Air conditioning might be one of the greatest inventions of all time, and for good reason. A powerful air conditioning system can be one of life’s greatest comforts, and we’ve grown accustomed to walking into home and businesses and being greeted with a perfect temperature throughout the year.
When A/C units go out, it can be a nightmare if you are in the middle of a summer heat wave. When dealing with a broken or poorly functioning A/C unit, it’s important to have a professional company on-hand to visit your property and provide a quick solution to the problem. Using a professional A/C repair company such as Direct A/C will allow you to stress less and let the experts get your A/C back in order without delay.
If you have the need to replace your A/C unit, there are a few things you need to know before making a purchase. In this guide, our friendly experts at Direct A/C will share some important information about two of our best-selling AC brands, Carrier and Goodman—to help you make the best decision you can about your air conditioning system.
Carrier Central AC Units
If you are wanting a premium A/C unit that is going to provide you years of high-quality service, Carrier is going to be the way to go. Carrier units can be more expensive than other brands, but if you are wanting an A/C unit that is built to last and will give you years of uninterrupted cool air, choose a Carrier A/C unit for its outstanding durability and long-lifespan.
If you’re thinking of purchasing a Carrier AC, you should know that this brand is known to be of very high quality. However, they do tend to be more expensive and require a complex installation process that might also cost more.
Goodman Central AC Units
If the Carrier A/C units are a little out of your budget, a Goodman A/C unit can be a great alternative. These cheaper units are a great way to replace a broken unit when you don’t have a lot of money to spare. These units will give you years of great service and come with a warranty that is on par with more expensive units such as the Carrier line. Goodman is one of the most common units you will see on new construction homes due to their lower price and reliability.
Goodman AC units are built with all-aluminum coils and are exceptionally reliable considering their lower cost. As far as cons, homeowners will have to consider the fact that Goodman does not manufacture premium or larger models, as Carrier will.
Which A/C Unit Is Best For Me?
When it comes to choosing the best A/C unit for your application, you are going to want to take a few things into consideration. Budget, house size, and warranty are all things that you should consider when discussing your options with your A/C repair company. Without consulting an expert, you could easily choose a unit that is underpowered or overpowered for your home. An A/C expert can assess your home and A/C needs to suggest the correct size unit.
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If you need an A/C replacement in Miami, Florida, look no further than Direct A/C. With over 23 years in the A/C repair business, you can trust the team at Direct A/C to diagnose, repair, and replace any A/C problem you may have. Whether you need help for routine maintenance or an emergency repair in the middle of the night, we’ll make sure you are always covered.
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With all of the different HVAC brands out there, how do you know which one to choose? When you are looking for a new heating and air conditioning system, which brand should you go with?
These are common questions that homeowners and business owners ponder when it comes time to find a replacement unit for their heating and/or air conditioning system. You’ve probably heard of the bigger names out there such as Trane, Carrier, Lennox and York. But, there are other brands out there such as Bryant, Goodman, Rheem, American Standard, Coleman and many others that are not normally in the conversation concerning the top HVAC brands.
So, what are the differences between all of these HVAC brands? Actually, not a whole lot…
HVAC Brands Comparison
Believe it or not, many of the HVAC brands out there are made by the same parent company. Below I’ve listed most of the bigger brand names and their fellow “child” brands.
– Carrier – Bryant, Payne, and Day & Night
– Trane – American Standard
– Lennox – Armstrong and Concord
– Goodman – Amana (Daikin actually owns Goodman now)
– York – Luxaire and Coleman
– Rheem – Ruud
There are a few other brands out there, but for the sake of time I’ll stop here. These are probably the most well-known brands in the HVAC world. As you can see, there are quite a few connections with many of the different HVAC brands out there. From here, these “parent” brands are actually owned by larger organizations that own all of the brands within each column above. For example, one organization owns Carrier, Bryant, Payne and Day & Night. Another organization owns Trane and American Standard, and so on.
So, What’s the Difference?
If a parent company or brand has other brands under the same organization, then was is the difference between them? This is what is very important to know: There’s not a lot of difference between the heating and air units that are produced among the different brands of an organization.
The price tag is the main difference.
Normally, the “parent” HVAC brand will be priced higher than the other “child” brands in that same organization. For example, Carrier air conditioners are going to cost more than Bryant air conditioners. Carrier is the more well-known brand name and has the more extensive reputation. Therefore, this brand is going to be advertised more. But, Bryant is made by the same company and is practically identical when it comes to parts and accessories.
Goodman, on the other hand, is actually the cheaper brand between Goodman and Amana. Goodman makes Amana, which is their higher-priced brand. But, in most cases, the parent brand is the more expensive HVAC brand and the child brands are the cheaper, more affordable options.
Which HVAC Brand Should You Choose?
