Comparing the top AC brands for homeowners in Houston, TX
In Texas, where the weather is hot and muggy for much of the year, it’s important to make sure your air conditioner is up and running. If it isn’t, you will want to purchase a replacement right away.
However, it’s not always easy to shop for an air conditioning system on your own with so many brands to choose from. The key to finding the best unit for your money is knowing what the top A/C brands are.
Fortunately, we know exactly what you should be looking for! Be sure to speak with one of Richmond’s Air A/C specialists before purchasing your new unit.
What to look for in an A/C manufacturer
If you are in the market for a new residential A/C unit, considering what brand to go with can be a big task, if you don’t know what to look for. The following are some of the things that matter most when choosing the best brand:
- Energy efficiency
- Durability and longevity
- Features and benefits
First, you want to ensure that the brand is reputable, provides high-quality products, has good customer service and has been in business for a while or at least has great reviews.
Purchasing a system that is energy-efficient is a major benefit since it will save you hundreds on your monthly power bills, not to mention the environmental benefits it provides.
Most manufacturers include a warranty with the purchase of an air conditioner. These warranties may include future repairs, replacement parts or even a new unit (depending on the circumstances). Coverage can be good for 1 year to a lifetime. Some brands also offer optional extended warranties for an additional cost.
There can be a major difference in the price of A/C units, while the features and the benefits are the same. You want to estimate the worth of an air conditioner unit and identify its qualities before deciding to invest in it.
Durability and longevity
Purchasing a durable unit over one that is cheaply made can mean the difference between having a powerful system that will last for many years and one that will break down before you even get your money’s worth out of it causing you to have to buy another A/C system.
Features and benefits
A/C units are built with many different features that can make your life a whole lot easier. Some features may include long-lasting air filters, lightweight units, quiet functioning motors, additional remote control, automatic settings and more.
Top 4 air conditioning brands
Here’s a list of our 4 favorite brands that provide some of the best A/C units available today.
Carrier is a widely-known leading manufacturer of A/C units and, along with Bryant, is owned by United Technologies Corporation.
While its residential air conditioning units are a bit more on the pricier side, Carrier makes up for it by using only the best high-quality parts—like Copeland compressors—and each unit is built to last with extreme durability.
Moreover, Carrier and Bryant A/C systems come with a 10-year parts warranty. Additional extended warranties are also available. The brand has numerous selections available, including both single and 2-stage central systems. Some models have newly improved technology known as a “variable-speed” air conditioner, which is among the top-rated for extreme reliability.
Goodman is another leader in the A/C world, manufacturing superior units with industry-leading certified technology for a higher level of manufacturing. It also produces sturdy and durable, A-rating units that are very affordable and also have extended warranties available. This industry giant is well-known for providing wonderful warranties with a low-priced system.
Goodman has seen some mechanical downfalls in the past, until 2012 when Daikin bought the Goodman brand and improved the quality of its units. Although the warranties were reduced somewhat, they are still favorable with a lifetime warranty on the compressors and an option to replace the unit with a new one if the compressor should fail within 10 years after purchase.
Goodman creates proprietary coils that are of average quality, uses universally available parts like Copeland compressors, and has single and 2-stage models available providing features like ComfortBridge communicating technology and more.
The Trane brand has been extremely popular among homeowners for many years as it packs a punch when it comes to reliability. Moreover, Trane products come complete with high-quality parts and tend to have a long-lasting lifespan, making them a great investment. They currently have 9 model options available that include 14.5 to 22 SEER/single-stage variable capacities and a more compact model that helps save space.
In addition, the brand offers a wide range of A/C units complete with energy-efficient technology and sleek, modern designs. Not to mention, Trane builds its own coils known as “Spine Fin” that are of premium quality and creates compressors called “Climatuff.”
Many Trane systems are pricey, but they work well for a long time and offer a 10-year parts warranty and a 12-year compressor warranty.
Lennox dominates in the A/C world with high-efficiency energy ratios that go as high as 26 SEER, which is pretty good compared to others with 20 SEER ratings. What many consumers love about this brand is its reliability and how Lennox continuously works on improving its products.
This brand is known for making central air conditioning units with 2-stage air compressors. The units are made using galvanized steel and zinc-coated steel bases to hold up in all kinds of weather.
One con of purchasing a Lennox unit is they are priced rather high and the replacement parts are also quite expensive. The warranty only covers the compressor and other components for 10 years, where other systems of its kind provide you with a lifetime warranty.
Still unsure about which brand to choose?