Counting Down the Seven Best Air Conditioner Brands:
Most experts will agree that the performance of a central AC system depends on two things: how well it is installed, and the components that make it up. This means that choosing the right air conditioner goes a long way in determining how efficiently even the most expert HVAC installations perform. In an effort to make it easier for you to understand what brand of air conditioner is best, a list of the best brands has been compiled for you below, complete with rankings and a comprehensive list of reasons for its place on the list. With everything from SEER rating to customer service taken into consideration, we’ve taken the doubt out of the decision process, helping you to make the best choice of AC to install in your home or business.
Rheem doesn't boast the highest efficiency (partly why they’re at the bottom of our list), but they do have some of the most cost-efficient units to install. They're reliable for their price class, and customer support for Rheem air conditioning units is solid. Also, considering the company offers a 10-year parts warranty with a 10-year conditional replacement warranty, Rheem offers one of the better solutions for those shopping AC units on a tight budget.
Goodman units aim to fill the gap between high- and low-priced air conditioning AC’s. While they don't have as many features as Trane, Bryant, or Daikin, they still offer an effective solution for homeowners trying to find an efficient AC unit that will fit their budget. The one thing to keep in mind with Goodman though is that their efficiency relies heavily on the skill of the professional installing the unit.
Lennox is known for creating high-efficiency AC units. Their XC21 model has a SEER of up to 21.2, and their more affordable XC17 unit can achieve a SEER of up to 18 when installed by a reliable technician. Their warranty covers all parts for up to 10 years when the unit itself is registered within 90 days of purchase. Check out our Lennox AC units.
Carrier excels at two things in particular: unit sturdiness and its ability to remove excess humidity from your home. When used in tandem with the high-efficiency units that Carrier tends to provide, these features can result in a very comfortable and cooled environment that's easy to breathe in.
Daikin is a multinational company that boasts a higher efficiency rating using less power than other AC units. The only complaints Daikin customers seem to have had with the company’s units concern their international customer support. Daikin units also sport HVAC systems that may not always be as efficient as the top two brands on this list.
Bryant as a manufacturer competes with other companies due to their strict guidelines regarding how their units are constructed. As a result, Bryant units tend to be more durable in terms of wear and tear than other units, though they don’t perform as efficiently as Trane units. Regardless, Bryant AC’s will operate efficiently, while also requiring less maintenance.
Number one on our list, Trane marks highest not just because their models boast an efficient average rating of 23 SEER, but because—like Bryant—they have a remarkably stringent set of established guidelines for how their units should be installed. In the world of HVAC, more stringent guidelines work to ensure that the unit’s central heating and cooling capabilities run at the manufacturer's published efficiency ratings because fewer shortcuts have been taken. Check our available Trane AC Units. So if you’re in the market for a new AC unit, keep these ratings in mind. Once you’ve made your decision, give Direct AC a call and we’ll get you started on the path to a new AC.
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