Given how temperatures are rising in most parts of the country, switching on the air conditioner for long periods of time is almost inevitable.
However, this instinct causes another item to soar – our electricity bills!
This is exactly the problem that Ravi Patel, founder of Tupik, attempts to solve. Their innovative air conditioner keeps you and your electricity consumption cool.
In this exclusive conversation with The Better India, Ravi Patel tells us how this product came into being, it’s working, and how this nifty innovation is changing people’s lives.
What is this innovation?
A small air conditioner, which only cools your bed area.
Consuming about 400-watt of electricity, this innovation equals the use of about three bulbs.
Compared to the regular 1.5-tonne behemoth that cools the whole room, this air conditioning unit is less than 8 inches tall, 11 inches long and 18 inches deep.
What’s more, it weighs only about 13 kilograms!
The unit comes with a tent-like structure that covers your bed, and the actual AC unit focuses on cooling only the area in which you sleep.
The overall design makes it terribly efficient – both in cooling and power consumption.
Compact, light, and portable, Ravi claims that using the ac unit will reduce electricity bills to a great extent. He elaborates, “It consumes almost 60-65 per cent less electricity when compared to a normal air conditioning unit.”
There was a time when having an air conditioner was considered a luxury, but soaring temperatures over the past few years have made it a necessity. And it comes with a number of costs – modifications to the civil structure of the home, high power consumption, high cost of the AC unit itself, and regular maintenance.
Ravi feels that this product will provide economic comfort to a large audience.
How is it different from a regular AC?
This is an oft-asked question put to Ravi and his team. He reiterates, “One of the biggest difference is your electricity bill each month.”
He lists some other differences:
· Since the cooling area is specific, it works more efficiently;
· Can be self-installed and does not need a technician;
· Any 5 Ampere socket is enough for it to work;
· Can also run on a 1KVA inverter;
· It is advisable to use this ac unit with doors and windows open to promote air circulation;
Tupik ACRavi shares, “We receive frequent calls from people who cannot believe that such a product exists. One of our clients, a bachelor from Madhya Pradesh, was apprehensive, but once he purchased it, he was extremely pleased and gave us positive feedback.”
Established in 2016, the team took a year for research and development to commercially launch the product in 2017. With over 1,400 customers, Ravi claims that their air conditioner has helped save more than 2,000 MW of energy.
Presently, Tupik is self-funded and Ravi is hopeful of raising funds for the venture to expand and set up base in other cities.
When you order Tupik’s air conditioner, you will get the air conditioning unit, a remote, a tent, a structure set, a drain pipe and an installation manual.
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It is priced at Rs 19,000 for a double-bed air conditioner and Rs 17,900 for a single-bed air conditioner. Purchase these from the official website here.
To know more, get in touch with Ravi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)