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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