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3 best air conditioners in 2013

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Your guide to the best air conditioners in 2013. Photo by Claudio.Ar on Flickr. If you're looking for the best air conditioners in 2013, you want the top system you can find at a reasonable price.

When you install a central home cooling or HVAC system, it should be a model that is the right size for your space.

Speak to a contractor so that you can get an air conditioner estimate. Air conditioner prices, energy efficiency and maintenance are all things to consider when rating systems.

Check out the information below for an overview of some the best air conditioners in 2013. If you need an AC refresher, see "Air Conditioner Buyers Guide."

1. Carrier Infinity 21 24ANB1

Carrier Infinity 21 air conditioner 24ANB1When it comes to the best air conditioners, the Carrier Infinity 21 24ANB1 is topping everyone's list. It scores the highest marks when it comes to the level of technology that's gone into the system. Its performance scores are off the charts too.

The Carrier Infinity 21 24ANB1 features:

    • A two-stage scroll compressor that helps ensure maximum climate control.
    • A beautiful, functional touchscreen thermostat.
    • Comes equipped with the Silencer System II to help ensure super-quiet operation.
    • It does a great job of removing humidity from the air in your home.

This award-winning air conditioner has won top wards for energy efficiency. Consumer Digest called it a best buy as well.

Depending on the size of the system you order, expect to pay anywhere from $2,669 for a 2-ton model to $3,739 for a 5-ton Carrier model, not including installation. 

2. Trane XL20i-4TTZ0024A

Trane XL20i air conditionerAnother top-of-the-line system getting rave reviews is the Trane XL20i-4TTZ0024A. Trane already has a great reputation for building air conditioning systems that are tough and last a long time. This model builds on that reputation.

The unit comes equipped with a dual-compressor unit. The smaller of the units works best with milder weather, while the larger unit banishes heat and humidity on the hottest days, keeping you cool and comfortable.

The unit's Comfort-R system regulates the humidity perfectly in your space by starting off the fan at a slow speed and raising it incrementally. The unit's seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), goes up to 20, making it one of the most efficient machines on the market.

A 2- to 3-ton model will cost anywhere from $8500 to $12,000, which includes a speed gas furnace, a thermostat, a Trane coil and installation.

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3. Maytag M1200 PSA4BI iQ

Maytag M1200 PSA4BI iQMaytag's M1200 PSA4BI iQ central air conditioner makes the list as well. If you're all about energy efficiency, this Maytag will make you giddy with its incredible 24.5 SEER rating — one of the highest on the market.

It has an inverter-driven rotary compressor that only needs 15 Hz to operate, while most compressors require 60 Hz. The compressor adjusts to the changing needs of the home, making it even more efficient. The machine comes with a 12-year warranty on all parts. You'll get a brand-new unit if the compressor fails. 

If you're having an air conditioner installed, prices are clearly a priority. But make sure that you consider things like energy efficiency and warranties too.

Check out Reply! for more information about cooling and heating. For the best air conditioners in 2013, energy is as important as the initial cost. A pricier unit with great energy efficiency could cost you less than a cheaper unit in the long run.

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Photo credit: Claudio.Ar via Compfight CC. Second photo: Carrier Infinity 21 air conditioner 24ANB1. Third photo: Trane XL20i air conditioner. Fourth photo: Maytag M1200 PSA4BI iQ.

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