The York Company took its name from the town of York, PA where it was founded in the 1870s. Ice machines were its first major products and then refrigeration followed. In 1914, the company installed the first “air washing” system in a theater in Alabama. The new technology became known as air conditioning.
York makes heating and air conditioning equipment for both residential and commercial buildings. Today, York is a Johnson Controls company along with sister-HVAC brands Coleman and Luxaire. The product lineups for all three are essentially identical.
As far as industry reputation, York is positioned in the middle of the pack.
York Residential HVAC Equipment
York covers the bases very well, except that it does not make a line of oil furnaces. Here’s what it does make. You’ll find many York HVAC reviews in our large library, and all of them contain current HVAC prices to make it easy to compare models head to head.
- Gas furnaces
- Central air conditioners
- Heat pumps
- Air handlers
- Packaged systems
- Ductless split systems
- Indoor air quality equipment
York makes three clearly defined systems in a good/better/best tiered lineup. Starting with the best, they are the York Affinity, LX and Latitude models.
York Affinity Series: The Affinity Series gas furnace lineup includes modulating models that deliver very precise temperature control. Variable-speed blowers enhance indoor comfort and humidity control. High-efficiency, Energy Star models are available. Some heat pumps and air conditioners are two-stage models, and most are Energy Star qualified.
York LX Series: Quite middle of the road, efficiencies are good, with a few Energy Star products. Two-stage and single-stage units are produced. There’s even a modulating furnace in this lineup along with a couple variable-speed blower models.
York Latitude Series: This series offers more affordable prices and efficiency levels ranging from mid-range to standard (low) efficiency. The series is popular with homeowners who don’t live in climates with extreme conditions and with those who value lower upfront cost over long-term efficiency or quality.
Reasons to Buy York HVAC Equipment
York often costs less than Trane, Lennox, Carrier and a few of the other top brands, but getting several estimates is always a good idea. You won’t pay a premium for the brand name you do with some of those top brands with big advertising budgets.
Top of the line York products offer good indoor comfort, energy savings and quality that may last 20 years or more when installed by a qualified contractor and given proper maintenance.