Wall vs. Window A/C: Which Type is Right for You?

The Benefits of Wall A/C

If you’re living without air conditioning in Austin, you may spend most of the summer uncomfortably hot at home because you think that getting an air conditioner will cost too much. However, both wall and window A/C units are more affordable than you might think. Here’s what you need to know about the differences between window and wall air conditioners so you can pick the one that is best for you.

As the name suggests, a wall air conditioner will be installed directly into one of your outside walls. While they only cool limited areas, they are effective and efficient at doing so. Here are just a few of the benefits they offer:

  • Affordable. A single unit usually runs $500-$1000. If you only need to cool a small space or two, these are affordable where conventional A/C is not.
  • Energy efficient. These units use less wattage than conventional units, so you won’t spend as much money to heat and cool your house.
  • Dual functionality. Many wall air conditioners can also function as heaters in the winter. Stay comfortable all year round for one low price.
  • No winter removal necessary. Window air conditioners have to be removed when it gets cold outside so you can close your windows. Wall air conditioners stay in place year round and the opening is filled so there aren’t any leaks or cracks where cold air can enter your home.

The Benefits of Window A/C

Window air conditioners can be installed in most homes. You’ll usually need a window that slides up and down and opens wide enough that the unit will fit inside. These also cool limited areas, but may use even less energy than a wall air conditioner will. Here are the benefits of a wall A/C:

  • Affordable. These are usually the least expensive form of air conditioning you can get.
  • Energy efficient. Window air conditioners use about as much wattage as wall air conditioners do.
  • Out of sight in the winter. Simply remove your window air conditioner and store it properly during the winter. Close your window and your home will be airtight once again.

How to Choose the Best A/C for You

When conventional air conditioning isn’t the right option for you, you’re left to choose between a window A/C vs. a wall A/C. These units are similar in a lot of ways. We recommend basing your choice on the following points:

● Can you put a hole in your wall? If you are renting or don’t want to make a hole in the wall, then a window air conditioner is usually the best option.

● Do you want heating, too? If you’re also looking for a new heating option, a wall air conditioner that can also function as a heater is a great choice.