When it comes to choosing the best HVAC brands, we personally recommend going with the more affordable options. In most cases, this is the best choice when considering what you get for your money. As stated earlier, most of the bigger, well-known names are going to cost quite a bit more than their cheaper brand options. Since the quality and performance is practically identical between the parent and child brands, we recommend the more affordable brand to get the most bang for your buck.
To be more specific, we really like Bryant and Goodman. Carrier is very well-known and their heating and air units have a great reputation. Their name speaks for itself. Well, the Bryant brand is Carrier’s more affordable option. You get both quality and value.
Goodman is another solid option. Goodman units are probably the best-priced units on the market today. Their quality and reliability matched with their unmatched price tag is hard to beat. They also have some of the best warranties available.
York units are also well-priced and they are worthy of consideration as well.
It will benefit you to do your own research and to find the brand that you feel the most comfortable with. Check out reviews and other people’s opinions as well. Don’t rush into anything.
One More Thing to Consider
This might be more important than the HVAC brand itself. In most cases, the HVAC unit will be purchased through a local HVAC contractor who will deliver and install the unit. It’s wise to do your research and compare the contractors in your area. Be sure to compare the prices between each of the different contractors that you are considering. How? They should be willing to come out and give you a free estimate. We also recommend that they are NATE certified. The key is that you don’t want to be paying too much, but you also want a quality system with a quality installer.
At Cagle Service, we offer both quality systems and quality HVAC installation and maintenance services. We install all major brands and models. If you live in or around the Jackson TN area, feel free to give us a call at 731-300-1030. We would love to hear from you.
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Carrier has the best name recognition in air conditioning. Most homeowners are familiar with Bryant too, but Day & Night is more obscure.
These brands have a lot in common, since they are all part of the same huge company. Did you know that?
So, here are a couple questions we hear when this fact is known: Are Carrier and Bryant ACs the except for the names? What about Day & Night?
It’s a Complicated History
Let’s get to know the players.
The first is United Technologies (UTC), the parent company of all three brands and dozens more.
UTC was #51 on the 2017 Fortune 500 list. It’s businesses cover a wide spectrum from aerospace to climate control.
Carrier: Willis Carrier and partners began the company in 1915. In 1955, Carrier acquired Bryant and Day & Night brands. Carrier Corporation was bought by UTC in 1979. Here is Carrier’s AC page.
Bryant: Charles Bryant started the company in 1914 to make water heaters. The company started manufacturing furnaces before being bought by Carrier. This page lists all Bryant air conditioners.
Day & Night: This brand name was discontinued by Carrier. However, in 1999, Carrier acquired International Comfort Products (ICP), a company with a long history of making heating and cooling equipment. ICP brought the Day & Night name brand back into use in 2009. Other ICP brands are Arcoaire, Comfortmaker, Heil, KeepRite and Tempstar. Here are Day & Night ACs.
As you can see, UTC owns a huge chunk of the residential HVAC market.
OK, But Are Carrier and Bryant the Same? What About Day & Night?
Why are Carrier AC prices higher much of the time when homeowners get competing estimates?
Are Carrier ACs better because they cost more?
Are Day & Night ACs different because the brand is part of ICP?
These questions are answered in this comparison guide to Carrier, Bryant and Day & Night central air conditioners.
The quick answer: The three brands are more alike than they are different.
- Carrier and Bryant both make 17 models, and 16 are exactly the same. They each make an entry-level (cheap) model the other doesn’t produce.
- Day & Night makes a limited lineup of 11 models. Only 5 Day & Night air conditioner models directly overlap with the Carrier and Bryant models.
Two tables in this guide show comparisons. The table near the end of this article is for those that like to dig deep into the details, as we do.
And we’ve linked above to the main AC pages for Carrier, Bryant and Day & Night. From those pages, you can click on any model for a description. The pages have filters for narrowing your research. The Carrier page has a useful Compare function that allows you to see side-by-side efficiency and feature overviews of up to three models.
Here’s the first table. It is an overview of the basic similarities and differences between Carrier and Bryant and Day & Night air conditioners.
|Carrier||Bryant||Night & Day|
|Variable-speed||1 model||1 model||None|
|Two-stage||4 models||4 models||2 models|
|Single-stage||12 models||12 models||9 models|
|20 SEER +||2 models||2 models||None|
|19 SEER||1 model||1 model||1 model|
|17 SEER||3 models||3 models||2 models|
|16 SEER||4 models||4 models||2 models|
|15 SEER||None||None||1 model|
|14 SEER||3 models||3 models||3 models|
|13 SEER||4 models||4 models||2 models|
|Coastal||2 models||1 model||None|
|Compact||1 model||2 models||1 model|
There is a longer table below with all models and more details from all three brands.
How Day & Night, Carrier and Bryant are the Same
There are similarities between all three that stem from their common parent company, UTC.
