Best Window & Wall Air Conditioners
Window and wall air conditioners - named for the respective spots in your home that they occupy - might be suitable for your home if you’re seeking a cooling or heating option stronger than a or a , but cheaper than a .
With options that cater to various budgets and needs, there’s bound to be a Kelvinator AC to suit many different homes and lifestyles.
Large variety of AC sizes
2-star energy rating
- Build Quality3.8 (5)
- Value for Money3.5 (6)
- Ease of Use3.8 (6)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 4.6 (5)
- Noise Level3.0 (5)
- Heating / Cooling Speed3.8 (4)
- Features On/Off Timer and Remote Control
- Cooling Energy Rating 2 stars
- Heating Energy Rating 2 stars
- Auto Restart FunctionEither
- Max Indoor Sound Pressure Level49 dB to 56 dB
Designed for cooling large rooms, the Bonaire Durango is a sturdy and well-built AC that is a breeze to install.
Price (RRP) $889.00
Impressive build quality
Powerful fan motor
Spare parts are hard for Australians to aquire
- Build Quality4.0 (4)
- Value for Money3.8 (4)
- Ease of Use4.8 (4)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 3.3 (4)
- Noise Level3.5 (4)
- Heating / Cooling Speed4.0 (4)
- Dimensions 1170 x 850 x 250 mm
Teco recommends this series of window/wall ACs for those who live in rental spaces, as they’re portable and don’t require a complicated and permanent installation.
Price (RRP) $1,379.00
Easy to install
Powerful airflow ideal for large spaces
- Build Quality5.0 (2)
- Value for Money5.0 (2)
- Ease of Use4.0 (2)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 4.5 (2)
- Noise Level3.5 (2)
- Heating / Cooling Speed4.0 (2)
- Features On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Wi-Fi Smart Control
- Cooling Energy Rating 1.5 stars
- Heating Energy Rating 1.5 stars
- Dimensions 428 x 660 x 770 mm
- Max Indoor Sound Pressure Level55 dB
Ideal for the tenant with a strict landlord, this series is a solution for those who are seeking an AC that they can take with them when they move homes.
Price (RRP) $548.00
If you’ve been struggling to find an AC that offers reverse cycle features, look no further. The Dimplex DCB14 is one of the few window and wall ACs on ProductReview that offer both cooling and heating features.
Price (RRP) $1,050.00
What is a window wall air conditioner?
‘Window wall air conditioners’ are often grouped together, as they are similar in two aspects - their boxy design, and the way in which they operate.
Both AC types suction hot air from a room, via an evaporator coil. Hot air is released outside using a condenser coil, as well as vents or an exhaust hose. Some of the air is fed back into the room, passing through the AC condenser and a liquid refrigerant to convert warm air into cool air for you to enjoy.
Wall air conditioners
Different to wall mounted air conditioners, these are also called through-the-wall ACs, as they require a hole to be cut out of a compatible section of your wall. The unit sits flush with an external wall, and any remaining warm air is then transferred outside.
Window air conditioners
The body or steel chassis of a window air conditioner sits predominantly outside, protruding from the window. Vents are located at the back or at the sides of the unit.
What’s the difference between a window and a wall AC?
Apart from the respective spots that they occupy in a room, the main difference between a window and wall AC, practically speaking, is their installation requirements.
Since wall ACs are installed as a fixture into your wall, they are a permanent option. This may make them unsuitable if you’re renting, or you otherwise aren’t able to cut a hole in the wall to house this AC type.
You’ll also need to hire a licensed electrician to install a wall air conditioner, due to its specific requirements. It needs to sit straight and level, and can’t interfere with any existing plumbing or electrical wiring or fixtures. Factor into account installation costs, in addition to the purchase price of a wall AC, which can range from $400-$1,500.
On the other hand, window air conditioners are relatively easy to install, and you may be able to pull off a DIY job with little to no fuss.
Pros and Cons of Window & Wall Air conditioners
- Suitable for spaces up to 50 sqm (such as medium to large bedrooms or home offices)
- More affordable than split system ACs or ducted air conditioning
- Don't require hardwiring into an existing electrical system, as many models are designed to run using mains power
- Cooling capacity is less powerful than a split system AC or ducted air conditioning
- Running costs may be high, as window and wall ACs are generally less energy efficient than other air conditioners, like split system models
- Can be noisy
- Cleaning can be fiddly when it comes to maintaining the air filters and removing any condensed water that builds up inside the unit