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Window ac or split ac which one to buy

It is often confusing which ac to buy for your home, window or split ac. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. The ideal ac which suites best and has the maximum star ratings is the best for you.


We will assist you in choosing between window and split air conditioner

Window AC

These are hanging out of many house windows. This is the most used and economical air conditioner system. It is a single unit, which sits in a window or an opening in a wall with its rear releasing hot air outside and the front part releasing cool air into the room. Windows AC has size limitation and doesn’t go beyond 2 Ton capacity

Split AC

The splitting of the two units in an AC allows one to install the cooling unit inside and the hot noisy compressor unit outside with flexibility. Since two units are separate they can be larger or smaller, hence two indoor small units can be connected to one large outdoor unit.

Window air conditioner is more suitable in the following cases

  • When you stay in a rented accommodation and you frequently change your home, window AC is the best. Forget the split AC as installation charges are very high and un- installation / reinstallation is a costly affair as compared to window AC
  • Window air conditioners are cheaper than split air conditioners
  • You have made a vent in the wall for the installation of the window AC then this is the best AC as this will not block the windows
  • Power consumption is more or less the same in split and window air conditioner, more tilted towards the window AC, this should not be a deciding factor
  • Window air conditioner has more market share due to the above-mentioned factors. About seventy percent buyers prefer to by window air conditioners and the remaining thirty percent buy split air conditioners

Split air conditioner is more suitable in the following cases

  • You have your own house and ac is to be fixed as a one time affair
  • Proper vent in the wall is not available for window ac and if installed in window it disrupts the views and also doesn’t looks aesthetically right
  • The installation of split air conditioner is highly flexible. The wall on which the AC installation is required may not be the outer wall. It may be a common wall between two rooms.
  • Noise factor. Window air conditioner makes more noise as compared to split air conditioner as in case of split air conditioner the compressor is installed away from the indoor unit. If noise is disturbing for your sound sleep go for split air conditioner.
  • If planned window AC is exposed to direct sunlight or area around it is restricted leading to less air flow, and split AC outdoor unit can be placed in a shady and airy area, split AC will consume less energy and will be cheaper in the long run plus added convenience of split air conditioner is there.
  • If the room is large and requirement of room is more than 2 ton of cooling capacity.
  • Split air conditioner is more aesthetic looking and there is a wide variety of designs and colours available to suite your requirements.
  • Power consumption is more or less the same in split and window air conditioner, this should not be a deciding factor.  If properly installed split AC’s may actually give better efficiency than window air conditioners
Parameter Which will be better window or split AC
Ease of installation Window AC
Price Window AC
Flexibility to install anywhere Split AC
Noise levels Split AC
Room Aesthetic looks Split AC
Variety of models Split AC
More than 2 Ton requirement Split AC
Power consumption Both consume same power
Star rated modes Available in both types, four and five star rated models generally not available in window AC
Mobility, Shifting Window AC
Save electricity Use fans to the extent possible
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14 comments to Window ac or split ac

  • iqbal Shafiq

    i want to know weather split ac 1.5 ton rotary comp may run on single phase AC power of 3 kw?
    thanks

  • sharmin

    hello,
    my husband is an army officer, which is transferable job. now we want to purchase a AC. but we are confused. can you suggest us, which 1.5 ton AC will be best for us.

  • Asamad AGhani

    Dear Sir/Madam;
    1. Which is better for kitchen to use Window or Split Unit AC ?
    2. Which AC has longer life span Window or Split ?
    3. Enviroment wise; is split better ?

    FYI: Window AC is also available in 2.5 T, just to comment in your article.

    Awaiting your help & thanking you I remain.

    Regards A.Samad

  • betkar

    I want too buy 1.5 tr split ac samsung my electrict meter is of 2.000 kwh 10/40A is this power enough too run my ac and all my other electrical products.i having appliences in my home such as computer.geyser,washing mac,oven.frige,tv.etc please guide mee..!

  • achintya

    hey frnds i want to buy a cool looking bt cheap ac will u plz suggest me i want a 1.5 ton ac

  • vinu

    I need an AC to install in my Hometheatre room. Which will be better? noise level wise, price wise and also about the servicing.
    for Voltas it is 40 db. what about other brands?

  • Kedar Singh Rawat

    I want too buy 1.5 tr split ac samsung my electrict meter is of 2.000 kwh 10/40A is this power enough too run my ac and all my other electrical products.i having appliences in my home such as computer.geyser,washing mac,oven.frige,tv.etc also please give me price range of split ac available in market.

  • Guna

    My room size is 10*10*10 an 1 ton is required, whether shall i go for 2 ton ac?
    Anyone pls reply me

  • mithilesh kumar singh

    my room size is 10*9*9 and no any side is sun facing,only one window (3*2.5).

    what ton AC is required.

  • vaibhav

    hi i want to buy an ac window or split which one to buy among 3 star llyod or 4 star carrier or 3 star window hitachi in 2 ton range pric of carrier is 44000 and llyod 34000 and hitahi 34000..please opine
    thanks

  • prashant

    My room size is 11*10*10 and one window (4*3) and 2-3 hours of sun light.
    1- What should be the ton size of AC?
    2- which one should i take split or window AC?
    3- How much difference will come in units for 3* and 5* if usage is 8 hours a day?

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