Split Type or Window Type: Which one is better?

Split Type or Window Type: Which one should you get?

Summer or not, many people in humid countries such as the Philippines now consider air conditioning a necessity rather than an extravagance. But before you buy one, there are several important decisions and considerations to take into account.

Window Type Vs Split Type Aircon

Window air conditioners are simpler to install, cheaper to run and easier to maintain than split types. However, they tend to be noisier, take longer to cool and lack visual appeal compared to their split counterparts.

Conversely, split type aircon units tend to be more durable, stylish-looking, and quieter when operating. Unfortunately, these benefits come at the price of being more costly, more difficult to install, and more complicated to maintain.

Let’s explore the distinctions between split type and window type across all aspects.


Window air conditioners come as a single unit, making installation much simpler than split units. All that’s left for you to do is attach brackets, lift the unit into its pre drilled hole in the wall, and plug it in – easy. While we recommend against DIY aircon installation generally, window types can easily be done yourself with minimal effort.

Installing a split type aircon requires more skill, as there is an indoor and outdoor unit to install. Doing this on your own is generally not advised as doing so could void its warranty; additionally, if someone who isn’t certified by the brand installs your aircon, its performance could be affected negatively.

Winner : Window Type

Upfront Cost

Anywhere from an appliance store to online sites will tell you that windows are more cost-effective than doors, but how much of a difference do these really represent?

Window type ACs can be had for as little as 10,000 pesos, while higher-end models could cost up to 50,000. Split types range in price from 20,000 pesos up to an incredible 80,000.

Split type aircons tend to come at a costlier option due to their two separate units, although they still provide many of today’s advanced features.

Window types may be the more cost-effective choice, but some would argue that their price difference is justified.

Operating Noise

Split type air conditioners are generally quieter than their window counterparts, as their compressor is located outside your room. Thus, the name “split.”

Window type compressors are located outside the room, hanging from a window. As such, their vibrations will resound within the unit, making it noisier than split type models. Furthermore, some users report that this vibration gets louder over time.


Split type models easily take this round due to their sleek design. However, this may only be a subjective opinion.

Split air conditioners don’t block sunlight or take up window space, and they sit high on your wall so they are out of sight most of the time.


Window air conditioners are easier to maintain than split air conditioners due to their compact design, and you can do most of the maintenance yourself. However, due to the complexity of split type models, hiring a certified technician for maintenance is highly recommended; however this will come at an additional cost.

Window type air conditioning takes this round.


Split type air conditioner owners get their money’s worth, as these models typically last 18-25 years. Window air conditioners may only last 10-15 years. It is clear that split type ACs are the superior choice here; their lifespans are much longer.


When selecting between split type and window type aircon units, personal preference and budget should be your top priorities. Give it some consideration before making a final decision; after all, this unit will be part of your life and family for years to come.

When on a budget and need aircon quickly, opt for window types. Split systems are better value as they last longer.

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