Bryant Air Conditioners
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Bryant makes different kinds of central air conditioning systems, which it classifies into three groups: Legacy, Preferred, and Evolution.
The efficiency of these devices is rated using a scale called SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio), which describes the amount of energy necessary to produce a certain amount of cooling. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the device. Bryant air conditioners can be attached to a basic thermostat, or to the special Thermidstat system, which also has options for humidity.
The Legacy has a maximum SEER of 16.5; this is a relatively high value, particularly for a company's least efficient product. This air conditioner has an Energy Star rating from the government.
The Legacy is also the loudest of Bryant's air conditioners, making 76 decibels worth of noise. This unit, as well as the others, uses a scroll compressor, which moves in a circular motion rather than in a straight line.
These machines use Puron Refrigerant, which, in compliance with the 1990 Clean Air Act, does not contain ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons.
The regular Preferred air conditioner has a SEER of 18. It's quiter than the Legacy and makes 72 decibels worth of noise. The compressor has two stages, which means it saves energy on days that do not require it to operate at full blast. It also includes features like the PerfectHumidity® system, which modulates the amount of water in the air being cooled.
The Preferred Compact is a small model intended to fit into small spaces. As such, it is not especially efficient: it has a SEER of 15. It is the only one of these models that does not use a two-stage scroll compressor. Its rating is nevertheless sufficient to earn it an Energy Star.
The Compact model is the quietest of Bryan's air conditioners, registering at 66 decibels.
The Evolution, also known as model 180B, is a high-performing air conditioner, with a maximum SEER of 20. It uses tubes made from copper and aluminum to keep air cool.
The Evolution operates at 68 decibels, partly due to the addition of the AeroQuietâ„¢ system. This system refers to the addition of insulating layers in various places within the unit.
It also has DuraGuard® Plus, which is a set of additions designed to protect the unit from the elements.
This model can be set up along with a special thermostat, called Evolution® Control, which allows multi-day programming along with humidity control. This system is also ready for integration with remote access via phone or internet.
Care and Maintenance
An annual inspection of a home's air conditioning unit is recommended. A qualified technician will do the following:
- Check for proper refrigerant levels.
- Check electrical components and controls.
- Clean evaporator and condenser coils.
- Oil motors.
- Calibrate thermostat
- Check Condenser.
- Check filters.
All of Bryant's air conditioners come with a ten-year limited warranty on their parts. This warranty applies only to the original buyer of the system, and is reduced to five years if the product is not registered in the first ninety days of ownership.