When you think of the word “air conditioner,” most people think of the standard wall-mounted unit that is incredibly common in Singaporean households. It comes as no surprise that these air conditioners are so popular, what with the Singaporean heat and humidity. For homeowners, air conditioners are practically a necessity—especially in the broiling summer months.
However, what most homeowners don’t realize is that there are more aircon types than just the wall-mounted air conditioner unit. If you’re in need of an air conditioner, you might want to look at your full range of options rather than shopping for just one type. This is especially useful if a traditional unit is out of your price range, or you just simply don’t enjoy the aesthetic look of wall-mounted unit.
A great and highly underrated alternative would be a casement aircon. Casement aircons are extremely underutilized in Singapore, despite being a great choice for small apartments and single rooms. Casement aircons are much more discreet than the traditional units, as they’re smaller and sit in your window, rather than having a big, bulky machine up on the wall.
Also called slider, window, or vertical air conditioners, casement aircons are best for sliding windows, ones that slide from left to right. These types of air conditioners work just like a traditional unit, drawing heat and humidity out of a room and dumping the heat into the air outside.
Casement aircons are also much easier to install than the traditional units, allowing you to save a ton of money, not just on the air conditioner unit itself, but also on the installation fees. Not to mention, if you decide to move, you can just bring the air conditioner with you! No need to hire a handyman or a service professional to transfer the huge hulking unit of a traditional unit from one house to the next. Just grab your casement aircon and go!
If you’re in the market for an air conditioner, or just want to know what your best options for window casement aircons are, here’s our top recommendations for this highly useful air conditioner type:
EuropAce EAC 393 9000BTU 2-in-1 Window Casement Aircon with Air Cleaner
This window casement aircon offers great value for money, as the casement aircon not only cools down the air in the room, but cleans it too. You get an air conditioner and an air purifier all in one! The unit does this by using Titanium Dioxide with UV light as the air passes through the components, ridding the air of dirt and allergens. It’s also got strong cooling power, with a 9,000BTU—great for a bedroom or a small apartment. The unit is also compact and minimal-looking, and can sit on your window without looking like a giant, ugly eyesore. Other notable features include it’s drainless technology and the use of it’s eco-friendly R410a refrigerant gas.
Trentios Casement Air Conditioner
Slightly less powerful than the casement aircon listed above, the Trentios Casement Air Conditioner is more for dehumidification. This unit is best for when you have a home that’s cool and well-ventilated, but often gets humid. Make no mistake though, the Trentios’ 8,000 BTU output can cool a small room or apartment more than well enough to make it a reasonable choice for air conditioning as well. Affordable and compact, the Trentios Casement Air Conditioner also boasts anti-corrosive coating, ensuring that the unit will last you for as long as you need it.
How do I know if a window casement aircon is best for my home?
If you want to cool down your entire home or apartment, then the casement aircon may not be for you. Unless you live in a reasonably small apartment, such as a studio or a small one-bedroom, then the casement aircon won’t be powerful enough to cool down the entire space. The maximum output for a casement aircon is 10,000 BTU, which is only good for cooling areas of 1,000 square feet or less. Central air conditioning might be more for you if you need air conditioning in your entire household.
How do I determine the requirements for a window casement aircon?
The only requirement for a window casement aircon is a window that slides across, from left to right. You won’t be able to install the window casement aircon on any other window. If you lack this type of window, then you may have to go with a wall-mounted air conditioner or a portable air conditioner instead.
How easy is it to install a window casement aircon?
While the instruction sheet of the casement aircon may look daunting, it’s actually quite simple. The unit is made to sit in wood frame windows called “casement windows”—hence the name of the air conditioner. To install the casement aircon simply requires that you let it sit on the window and drive a screw into the side of your house, about one foot below the level of your window sill. However, if your window frame is not a casement window, you may need the help of a professional air conditioner technician to install the unit, as the technician will install a wood strip beneath the unit.
What do I need to consider before committing to a purchase?
Four things to consider before purchasing a casement aircon: (1) window size, (2) window type, (3) home size, and (4) plug type. The purchasing of a casement aircon depends on these factors.
First, casement aircons require a specific type of window, aka slider windows or casement windows. They should also be wooden-framed, otherwise you’ll need to contact a professional to have a wooden strip installed. The window also has to be measured to ensure that the casement aircon will fit.
Next, you’ll want to consider the size of your home. Do you live in a small apartment? Do you only want to cool down one room and not the entirety of your home? If you answered “no” to any of those questions, then the casement aircon is not for you.
Lastly: plug type. This is an often overlooked part when considering any electrical appliance. Make sure that the casement aircon you’re purchasing is compatible with the electrical plugs in your house or apartment.
Casement aircons are severely underrated. If you have a small space or are on a limited budget, then take advantage of this small, effective, and efficient air conditioner type!
If you need help purchasing the right casement aircon for your home, call us at Oasis Aircon Singapore. Whether you need advice on which type of casement aircon to purchase or require help with the entire process of installation, our team of professionals are more than ready to give you a hand. We offer premium services for affordable rates, ensuring that every homeowner stays cool and comfy in sunny Singapore.