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What to Look for in a New Air Conditioner

If you are shopping for a new air conditioner, it’s important to trust your HVAC provider. You should feel comfortable asking questions about what type of unit is best for your home and what features matter the most. Whether you are looking for the best value or the most energy efficient unit available, identifying an air conditioner that out-performs the others is easy when you begin your search with Trane and Viviano Heating and Air Conditioning.

The top three categories Trane has identified as being important when shopping for and buying an A/C unit is listed below. Keeping your household comfortable is a top priority and the features below should be considered when researching the new unit.

Look for an energy efficient air conditioner. A/C units consume energy, like any other appliance used in the home. Look for the air conditioner’s SEER ratio (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). You can easily compare different air conditioner’s SEER ratios that range from 13-22. Higher ratings mean a better efficiency. Why is this important? Higher efficiency means lower monthly energy costs. One Trane unit, the Trane XV20i, has one of the highest efficiency ratings in the Trane family of products, saving up to 64% each year in energy costs.

The benefit of an air conditioner that’s quiet. Cities have noise standards and some neighborhoods have homes built closer than others. The last thing you want is an air conditioner that is so loud it keeps the neighbors up at night! The higher the number of decibels in an air conditioning unit, the louder it will be. For instance, a library would benefit from a 40 - decibel unit. Units are typically rated with a Nominal Sound Level. At Trane, the quietest unit is the Trane XV18, and its decibel level is a serene 43.

Looking for value in an air conditioner? The best value doesn’t always mean the lowest price. If you are looking for a high efficiency unit with industry leading innovation that’s more affordable than most units, the Trane XR14 may be the ideal air conditioner. It has high efficiency ratings and a more affordable price point. It also has a SEER rating of about 16, so homeowners see noticeable energy savings after replacement of their old unit.

If you are looking for a dependable resource to help you understand the best air conditioner for your specific needs, Viviano is here to help. We install and service all makes and models of air conditioners, including Trane, serving customers in the Metro-east for 30 years.  Want to learn more? Visit us online at or give us a call at (618) 345-7498.