This is the most important similarity. Though some models differ in detail, most of their parts are interchangeable. The brands are made in the same factories using common compressors, fans, coils and other essential components. Each has its own jacket and badging – the name plate and logo – but that is often the only difference.
Top tier quality:
All three rank among the top ten brands for quality. Trane, American Standard and other ICP brands like Heil are also on the list. This is a result of their common parts.
Independent testing and consumer surveys confirm that the dependability ratings for Bryant, Carrier and Day & Night are statistically the same. What matters most is the quality of the installation. We discuss that topic later.
Air conditioning performance:
Carrier and Bryant ACs are available in variable-capacity, two-stage and single-stage models from 21 SEER down to 13 SEER. Day & Night doesn’t make a variable-capacity air conditioner, and its most efficient model is a 19 SEER AC the other brands also make.
Variable-capacity: Only Carrier and Bryant make them. These air conditioners have compressors that modulate between 40% and 100% capacity or speed. The faster the compressor circulates the refrigerant, the faster the home is cooled. However, if cooling happens too fast, there can be temperature swings in the house. The compressor speeds up and down in increments of about 1% to maintain even cooling. The process is often compared to cruise control – engine speed slightly increases or decreases to keep your car steady at your desired speed.
Variable capacity models: Carrier Infinity 24VNA0 and Bryant Evolution 180C.
Two-stage: All three produce multiple two-stage air conditioners. These units have a low speed (65%) and high speed (100%). Low speed is used for slower cooling and even temperatures. High speed is for rapid cooling of a home when the house is hot. For example, if it’s 85F in the house when you get home from work and lower the thermostat setting to 75F, the AC will use its high-capacity mode until the desired temperature is reached, and then will use the low cycle to maintain your home at 75.
Best two-stage models: Carrier Infinity 19VS, Infinity 17 and Performance 17, Bryant Evolution 189BNV, Evolution 187B and Preferred 127A and Day & Night Constant Comfort Deluxe 19 CVA9 and Deluxe 17 CCA7.
Single-stage: These air conditioners run at 100% capacity all the time. They’re the least expensive, but can cause over-cooling and swings of several degrees, which is bothersome if you’re particular about indoor climate comfort.
Best single-stage models: Carrier Infinity 16, Bryant Evolution 186B and Day & Night Constant Comfort 16. They are efficient yet affordable.
How Carrier, Bryant and Day & Night are Different
These points might help you decide which brand is right for your home.
Day & Night has a unit replacement warranty:
All the brands back their ACs with a 10-year general parts warranty. However, Day & Night is the only brand of the three that offers to replace the entire AC if the compressor or condensing coil fail. It calls this coverage the No Hassle Replacement Warranty. The Unit Replacement portion of the 10-year warranty varies: 10 years (2 models), 5 years (1 model), 3 years (1 model) or 1 year (1 model). The warranty coverage can be viewed by clicking on any model on the Day & Night AC page.
If the warranties are longer, are Day & Night ACs better? No. The brand offers the Unit Replacement warranties on those five models as a way to market them. Unit replacement warranties are common to all the ICP brands including Heil, Tempstar and ComfortMaker, not just Day & Night.
Goodman pioneered the unit replacement warranty. After Daikin bought the Goodman and Amana brands, unit replacement warranties were dropped on Goodman. They are still available on several Amana air conditioner models. In fact, some carry a Lifetime Unit Replacement warranty that is the best available. It’s something we discuss in our comparison of Amana vs Goodman air conditioners.
Day & Night ACs are less efficient:
The five models that are identical to Carrier and Bryant have the same efficiencies. The six Day & Night models that aren’t identical tend to be less efficient. The differences are slight, usually 1 or 2 SEER points. In a cool climate, you probably won’t notice the difference in your AC bills. In hot climates, using a less efficient AC will add up.
Carrier costs the most, followed by Bryant and Day & Night:
This always raises the question: Are Carrier air conditioners better than Bryant or Day & Night? We’ve answered already that there’s no quality difference. So, why does Carrier cost more than Bryant and D&N?
There are two reasons.
First, Carrier is marketed as the supreme HVAC brand available. To bolster this impression, Carrier spends far more on marketing and advertising its brand.
Secondly, many consumers aren’t satisfied unless they buy the “best” brand. Most of us are willing to spend a little more to get the best quality and durability. However, Carrier plays on that mindset to sell Carrier HVAC equipment at a higher cost than the other two, even though the quality is the same.
Here’s how it works: Some consumers say, “Carrier costs the most, so it must be the best. I’ll buy Carrier instead of Bryant or Day & Night.”
- Carrier AC prices are set to make it appear that Carrier is the superior brand.
- Bryant is priced in the middle to compete for consumers that want quality without spending top dollar.
- ay & Night is marketed as a “value brand” like Goodman.
