PROS / Swept-wing fan blades and a separate compressor compartment keep noise at a minimum.
CONS / The efficiency rating is only average among products we reviewed.
VERDICT / Coleman Echelon Series units offer a nice combination of durable construction and quiet operation.
The Coleman Echelon Series is built to be efficient. Its SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating of up to 18 is average among the air conditioners we reviewed, and this air conditioning system produces more comfortable indoor air very quietly. While a SEER rating of 18 is average on our lineup, it is still much better than older generations of air conditioners.
It will contribute about 69 decibels of noise to your environment, which is less than many dishwashers produce. Central air units are notoriously noisy, so that will be a major benefit if you are used to one that wakes you up every time it comes on. Coleman's WhisperDrive system features a swept-wing fan design, a separate and insulated compressor compartment, and a specialized base pan to keep noise down.
When used in conjunction with the Coleman Touch Screen Communicating Control thermostat, this AC unit has the distinction of being not only Energy Star certified but meeting the more stringent requirements for the Energy Star Most Efficient designation. Both are programs of the Department of Energy set up to encourage innovation in energy efficiency. This series of air conditioners is one of only two in our central air conditioning unit reviews that qualified for the impressive Most Efficient label in addition to the Energy Star label.
The models in this series are dramatically less expensive to run than cheap air conditioners. A cheap air conditioner can save you money on the initial purchase, but it could cost you in the long run. Coleman Echelon Series products are among the best central air conditioners for saving you money on energy bills over time. The durability can also save money over the years to come. Air conditioners in this series are built to last, with powder-painted steel and slotted inlet coil guards to protect it from the elements.
This manufacturer offers excellent customer support options and an informational website as well as a decent warranty – 10 years on the compressor and 10 years on other parts. As we compared air conditioning units, we saw some units with lifetime warranties, but 10 years is very respectable.
There are air conditioning units on the market that have higher SEER ratings and run a little quieter, but not by much. Units from the Coleman Echelon Series are very competitive, especially since they can easily be adapted to allow you to control them from your smartphone. These air conditioners will make your home more comfortable and save you on energy bills for years to come.