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Top 6 Central Air Conditioning Units

By on February 25, 2014 in Blog, Homeowner Tips with 0 Comments


Choose the Model That Best Fits Your Needs

When deciding on a central air conditioning for your home, you have a lot to consider. Reliability, energy efficiency, price – they’re all important factors. But, there’s another piece of the puzzle that you don’t  want to leave out: the brand and model.

In order to help you decide on the system that works best for your home and your needs, let’s consider the 6 highest rated central air conditioners to see what works, and what doesn’t.

  • Trane XL20i: One of Trane’s best units, the XL20i boasts a SEER rating of up to 20, humidity control, a great compressor warranty and one of the industry’s most reliable records. Unfortunately this unit does not provide information about possible noise level issues and lacks Energy Star compliance.
  • Amana ASXC18: Inexpensive compared to most residential units, this model maintains a low decibel level and an excellent warranty. However, it lacks Energy Star compliance and requires regular maintenance due to unreliability.
  • Dave Lennox Signature Collection: This premiere air conditioner features a high SEER rating of 20 or more, low decibel level, the Energy Star label and an option for solar power adaptation. Where it suffers is in its reliability—mixed customer reviews portray the unit as either working without or requiring regular maintenance.
  • Carrier Infinity Series: A high SEER rating above 20, quiet operations, a strong dehumidifier and excellent reliability help this Carrier air conditioner soar above the rest. Its warranty, however, suffers when compared to the industry standard.
  • Maytag M1200 PSA4BI iQ Drive: This Maytag model claims a SEER rating near 25, low decibel level, Energy Star compliance and a great warranty. It’s also one of the more expensive units on the market and—due to its specialized nature—one of the most difficult air conditioners to find certified maintenance contractors for.
  • Rheem Prestige RASL-JEC: Rheem’s powerhouse has Energy Star efficiency, low decibel levels, strong humidity control, a conditional replacement guarantee and a strong record. Despite its Energy Star status, it suffers from one of the more inefficient records in the industry.

The top ranking central air conditioners all attain their status via marks for SEER ratings, Energy Star compliance, decibel control, dehumidifying capabilities, warranties and reliability. Or their standing suffers due to low marks for one or more of these categories.

Even so, these are the important variables you should look out for. Consult with your contractors regarding these models and their manufacturers. One of these might be right for you, or maybe the manufacturer makes a model better suited for your home. Whatever the case may be, do your research before purchasing and installing a new unit in your home.

Call Essig today with questions, concerns, or to set up an installation appointment!


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