Building a new home anywhere in the country without installing a quality central air conditioning system is like building an airplane without wings. Nobody’s stepping inside, and your sales won’t get off the ground.
That much is a given, but there is more to selecting a specific AC system than simply choosing the first brand name that pops to mind. Price, efficiency, durability, strong warranties, control features, quiet operation and right-sizing are also essential considerations.
Consulting with a reputable HVAC/indoor air quality contractor, distributor or manufacturer is a great start in finding the AC system that is right for each home you build, and here we’ve provided four exciting new possibilities to help get the “chill factor” going.
Lennox XC25 High-Efficiency Air Conditioning System
The newest member of Lennox’s Ultimate Comfort System, the XC25 has an industry-leading cooling efficiency of 26 seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) and is equipped with SilentComfort technology that keeps sound levels to a minimum. The XC25 is an Energy Star “Most Efficient” qualified air conditioner, with cooling outputs that can be changed in increments of just 1 percent, providing energy savings and comfort.
Lennox’s iHarmony Zoning System works with the XC25 to solve the problem of uneven or uncomfortable temperatures throughout a home, reducing energy costs.
The iHarmony directs air to specific areas while decreasing airflow in others by using motorized dampers that allow homeowners to change the temperature throughout the house or in particular areas. iHarmony can be configured with the iComfort S30 thermostat and controlled by an IOS or Android device.
Rheem Prestige Series Two-Stage Serial Communicating Air Conditioner
The Two-Stage Air Conditioner featuring the Comfort Control System is designed for efficiency.
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The system operates on low most of the time, providing comfortable temperatures while reducing energy use and kicks on high when necessary during peak, warm-weather conditions. Energy savings are increased by an efficiency rating of up to 17 SEER.
When matched with a Rheem variable-speed furnace or air handler, the system adjusts airflow to help control humidity 102 percent more effectively than standard efficiency units.
A compressor sound blanket greatly reduces operating noise. Units feature a 10-year conditional replacement warranty and 10-year parts warranty when installed with a new Rheem air handler or indoor coil with a Rheem gas furnace.
Carrier Infinity 21 Central Air Conditioner 24ANB1
Carrier’s most efficient air conditioner is Energy Star qualified in all sizes (up to 21 SEER) and has a two-stage compressor to manage indoor humidity. Two-stage compression brings the cool air when needed but allows it to function mostly in low-stage, providing the highest efficiency and the best dehumidification due to longer run times. It’s also quieter in low stage (as low as 65 decibels) and offers a compressor sound blanket and Silencer System II design.
Customers can combine the 24ANB1 with an Infinity indoor unit featuring a comfort-inducing variable-speed blower motor and manage it all with an Infinity control.
The 24ANBI features filter drier system protection from moisture and contaminants, WeatherArmor Ultra protection, non-ozone-depleting Puron refrigerant and a 10-year parts limited warranty.
Trane XV20i Variable-Speed Air Conditioner
The XV20i AC unit is one of Trane’s TruComfort systems that give precise comfort by running at the exact speed needed to keep a home comfortable. This allows the compressor, outdoor fan, and indoor fan to vary operating speed and BTU as the temperature outside changes, slowing down or speeding up gradually in as little as one-tenth of 1 percent increments to keep comfort within a half degree of the thermostat setting.
The 21-SEER air conditioner automatically adjusts itself while maintaining constant and consistent speeds to avoid temperature swings.
ComfortLink II communicating technology connects all key components so that the system automatically configures and calibrates for optimal performance and efficiency. Customers can also add Trane CleanEffects to the system to filter the incoming air to eliminate dust, pollen, and other irritants.