It's no secret that summers in Denver, Colorado, get hot. During these brutal months, it's important for homeowners to have central air conditioning units that they can count on. With so many different units to choose from, how do you know what the best option is for the Denver area? Below is a look at the top five air units you should consider if you live in Denver.
Understanding the SEER Rating
Before getting into the best air units that you can buy, it's important to know what a SEER rating is. SEER stands for “seasonal energy efficiency ratio.” This rating is important because it informs homeowners of how much cooling power they will get from a unit, divided by the electrical usage of the unit. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the unit. For example, a 14 SEER unit is 8 percent more energy efficient than a 13 SEER unit, and an 18 SEER unit is nearly 30 percent more energy efficient. Now that you know more about the SEER rating, you're in a better position to pick out an air conditioning unit for your Denver home.
1. Maytag M1200 PSA4BI iQ Drive
First on this list is the Maytag M1200 PSA4BI iQ Drive. This is considered one of the best air units on the market for a number of reasons. First of all, this Maytag model is known as a high-efficiency air unit because of its incredibly high SEER rating of 25.5. This means that this Energy Star-qualified unit will be extremely easy on your energy bill. It also has a low noise level of just 59 decibels. The “iQ Drive” in the name refers to a system that performs checks on all of the components in the air unit. This system makes sure that not only are all units functioning but that they are working together to provide peak performance.
Unlike some newer air units, the thermostat for the Maytag M1200 PSA4BI iQ Drive isn't Internet capable. However, it does offer a lot of programming features so that you can set the temperature of your house for when you're home and away. The thermostat also provides required maintenance notifications so that you always know when work needs to be done. Top this off with a 12-year warranty, and it's easy to see why this is a popular air unit no matter where you live.
2. Dave Lennox Signature XC25
This unit makes the list for a number of reasons. First off, it has the ability to lower your energy costs by as much as 60 percent. In fact, the XC25 has earned Energy Star's Most Efficient status. What may be the most impressive feature of this unit is its ability to keep the inside temperature within half a degree of the thermostat setting. Lastly, this unit has an optional solar-energy module that allows it to generate its own energy.
3. Carrier Infinity 21 24ANB1
With a SEER rating of up to 21, it's easy to see why the Carrier Infinity 21 24ANB1 makes this list. At 65 decibels, it runs surprisingly quietly. It lacks a modulating compressor, but it still manages to keep thermostat temperatures and humidity in check. The real reason why Denver residents should consider this model is its build quality. It can withstand harsh weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold, both of which Denver is known for. You can also control your thermostat with an Android or Apple smartphone, which makes controlling the temperature of your home as easy as picking up your smart device.
4. Trane XV20i
You knew at some point that Trane had to make the list. The Trane XV20i has a high SEER rating of 21. If you're looking for spot-on temperature control, look no further than this model. Thanks to its modulating compressor, it can keep temperatures in your home extremely close to what you have your thermostat set to. You can also choose to add an air-cleaner module onto this unit, which will remove around 99.8 percent of all particles from the air. This is perfect for people who suffer from allergies or other conditions that can be affected by air quality. With a 10-year warranty, this is one investment that will stand up to the test of time.
5. Amana ASXC18
For those who are a little bit more budget-minded, the Amana ASXC18 is for you. It features a high SEER rating of 18, and is far less expensive than other top models. While not as quiet as some other units on this list, it runs at 71 decibels. It features a two-stage compressor, which gives it great humidity control. You can choose to use a standard or smart thermostat with this model. Keep in mind, however, that the smart thermostat doesn't feature Internet support. The manufacturer also offers a limited lifetime warranty on the compressor. While you shouldn't expect this unit to outperform others on this list, it does hold its own and can even run circles around similar 18 SEER units.
Any one of these air units is a good choice for your Denver home. They're energy efficient and run fairly quietly. If your air unit needs repair or you're considering having a new unit installed, contact us today! Our talented staff can install these and many other air units.