Before you consider brands and start comparing prices, you have to choose between a window AC and a spilt AC. Of course, this also requires research and comparing the two options on many levels before you can fully understand which one suits your cooling needs best. Below you will find all you need to know about window ACs, split ACs and the factors to consider before making a purchase.

Window Air Conditioners

These ACs are basically single, cubical units that require a window space to be installed. The major part of the AC sits outside while the front faces inside the room. Window ACs contain all the components required to function in one unit including the heat exchanger, compressors and pipes. This is the main reason why they do not give out as much cool air as split ACs, making them more suitable for offices, bedrooms or small apartments. They are also noisier than split ACs because all the functioning happens in one place that is right outside the window space.

Installation is another big factor that influences one’s decision when comparing window ACs and split ACs. In this regard, the former is definitely more favorable as installation is easier, cost-effective and space-saving. A window AC requires a single base to sit on and little external work to install. Servicing is also more convenient and hence, cheaper than split ACs. All in all, if you don’t mind the noise, window ACs are cost-effective and suitable for cooling smaller spaces.

Split Air Conditioners

With these systems you have an air conditioner that is split into two separate units. The external unit contains the compressor and other components that contribute to the noise when the AC is functioning. The cooling system inside the room is connected to the outdoor unit by copper tubing via a small hole made in the wall. Split ACs do not require window space to be installed; however, there must be sufficient space outside to accommodate the exhaust unit. This means the external unit requires a stand to mount it on which adds to the already pricey unit.

One of the advantages of having a split AC, however, is that it is virtually noise-free. The external unit is where all operational noise happens while the indoor unit silently cools the room. Another great thing about these systems is that they can be made more powerful as they are divided into two units. Split ACs are advisable for large rooms, offices or homes and are very reliable. What’s more, the external unit can be used for more than one cooling unit inside your home, making it more cost-effective if you have multiple ACs in your home. Installation and servicing, however, are on the steeper side.

Now that you have all the information, base your decision on the following criteria:

– How many ACs you plan to purchase

– Where you wish to use it (size of the room)

– Available space (window or external space)

– Noise level

– Budget and servicing costs