3 AC Unit Manufacturers For Phoenix Homeowners
Are you ready to invest in a new air conditioner installation? Are these Phoenix summers becoming too much for your old unit to handle? There are some extraordinarily efficient and surprisingly affordable AC units on the market today. You might want to consider the following three top brands when choosing a new air conditioner for your home.
Coleman succeeds where other manufacturers fail because they aren’t afraid to release products at a variety of price points. They don’t limit themselves to only manufacturing high-end or high-efficiency machines, though they certainly offer them as well. Whatever your budget is, you can likely afford to invest in a new Coleman AC unit.
Of course, living in Phoenix, you want an AC unit with some level of efficiency. You’ll be running that AC a lot, and if it has a low-efficiency rating, then it’s going to cost a lot of extra money in the long run. Most Coleman models have a SEER rating of 16.4. That’s higher than most older model AC units. That makes it an efficient upgrade if you’re interested in replacing an outdated unit.
There are also the high-end Coleman models that increase the SEER rating while decreasing the noise output. The Echelon product line from Coleman has a SEER rating of around 20. That’s very energy efficient according to any standards.
Coleman models tend to find the middle ground between efficiency and affordability. Some models are cheaper, and some models are more efficient. However, there aren’t any units that can claim to be both. Coleman AC units are generally more efficient than any other models in the same price range.
This combination of low-cost and decent efficiency makes for a significant long-term investment. You won’t spend too much on the initial investment, and you’ll save money on your energy bill each month. It’s a win-win situation.
There are a few more reasons why a Coleman would be considered a good investment. First, their models are known to be extremely durable. Most models come with extra features designed to protect the inside components of the unit. Less money will be spent on maintenance and repairs over time.
Finally, they are well-known for their high level of customer service. It’s straightforward to contact Coleman customer support at any time and get the help you need. Their products also come with warranties that last for a decade. Overall, they are a significant investment if you aren’t interested in the cheapest or the most expensive AC units on the market.
What if you are interested in a more efficient AC unit even if it means paying more up front? After all, it gets very hot in Phoenix. The more efficient your air conditioner, the less money you will waste trying to survive the summer. If efficiency and quality are your primary concerns, then the Amana brand is exactly what you need.
The average Amana unit has a SEER rating of around 17.7. There’s only one other brand on the market that has a higher average SEER rating. However, some of their most efficient models feature a SEER rating of 24.5. Considering that the government requires an AC unit to have a SEER rating of at least 13, Amana has gone far above and beyond their legal requirements.
You may already be familiar with the R-22 phase-out. Over the next few years, AC units that rely on traditional R-22 Freon as a refrigerant can no longer be sold. The government wants to eliminate Freon entirely due to its destructive force on the ozone layer. Amana is already well ahead of the curve and only manufacturers air conditioners that utilize alternative refrigerants, such as the highly-efficient R-410A.
The only complaint about Amana units is that they aren’t the quietest models on the market. They are quieter than the average AC unit by about 1 decibel but considering that these are generally more expensive than those models you would expect them to be even quieter.
Similar to Coleman, Amana is a company that stands behind their products. All of their air conditioners that have a SEER rating of 16 or higher come with a lifetime replacement warranty. All parts of the unit are also covered by a 10-year warranty.
Lennox has become synonymous with high-efficiency air conditioners. Their units have SEER ratings that range anywhere from 13 to 26. 13 SEER is the minimum required by current regulations, and 26 is one of the highest SEER ratings of any AC unit on the market today. Their average SEER rating is higher than Amana at 17.9.
One reason that Lennox isn’t the most popular brand out there is that they come with an expensive price tag. The cost of installing a Lennox is higher than just about any other brand available. But if you look at it from the perspective of a long-term investment, then it may be worth every penny.
That extra cost often comes with some pretty cool additional features as well. Most of their models include advanced thermostats with touchscreens and Wi-Fi connectivity. You can control the thermostat remotely using your smartphone. This makes it easier to regulate the temperature when you’re gone without running the AC for the entire time, thus potentially saving even more money in the long run.
Remember how Amana units were more expensive, but not much quieter? With Lennox, you get exactly what you would expect. Their more expensive units produce 13 fewer decibels of sound than the average AC unit. Albeit, their cheaper and less efficient models tend to produce more sound.
Making The Best AC Choice
There are several brands to choose when upgrading to a new air conditioner. If you’re interested in the most expensive and efficient models on the market, then Lennox is the right choice. The extra money spent on the installation can be earned back in energy savings over the following years. If you’re more interested in a budget-friendly unit, then Coleman manufacturers some affordable and decently efficient model. Finally, if you want something in between, then consider investing in an Amana unit.
When it comes time for you to install a new AC then be sure to call Icon Mechanical to get you up and running fast. We get it right the first time. Don’t hesitate to contact us to answer all of your HVAC questions.