Whether you are upgrading your old HVAC unit to a more energy-efficient system or replacing a unit that has gasped its last breath, your decision depends on several variables. A new system is an investment in your comfort so you want to make sure you get the most out of your hard-earned money. Elements such as home size, floor plan, and cost should all be considered as you evaluate brands and features.
Another very important consideration should be the SEER rating which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s the ratio of the cooling output from you’re A/C over an average cooling season, divided by the energy it uses in watt-hours. It’s also known as Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Basically, the higher the SEER rating, the more comfort you get for your energy dollar.
Because North Texas weather can go in any direction, we’re laying out our top 5 brands: Lennox, LG, Trane, Goodman, and Carrier to give you a framework as you start your decision making process.
Headquartered right here in Texas, Lennox was founded in 1895. Their line offers several high-efficiency AC units with a wide range of prices, including some with a 26 SEER rating which is twice the minimum requirement. Many Lennox models offer two-stage or variable speed compressors designed to cool your home more precisely.
The Lennox brand is on the top tier of product offerings and Lennox is one of the most reliable units in the market. With most models, you can receive a full 10 year factory warranty (some require registration).
LG is a leader in technology and although they don’t offer the same selection of HVAC units that traditional brands do, they make up for that difference with exceptionally performing units. Price range is based on an ‘a-la-carte’ system so you can pick and choose exactly what you need. Their Low-Static model offers a 19.9 SEER rating which is well above the minimum requirements, and their Inverter Technology allows for various adjustments to the way the system operates.
As an LG Excellence contractor, Texas Ace can provide the 10 year extended warranty on the LG systems (standard factory warranty is 5 years on parts and 7 years on the compressor).
Some of the most popular and best-built systems come from Trane. They manufacture their own compressors and coils which are extremely efficient and reliable. The units themselves are designed to be distinctive and sleek.
With several models to choose from, there is something for every home size and budget. Trane’s TruComfort Technology is impressive in reducing humidity as it runs a bit longer but at a lower speed which eliminates the need to shut off to remove moist air. With a standard 10-year warranty on parts and labor plus a 12-year compressor warranty, Trane is one of the most reliable brands available.
The Goodman name is not as recognizable as some other manufacturers, but they offer high-quality HVAC systems at lower prices than others. Goodman’s more efficient models include ComfortBridge Technology, which adjusts its operation automatically to use the least amount of energy.
One of the best features of Goodman’s HVAC systems is the impressive warranties they offer. The DSXC series, which is their best, comes with a lifetime warranty, so if the compressor fails, you get a brand new unit. All other models are covered by a 10-year parts warranty (with registration).
Founded in Florida in 1912 they are one of the oldest manufacturers of HVAC systems. Carrier is known for its reliability and quality. They sell at a higher price point however the investment is well worth the price when it comes to efficiency, quiet operation, and precise cooling.
Carrier’s standard warranty is 10 years on parts. Positive reviews and customer referrals give Carrier an extremely high satisfaction rating and they boast very few complaints with the BBB.
Although we covered only basic information here on our top 5 brands, we’re happy to have an in-depth conversation to determine what system is best for your needs. Give Texas Ace Heating & Air a call at 817-240-6701 or contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation to review your options.