It’s bound to happen to you or someone you know at some point in life. We’re in the middle of a brutal, seemingly endless heatwave and some freak accident happens that ruins your air conditioning or maybe the unit is so old, it’s simply beyond a routine air conditioner repair to get it back to life. So what do you do? You’re hot, sweaty, frustrated and not in the mood for doing hours of research on the best air conditioner options. Have no fear! This blog will lay out what to look for if you have to buy a new unit and why it’s a smart move to get your air conditioner install done by a professional.

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Top Three Air Conditioners

The job of an air conditioner is pretty straight forward: make a space cool and comfortable to be in even on the hottest of days and nights. But there’s so much more to look for in a quality air conditioning system for your home. So many brands are on the market like York, Trane, Lennox, Carrier, Goodman, Rheem and Heil but which one is the best for you? We checked with Top Ten Reviews to get the lowdown. Their independent staff of reviewers and editors have done a ton of testing, research and market assessment and comparisons to figure out the top performing air conditioners and here are a few of them:

#1: Dave Lennox Collection XC25

Top Ten Reviews gave this system the highest overall rating because of its high level of efficiency and low noise output. It also got the edge over other units because of the special feature of being able to add solar panels to the unit itself to help alleviate the cost of running it. There are multiple compressor speeds to ensure efficiency and with proper configuration, the unit can give up to a 25 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) performance which is tops out of all central air conditioning units on the market. All that plus the smartphone technology capabilities and that’s why it got the Gold Award status. The only drawback they noted is the size of the unit, which could be difficult to keep obscured on your property.

#2: Frigidaire iQ Drive FS4BG

This unit is branded with the Energy Star certification which is a guarantee this air conditioner won’t be a total energy hog and can lower your energy bills. Top Ten Reviews gave this system Silver Award status because of its ability to run quietly and its specialized aluminium coil design that prevents corrosion. Two stage compressors and inverter-rotary technology that evens out the cooling needs of your home also set it apart from the competition. On the downside, there are other units on the market that come with better warranties on the compressor.

#3: Trane XV20i

Great overall value and useful sound and humidity control features earned this unit the Bronze Award at Top Ten Reviews. It has the ability to give top notch performance and cooling despite the weather conditions outdoors and excels in humid climates because of special features meant specifically to reduce humidity. It gives a 22 SEER performance and uses R-410A refrigerant, which won’t damage the ozone layer and is generally more environmentally friendly. The one downside for this model is that it doesn’t come with a lifetime warranty.


Energy Efficiency

Since the vast majority of homes in this country have air conditioning units of some kind installed, we can all do our part to conserve energy where possible. That also means seeking out appliance manufacturers that are now offering more energy efficient and environmentally friendly systems to keep your home cool and comfortable. It’s also a good idea to do some research into product rebates and tax credits you may be eligible to receive for buying an energy efficient air conditioner.


Professional Installation

There’s a reason why you should leave certain things to the professionals. They have years of training and experience that allows them to pinpoint the cause of troubles and offer you advice on how to fix it. A professional air conditioner installation or repair person will do the job right and answer any questions you may have about maintenance for your unit and operation tips. You can also ask them about doing a home energy audit and indoor air quality inspection to assess whether everything in your home is running efficiently and in a human and environmentally friendly way.


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