3 Best Alternatives to a Window Air Conditioner

By | February 19, 2024

Window Air Conditioning Unit Alternatives 2017
Window air conditioners are low cost quick solution that many use to cool a room or building.

While they do work, there are often better options, such as an evaporator cooler, mini-split, or even portable cooling units.

Window mounted air conditioners can often be loud and take up space around a window blocking it from use.

They also are not the most efficient way to cool a home often using up large amounts of electricity.

It can vary on what is the best, with what works for one owner might not work for another.

Below are the best options and alternatives to a window mounted air conditioner that we have found.

If you have a good option not on the list let us know below in the comments.

3 Best Alternatives to a Window Air Conditioner

  • Mini Split
  • Window Air Conditioning Unit Alternatives
    Mini split units cool the same as a standard big home air conditioner, only in a smaller size.

    This makes them much more affordable to buy, but they can be more expensive to purchase than a window unit.

    They also need more technical ability to set up many home DIY kits for a handy type person.

    They are much quieter than a window unit, cost less to operate, and are a good alternative to big bulky window units.

    Once installed, a mini split unit is a big improvement over a window unit.

  • Evaporative Cooler
  • Alternatives to a Window Air Conditioning Unit Evaporative Cooler
    Evaporative cooling, sometimes called swamp coolers, are a good way to cool space but they only work in dry climates.

    They are cheap to run and are simple to work on.

    The only real downside to a swamp cooler is they don’t work if the humidity is too high and only work in dry climates such as the American Southwest.

    If you live in a dry climate they are a good option and can also help bring moisture into a dry home.

  • Portable Cooling Units
  • Alternatives to a Window Air Conditioning Unit Portable Cooling Units
    Portable air conditioning units work much the same as a window unit, only portable.

    They often come with a hose that pumps out hot air and often located out a door or window to work properly.

    A 3-5 inch hose is used to feed out hot air from a room.

    They can make some noise, but since they are portable they don’t take up a space in a window and are easy to take with you when moving.

    This also makes them much easier to set up since they are basically plugged into an outlet and ready to work.

There are several alternatives to a window air AC unit, with those above the most used.

If you have a choice, a mini-split unit is by far the best to use.

A swamp cooler is a good option for those living in a dry desert climate.

A portable unit is much like a window unit, only easy to move about and store away when no longer needed.

Of course, a window-mounted AC unit can still be used, with many becoming quieter in recent years and more efficient.

Category: window mounted air conditioner

About Aaron H. Benetti

Aaron H. Benetti an HVAC technician who has worked in the field since 1991. He began his career as an HVAC installer and later began doing troubleshooting and repairs. Around 2010, he began to write books on HVAC topics, mainly tutorials and how-to information. Currently, Aaron works as an HVAC tech and also writes many articles and posts for websites as well as books and videos on HVAC topics.

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