Compare: Carrier vs. Trane

Carrier vs. Trane: a Comparison

Please note: RSC Heating and Air Conditioning proudly services customers within the greater Lancaster, PA area only. This post is an informative guide to our product offerings.

Carrier and Trane are two of the most popular air conditioning manufacturers in the Lancaster area. Trying to decide which air conditioning brand will get you through a Pennsylvania summer? We’ve created a guide to help you make this decision. Below is a quick guide to the most important things to consider when comparing Carrier and Trane brands.


Energy efficiency

The first step to understanding the energy efficiency of your air conditioner is to understand the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This standard is an industry metric for measuring energy efficiency. Each SEER unit is calculated by the cooling output for a typical cooling season over the total electric energy input. Basically the higher a SEER rating, the more energy efficient the product is. For the Lancaster area an air conditioner with a SEER rating of 13 would be efficient. The higher the rating the more you will be saving on your utility bill. Carrier air conditioners are available with SEER ratings as high as 21; whereas the most efficient Trane unit only has a SEER of 20. While a difference of 1 unit may not seem like a lot, over time it adds up to significant savings on your utility bill, especially when coupled with the superior dehumidification capabilities of the Carrier unit. Since humidity in the Central PA area can get dense, the dehumidification of Carrier units means you can enjoy the same level of comfort at a higher thermostat setting, saving you even more money.

Sound level

The XL20i, Trane’s top-of-the-line air conditioner, produces a nominal sound level of 72 dB. By comparison, models in Carrier’s Infinity® series operate at noise levels as low as 65 dB — a considerable difference on a day-to-day basis. Overall Trane’s XB16 and XB300 models — two of the brand’s more modestly priced entries — are sound rated to 79 and 82 dB, respectively. In contrast, the Carrier Comfort series of products operate at noise levels as low as 72 dB. To put these numbers in perspective, 80 dB is twice as loud as 70 dB; long-term exposure to 80 dB sounds can potentially cause hearing damage. Opting for the lower decibel unit is our suggestion as we would hate to disturb the peacefulness of Lancaster county.

Heating power


When considering a new air conditioning unit for your central PA home it is important to include the availability of heat pumps for each model. Adding a heat pump to your home provides extra warmth in winter and can reduce your costs during the sticky Pennsylvania summers. Choosing an efficient heat pump is essential as it can make or break your heating bill. When comparing Carrier and Trane heat pumps, Carrier is the clear winner, offering up to 86% more heating power than the competition.
To find out more about Carrier heating and air conditioning installation in the Lancaster, PA region, contact RSC Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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