Carrier and Bryant are national; Day & Night is regional:
If you live in the East, Southeast or Northern Plains of the US, there might not be a Day & Night dealer in your city. However, local dealers should have another ICP brand such as Heil, KeepRite, Comfortmaker or Tempstar.
Side by Side Comparison of Identical Models
This table shows all the models that are the same. As you can see, there is much more overlap with Bryant and Carrier than with Day & Night.
|Carrier Model||Bryant Models||Night & Day Models||Stages||SEER||Warranty|
|Infinity 20 24VNA0||Evolution 180C||Variable||20.5 SEER||10 years|
|Infinity 21 24ANB1||Evolution 180B||2-stage||21 SEER||10 years|
|Infinity 19VS 24VNA9||Evolution 189BNV||CC Deluxe 19 CVA9*||2-stage||19 SEER||10 years|
|Infinity 17 24ANB7 & 24ANB7**C||Evolution 187B & 187BNC||CC Deluxe 17 CCA7*||2-stage||17 SEER||10 years|
|Infinity 16 24ANB6||Evolution 186B||Single-stage||16 SEER||10 years|
|Performance 17 24ACB7||Preferred 127A||2-stage||17 SEER||10 years|
|Performance 16 24APB6||Preferred 126CNA||Single-stage||17 SEER||10 years|
|Performance 16 24ACC6||Preferred 126B||Single-stage||16 SEER||10 years|
|Performance 13 24ACB3||Preferred 123A||Single-stage||13 SEER||10 years|
|Performance 14 Compact 24AHA4||Preferred 124ANS||Performance 14 NH4A4||Single-stage||14 SEER||10 years|
|Comfort 16 24AAA6||Legacy 106A||Single-stage||16 SEER||10 years|
|Comfort 16 24ABC6||Legacy 116B||Single-stage||16 SEER||10 years|
|Comfort 15 24AAA5||Legacy 105A||Performance 14 N4A5||Single-stage||14 SEER||10 years|
|Comfort 14 24ACC4||Legacy 114C||Single-stage||14 SEER||10 years|
|Comfort 13 24ABB3**C||Legacy 114CNC||Single-stage||13 SEER||10 years|
|Comfort 13 24ABB3||Legacy 113A||Performance 13 N4A3||Single-stage||13 SEER||10 years|
Note: CC stands for Constant Comfort, the name of Day & Night’s top series of air conditioners. C shows that these models have finishes designed to withstand coastal salt spray.
You might also be interested in our current brand review guides that include prices:
How to Choose the Best Brand for Your Home
Here’s how to decide the Carrier vs Bryant vs Day & Night debate when it comes to your next central air conditioner.
Premium efficiency: The 19 SEER Day & Night AC is very efficient, but not quite on par with the Evolution 180B and Carrier Infinity 21, both 21 SEER units. If your summers are long and extremely hot, you might want the most efficient unit available. If your summers are mild and don’t demand heavy AC use, it’s not cost-effective to pay the higher cost for best efficiency.
Secondly, if reducing your carbon footprint is a top priority, then those Carrier and Bryant models use 10% less energy. The warmer your climate, the more that adds up.
Our SEER Savings Calculator is designed to help you find the right efficiency for your climate. It is customizable includes temperature and electrical cost data from every major city in the US. The calculator allows you to see how much your energy costs will change based on the SEER rating (efficiency) of the air conditioner you choose. Give it a try here!
The best warranty: If you like the peace of mind a premium warranty gives, then one of the Day & Night air conditioners with a unit replacement warranty is a good choice. It could potentially save you $1,500 or more in repair costs. We recommend selecting one with at least a 5-year Hassle Free warranty, since compressors and coils rarely fail before that. If they do fail early, it’s usually an installation problem, an important issue we next.
A proven installer: We’ve emphasized that the brands are equal in quality.
However, HVAC installers are not equal. Some have more experience and a better track record of doing the job right the first time. Installation is the most important factor in whether your air conditioner will give you the efficiency, performance and longevity you expect. No industry pro disputes that.
Bad installation ruins good HVAC equipment, even Carrier, Bryant or D&N. Unfortunately, it happens every day.
We strongly recommend that you get estimates from at least three local air conditioning companies that sell these brands. Some will install all three, while others will offer just one or two of the brands. That’s not important.
What is important is the level of proven expertise each company has. Find out about the experience of the crew that will be doing the work. Check their online reviews. Ask for references from homeowners that bought an AC from them 10+ years ago.
When you find an installer with good reviews, reputation and references, that’s the air conditioning contractor you want to hire, regardless of brand.
With dozens of installers in your area, it can take “forever” to sort through them. For your convenience, the contractors in our Free Local Quote service are prescreened for experience. They are licensed and insured. Feel free to give our service a try.
There’s no obligation to use any of the quotes – just the chance to get a competitive estimate from one of the top central air conditioning installers where you live.
