We review all the major HVAC brands in the industry to give you a comprehensive understanding of what’s available from each manufacturer.
You’ll find reviews of equipment from these brands: Aire Flo, Amana, American Standard, Armstrong, Bryant, Carrier, Coleman, Ducane, Goodman, Heil, Lennox, Luxaire, Maytag, Payne, Rheem, Ruud, Trane and York.
As you read reviews, keep in mind that Carrier and Bryant are sister brands and so are American Standard and Trane. The product lineups of sister brands are very similar. In addition, Maytag, Tappan and Westinghouse are sister brands and very similar. We review Maytag equipment, but do not cover the Tappan and Westinghouse lines.
These pages give you all the information you need to research the brand and compare it to its competitors. The overviews include information on these types of systems:
Gas/Electric (Standard) split Systems: These systems heat with a gas furnace – natural gas or propane – and cool with a central air conditioner. Oil furnaces fit into this category too.
Heat Pump Split Systems: A heat pump provides both heating and cooling and an air handler is located inside containing the indoor coil and a blower to circulate air. Heat pump systems are usually outfitted with 5-20 kW auxiliary heaters in the air handler to provide extra heat on very cold days and to act as emergency heat if the heat pump fails.
Dual Fuel Split Pumps: These units include both a furnace and a heat pump. They’re best suited for climates where winter temperatures drop significantly below zero. They cost more but use the least amount of energy/fuel throughout the heating season.
The heat pump does the majority of the heating. The system automatically switches to the furnace for heating when the outside temperature falls to a predetermined level – typically somewhere between 32 and 40 degrees F.
The reason to have a gas furnace with the heat pump is that heat pumps become inefficient in freezing temperatures. They can’t draw enough heat from the cold outside air to provide adequate comfort indoors.
Packaged HVAC Systems: There are several types of packaged units, just as there are various split systems. The same basic options apply: gas/electric packaged systems, heat pump packaged systems and a few duel fuel packaged systems.
Ductless HVAC Systems: Not all brands make ductless systems, sometimes called mini-split systems. They include a condensing unit that is installed outside. Refrigerant lines and a drain line run into the house and connect to one to four air handlers mounted in the ceiling, on the wall or on the floor. Those air handlers circulate treated (heated or cooled) air directly into the rooms. There are no ducts.
Geothermal HVAC Systems: If the brand we’re overviewing makes them, we’ll include information about the type of geothermal units available.
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