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What TV is Right For You?

There are so many TV choices out there, and at Benue House we get a lot of inquiries from customers who are trying to figure out which is the right TV for them.  We have decided to put together a little guide to help you.

There are 4 important factors you need to consider:

  1. Function,
  2. Size,
  3. Technology and (of course),
  4. Price.

Let’s walk through these 4 factors:

1. Function

First off; what do you want to use the TV for? Sounds like a silly question right? Well, not really…

Consider what you are buying the TV for: to play video games at home? For an office reception to keep guests entertained? Or as a menu-board for a restaurant? The TV’s use will help you decide on the right type to purchase…

You should also consider where you will place the TV, and the average use time. For instance a home TV that you watch only in the evenings for a few hours would not be suitable for a restaurant display which is continually on for 8 – 12 hours a day!

To summarize,think about where you need the TV, what you’ll use it for, and how long you will use it for

2. Size

Size always matters.

In order to pick the right size of TV you need to ask yourself – “What is the size of the room? Your TV can feel too big or too small depending on the room size. “What is the distance of the TV placement from viewers?: The further the viewers would be seated from the screen, the bigger the TV should be.

Are you mounting or placing it on the wall? For wall mounts, consider the wall size as tall and wide walls with no doorways or hanging fixtures can ‘swallow’ up even the largest of TV screens.

You can fix this by increasing the size appropriately. You can also consider erecting a wall mounted facade or fixtures like shelves and paintings to offset the space. Finally,  in considering the TV placement, note that good practice is to ensure your TV is backing windows Sunlight shining directly on your screen from outside can seriously affect viewing on sunny days (unless you buy a QLED screen- more on that later).

3. Technology

FHD, UHD, OLED, ULED, QLED…even QNED!? Phew! The tech lingo can be overwhelming for the casual customer.

Let’s help you decipher some of it

Resolution:
When you see terms like HD or UHD, this refers to the resolution of the TV screen. Resolution simply means the sharpness of the image. Here is the hierarchy of resolution

  • Standard Definition or SD (discontinued by most manufacturers)
  • High Definition and Full High Definition (HD/ FHD): Some 32” and 42” TVs are still made with these resolutions. Note that a smaller TV with the same resolution as a larger TV will alway look sharper because the image is more compressed (think of trying to increase the size of a tiny image till it becomes blurry)
  • Ultra High Definition (UHD): this term is used for 2k, 4k and 8k TVs. These TVs produce higher quality Images that are sharp and fast during viewing. They also support more options on the types of media you can play on them

SmartTV:
A smart TV is simply one that you can connect directly to the internet. These TVs also come with some built in apps and services like Netflix and Youtube which will require no additional player.

Note – If you have a DVD player, gaming console or streaming box (like PlayStation, XBOX, Apple TV or Amazon Fire Stick) you can choose to get a Non-Smart TV. Most Non-Smart TVs also allow you to play media from a flash disk.

Screen Technology:
This refers to the TV technologies and there are mainly two types of TV technologies with some variations – LCD and LED.

  • LCD: Liquid Crystal Display TVs are a more mature technology and use fluorescent light sources for lighting. As a result colours are not as accurate and they don’t offer great dimming or power consumption. On the flip side they are very bright and good for rooms with a lot of windows. They are also usually less expensive.

The latest type of LCD TVs now are LG NanoCell TVs which offer great improvements in brightness and colour accuracy as opposed to traditional LCD.

  • LED: Most TVs available now fall in this category. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode (the same material used in your phone screen and flashlight) which offers better backlighting with colour accuracy, dimming and energy saving . Not all LED TVs are made equal so apart from your regular LED TVs you have some more advanced ones like OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TVs made by LG and offered by other brands. These televisions have superior contrast, the best black images (most other TVs can only show dark grey) and are also super thin.

There are also QLED (Quantum Light Emitting Diode) TVs made by Samsung and offer some of the brightest screens available today- great for rooms with lots of light and windows or even outdoor!

  • Connections: Modern TVs have a good number of connections on the back of their sets, however, you should be aware of the types of connections you might need. The main connections needed for the average TV are HDMI, USB, Audio connections and LAN (for smart TVs). Consider a television with multiple HDMI if you have several video sources you switch between (eg if you watch DSTV and have a PlayStation). If you decide to get audio equipment like a home theatre or soundbar you would need to know if they connect by an audio connection or HDMI.

We always advice that customers go for the TV with the best features and most connections they can afford but here are a few things you can use to help you make your decision:

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What’s all the FUSS about?

inverter ac

Have you ever wondered what the BIG DEAL is about Inverter Air Conditioners (ACs)? Or how they differ from Regular ACs?

Get the blow-by-blow.