All the best in finding your next central AC. We hope this and other informative guides on PickHVAC have helped. If so, please share this content with friends and followers on social media. We appreciate it!
It's a Goodman! Carrier Corporation (who recently announced they were shutting down their US based manufacturing facility and moving all manufacturing to Mexico next year) makes Carrier, Bryant, Day & Night, Payne, Arcoaire, Comfortmaker, Heil, KeepRite, and Tempstar.
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Also asked, is Goodman owned by carrier?
Goodman Manufacturing is a subsidiary of the Daikin Group, the world's largest manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning products and systems.
|Number of employees||5,000+|
Similarly, is Goodman a good brand? Goodman Central Air ConditionersGoodman air conditioners are another of the top HVAC AC units on this list that isn't quite as revered as Trane or Carrier. They are known for being cheaper in price range, but still being a good brand to rely on.
Accordingly, what brands does Goodman make?
Goodman Manufacturing in Houston, Texas makes all Goodman, Daikin, Amana, and Franklin branded air conditioners.
Which is better Goodman vs carrier?
Of course, it is difficult for Goodman to beat Carrier in the SEER department for their premium model air conditioner but there are pluses and minuses for everything.
Goodman Versus Carrier Air Conditioners.
|Goodman Versus Carrier Premium Air Conditioner Models Comparison Matrix|
|Up to 18 SEER Performance||Up to 21.0 SEER rating|
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Day and Night Air Conditioner Reviews – Consumer Ratings
Questions for the Dealer/Salesman
- High Performance HVAC always recommends that you seriously consider purchasing (if available) an extended warranty that covers both parts and labor. I do know some companies offer extended 10-year parts and labor warranty and it is usually a tad bit on the high side and comes with a few strings such as you must purchase a maintenance contract approved by the manufacturer. Since labor is not typically included with standard warranties this type of warranty, if available, would mean the manufacturer is confident in their equipment and in the installation contractor.
- If you select the communicating system you will want it in the contract that the contractor should run the wire for the legacy system also. The communicating thermostat only uses two wires and if that system fails then you want to have the ability to wire it up to a traditional type of thermostat so you can get the system up and running quickly.
- What is SmartSense? It is listed on their website but not explained exactly what it is.
Models | Day and Night Air Conditioner Reviews - Consumer Ratings
Day and Night has two specific models. One is the premium model and the other is the economical model. Among those, the are several choices. The two varied models are the Ion model and the Performance model. The Ion ranges from 15 SEER to 19 SEER for efficiency. The 19 SEER is modulating for higher comfort and efficiency. The Ion series has a two-stage compressor for staging while the others are single-stage and offer higher efficiency by using variable-speed blowers and larger coils.
The Performance series offers a high-efficiency model that is 17 SEER. The 17 SEER Performance series has a two-stage compressor for higher efficiency. The other Performance series has a baseline efficiency of 14 SEER to 17 SEER with a few in the middle of those efficiency numbers.
Basic Critique of Information | Day and Night Air Conditioner Reviews - Consumer Ratings
Here is a basic critique of the information provided on the Day and Night Website.
- High-Efficiency Scroll Compressor - good for medium ranges of efficiency (in SEER). This compressor will cost you more than a single-stage compressor but is more efficient.
- Two-speed fan - this is an absolute must for the two-stage compressor however the ECM variable-speed condenser fan motor is more efficient but more costly for the initial purchase and for future repairs.
- Filter drier - this is a necessary part of the refrigeration system and it prevents trash and moisture from reaching the metering device/or compressor. All manufacturers provide this and most quality HVAC contractors install additional filter driers when you buy a new unit from them.
- Tightwire grille - this protects the coils (as mentioned) and is important to the integrity of the condenser. Again, this is provided by all manufacturers to protect the condenser coils.
- Powder coat finishes - this is good for you. It prevents rust and corrosion and is also done by most HVAC manufacturers.
- Compatible with most thermostats - Unless you purchase a higher efficiency system you don’t need a proprietary communicating thermostat. Most off-the-shelf thermostats can be installed by the consumer in the event the thermostat has problems and goes bad.
- R-410A refrigerant - all HVAC manufacturers use R-410A for residential equipment.
- Cooling capacity: 2 to 5 tons - The are the normal ranges for residential systems.
Day & Night is owned by the same company that produces Carrier which is United Technologies so you can expect to get similar engineering and components in the Day & Night brand that you get from a Carrier HVAC system. For more information on Day & Night and their latest models and efficiency ratings please visit the Day & Night website.
Day and Night Air Conditioner Reviews - Consumer Ratings
5 Things You Should Know About Day and Night AC Units
When you’re thinking about replacing your air conditioning system, you might wonder about the cost and advantages of Day and Night AC Units. Having a guide to help you choose the right product would be great, especially since there’s so much information out there. How do you know when a brand and its units are the right ones for you?
