Air conditioner ratings part 3 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Airtemp, Amana, and American Standard brands.
These air conditioners are made by NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC for R.E. MICHEL COMPANY (a wholesale distributor).
The VS4BD is a basic 13 SEER air conditioner while the VS4BE has a 14 SEER efficiency. They have an all aluminum coil that is protected by a complete metal wrapper and a composite base pan for noise control but the warranty is not as good as some of the other brands. They also offer 13 SEER replacement R-22 condensing units that are shipped without refrigerant but they are not recommended as R-22 is being phased out. The units are only available through dealers in the USA.
This brand name is licensed and used by GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL. The ANX14 is a basic unit with an unimpressive warranty.
The ASXC18 is a premium unit with a two speed condenser fan and high density sound blanket for quiet operation. They have the ability to communicate with other parts of the HVAC system to maximize efficiency and monitor operation. They are backed by a very good warranty especially on the compressor which is the heart of any unit.
The AVXC20 is an ultimate air conditioner with a 24 SEER efficiency rating. They have a variable speed condenser fan motor for added energy savings and quiet operation. They are backed by an industry leading warranty and all of the units feature louvered metal panel construction with a powder coated finish for durability and to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage. The brand is only sold through their dealer network in the USA and Canada.
This brand is owned by INGERSOLL RAND. The SILVER SI models are basic units but they are a "builders grade" and the warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. The GOLD 17 is a premium two stage air conditioner while the ACCUCOMFORT 20 models (pictured at right) are ultimate units with variable speed compressors as well as variable speed condenser fan motors. They can communicate with the other parts of the home's HVAC system to maximize comfort and efficiency. The units feature durable all aluminum coils to resist corrosion they and have a compressor blanket for noise control. The units are only sold through their network of dealers and the warranty on the units is not as good as some of the other brands.
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