Searching for a new air conditioner for your home can seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. American Standard is a trusted brand offering three AC models: Silver, Gold, and AccuComfort™ Variable Speed Platinum. It’s essential to understand what each model offers in terms of pricing, warranties, and reviews, so this guide will provide an overview of these aspects to help you choose the right AC for your home and needs.
American Standard’s air conditioners go from a basic and affordable model to a more complicated and expensive model. All are electric and feature split-systems, and the higher end models offer variable speed.
The Silver Series offers the best value but has the lowest efficiency rating, and the Gold Series is more energy-efficient but still features the single-speed motor. The Platinum Series models are the most efficient and operate with variable-speed, so the air in your home will remain a more exact temperature. All American Standard air conditioner models except for the lowest are rated by Energy Star.
One of the most critical aspects to consider when browsing air conditioning units is efficiency. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating tells the maximum efficiency of an AC. In general, as the price of the unit rises, the efficiency increases. One model may be more expensive up-front but could save you money on energy bills later. The lowest SEER rating on the market today is 13.00, and the highest is 23.00.
For American Standard, the Silver Series contains its most affordable AC units. The Silver 13 is the best value but also has the lowest SEER rating at 14.75. With the Silver 14 model, the efficiency increases to 16.00 and rises to 17.00 for both the Silver 16 and the Silver 16 Low Profile models. All of the Silver units operate with a single-speed fan motor, which means the fans can only turn off and on. Additionally, the Silver Series units will be louder than higher-end models offered by the company, which could be a dealbreaker to some customers easily affected by noise.
The Gold 17 AC has a two-step cooling process and a SEER rating of 18.00. This unit produces a similar amount of noise as the Silver Series models and runs on a single-speed fan motor.
The two AccuComfort™ Variable Speed Platinum models — the Platinum 18 and Platinum 20 — are among the most efficient American Standard air conditioners. They run on a variable-speed fan motor, meaning the unit continually adjusts the power it uses to cool your home. Additionally, the Platinum 18 has a SEER rating of 18.00, and the Platinum 20 has a SEER rating of 22.00. Platinum units come with a compressor sound insulator that dampens noise during operation.
All the American Standard AC units run on electricity and feature a split-system, meaning part of the unit will be inside your home and the other part will be outside. Both of these parts connect to the ductwork inside your home, which provides the pathways for fresh air to circulate.
American Standard does not have an exact pricing breakdown of its units readily available, since many factors affect the cost. However, installation alone for a new air conditioner can cost anywhere from $1,800-$10,500. Factors such as installation costs, the size of the unit, the square footage of your home, and location can all factor in to total cost. If you’re looking for an exact price of a new air conditioner for your home, your best option is to contact a local HVAC professional.
All of the Silver and Gold Series American Standard air conditioner units have a 10-year limited warranty on the compressor, the outdoor coil, and the internal functional parts with registration. The Platinum Series units have a 10-year limited warranty on the outdoor coil and the internal functional components as well as a 12-year warranty on the compressor with registration.
After purchase, you have 60 days to register for the warranties, which you can do online or over the phone. If you fail to register, your unit will be covered by the company’s base limited warranty. You can also purchase an extended warranty that covers labor and other costs that don’t qualify under the standard warranty.
In a Consumer Reports survey from early 2019, American Standard was one of five companies to receive an excellent rating for customer satisfaction. You can learn more about American Standard air conditioners by reading American Standard reviews on HVAC.com.
How much does an American Standard air conditioner cost?
The price depends on factors such as your home’s size, how large the unit is, energy efficiency, and local installation rates.
Where can I buy an American Standard air conditioner?
Contact a local dealer to purchase an American Standard air conditioner.
How long will an American Standard air conditioner last?
A central air conditioning unit should last between 15-20 years.
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