Window Type or Split Type: Which Air Con Should You Buy?

Choose an energy-efficient AC unit that can cool your home quickly

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These days, our air conditioning units are working twice as hard given the heat. Some might even have their units on full blast all day just to stay comfortable. If you’re thinking about investing in an extra AC unit or replacing an old one, you might be faced with the dilemma of choosing between a window type or a split type.

It’s a running debate among homeowners – which is better and more sulit? To help you make a smart purchase, we’ve listed all the factors you need to consider when buying an AC unit below.

What’s the difference between a window type AC and a split type aircon?

The two are easily distinguishable – given its form and size. Commonly seen in most homes, a window type AC has the fan and condensing unit in one unit. It’s also easier to install as it requires a provision in the wall as big as the unit. Meanwhile, a split type aircon is usually used to cool bigger areas. It has a condensing unit that can be located outside, between 50 to 100 feet away.


Which is more budget-friendly?

A window type air conditioner is more affordable compared to a split type unit – with a price difference of around Php5, 000 to Php10, 000 – depending on the brand. With extra features to consider such as inverter technology, horsepower, Wi-Fi compatibility, and cooling capacity, to name a few.

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Which is more aesthetically pleasing and easier to install?

Any AC unit, despite the cool relief it provides, is still an eyesore – especially if you have a sleek home interior. This is the reason why many homeowners choose to conceal it using customized shelves and other DIY pieces. 

Though sleeker and can work in any interior style, a split type aircon is more difficult to install compared to a window type. According to an article on Medium, “installing a split type AC always requires the help of a professional and also incurs extra charges.” On the other hand, window type units are easier to install and are more portable, too.


Which can cool your home faster?

As a general rule, split type aircon units are designed for bigger rooms, while window types are ideal for small rooms. When checking for cooling capacity, there are different factors you need to consider aside from the size of the room. You also need to look into the number of people using the room, room insulation, the number and size of windows, and the appliances you have in the space. As previously published on Real Living, it’s best to remember that choosing a small unit can make it more difficult to cool a room on a hot day. On the other hand, an aircon that’s too big may cause a spike in your electricity bill as well as leave excess humidity in the air.

Which is easier to maintain?

Without a doubt, a window type AC unit is easier to maintain than a split type aircon. Gharpedia explains a window type unit is easier to service because “the components are compactly designed.” Meanwhile, a split type AC requires a skilled professional – whether you need it cleaned or repaired. Since split type aircons come with a compressor, maintaining it is also a must. In an article on Real Living, interior designer Dagny Madamba shares that a compressor needs to be checked once a year together with an indoor unit, more so if there’s dust accumulation in your space. 


Which is more sulit: a window AC or a split type aircon?

At the end of the day, it all depends on your needs and how you review the questions above. While a window type is more affordable and easier to install, it can be noisy when running, can only cool one room, and rusting may happen over time. On the other hand, though expensive, a split type aircon can cool a larger space and is more aesthetically pleasing compared to a window type unit. Choosing a split type aircon also means preparing for a more difficult installation and proper maintenance. If you’re worried about power consumption, it’s almost the same, with a split type AC consuming a little more electricity. 

Like how you buy other appliances, always check the Energy Efficiency Ratio – the higher the number the better as this means it’s more efficient and won’t have a big impact on your electricity bill. Lastly, use your shopping instincts – don’t choose the first brand or unit you see! Always compare features, prices, and reviews before making a purchase – whether you’re eyeing a window type AC or a split type aircon. While we all want a cooler and more comfortable home, we need to pick an appliance that can withstand constant use so we can get our money’s worth. 


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