Differences Across Air Conditioning Brands

What AC Brand Should I Choose?

With so many air conditioning options out there, and so many varying price tags, it is hard to know which unit is better, or what the differences are. We at Tallahasee Air Conditioning & Electrical, LLC want to help clear the air. First, we will break down the differences in AC brands, including quality and components. Then, we will discuss the price differences.

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Differences in Air Conditioning Brands

There are a variety of AC brands to choose from, all with similar makes and models of units to offer for your specific needs. So what makes them different?

Paint and logo. Seriously, that’s it. American Standard and Trane, two very popular AC brands, are owned by the same parent brand, Ingersoll Rand, and are manufactured in the same facility in Tyler, Texas. The air conditioners, right down to the internal parts, are quite literally the same, and therefore, are identical in quality.

This doesn’t just stop at Ingersoll Rand. The majority of air conditioner brands are actually hosted by 5 parent companies:

Parent Company Brand
Goodman Global Goodman, Daikin, Amana, Franklin
Ingersoll Rand American Standard, Trane
United Technologies Corporation Carrier, Bryant, Heil, Keepright, Tempstar, Day & Night, Payne, Arcoaire, Comfortmaker
Rheem Manufacturing Rheem, Ruud, Weatherking
Nortek Global Maytag, Westinghouse, Broan, Mammoth, Nutone

Just these five parent companies cover more than 20 different AC brands. What is even crazier is the fact that among these five parent companies, the majority of them outsource to third parties for their components – the same third parties. Literally, the internal mechanisms of one parent brand to another are almost (or actually could be) exactly the same.

Why Do Costs Vary So Much on AC Brands?

These parent companies have a number of brands in order to increase their market share. By having a number of brands, the parent companies sell their units to HVAC companies across the United States. Ingersoll Rand does this, knowing American Standard might be more popular in one state, and Trane in another. The HVAC companies usually purchase these units in large quantity. The more they buy, the cheaper the units are, and the cheaper they are for you, if only for a couple dollars in difference.

What truly varies the cost of an AC unit is the HVAC company you choose to purchase from. For example, an air conditioning company that offers superior service, caters to your needs, or is available throughout the week and weekends may have their Trane unit cost differently than another HVAC company’s American Standard unit.

Take a look at the caliber of work offered by your air conditioning company. Are they award winning? Are they highly rated? Are they available for emergency services if your AC breaks on a hot Saturday? These are all things to consider when purchasing an air conditioner.

Basically, don’t buy based on the AC brand; buy based on the air conditioning service company.

At Tallahassee Air Conditioning & Electrical, LLC, we take the time to find the proper AC unit for your home. Without it, you could be experiencing higher energy costs, and limited performance. With free system estimates, free second opinions, and financing available on our units, our technicians make sure you have a beneficial and effective air conditioning solution for your home.

Call Tallahassee Air Conditioning & Electrical, LLC today at (850) 702-5550. We are available for you 24/7.

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Jean Quick
Jean Quick
03:17 30 May 18
I Highly recommend Tallahassee Air. Their prices were unbeatable but more importantly their customer service was beyond exceptional. Our AC went out on a weekend and after hours and we had portable air conditioners delivered to us within an hour and they began working immediately. All technicians were very knowledgeable and courteous. They made sure to leave our home cleaner then it was when they arrived. My house has never been cooler. Thanks guys!!!!
Calvin Ross
Calvin Ross
23:52 09 Aug 18
Had AC repairman Ryan Houston respond to my home. He took the time to find the problem and went out of his way to make sure I was satisfied. I am often suspicious of repairmen because of the “ripoffs”. But Ryan gave me a different view of honesty. Thanks for sending him my way. God bless you!
Roger Henson
Roger Henson
23:29 20 Jun 18
We needed insulation and duct work done. We tried to obtain several estimates, unfortunately the local Havana businesses were not interested . Tallahassee Air came through with a reasonable quote. Laramie performed the work very thoroughly. He was very professional, polite and would recommend this company to anyone. Thank you for the fine work!
troy fralick
troy fralick
11:37 20 Jun 18
Finally, A company that listens to your needs. My A.C. was down for 13 days waiting for 2 other companies to finish there repairs. I reached out to jimmy. At 5 pm yesterday. We had cold air by 7pm last night. Leremy, the tech was very attentive and listened to our concerns. This lead to his experienced touch solving the problem in short order. Thanks guys, Troy
Gordon Waldo
Gordon Waldo
21:53 09 Aug 18
Ryan Houston may be young but he is a brilliant AC repair man. He found and fixed a problem that four previous technicians had not fixed. After 15 nights without AC we will be able to sleep tonight. I am past being pleased I am estactic!!!!
Bill Trumpler
Bill Trumpler
14:02 07 Sep 18
I wholeheartedly recommend Tallahassee Air for your AC needs. Our unit stopped working over the Labor Day weekend and a technician was out within hours. Ryan Houston did and excellent job of explaining the issue and our options. He was very friendly and polite and fixed the problem in a timely and thorough manner. We were so impressed with the service that we signed up for a maintenance membership and will be using Tallahassee Air to install a new unit. Thanks, Ryan! Addendum: Ryan also installed our new unit, and despite a few ordering snafus he went out of his way to make sure we were taken care of as quickly as possible, providing us with a portable unit for the bedroom and working well into the morning hours to get the job done. Ryan has an impressive work ethic and should be commended for the excellent customer service he provides.
Dakoda Hill
Dakoda Hill
22:37 03 Sep 18
My AC had a issues and Ryan Houston was able to access the situation and fix the problem efficiently and professionally. Very courteous young man with knowledge and drive to go far in HVAC field. Thank you
Shawn Wolking
Shawn Wolking
02:10 13 Nov 18
Jimmy and his crew came out o check my system. They comfirmed that the company that installed the unit was trying to scam to get more money . They said a 6 month old system had discontinued parts. 6800 for a 4300 dollars system sold to a senior citizen. They tried to scam more money from him. I called Jimmy at Tallahassee Air. They got it right the first time .thanks for being honest and fast.
Dennis St.Pierre-Charles
Dennis St.Pierre-Charles
16:45 18 Nov 18
Awesome prices and spectacular service! Recommend this company to anyone needing residential or commercial services.
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