So what is the best air conditioner brand? Who is known as the best AC manufacturer? As with most purchases, “the best” means different things to different people and you have to understand the difference between price and value. New AC units are a major investment, so if you’re comparing and see an air conditioner that has a lower price, does that mean that it is not as good, not as efficient and of inferior design as compared to the more expensive units? Comparing AC units based on price, efficiency, durability and value can sometimes be a difficult thing to do. With all of the options and different brands out there, here’s a list of the top 3 air conditioner brands that are known to hold and retain their value:
Carrier is know as a leader in both the residential and commercials air conditioning markets, with a solid reputation for reliability and durability. In fact, all the way back in 1902, William Carrier is often credited with inventing modern air conditioning by installing the very first system in Brookly, New York. Carrier prides themselves for a century of delivering global solutions across a broad range of applications in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration and beyond.
Carrier has three lines of residential heating and air conditioning products:
- Carrier Infinity Series – Their top of the line units. High SEER models with all features.
- Carrier Performance Series – Their mid-level units. Moderate SEER, reliable and versatile.
- Carrier Comfort Series – Their base-model HVAC. Still very reliable at their lowest price point.
Deeming themselves the Weathermakers to the World, Carrier “has cultivated a history of proven innovation in the heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration industries, enabling global comfort and efficiency”.
Founded in 1885 in La Crosse, Wisconsin by James Trane (who immigrated to the Unite States from Norway), Trane has been a leading manufacturer of both residential air conditioners and commercial HVAC units. Purchased by Ingersoll Rand in 2008, Trane became a global organization that prides itself in delivering both quality and innovation to their customers.
Inspired by the cold Wisconsin winters, James’s son Reuben is credited with inventing the convector radiator in 1923 that established Trane as one of the industry leaders for innovation. Their CenTraVac® system is the industry standard for large commercial HVAC systems and is the most energy efficient in the world for use in large buildings. The company was awarded the prestigious “Best of the Best” Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the CenTraVac® system.
Their residential air conditioning units and systems are known to be reliable and efficient, and they are considered “top of the line” by many experts. As the company tag line says: “It’s hard to stop a Trane.”
Lennox is also known for being an international company providing a vast array of climate control products for air conditioning, heating and refrigeration. In fact, Lennox has become an intercontinental company, primarily focusing on providing the global marketplace with residential heating and cooling units, commercial heating and cooling systems, plus refrigeration equipment.
Originally founded in Iowa by Annie and Lewis Lennox in 1895, they initially patented and designed a coal burning furnace for heating, followed by numerous advancements in both heating and cooling systems. The company is known for producing superior products for both commercial and residential air conditioning use, plus furnaces, heat pumps and boilers.
So he top 3 brands are probably Carrier, Lennox, and Trane. When it comes to pricing, they are also the highest. Yet when it comes to quality, there are perhaps several lesser-known brands available that basically match them “identically”. Many units are manufactured in the same facility with nearly the same or exactly the same parts. Often times the units all have the same internal working parts, just a different housing, outer appearance/color, or some minor changes to some of the non-moving parts. The only difference, in some cases, can simply be the brand-name that is placed on the unit. As a good example, let’s look at Goodman Air Conditioning and Heating Systems. Although “branded” as a Goodman, their AC units basically have the same internal components (what matters most) that are installed in a Carrier unit. Additionally, they are both made in the same facility. They just get different outer housing, labeling, and pricing. A Goodman unit costs several hundred dollars less than the one labeled as Carrier. So, in the end, a higher price will not always translate into a higher quality or better AC unit.
A similar comparison can be made in other industries and products. It’s well known that Great Value peanut butter (sold by by Walmart) and the brand known as Peter Pan are both made by Con-Agra using the same main ingredients, with just minor differences in coloring/additives/oil, but getting different labeling, packaging, and pricing.
So the point is, that to get the best value AND quality when purchasing an air conditioning and/or heating system, it may be worth doing a little research first. Find out who the manufacturer actually is if you can and compare then compare the pricing to the “major brand”. Additionally, read as many product reviews as possible before making your decision. Keep in mind that the more reviews that you find on a certain brand or product is better, because it equates to more consumers actually taking their time to write the reviews. Plus, be wary if a product has nothing but only 5-Star reviews. You can’t please everyone and a brand, company or product that only has 5-Star reviews can raise suspicions (as unscrupulous retailers have been exposed recently for paying for good reviews and filtering out any negative reviews on certain review websites).
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