Today, pollution is prevalent everywhere and one is exposed to it on a regular basis. The air-conditioner has become a necessity rather than being a luxury, especially if there is a baby or a child in the house. Then it becomes a health investment. The Carrier Estrella 3 Star is a 1.5 Ton 3 Star Window AC which comes with a copper condenser which gives a powerful and efficient performance. It also features a 4-in-1 filter to scrub the air of dust and pollutants and deliver clean, breathable air.
The Carrier Estrella 3 Star is available at a price of Rs. 28,300/- in online stores. Let us take a closer look at this AC through this review.
The Carrier Estrella 3 Star is a window AC with the easily-recognizable boxy form factor that has remained unchanged over the years. The face-plate of the AC is made of strong ABS plastic whereas the rest of the body is made of metal. It is painted in white colour. Since the window AC has both, the blower and the compressor, housed in one unit, it works at slightly higher decibels than the split AC whose compressor is placed outside the room. This also eliminates the need for extra pipes and tubes which are need to connect the compressor to the blower. The Carrier Estrella 3 Star can be fitted in a window or a specially made opening in the wall. It weighs in at 58.5kg.
The AC’s vents are located on the right side of the face-plate and are painted white to match the rest of the body. Below the vents sits the control panel which includes an LED display which shows the current set temperature of the AC. It also includes the Power Button, Mode Button, the Increase and Decrease buttons as well as LED indicators for Mode, Fan Speed, Smart Diagnosis, Energy Saver and Powerful Airflow. The filter net is located behind the face-plate design which is made up of long horizontal slits. It comes with a bundled remote control. Overall, the design review of this AC shows an unremarkable but efficient operational design.
The Carrier Estrella 3 Star is certified with a 3-Star BEE Rating, which makes it one of the more energy-efficient air-conditioners available today. It has a rated cooling capacity of 5300W and has an airflow rate of 500CFM. It operates at 52dB noise level. The Tropical Rotary Compressor is powerful and efficient and gives an excellent cooling performance. It can easily cool a medium-sized room without taxing the compressor too much. The Copper condenser also add to the efficiency along with longevity. The 4-in-1 filter works with a combination of Cold-Catalyst, Nano-Platinum, Vitamin-C and the Triple-Hybrid filters which help in eliminating bacteria and removing dust, pollen and tobacco smoke.
It has a ‘Powerful Airflow’ mode which allows the fan to work at speeds above the maximum level and helps in rapid cooling. However, this feature consumes more energy than is required for daily operations. At the other end of the scale, it has an ‘Energy Saver’ mode which runs the AC at optimum energy levels. While this mode saves energy, the cooling performance might be affected. The fan works at three speeds; low, mid and high and also has an Auto mode. The Auto Swing feature ensures even cooling to all parts of the room.
The Carrier Estrella 3 Star features a NexGen Dehumidifier which does not allow mould and mildew to grow. The Built-in Slinger absorbs the condensed water and it is recycled by the heat condenser to deliver minimal energy use and zero drainage problems. The hydrophilic fins improve the exchange of heat by absorbing the water on their surface and spreading the water instead of forming water droplets. The anti-corrosive epoxy coating improves heat transfer and prevents corrosion. It also features Sleep Mode and Auto Restart which provide efficiency and convenience to the user. With all the energy-saving and convenience features built in, efficiency is the theme of this performance review.
Inside the box:
· Carrier Estrella 3 Star
· Remote Control (Batteries included)
· User Manual
· Warranty Card
ü 3 Star energy rating.
ü LED display on the control panel.
ü 4-in-1 filter.
ü Energy-efficient Tropical Rotary Compressor.
ü Hydrophilic Blue Fins.
ü Built-in Slinger.
û Consumes extra electricity in the ‘Powerful Airflow’ mode.
The Carrier Estrella 3 Star comes with a 4-year warranty on the compressor and a 1-year warranty on the entire unit. It is backed by Carrier’s vast expertise and excellent service network. The Carrier Estrella 3 Star is a powerful, energy-efficient air-conditioner. All-in-all, this AC gives excellent value for the user’s money.
· Performance: 4 Stars.
· Value for Money: 4 Stars.