These are the best air conditioners for this year. They are efficient and will make your home very comfortable throughout the cooling season. Pair any of these with a variable-speed blower for optimum cooling. Click on the links for the full review of each top rated 2013 central air conditioner.
Modulating Central Air Conditioners
The first of these models use a modulating compressor rather than a single-stage or two-stage compressor. A modulating compressor runs at a capacity between 25% and 100%, usually on fairly low capacity. The purpose is to deliver the precise amount of cooling needed to keep a home’s temperatures perfectly balanced while eliminating hot/cold spots from room to room.
Modulating ACs cost more but offer the most comfortable cooling and better humidity removal too. There are just a few currently on the market, but expect to see more each year. Already 6-8 companies make modulating heat pumps, so more modulating ACs are on the way.
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Best Central Air Conditioners for 2013
This is our top rated central air conditioners 2013 list. In choosing one, decide if you want to spend extra to get the performance of a modulating air conditioner. If not, one of the 2-stage models will be more affordable while still making your home quite comfortable.
Whichever model you choose, hire a qualified contractor to install it who has a proven track record of quality. Any AC must be properly installed to run at peak efficiency and as durably as it should. See many of the models below in our HVAC prices reviews. Here are this year’s top central air conditioners.
Maytag M1200 PSA4BI iQ Drive Air Conditioner
This modulating central air conditioner offers impressive 24.5 SEER efficiency. The Maytag M1200 PSA4BI iQ Drive AC heads many lists of the top air conditioner on the market. It’s expensive, but it is efficient and well-built. It should make your home very comfortable and give you up to 20 years of durable service, possibly more when it is well-maintained.
American Standard Platinum ZM Central Air Conditioner
This is a 2-stage AC offering 20 SEER efficiency that will reduce cooling costs considerably when replacing an older model. American Standard has one of the top 3-4 service records in the industry. The American Standard Platinum ZM uses 2 separate compressors to achieve the 2-stage cooling. When both are running, this AC can cool a house quickly, so this is a good choice in very warm climates.
Bryant Evolution 180B Central Air Conditioner
This is another 2-stage central air conditioner that offers 20 SEER cooling. it's well-built and has internal switches and controls to keep it running effectively and durably for many years. The Bryant Evolution 180B is a good choice for very warm climates and those with high humidity levels.
Carrier Infinity 21 24ANB1 Central Air Conditioner
The 2-stage Carrier Infinity 21 24ANB1 AC is Carrier’s most efficient, with 21 SEER cooling. You’ll see a significant reduction in your energy bills all summer with this AC. Carrier has one of the best service records in the industry. You’ll pay more for a Carrier than for most brands, but you’ll get a long-lasting and very dependable central AC.
Goodman DSXC18 Central Air Conditioner
Goodman is known in the industry as offering very competitive pricing along with good warranties. The Goodman DSXC18 central air conditioner is also very high in quality, something that hasn’t always been true of Goodman products. With a significant upgrade in its parts, Goodman now does very well in head to head comparisons of quality. This central AC is a 2-stage unit that will help keep any home very comfortable.
Lennox Signature XC21 Central Air Conditioner
Lennox is an industry leader in green technology. This air conditioner is a 2-stage model with 21 SEER efficiency, ideal for lowering energy use and utility bills. The Lennox XC21 AC is wired to accept Lennox SunSource solar energy modules, so if you live in a sunny climate, you might consider them. They can generate enough energy to run the entire HVAC system and possibly even an excess that can be used for lighting or other household needs.
Rheem Prestige RASL-JEC Central Air Conditioner
Rheem’s best and most efficient AC is a 19.5 SEER model with 2 stages of cooling. Pair it with a Rheem variable speed furnace and you’ll enjoy balanced temperatures and great humidity control during the cooling season. The Rheem Prestige RASL-JEC central air conditioner is durable and very reliable.
Trane XL20i Central Air Conditioner
Trane leads the industry in reliability. The Trane XL20i central air conditioner uses dual compressors, like the American Standard Platinum ZM, to cool any home very quickly. With a 20 SEER rating, you’ll save money all cooling season.
Amana ASXC18 Central Air Conditioner
Amana gets overlooked too often, but this is a very nice AC. The Amana ASXC18 is an 18 SEER, 2-stage model with the best warranty in the industry. If the compressor ever fails, Amana will replace the entire condensing unit. Amana offers a very good product at very competitive prices too.
Ruud Ultra UASL-JEC Central Air Conditioner
With 18 SEER and 2-stage performance, the Ruud Ultra UASL-JEC holds its own against many of the top ACs on the market. Ruud offers good quality and durability, so this AC should last for up to 20 years, and possibly longer with good maintenance.