Lennox XC16 Review
SEER:Up to 17.2
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Decibel Level:As low as 74
Price:$4500 - $6000
Tonnage:2 to 5
Cooling Capacity:18,000 to 57,000
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DISCONTINUED: Please note, this model appears to have been discontinued by the manufacturer, although it may still be available for purchase through distributors and contractors for some time.
The Lennox XC16 is part of the mid-range Elite series, but it has some attractive features compared to other models in this series. One of the big perks is the multi-stage compressor, which allows for increased energy savings and improved temperature control. The XC16 is also compatible with some convenient technologies, has a durable and lasting design, and is a more affordable option than some of Lennox’s premier offerings.
About the Lennox XC16
Average Price (with installation): $4500 - $6000
- A SEER rating of 17.2 and ENERGY STAR® certification for great energy savings
- Multi-stage compressor for fantastic cooling capabilities
- Equipped with a built-in sound-dampening system for quiet and reliable operation
- Uses a more environmentally responsible chlorine-free refrigerant
The Bottom Line
The XC16 is a dependable and high-quality air conditioner that will provide reliable and efficient cooling for your home. Although this model is more expensive than some other options in the Lennox line, it will also save you a great deal on monthly cooling bills and could save you even more when paired with other technologies like a smart thermostat.
In Depth Review
Lennox XC16 Product Specifications:
SEER: Up to 17.2
ENERGY STAR® certified: Yes
Decibel rating: As low as 74
Multi-stage compressor: The multi-stage compressor in the XC16 typically runs at a lower speed to save you money and keep you comfortable, and only speeds up to increase cooling output when necessary, such as on the hottest summer days.
PermaGuard exterior cabinet and SmartHinge louver design: The XC16 is equipped with a specially designed exterior that allows easy access when maintenance is required, and also protects the unit from rust and corrosion, making this a more durable and lasting model than what some other brands offer.
Technological features: This model is compatible with the Humiditrol whole-home dehumidification system and the iComfort smart thermostat. When paired with the Humiditrol system, the XC16 offers ultimate cooling capabilities and keeps your home comfortable even on high-humidity days, without having to work as hard. When paired with the iComfort thermostat, you can save energy and money by having different temperature settings throughout the day and based on your household needs.
All cooling systems in the Elite series come with a five-year limited warranty for covered components, and a 10-year limited warranty for the compressor. To get access to the 10-year limited extended warranty, make sure you register the unit as soon as possible after installation.
Comparable Models by Lennox
Model Comparison by Price: Lennox XC16 versus Lennox 13ACX
The XC16 is mid-range in terms of pricing, so there are units in the Lennox line that are much more expensive and much more affordable. When compared with the low-tier 13ACX, you’d spend about $1,000 less than with the XC16. The compromise, however, is that the 13ACX only has a SEER rating of 13, it isn't ENERGY STAR certified, the warranty isn't as good, and it doesn’t have the same features and technological compatibilities as the XC16.
Model Comparison by Features: Lennox XC16 versus Lennox XC21
The Lennox XC21 is part of the premier Dave Lennox Signature Series, so it’s equipped with most of the perks that Lennox offers. It has a SEER rating of 21, comes with 10-year components and compressor warranty, and is compatible with all the same technologies as the XC16. But one area where the XC16 sets itself apart is with the compressor, because the XC21 only has a two-stage compressor, whereas the XC16 has a more advanced multi-stage one.
Model Comparison by Tier: Lennox XC16 versus Lennox XC13
The XC13 is the most affordable model in the Elite series, but this comes with a few compromises. For one thing, the SEER rating is a 15.5 compared to the XC16’s 17.2, and the XC13 doesn’t have ENERGY STAR certification so you might miss out on certain local or government rebates. The XC13 also has a single-stage compressor, meaning it only has one operating speed and can't respond as well to minor changes in temperature and cooling requirements.