Split AC or Window AC – Which is Better?

With so many directions to go when choosing a new AC unit, the place to start is choosing between a split AC or a window AC. No one knows what’s best for you but you, but we are here to help along the way.

What’s the Difference Between a Split and Window AC Unit?

The first and most evident difference to note is the size. A split unit has two parts – the compressor and condenser are installed outdoors, and the evaporative portion of the unit is what you have inside the house. On the other hand, a window AC contains the compressor, condenser and evaporative sections all in one unit.

How to decide which one to buy?

Available space

The most important thing to consider is how much space you have available. A split AC unit requires more space to accommodate both the indoor and outdoor units whereas a window AC unit only requires a sizable window space that can hold the unit in a well-ventilated area.


If you have a room with an existing AC window unit, the most efficient choice would be to install a new updated window unit in its place. However, if you are decided that you want a window unit, but have no windows in the room, you will have to make the extra effort to have a window installed. A split AC unit requires more space overall but grants the most flexibility for installation.

Noise levels

Due to the window AC’s compact design, they can tend to make a lot of noise. If you like to sleep with background noise, this may be a great option for you! However, all the noise from the split AC unit takes place outside where the compressor and condenser are located. So, you can be sure of a quiet night’s sleep!

Energy Usage

Lastly, if you are environmentally cautious, or just looking to save on your electricity bills, the split AC unit is the better choice for you as it consumes less energy than the standard window unit.

With this information, you should be more informed than ever to make your decision between a window AC unit or split AC unit. Good luck!

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