Residential and Commercial HVAC Houston

AC Buying Checklist

AC Buying Checklist ranks Trane air conditioning units as the number one best brand for overall quality. This is because Trane systems are the top-of-the-line. This company builds their own compressors and Spine Fin coils for the ultimate performance in efficiency and reliability. Their HVAC units have a distinctive, sleek design.


Trane Efficiency Rating: 14.4 to 22 SEER

Sound Rating: An average of 70 decibels 

Price Level: $$$


There are not many cons when you choose Trane. Living in a climate with long warm seasons makes the price worth it for quality performance. 


There are several things to look at when deciding on a system. Don’t focus on the initial price — a cheaper unit now may cost you more in repairs or utility bills in the long run. When evaluating the best central air conditioner brands 2020, consider these important factors.


Home size

Manufacturers build central air conditioning units according to the size of the spaces they will cool. The term “size” is not about a unit’s dimensions but its ability to produce cooled air. There’s an art to choosing the right-sized unit so that you don’t buy one that’s bigger (and more expensive) than you need or is too small and has to work harder to cool your home. Your installation expert will help you decide which size is best for you.


Energy efficiency

A unit’s energy-efficiency rating will predict how much it will cost to operate your AC. The higher the rating, the more efficient your system, and the more you’ll save on your utility bill. Some common terms you should know are:


EER and SEER  Look for the rectangular yellow Energy Guide sticker or tag. EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) shows how much electricity the system needs to run at 95°F outside and maintain 80°F with 50% humidity inside. SEER shows a unit’s efficiency as the temperature in your area changes each season. The more efficient the air conditioning system, the higher the number, with a minimum rating of 13.


ENERGY STAR certification  ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program and the “trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency” designed to help consumers know how much their unit will cost to run.


HSPF – Heating Seasonal Performance Factor measures the efficiency of a system’s heat pump. It measures a unit’s heat output, or energy consumption, over a typical heating season. Again, a higher number means greater efficiency.



There are a number of factors that go into the cost of an air conditioner, including size, labor, brand, and installation. On average, central air conditioner costs range from $3,000 to $5,000.



A good warranty will save you thousands in repairs over the life of the unit. Different parts may have longer or shorter coverage, so read the fine print. Look for a warranty with a term of at least 10 years or longer. A warranty that can transfer to the next homeowner is an attractive selling feature.


Advanced features

Advanced features can add to your home’s comfort level and your personal convenience. Some features worth considering include:


-Smart programmable thermostat(s).

-A system with zones that can be individually controlled to adjust the temperature in different rooms.

-HEPA filters to keep allergy-producing particles away.

-A dehumidifier to keep moisture (and mold) under control.

-Quality insulation for quieter operation.


Customer Reviews

Websites like Consumer Reports and the Better Business Bureau provide customer reviews of different brands. These are good resources to see how a central AC manufacturer handles customer complaints and issues.



Installation is a very important element to consider. An improper install could void the manufacturer’s warranty or damage the unit. Look for an installer that’s certified by the company and offers a warranty on installation.


With over 30 years of experience in the air conditioning and heating business, the team at Autumn Mechanical has built a trusted reputation throughout the communities of Houston. Our air conditioning services include, but are not limited to, residential/commercial AC and heating, repair, service, installation, maintenance, and heat pump equipment. 


HVAC Tune-Up Services in Spring, TX

Whenever you are looking for high-quality air conditioning and heating services at a day affordable price, we can help! We service and replace both commercial and residential HVAC systems in order to bring you the ultimate climate control. Autumn Mechanical proudly serves the Greater Houston area, including Briarpark, Midtown, Sugar Land, Cypress, Pearland, The West University Place, The Heights, Spring, Willowbrook, Houston, Spring Branch, and The Woodlands. Don’t hesitate, give us a call today to find out what we can do for your home or business.



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18812 Tomato St.
Spring, TX 77379
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