Window AC Unit vs. Split AC Unit: Which One Should You Get?

It’s one thing to invest in an air conditioning unit to boost your home’s comfort this summer; choosing the best one to fit your needs is a whole other matter. While whole-home central air conditioners are the most commonly-used cooling systems in many U.S. households today, they’re not the only type of AC available. Many HVAC contractors recommend other options, including a window-type or a split AC unit.

Window AC Units

Window air conditioners are compact, single-unit HVAC systems with one face installed inside and the other installed outside the window. Designed to provide cool air in small rooms or apartments, they’re small and easy to move from one place to another, making them a more affordable choice.

Although window AC units are easy to install, this doesn’t mean you have to do it on your own. It’s probably best to hire a certified heating and cooling technician to do it because you also have to make sure it’s correctly sized to the window opening and the gaps around the unit are closed off.

Split AC Units

Local HVAC contractors are likely to recommend a split air conditioner if you want to cool a large area of your home. This consists of an indoor and an outdoor unit. The indoor unit has a cooling coil, a long blower and an air filter. The outdoor unit, meanwhile, houses the compressor, condenser coil and expansion coil.

A split AC unit such as this has the advantage over a window AC unit in many ways. While installing it still requires the expertise of a certified technician, the installation process is much simpler because it doesn’t require ductwork. It also has a higher cooling capacity, which means it can cool a room faster than a window AC unit would. In addition, it produces little to no noise, which is essential if you want to maintain a quiet indoor environment that won’t interfere with your sleep or daily activities.

Call Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning For All Your HVAC Needs

A split AC system is generally a better choice than a window AC unit. Then again, your technician is the best person to ask which one will best meet your needs. Turn to Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning today; we’re the leading residential and commercial HVAC repair and replacement contractor in the area. Call us at (415) 522-0966 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve San Francisco residents.