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Split AC vs window AC: which type is best for you?

Can't decide between a split AC and window AC? This guide helps you choose

by KF Team

With winter on its last leg, it's time to start prepping for the oncoming summer heat. The easiest way to tackle this issue is invest in a home cooling method. The most common go-to option is an air-conditioner. However, there are several considerations that go into making the right purchase decision for an AC. One of the core factors is to decide whether you want to go for a split AC or window AC. If you are also facing this conundrum, we have articulated this guide to help you choose between the two. So without any further ado, let's delve in.


A window AC, as the name suggests, is a single unit that can be mounted in the window or on the wall, provided that the back of the unit can fit outside without any blockage. Split ACs, on the other hand, are two-piece units including a condenser and a compressor. The latter is placed in the outdoor unit, while the compressor is inside the wall mount placed in the room. In terms of looks, window ACs are typically white with little or no distinguishing design elements. Split ACs, on the other hand, come in a range of colours and patterns are more minimalistic, and therefore ideal if you're interested in aesthetics.

Cooling power and capacity

The main distinction between split ACs and window ACs is the cooling power. Split ACs are intended for larger rooms like living rooms and halls, as they have the potential to cool a room faster. A window AC, on the other hand, is a compact unit and best suited for smaller spaces like bedrooms. Therefore, one way to pick between these two is to decide where you want to place it.


Next up is the cooling capacity of the air conditioner you pick and that is represented by tonnage. Technically speaking, one ton capacity is the heat that is required to melt one ton of ice in a 24-hour period. For an average living room of up to 250 sq. ft, a 1.5 ton ac will do a great job. Below is the chart for room size and respective AC capacity.



If you are looking for convenient maintenance routine, window ACs are your best bet since they are a single component unit and easy to assemble or disassemble. Split ACs, on the other hand, require regular servicing and maintenance with the help of an expert or professional, preferably from the brand itself. This might involve additional costs in the long run.


This is the most important factor that you need to factor in before buying an AC. Keep in mind that a split AC will usually cost more than a window AC. Apart from this, you need to factor in installation and maintenance charges. Therefore, in case you are looking for an AC that's economical in the long run, easy to install and for a small room, window ACs are the way to go. However, if you need an AC for a larger room or want to maintain the aesthetics of your room, a split AC is the way to go.


As you can tell by now, the choice between these two types of ACs will largely depend on the type of room and how much you are willing to spend. For both types of ACs, don't forget to check the star rating of the AC, which will determine its energy efficiency. A 5-star rated AC will ensure significant savings in your electricity bill, while a one-star AC will consume more power.


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