What Is the Best Air Conditioner for Florida?

Are you looking for a new AC unit? In your research, you may have found there are many options out there. How can you know which brand offers the best air conditioner for Florida homes? At Comfort Temp, we’re here to help! We want to make your new AC installation process as easy as possible. That’s why we’ve created this comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about AC installation and the options available to you. 

What Is the Most Common HVAC System in Florida?

The most common HVAC system in Florida is a central air conditioning system. Central AC consists of an outdoor unit, ducts, and an indoor unit. This system is popular in Florida because it is both energy efficient (in recent years) and allows you to cool the entire house—an important feature during the hot months of summer.  

While other systems exist that may be cheaper or more efficient, such as a mini split system, no other system handles extreme weather temperatures as well as a central AC system can. 

What Is the Most Reliable AC Brand?

You have several excellent options when deciding which brand to choose for your AC system. It ultimately depends on what you’re looking for, your budget, and what your HVAC technician recommends. At Comfort Temp, we look at the size of your home, the size of the unit, your budget, and what you’re specifically looking for in your unit (for example, if you want smart features or solar-powered options). If they meet your home’s requirements, there are not really any air conditioner brands to avoid when shopping.

While we don’t recommend any one specific brand, there are six popular brands for central AC units. While any of these will keep your home cool and comfortable—the maintenance of a unit matters more to performance than the brand—we’ll explain the pros and cons of each of them so you can feel more informed about your AC unit options.

*Note, we’ll be using the SEER2 rating for the units we discuss below. 

Lennox

SEER2 Rating: As high as 25.8

Cost: From $5,000–$25,000+

Warranty: Variable on unit, 5–20 years

The Lennox units have some of the highest available SEER2 ratings on the market, meaning they are highly energy efficient. Beyond that, they are also popular for their availability at major retailers, smart home options, and flexibility with solar power. However, this energy efficiency comes at a cost—they are also one of the more expensive brands you can get. Furthermore, some people do not like that you must get replacement parts through Lennox, making the parts more expensive and taking longer to ship. 

Carrier

SEER2 Rating: As high as 24

Cost: From $3,000–$15,000+

Warranty: 10 years, parts only upon registration

Carrier is known for their Energy Star rating and quiet AC units. Their performance, energy efficiency, and generous parts warranty put them as one of the most trusted names in the industry. That being said, one of their biggest drawbacks is price. You will probably end up paying a higher upfront cost for one of these units 

Rheem

SEER2 Rating: As high as 20.5

Cost: From $3,000–$9,000

Warranty: 10 years or lifetime for select units

Rheem is one of the best budget options out there. Boasting high SEER2 ratings, their units cost less than most other competitors on the market. People also enjoy their generous warranty policy of a minimum of 10 years. The only downside to these units is their performance is not as strong as other brands, but many HVAC professionals still consider them a high-quality brand.

American Standard

SEER2 Rating: As high as 21.5

Cost: From $3,500–$8,000

Warranty: Variable on unit, 5–10 years

American Standard is another great option for a lower-cost AC unit. One benefit of some American Standard AC units is smart house features that can be controlled through their own app. They also are known for their widespread network of certified installers; however, this does mean installation may cost a bit more. 

Ruud

SEER2 Rating: As high as 20.5

Cost: From $3,000–$9,000

Warranty: 10 years on parts

Ruud is another brand that has some great AC unit models that fit within a tighter budget. While they do have fewer models to choose from, they still offer modern features such as smart home capabilities and highlight sustainability, such as solar-powered options. The biggest complaint we see with this model is their units are louder than other brands.

Trane

SEER2 Rating: As high as 21.5

Cost: From $5,000–$25,000+

Warranty: 10 years

Trane AC units are known for their innovation in both sustainability and smart home functionality. They have several options for variable speeds, and they offer an app to remotely control the smart thermostat. The main disadvantages of these units are they have higher installation costs, require a specific smart thermostat for some of their more advanced models, and have a reputation for having higher maintenance needs. 

Professional, High-Quality AC Installation Is More Important than AC Brand

Regardless of what AC unit brand you choose, the most important factor is who installs your unit. An improperly installed HVAC unit can cause several problems, such as lower performance or even damage to the unit. When you go with Comfort Temp, not only do you ensure that you’ll receive professional installation services, but we’ll also walk you through your options to ensure you get the best air conditioner for your Florida home. Installing a new AC doesn’t have to be complicated—go with the professionals of almost 40 years for your AC installation.

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