Lennox XC20 Review
SEER:Up to 20
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Decibel Level:As low as 65
Price:$5,500 - $6,500
Tonnage:2 to 5
Cooling Capacity:23,400 to 58,500
The XC20 is the top model in Lennox’s mid-range series, and boasts the best efficiency rating and features of all the models in the Elite series. Thanks to the variable-speed compressor, the XC20 has a great SEER rating and has some of the most accurate temperature control capabilities of any cooling system. It was also awarded the 2018 Most Efficient ENERGY STAR® certified products designation, so you know you'll save plenty of money and energy by upgrading to this model.
About the Lennox XC20
Average Price (with installation): $5,500 to $6,500
- Decibel rating as low as 65, which is quieter than a vacuum cleaner
- Specially designed corrosion-resistant exterior cabinet that allows easy access for maintenance and repairs
- Built-in humidity and temperature control thanks to the variable-speed compressor
- A highly efficient outdoor coil that will save hundreds of dollars on cooling bills each year
- Lab tested for durable and reliable operation
The Bottom Line
If you're looking for a mid-range air conditioner that offers reliable, quiet, and efficient performance, then the XC20 might be an ideal option. This model is designed to provide lasting comfort in the harshest environments, and it has many great features and technological compatibilities that set it apart from other mid-range offerings from competitor brands.
In Depth Review
Lennox XC20 Product Specifications:
SEER: Up to 20
Tonnage: 2 to 5 tonnes
Cooling capacity: 23,400 to 58,500 Btus
ENERGY STAR® certified: Yes
Variable-speed compressor: Variable-speed compressors in air conditioners like the XC20 are relatively new, but these models are superior in many ways to single-speed air conditioners. For one thing, the variable-speed compressor is always working at a lower rate to keep your home at the perfect temperature, and this means you'll have a steadier indoor climate and you'll save money on cooling bills. Plus, the XC20 can still increase cooling output as necessary to keep you comfortable on even the hottest of days.
Quiet operation: The XC20 is equipped with many sound-reducing features to ensure quiet and smooth operation. This includes a sound-dampening insulation system around the compressor and a swept-wing, a direct-drive fan that’s precision balanced to reduce noise and vibrations.
Other Key Features
- Can be paired with the Humiditrol whole-home dehumidification system for ultimate moisture control, efficiency, and comfort
- Uses a chlorine-free refrigerant that doesn’t deplete the ozone
- Is compatible with the iComfort S30 ultra smart thermostat for precision temperature control and cost-savings
Elite Lennox models like the XC20 come with a five-year warranty that protects covered components, plus an additional 10-year warranty that protects the compressor. You can also take advantage of the 10-year limited extended warranty by registering your cooling system after installation.
Comparable Models by Lennox
Model Comparison by Price: Lennox XC20 versus Lennox EL16XC1
The XC20 and EL16XC1 are both Elite series models, but the difference in price between the two is at least $500, with the EL16XC1 being cheaper than the more advanced XC20. However, the EL16XC1 only has a SEER rating of 17 and is only equipped with a single-stage compressor, and this means the XC20 will save you more money on energy bills in the long run and could end up being cheaper over the lifespan of the cooling system.
Model Comparison by Features: Lennox XC20 versus Lennox SL18XC1
Even though the SL18XC1 is a premium-tier air conditioner, the mid-range XC20 still has many advantages, including a variable-speed compressor instead of the SL18XC1’s single-speed one, a SEER rating of 20 compared to 18.5, and the XC20 is compatible with all the same technologies as the SL18XC1. The major difference is the SL18XC1 comes with a better standard warranty, a sensor that monitors performance, and a slightly lower price tag.
Model Comparison by Tier: Lennox XC20 versus Lennox XC13
Both the XC20 and the XC13 are part of the Elite series, but there are several reasons why the XC20 is superior. Although the XC13 comes with a lower price tag and is more appropriate for people on a budget, the XC20’s better design and efficiency rating could end up saving you more money in the long run. The XC13 only has a SEER rating of 15.5, isn't ENERGY STAR certified (and may not be eligible for some rebates that might apply to the XC 15.5), and only has a single-stage compressor.