Every year SEER ratings go up, and 2014 is no exception. Consumers want energy efficiency in order to cut costs and reduce consumption, and the manufacturers deliver. Here’s a look at the most efficient central air conditioners 2014 version.
1. Dave Lennox Signature Collection XC25 Air Conditioner
In the last few years, Lennox has really stepped up its commitment to energy efficiency. This unit offers up to 26 SEER cooling – that’s 5 SEER above Trane’s and Carrier’s most efficient models!
The key to the super-efficient models made today is a variable-capacity compressor like that installed in the Lennox XC25 air conditioner. There’s almost zero waste in energy as the compressor runs at exactly the capacity needed to keep indoor temperatures exactly where you want them.
Variable-capacity cooling also delivers more precise climate control than is possible with a two-stage compressor. You’ll rarely feel any change in temperature.
Additional features on the XC25 include SunSource Solar-Ready technology. This means you can add Lennox solar modules to the system and generate, potentially, enough energy to run the system completely.
Pair this or any of these units with a variable-speed furnace blower, and you’ll be amazed at the boost in indoor comfort during the summer including excellent humidity control. Lennox gives a 10-year warranty with this model.
2. Maytag PSA4BI iQ Drive M1200 Central Air Conditioner
The Maytag iQ Drive PSA4BI AC is also a variable-capacity central air conditioner, so you’ll have excellent temperature and humidity control while your energy bill cools off too. The potential SEER rating is 25.5, a half-step behind the Lennox unit.
This is a quiet central air conditioner that runs as low as 59 decibels. A stainless steel jacket and a 12-year warranty are part of the deal. NOTE: Westinghouse and Tappan brands are sister brands of Maytag with models that are almost exactly the same.
3. Carrier Infinity 21 Central Air Conditioner
Also known as the Carrier Infinity 24ANB7, this is a two-stage air conditioner that delivers up to 21 SEER cooling. Temperature consistency and dehumidification are good, even if they don’t quite match the Maytag and Lennox models.
Worth a Mention
There are a few other very efficient central air conditioners on the market that you might want to consider.
- Trane XV20i 21 SEER Variable Capacity AC
- Bryant Evolution 180B 20 SEER 2-stage AC
- Armstrong 4SCU18LS 18 SEER 2-stage AC
- Goodman DSXC18 18 SEER 2-stage AC
Top of the Line Central Air Conditioners
All the units mentioned here are the from the best lines the brands make. They’ll have the highest-quality materials, most features and longest warranties.
When pricing new central air conditioners, you’ll find the best prices when you get written estimates from more than one qualified contractor in your area. Using the form on this page is a fast, easy way to get no-cost, no-obligation written estimates from dealers who know they’re competing you’re your business.