 

 


 

The New Normal

The battle lines have been drawn, every manufacturer now makes inverter ACs along with regular ACs; but what’s the difference and which is better?

Or is it all just a scam?

No it’s not a scam. Though they might look the same on the outside with only an ‘inverter’ sticker differentiating them, inverter ACs function a little differently from regular ACs and they are more efficient, saving electricity, and produce less noise. Read more to find out how.

 


 

What’s the difference?

The important thing to understanding the difference between both air conditioners is to understand how their compressors function.

Regular ACs turn on their compressors and blow at full speed to gain the set temperature then turn off the compressor once the set temperature is reached, repeating this process throughout the time it runs.

Inverter ACs work by maintaining a constant temperature in your room or office by varying the speed of the compressor to high and low as needed, without it going off completely.

Think of it like this: a race of 10,000m and you have a 100m Athlete (Regular) running against a Long Distance Runner (Inverter).

The 100m athlete can get to the first 100m point a lot faster by sprinting but would have to rest every 100m till he finishes, while using more energy.

 

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The Long Distance Runner on the other hand might not get to 100m point first but will run at a steady speed to reach the 10,000m finish point long before the 100m Athlete, and not even be as tired.

 

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Hisense 1HP Split Unit AC (Inverter)

222,920
Hisense 1HP Split Unit AC -Inverter (1HP COPPER INV)
  • 1HP
  • Inverter
  • White

Hisense 2HP Split Unit AC (Inverter)

353,600

Hisense 2HP Split Unit AC -Inverter (2HP COPPER INV)

  • 2HP
  • Inverter
  • White
  • Long Distance Air Supply

LG 1.5HP Split Unit GENCOOL Inverter Air Conditioner (SPL 1.5HPGENCOOL-B)

280,560

LG 1.5HP Split Unit Air Conditioner (GENCOOL-B)

  • DUAL Inverter Compressor™ With 10 Year Warranty
  • Fast Cooling & Energy Saving
  • DUAL Inverter Compressor™
  • GEN Mode
  • Low Noise
  • Simple and Slim Design with Hidden Display

Benefits of Inverter AC

1. Saves Energy: Because Inverter ACs are DC powered (more on that later) and have a more intelligent compressor function, they help save a lot of energy during their operations. Up to 50% in some cases.

Inverter ACs also use less wattage per class and so can be powered by less powerful generators in some scenarios.

 

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2. They are Quieter: The compressor design also reduces friction and vibration which give it a more smoother and quieter performance.

 

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3. More Comfortable: Because of the always-on nature of the compressor which only adjusts speed at intervals, inverter ACs help maintain a constant temperature within the room which makes it more consistent and comfortable.

 

 

4. More Environmentally Friendly: Inverter ACs run on R410 refrigerant which is absent of ozone destroying chemicals, making them very safe for the environment.

 


 

Misconceptions About Inverter Air Conditioners

 

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Here are a few misconceptions about Inverter Air Conditioners.

 

#1 Does ‘inverter’ mean that it can work with my Power Inverter at home?

Well…yes and no.

Any AC can work with your Home Inverter if it has the right capacity. However, an Inverter AC might be more efficient as it draws less power from your Home Inverter.

 

#2 Inverter ACs don’t cool as well as Regular ACs!:

Not exactly true.

The most important thing to note when installing an AC is to get the right capacity for your space, this will ensure that everywhere gets properly cooled. It is also a good practice to ensure that the cool air is not escaping and hot air is not getting in the room.

Another factor to understanding the cooling capacity of both types of ACs is to understand how each of them works, which I explain better below.

 

#3 Why are they called ‘Inverter ACs’?:

Interesting Fact…

The full name for an Inverter Air Conditioner is actually a DC Inverter Air Conditioner. This is because it functions by converting AC Current- from your socket, to DC Current, which powers the compressor.

Hisense 1HP Split Unit AC (Inverter)

222,920
Hisense 1HP Split Unit AC -Inverter (1HP COPPER INV)
  • 1HP
  • Inverter
  • White

Hisense 2HP Split Unit AC (Inverter)

353,600

Hisense 2HP Split Unit AC -Inverter (2HP COPPER INV)

  • 2HP
  • Inverter
  • White
  • Long Distance Air Supply

LG 1.5HP Split Unit GENCOOL Inverter Air Conditioner (SPL 1.5HPGENCOOL-B)

280,560

LG 1.5HP Split Unit Air Conditioner (GENCOOL-B)

  • DUAL Inverter Compressor™ With 10 Year Warranty
  • Fast Cooling & Energy Saving
  • DUAL Inverter Compressor™
  • GEN Mode
  • Low Noise
  • Simple and Slim Design with Hidden Display