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Window or Split: Which Air Conditioner is Best for Cooling?

BY Cook & Bathe

As Melbourne weather begins to warm up, it’s time to get ahead and start thinking about how to cool down our homes again when peak summer hits. If you’re looking to upgrade your air conditioning or install one for the first time, we’re here to guide you through the pros and cons of both a window and split system air conditioning unit to help you decide which is best for your home.


What is the difference?

A window unit is, unsurprisingly, usually installed in a window or an external wall. They’re ideally suited to smaller rooms and are popular with rented properties as they can easily be installed and removed. Although they are a cheaper solution, the downside of having an AC unit sitting in your window is that they can restrict light entering the room along with your view.


Window AC

Split systems on the other hand, can be placed on either an exterior or interior wall and don’t require a window. They are typically installed at the top of the room, so they are less intrusive and won’t block any precious natural light. These systems have two parts, an outdoor compressor and an indoor unit which is connected by pipes. They can be used to cool multiple rooms through a network in the home and most now include heating functions as well as cooling, meaning they are more versatile than a window unit.


Efficiency & Effectiveness

Split air conditioning systems are generally much more energy efficient and consume less power than a window unit. This is because a split system covers a larger area, whereas a window unit only cools the area near to the window so is less uniform when trying to cool across the room. Split systems also have the option for higher capacities depending on your space, which is not possible with a window air conditioner.

If you’re looking to install an air conditioning system in your bedroom, it’s also worth noting that a split system operates much more quietly than a window option, with various settings to satisfy your comfort.


Split ACPhoto: Rinnai


When shopping for split systems, you will also come across reverse cycle models such as these air conditioners from Rinnai. This style can be used to heat your home during colder months too, and while the costs of installation for a reverse cycle, split system can be higher than simply plugging in a portable unit, the investment is well worth it. This is among the more effective and cheaper ways to both heat and cool large rooms in the long term.

To find an air conditioning system suitable for your home, visit Cook & Bathe’s kitchen and bathroom display showrooms in Melbourne. Our selection of water solutions includes both split system air conditioning units and hot water systems from Rinnai, who happen to be experts in home comfort. Perfect for ensuring your home temperature is just right.