If you want it laid out simply so you can make a quick decision, you’ve come to the right place. At newACunit.com, we do more than just help you find an AC unit and have it professionally installed. We also make it easy to sort through the details.
1. What Can I Expect from Day and Night AC Units?
Day and Night offers a range of AC units, mostly aimed at a balance of affordability and performance. Its Ion System Air Conditioners are the top of the company’s lines, with operation as low as 56 decibels and efficiency up to 19 SEER. For something that suits homeowners with tight budgets, the Performance Series features reasonable efficiency at a price you’ll find competitive or even better than other brands. This series even has models for small homes or installation in tight spaces.
One of the best advantages of Day and Night is the company’s outstanding warranties. We at newACunit.com know that you’re concerned with your investment, which is why we think the warranty is worth a mention. Almost all models get a 10-year limited warranty, which is one of the longest in the business.
On the higher-end models, you can get what they call a “No Hassle Replacement.” For up to 10 years depending on the product, you can replace the unit if one of the big parts fails, like the compressor. For a year or two, this might not be that impressive. A well-built system isn’t likely to break that bad so quickly. After the 5-year mark? A warranty like that could save you thousands. You’ll pay more for it, but it might be well worth the investment.
2. How Does Day and Night compare to other brands?
When you see all the different HVAC brands, you should know that many of them are made by the same parent company. For example, the well-known AC brand Carrier bought Bryant and Day and Night in the 1950s. The Day and Night brand was discontinued in the 1990s and brought back in 2010.
Day and Night is a part of International Comfort Products Corporation, which is owned by Carrier along with a bunch of other brands. So if you notice a few similarities between Day and Night and Carrier AC units, you’re not making a mistake. Some of them are exactly the same.
So, what’s the difference between Day and Night and other brands? It’s designed to provide competitive air conditioning units at a moderate price. In other words, you’ll get a solid system with that awesome warranty, and you might pay less for it than you would for another brand’s similar product.
3. How Much Do Day and Night Air Conditioners Cost?
The price of a Day and Night AC unit depends on a few different factors:
- Speed: Variable, two-stage or single-stage
- Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER): 19 (highest) to 13 (lowest)
- Unit Size
- Additional features, like quiet operation
Most Day and Night models offer single-stage operation. Single-stage means that the air conditioner is on or it’s off. Some options have two stages, which means that they can operate in a high or low position. Variable-speed modes give your system the ability to adjust the temperature slightly, with just the right speed to make it happen. Only the most expensive Day and Night models offer this function.
SEER ratings range from 13, which is the absolute minimum for new air conditioners, to 26. This rating refers to the unit’s efficiency. Higher numbers mean that you’ll spend less money on your energy bills to get the same amount of cooling. Day and Night’s models cap at 19 SEER. In a place with boiling hot summers like Phoenix, higher is usually better. Just remember that you’ll pay more for the products with the best ratings.
Keep in mind that when you search for prices online, you might be getting an estimate for the unit, or the unit plus installation. It’s important to distinguish the two because there can be a fairly significant difference. As a general rule, you should expect to pay at least $2,000 for most AC units with installation. Higher-end Day and Night models can run up to $6,000 or more installed.
4. When Should I Consider Buying a Day and Night AC Unit?
Once you start to narrow down the list of options, it’s time to choose a brand. Day and Night may be a good fit for you if:
- You’re looking for an AC unit that cools well but doesn’t break the bank.
- You don’t need the absolute highest efficiency.
- You want the assurance of a great warranty.
For this brand, you’re less likely to get something that has the newest, flashiest technology. In return, you get the advantages of solid construction backed by excellent customer service.
5. Can I buy a Day and Night AC and install it myself?
If you’re trying to stick to a very small budget, it’s tempting to make the mistake of buying an AC unit to install yourself. For most manufacturers, that’s a quick way to void the warranty because installing air conditioning is a lot more difficult than it looks. If it breaks during installation, it will cost you big to fix or replace.
At newACunit.com, we know that hiring a professional contractor to install your unit is the best way to ensure that it will run well for years to come. We structure our process to give you an ideal selection of AC units that will meet your needs and make it easy for you to choose the one you prefer. On an investment this big, you’re much better off letting a contractor take care of it than searching for an online guide and hoping for the best.
If you’re ready to find out more about Day and Night AC units or see how they might work for your home, it’s time to visit newACunit.com. We’re happy to guide you through the process and select an AC unit you’ll be delighted to have every year.
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Day & Night has a reputation for value – Equipment that is better than average yet affordable.
In fact, the brand is nearly identical to one of the best-known and most expensive AC brands, but costs much less. More on that in the Model Analysis section below.
This Day & Night air conditioner guide lists the brand’s features, pros and cons, model analysis and prices.
