are growing up inhaling smoke, gases, dust, bacteria and odour, the effects of which are frightening in the long run. Grownups are exposed to the maximum degree of air contamination during their daily commute. And research shows that the elderly – in their delicate state of health – are vulnerable to particulate matter (PM) more than any other pollutant.

It was this grim scenario that made us at IFB ask some questions? Can we somehow provide a breath of healthy air? Can we kill the silent killer in the room? Can we help you Uncompromise?

Thus began our journey.

The startling state of air

Research suggests that a child growing up in South Asia, the most polluted region in the world, and exposed to current levels of contamination, will have his life cut short by almost 2 years, 6 months. Studies conducted by Greenpeace and AirVisual, published in 2019, showed the worsening state of air in India. Seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities were in our country. Of the 30 cities in the world with the worst air quality, 22 were Indian. Delhi was ranked the most polluted capital again.

state of air

More and more children in cities are being diagnosed with asthma as early as the age of 3 years. Elderly people suffer from respiratory and lung diseases. Air pollution is also the third biggest cause of deaths in India.

Deadly particulate matter

Millions in India are inhaling lethal air, which is 10 times or more over the safe limit prescribed by WHO for PM 2.5, microscopic airborne particles that are around a 40th of the width of human hair.

These photos offer a glimpse of how dangerous particulate matter can be in our bloodstream, given its size. Our red blood cells – oxygen carriers in our body – are around 8 micrometres (μm) in size; a micrometre is one thousandth of a millimetre. PM 2.5 particles are 2.5 micrometers in diameter, and around three of these particles can collect in a single red blood cell.

The PM 0.3 is even smaller, 0.3 micrometres, and is considered the “most penetrating particle size” – it can even pass through a mask filter. These particles are absorbed into the blood stream and can enter lungs, heart and brain, raising the risk of respiratory diseases, lung cancer and heart problems.

Uncompromise on Air Quality

These findings, along with trends that pollution levels are unlikely to reduce drastically in the future, made IFB innovate and design an air conditioner that could also “treat air” apart from just cooling it. PM 0.3 was set as the benchmark. If we could somehow filter out this deadly particle, it could lead to better, healthier living.

The result: IFB FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC, an air conditioner that improves indoor air quality in a multi-dimensional manner with 7-Stage Air Treatment.

  • Dust Filter: Traps dust and airborne particles and helps prevent allergies.
  • PM 0.3 Filter: Filters air pollutants even 0.3 micron in size, which are not visible to the eye and, if inhaled, can harm our respiratory system.
  • Anti-bacterial Filter: Gets rid of bacteria and allergens present in the air.
  • Activated Carbon Filter: Absorbs smoke, chemical fumes, gases and dust particles.
  • Catechin Filter: Keeps air free of unpleasant odours.
  • Vitamin C Diffuser: Adds natural antioxidants into the air, improving its quality.
  • Aroma Diffuser: Infuses a pleasant aroma in the air, with two fragrances to choose from: Floral Harmony and Ocean Fresh.

Also read: IFB unveils FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC: Its Features and Benefits

The 7-Stage Air Treatment in the IFB FastCool AC reflects the company’s philosophy of “Uncompromise” on the most basic and critical thing in life: air. While we can’t control the outside environment, we can definitely make our time indoors – which is 85% of our whole life – better.

We haven’t compromised.

Neither should you.

IFB unveils FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC : Its Features and Benefits

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IFB unveils FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC : Its Features and Benefits

Uncompromise on the air you breathe, on your cooling comfort and on your peace of mind – with these pillars at its core, IFB introduced FastCool – The Zero-Compromise AC. The IFB FastCool AC comes equipped with 7-Stage Air Treatment that improves indoor air quality, an industry-leading cooling standard along with cutting-edge features that enhance its durability and reliability.

IFB FastCool AC Features and Benefits

Here’s a closer look at the IFB FastCool air conditioner, its technologies and benefits.

