Carrier vs Rheem vs Trane
We must replace our air conditioner IMMEDIATELY. We have gotten 3 estimates. DH and I do not know enough to compare the 3. I would appreciate any help you can give me. All units are 5 ton units, which is what we currently have and which is adequate for our 2000 sq ft house.
In order from most expensive to least expensive, we have gotten prices on the following units:
1. Trane XL 16i
2. Trane XB 14
3. Trane XB 13
4. Carrier Infinity (21 SEER)
5. Carrier (17 SEER)
6. Rheem (16 SEER)
The HVAC folks keep talking about SEER numbers. I know what SEER stands for, but I'm not sure how much it is worth.
None are out of our price range but the most expensive one is 150% - 175% of the least expensive. I do not want to buy the most expensive only to find out that one of the others would have cooled my house just as well.
We do not know if we are comparing apples to apples or oranges to grapes. ANY advice, comments, opinions, etc. will be greatly appreciated.