Day & Night Top Features – Day & Night Pros
Here are some of the top advantages of buying one of the 10+ Day & Night central air conditioner models.
Quality is better than average, according to accumulated user data. Cost is average, so as we noted, you get good value with a Day & Night air conditioner.
Three performance options are available: Single-stage, two-stage and variable-capacity ACs. The details are found in the model table and analysis below.
What this gives you is a range of options to fit your budget and your climate – the warmer your climate, the faster you will be paid back for buying an energy efficient air conditioner.
Day & Night warranties are some of the best available. First, each unit in the lineup – even the cheapest 13 SEER models – are backed by 10-year general parts warranties.
But there’s more. Five models are backed by “No Hassle” unit replacement warranties of 1, 3, 5 or 10 years. This means that if the compressor or coil fails in that time, Day & Night will replace the entire unit, not just the part. The 1 and 3 year warranties are a bit of a gimmick, since failure in that timeframe is rare when the unit is properly installed. But the 5 and 10 year replacement warranties are a warranty upgrade worth having.
That higher-cost, bigger-name brand that’s almost exactly the same doesn’t offer unit replacement warranties.
The Day & Night Ion control gives you remote access with WiFi connectivity. This allows you to monitor and control your HVAC system from anywhere using a smart device and the app. This convenience option will also reduce your energy use and costs. For example, you can turn up the thermostat to use less energy while you’re away – and use the app to boost cooling on your way home. You’ll always arrive home to a cool, comfortable house.
Day & Night Cons
This brand is one of our highest-rated AC brands. But there are a few things to be aware of.
The Observer Communicating System is available as an option on top models. It is technology that allows all system components to share data with the thermostat-rather than just receiving commands. The advantage is optimal cooling and dehumidification. That sounds good, of course.
The downside is a greater risk of system failure. Plus, the upgrade for the equipment and thermostat costs more than $800.
Currently, we do not recommend communicating technology, as discussed here.
Day & Night’s variable-speed AC has five speeds. It runs at the lowest speed possible for quiet operation, more balanced cooling than a single-stage or two-stage model is capable of and better dehumidification. Those are pros, of course.
But the con is that most variable-speed ACs have 70 or more stages of modulation. The climate control is even better with those units. If you are very particular about indoor comfort, a true variable-capacity AC is recommended.
Day & Night AC Model Analysis and Recommendation
Here’s an overview of the models and their main features. Analysis follows.
|Constant Comfort Deluxe CVA9||19/13||5-stage Variable||Optional||Energy Star, 10-year replacement|
|Constant Comfort Deluxe CCA7||17/13||2-stage||Optional||Energy Star, 10-year replacement|
|Constant Comfort 16 CSA6||16/12.2||Single-stage||Optional||Energy Star, 5-year replacement|
|Constant Comfort 15 CSA5||15/12.2||Single-stage||Optional||3-year replacement|
|Constant Comfort 13 C4A3||43782||Single-stage||No||1-year replacement|
|Performance 17 N4A7||17/13||2-stage||No||Energy Star|
|Performance 16 N4A6||17/13||Single-stage||No||Energy Star|
|Performance 16 NX46||43815||Single-stage||No||Energy Star|
|Performance 14 N4A5||14/12.2||Single-stage||No|
|Performance 14 N4A4**C||14/11.5||Single-stage||No||Coastal anti-rust coating|
|Performance 14 NH4A4||14/12.2||Single-stage||No||Compact design|
|Performance 14 NXA4||43783||Single-stage||No|
|Performance 13 N4A3||43782||Single-stage||No|
As you can see, there are three basic series, Constant Comfort Deluxe, Constant Comfort and Performance. These roughly equate to Carrier Infinity, Performance and Comfort.
That’s right. When you buy a Day & Night air conditioner, it will be nearly identical to a Carrier model. There are minor differences in some models that do not affect quality or performance.
International Comfort Products (ICP) is the parent company of Day & Night. ICP also makes identical brands Tempstar, ComfortMaker, Heil and others.
ICP is owned by Carrier. With Day & Night, you get Carrier quality at a much more affordable cost. Take a look at what a carrier ac cost in our Carrier Central Air Conditioner Buying Guide and Review.
1). Constant Comfort Deluxe is Day & Night’s top series. Both models offer staged cooling for better indoor comfort. Each is backed by a 10-year replacement warranty.
Recommendation: These ACs are ideal for very warm climates when premium climate control is preferred. This is especially the case if you want to upgrade to make it a communicating system. Just note our caution above.
To have a complete communicating system, you might need to replace your furnace too and include the Observer communicating thermostat.
2). Constant Comfort models are all single-stage units that have replacement warranties. Just one is Energy Star rated.
