- On March 29, 2023
If you’re a homeowner or a commercial building owner looking to replace an AC unit, at Howard Air we understand that value is at the top of your list of concerns. You’re not alone! Generally, our customers tell us that saving money is one of the most important factors when choosing a new air conditioner, and they ask lots of questions about which variables are worth a little flexibility in order to stay within budget.
Spending less money doesn’t have to mean compromising on quality. You can outfit your home or commercial property with an excellent air conditioner, even if that unit comes from an economy line of products.
Tips On Buying an Inexpensive Air Conditioning Unit
Here are a few tips to help you pick through the options as you select an inexpensive, quality air conditioning unit for your home.
- About half of your home or business’s energy consumption comes from heating and cooling (primarily cooling in the Southwest). We like to talk to our customers about using Energy Star-rated systems, because they will cost less in the long run. Remember, the cost of cooling your home over time is part of that budget, too!
- The efficiency of your AC unit is measured in SEERs. A higher SEER means a more efficient unit, and more savings in utility costs.
- Rebates are one way that most major manufacturers keep prices competitive, so talk to us about what’s available at the time of your purchase. Sometimes, those rebates are large enough to make the difference if you’re on the fence between two different models.
5 Cheapest Priced, Yet Reliable Air Conditioners
We’ve developed a list of cheaply priced air conditioner brands and units that we believe provide the most bang for your buck, based not only on price but on features and on our personal experiences in installing, repairing, and maintaining these exact units.
1. Carrier Comfort Series
With SEER2 ratings ranging as high as 16 and sound as low as 72 decibels, it’s easy to see why the Carrier Comfort Series is at the top of its game. Plus, several models in the line are Energy Star-rated, and our experience as a certified Carrier installer means we proudly stand behind this brand.
2. Trane XR13
Trane’s economy line of air conditioner units brings energy efficiency at a lower price point. A SEER2 rating of 14.5 and a 10-year limited warranty are major selling points, and we like the optional advanced air filtration for customers with allergies, or for those who just want to cut down on household dust and pollen. We are also certified installers for this manufacturer.
3. Rheem Classic Series
Rheem has some terrific, industry-leading technologies that our customers seem to love – from composite base pans and exceptionally quiet mufflers to nice looking units, which is a must if you’re worried about curb appeal or want to be sure that your outdoor unit blends seamlessly into the architecture of your property.
4. Ruud Achiever Series
We like working on Ruud units because they’re designed to allow for easier service. That said, it’s ironic how little service they need! 13-15.5 SEER2, quiet operation, and a small footprint are popular features for this line. See more inexpensive Ruud ACs here.
5. Lennox Merit Series
The Merit series, like so many other economy AC series, is a compromise on price, not quality! Five-year limited warranties are automatic, but talk to us about an extended 10-year warranty for a full decade of peace of mind.
For Over 30 Years Howard Air Has Been Installing New AC Units in Phoenix
At Howard Air, we are ready to use our 30-plus years of experience to help you choose the right AC unit for your needs at the right price. Talk to us about additional recommendations based on factors like the size of your home, number of windows, and your family’s personal preferences. We’re here to help! Click here to contact us or call (623) 201-5153 today.