The African air conditioner market in 2016 surpassed 2.8 million units, an increase of 8.3% compared with 2015. Nigeria, Egypt, and South Africa are major markets in this region.
Ductless split units have moved into the mainstream in recent years and comprise nearly 86% of the market. This is because the price difference with window units is small and split units are more adaptable to various requirements.
Although it is generally thought that Africa has a very hot climate, heat pump systems are used in certain cooler regions during winter. Heat pump air conditioners accounted for about 33% of all air conditioners sold in North Africa in 2016. Countries in Central Africa mainly apply cooling-only air conditioners.