Recommendation: When you want better durability but don’t need premium efficiency, these are a good choice. These are the second-best units in quality with mid-grade prices. The 13 SEER C4A3 is only suitable for cool climates or where the AC won’t be used much (vacation home, guest apartment, etc.). It’s not efficient enough for warm/hot climates.
3). Performance models make up the largest series and the most affordable. The SEER range is the largest too, so there’s a unit for every climate from the coolest to the hottest.
All models are single-stage ACs. That means lower cost but indoor climate control isn’t as good. You might feel slight temperature swings, and the units won’t remove as much humidity as a two-stage or variable AC.
Recommendations: When cost is your primary concern, choose a Performance series AC. They’re all backed by 10-year parts warranties, so the quality is very good.
Be sure to choose one suited to your climate – the warmer your seasons are, the higher the efficiency should be.
The Performance 14 N4A4**C is a designed for areas where coastal salt spray is possible. Day & Night says it has, “Full coverage powder coat paint over galvanized steel and epoxy-phenolic fins for better protection against harsh coastal climates.”
The Performance 14 N4A4**C Compact NH4A4 is ideal for installation where space is tight – under a deck or for attached townhouses with minimal yard space.
Day & Night AC Prices
This price list has two columns.
The System Only price is just the air conditioner (also called a condensing unit or outside unit).
The System Installed price is the cost of installation equipment and labor. This includes the indoor coil, refrigerant and line set, and a new thermostat, if needed.
The reason for the range of prices is that each model is produced in units from 1.5 or 2.0 tons (18K BTU or 24K BTU) depending on model to 5.0 tons (60K BTU) for all models.
|Model||System Only||System Installed|
|Constant Comfort Deluxe CVA9||$2,750-$3,500||$3,750-$5,600|
|Constant Comfort Deluxe CCA7||$2,500-$3,250||$3,500-$5,415|
|Constant Comfort 16 CSA6||$2,235-$3,050||$3,100-$5,125|
|Constant Comfort 15 CSA5||$2,100-$2,850||$2,925-$4,900|
|Constant Comfort 13 C4A3||$1,675-$2,300||$2,500-$4,225|
|Performance 17 N4A7||$2,400-$3,275||$3,250-$5,300|
|Performance 16 N4A6||$2,250-$3,100||$3,100-$5,085|
|Performance 16 NX46||$2,075-$2,895||$2,935-$4,900|
|Performance 14 N4A5||$1,600-$2,350||$2,465-$4,400|
|Performance 14 N4A4**C||$1,550-$2,300||$2,375-$4,125|
|Performance 14 NH4A4||$1,450-$2,100||$2,250-$4,000|
|Performance 14 NXA4||$1,275-$2,025||$2,200-$3,850|
|Performance 13 N4A3||$995-$1,800||$1,850-$3,675|
Day & Night AC Prices by Size
This is another way to sort out air conditioner prices for Day & Night models.
For this information to be useful, you should know what your current AC size is. It’s possible you’ll find it on the air conditioner plate where the serial and model numbers are found.
The AC model number often includes the size too. Look for these numbers as part of the serial number:
|AC Unit Size||Home size||Equipment cost||Installed Cost|
|1.5 ton||Up to 1,000 sf||$995-$2,750||$1,900-$4,800|
|2.0 ton||1001-1300 sf||$1,100-$2,900||$2,150-$4,925|
|2.5 ton||1301-1600 sf||$1,285-$3,075||$2,300-$5,000|
|3.0 ton||1601-1900 sf||$1,400-$3,150||$2,395-$5,225|
|3.5 ton||1901-2200 sf||$1,650-$3,285||$2,700-$5,300|
|4.0 ton||2201-2600 sf||$1,725-$3,415||$2,735-$5,465|
|5.0 ton||2601-3200 sf||$1,800-$3,500||$2,800-$5,600|
* The “Home Size” column is a very rough estimate. The warmer your climate is, the bigger the AC must be relative to house size. Have a load test done to get your air conditioner properly sized.
Whenever you replace an air conditioner, it’s a good idea to have the technician do a load test.
This is especially true if you have made your home more energy efficient through increased insulation, better windows and doors or other upgrades. If you have, then your new AC should be smaller than the current unit.
Use the Free Local Quotes tab or phone number on this page to discuss your AC size requirement with some of the top air conditioner installers in your area.
Rebates and Incentives on Efficient Day & Night ACs
Federal tax credits for efficient HVAC equipment have expired.
However, most utility companies offer rebates and credits for Energy Star air conditioners.
Call your energy provider or search the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.
Get Competitive Estimates on a New AC
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Compare All Top Brands
This Day & Night air conditioner review is one of nearly 20 we have prepared covering all top brands. See the Current Position list to the right for our AC brand reviews. Each has the same tables found here. They make it easy to compare Day & Night air conditioners to Trane, Lennox, Carrier, Goodman, Ameristar, Ducane and many more.