PROS / The Carrier Performance Series meets the U.S. Department of Energy standards for efficiency.
CONS / Some comparable units offer lifetime warranties while this one only has a 10-year warranty.
VERDICT / There are quieter and more efficient units, but the Carrier Performance Series represents an excellent overall value with features designed to boost its durability.
You can expect to keep yourself cool and comfortable with the Carrier Performance Series. These central air conditioner units provide up to an 18 seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and have energy-saving, two-stage scroll compressors, specialized exterior coating to protect them from the elements, and more. They are designed to help you save energy and money on your electrical bills while keeping you cool.
The Carrier Performance Series has an Energy Star qualification, which means it has met strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy. This central air conditioning unit provides impressively high SEER numbers, yet several devices we considered are even more efficient. The top-ranking units have seer ratings over 20.
This air conditioner unit offers a two-stage scroll compressor, which helps ensure you receive the best performance by allowing the unit to run at a reduced level, using less energy, as often as possible. This unit also has a filter dryer system that helps protect the device from moisture and contaminants.
This is a fairly quiet air conditioner, but it isn't the quietest system available. It features sound output as low as 73 decibels, which is low enough that it won't bother you or your nearby neighbors when running, but it's not as quiet as the best central air conditioners.
Units in this series offer WeatherArmor Ultra Protection, a Carrier-specific set of features that combine to protect their systems from harsh weather elements. In addition, this Carrier air conditioner features a louvered coil guard made from galvanized steel.
A 10-year parts limited warranty is included with this central air conditioning system. The best warranties include an additional lifetime unit warranty, but the 10-year parts warranty is adequate and is similar to what you will find for many other central air units. A labor warranty is optional if you wish to include that with your device.
The Carrier Performance Series of air conditioners has many features to keep your home cool without breaking the bank. It isn't the most energy efficient or the quietest, with an 18 SEER score and 73-decibal sound level. However, units from this outdoor air conditioner series are going to far outperform older generations of AC units for cooling capability, environmental-friendliness, humidity removal and sound output.