Zero Compromise on Air Quality

IFB AC benefits

With its standout 7-Stage Air Treatment, the IFB FastCool AC improves indoor air quality and ensures you don’t compromise on the air you breathe. The 7-Stage Air Treatment comprises:

IFB AC benefits

  • Dust Filter: Prevents allergies by capturing dust and other airborne particles.
  • PM 0.3 Filter: Removes air pollutants as small as 0.3 micron, which are invisible to the eye and extremely harmful for our body if inhaled.
  • Anti-bacterial Filter: Removes bacteria and allergens from the air.
  • Activated Carbon Filter: Absorbs smoke, gases, chemicals and other dust particles.
  • Catechin Filter: Removes unpleasant smell to keep the air odour free.
  • Vitamin C Diffuser: Improves air quality by adding natural antioxidants.
  • Aroma Diffuser: Infuses a pleasant scent in the air, with two fragrances to choose from: Floral Harmony and Ocean Fresh.

Zero Compromise on Cooling Comfort

IFB AC benefits

IFB’s new range of inverter air conditioners makes sure you don’t compromise on your cooling comfort.

IFB AC benefits

IFB AC benefits

 

  • 58°Celsius benchmark: Fast cooling even at high ambient temperature of up to 58 degree Celsius.
  • Superior Cooling Power with Twin Inverter Hi-speed HD Compressor: Gives peak efficiency even in heat wave conditions.
  • Dual GoldFin Heat Exchangers: Fins are coated in indoor and outdoor units to improve heat exchange and cooling performance.
  • Air Cooled PCB: A unique cooling system that enables the AC to provide consistent and efficient performance.
  • 4 Way Auto Cooling: Through motorised horizontal and vertical air swing, the AC cools all corners of a room evenly.

Zero Compromise on Peace of Mind

IFB AC benefits

Whether it is quality, service or savings, with an IFB FastCool AC, you can rest assured that you don’t have to compromise. Our research and development center makes certain that our air conditioners are built with durability and reliability at their core.

IFB AC benefits and features

  • Nano-Tek Coating for Evaporator Tubes: Protects the tubes from corrosion, which can cause leakage, inefficient cooling and breakdown.
  • Fire Proof ECB: The electronic control box in the indoor unit is safeguarded from heat, fire and corrosion through this safety feature.
  • Automotive Grade Weather Proof Coating: The ODU and stand are painted with a unique high temperature silver powder coating to protect them from weather and pollution stresses.
  • Unique ODU Stand with Stainless Steel Bolts: Ensure resistance against rust and corrosion.

IFB AC benefits and features

  • 100% Copper: Tubes for condenser, evaporator and interconnecting pipes use 100% copper, which helps cool faster and increases machine longevity.

IFB ac warranty

Our uncompromising philosophy in the development and production of IFB FastCool helps in providing you a 1-year Machine Warranty (comprehensive), 4-year Super Warranty, 10-year Compressor Warranty and 5-year ODU PCB Warranty (T&C apply). IFB further offers Free Standard Installation (T&C apply) all 365 days a year along with 3 Free Services by trained service ambassadors.

IFB ac warranty

Your peace of mind is also guaranteed with lower electricity bills. All IFB ACs are ISEER compliant, giving higher machine performance at lower energy consumption. The R32 gas used in the IFB AC is non-toxic, saves energy, gives superior performance and is safe for the Earth.

IFB AC Other Features

There are a host of other features in the IFB FastCool AC, including AI Inverter Algorithm for efficient running, Ultra Low Frequency Operation to save energy, Climate Control with dual temperature modes, and Bionic Fan, which reduces air cutting noise from the outdoor unit.

IFB AC Silver and Gold Series

ifb fastcool ac feature

 

The IFB FastCool AC is available in two series. The Silver series has a matt finish white indoor fascia, with options of 1 Ton AC – 3 Star, 1.5 Ton AC – 3 Star, 2 Ton Ac – 3 Star and 1.5 Ton AC – 5 Star. The Gold series has a distinctive chrome strip on the indoor panel, giving it a premium appeal, and comes in 1.5 Ton AC – 3 Star, 2 Ton AC – 3 Star and 1.5 Ton AC – 5 Star options.

Made in India, Made for India

IFB is proudly Vocal for Local! We manufacture both the indoor as well as outdoor units of IFB FastCool ACs at our plant in Goa. Spread over 9 acres, it features modern technology, a state-of-the-art testing facility, best-in-class quality control and the best workforce in the industry.

IFB AC Pricing and Availability

IFB FastCool AC prices online start from Rs. 37,490. Click here to explore the entire range of air conditioners. IFB air conditioners are also available at most IFB Points, our exclusive stores. Click here to access our Store Locator and find the IFB Point closest to you.