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Key Difference Between Window Air Conditioner and Split Air Conditioner

Updated on July 8, 2013

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In today’s market there are loads of choices of air conditioners. Every manufacturer strives hard to design a new air conditioner that stands out in the market and be the best seller. Every month we see a new innovation in air conditioning industry. It’s extremely essential to select the right air conditioner for your homes. The two most common and popular air conditioner that are available in the market is Window Air Conditioners and Split Air Conditioners.

And there are various manufacturers that manufacture these types of advanced machines. Some of the sharp manufacturer is Cruise, Samsung, LG, Sanyo, Daikin, Mitsubishi and LG. Split Air conditioners are usually more famous because of their looks, and cooling capacity, and on the other side, Window Air Conditioners feature the same design and are comparatively more cheap than Split machines.

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Split Air Conditioner from Cruise
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Buying a New Air Conditioner

Buying a new air conditioner can be an exciting process but it’s crucial to know the difference between Window and Split Air Conditioners. Window Air Conditioners can be installed in homes, offices, workshops, reception areas. Usually these air conditioners are suitable to cool up small or medium size rooms. Window Air conditioners are noisy machines, and the level of noise depends on the size of the unit. But often window air conditioners make noise because the unit itself vibrates. But the advantage of Window air conditioners is that they are an economical way of cooling small areas or one or two rooms. Maintenance of these machines is low compared to split. Humidity present in the air is condensed, when it passes through the coil of window air conditioners.

Split Air Conditioners

Split Air Conditioners on the other side looks superb and offers fabulous chilling atmosphere. Split Machines are preferred for homes, wedding halls, and receptions and because of its fabulous looks and is also used in commercial places. Split air conditioners unlike, Window air conditioners, are offered in different styles, shapes and colours. Split Air Conditioners are divided into two type’s indoor and outdoor unit. In other words, they are split in two parts compressor and the evaporators. Compressor stays in the room, and evaporator is installed outside the room. They both are connected with each other using copper tubes. Split Units are rated well, and performs brilliant without making too much of the noise. SEER rating is a crucial factor that needs to be considered. (SEER) Seasonal Energy Efficient Rating determines whether the machine is better, or it’s poorly built. Most of the advanced split ac’s have advance indoor air-handling units, for example, dry mode, cool mode and other modes.

Disadvantage of Split Air Conditioner

The Main disadvantage of split air conditioners is that it is too expensive. An experience HVAC professional is required to fit these types of machines. For most of the peoples air conditioner is considered to be a luxury while, for some, it’s a bare necessity. Choosing the right machine is extremely essential. Hope this article will give you a basic idea about the main difference between the Window and Split Air conditioner. Do let me know your reviews on this article.

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      Muhammad Fahad 3 years ago

      I am a Mechanical Engineer and I totally agree with what Rahul has said. The author is a layman who knows nothing.

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      rakesh devgan 3 years ago

      the main difference between the Split AC and window Ac that of what is between rich and Poor.

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      rahul 3 years ago

      you are wrong , compressor unit is outside actually and evaporator unit is placed know nothing abot acs , its window ac which are more cooling efficient bcos they just took heat from room and throw away atonce but split acs has to work more , they carry heat from room to the outddor unit and its a long way, they take more time .

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      sunil 4 years ago

      Thank you boss. Good article.

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      usef4u 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for your comments.. Your valuable comments help me to write further.

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      Hazel G. 5 years ago

      Thanks for the informative idea, it gives me on eye opener which AC type to choose.

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      BelyeaBrothers 5 years ago from 2 Thorncliffe Park Dr., Unit No. 24 Toronto, Ontario M4H 1H2

      Great post! I enjoyed your enthusiasm in this article. It really pays off when you pick the right air conditioner especially in some of these hot places!

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      Sandro 5 years ago

      Thanks for the comment: do you know the market share of the different split manufacturers?


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      usef4u 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for Your Comment and Thanks for Voting Up

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      icciev 6 years ago from Kuwait

      thanks for this nice and informative hub. never though of the differences before, voted up