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Top Rated Gas Packs 2015

Today’s best gas packs emphasize energy efficiency and very high performance. In other words, they save you money on utility bills while keeping your home very comfortable. A gas furnace is combined in a single package with a central air conditioner or, in some cases, a heat pump for increased efficiency.

Also called gas/electric units, all of these models are Energy Star rated.

 2015 Best Gas Packs

1. Carrier Performance 15 Packaged Hybrid Heat System 48VR-A

This Carrier gas/electric unit features a heat pump plus a gas furnace. When temperatures are above freezing, the heat pump supplies sufficient heat. In very cold weather, the system automatically switches to gas heat. A hybrid heat system costs 15% to 20% more, but it is the most efficient way to heat.

This is a two-stage system, so heating and cooling cycles do a better job eliminating temperatures swings and reducing humidity during AC cycles. They’re also quieter, though that’s not generally a big issue with packaged units since they’re installed outside.

  • Heat: Up 80.1% AFUE; 8.5 HSPF
  • Air Conditioning: 15.2 SEER
  • Capacity: Models from 40,000 to 130,000 BTU and cooling capacity 2 to 5 tons
  • Warranty: 20 years on the heat exchanger; 10 years on other functional parts

2. Maytag PPG2GI iQ Drive M1200 Gas/Electric Unit

This unit offers the best indoor climate control with a modulating compressor that runs at variable capacity to deliver just the right amount of cooling to keep the temperature very stable. The AC efficiency is also among the highest in the industry.

  • Gas Heat: 81% AFUE
  • Air Conditioning: Up to 20 SEER
  • Capacity: Four models from 64,800 to 97,200 BTU output and cooling capacity from 2 tons to 4.5 tons
  • Warranty: Lifetime limited heat exchanger; 12 years on all functional parts; the entire unit will be replaced if the heat exchanger or compressor fails in the first 12 years

3. Trane XL16c EarthWise Packaged Gas/Electric System

Trane’s best gas pack is a hybrid heat model containing a heat pump that cools and does the majority of the heating in most climates and a gas furnace that takes over seamlessly when temperatures fall into the low to mid-30s.

The XL16c Trane heat pump packaged unit offers 2-stage cooling for better dehumidification and temperature balance. It has a 2-stage gas valve and a variable-speed blower too for added comfort. Trane uses high-performance components throughout, and here are the specs:

  • Heat: 80% AFUE; 9.0 HSPF
  • Air Conditioning: Up to 16.6 SEER based on capacity
  • Capacity: Up to 5 tons
  • Warranty: 20 years on the heat exchanger; 12 years on the compressor; 10 years on the coil and other functional parts w/ option to purchase warranty transfer if you plan to sell your home in the next few years

4. American Standard Platinum 16 Gas/Electric System

Heat is provided by an 80% AFUE furnace which is a two-stage model. It runs on low most of the time to cut down on noise and temperature swings in your home. Longer cycles on low heat more evenly. When you want the house a bit toastier or the outside temperature drops quickly, it will run on full capacity to produce heat fast. Here are the specs on this American Standard Gas Pack:

  • Gas Heat: 80% AFUE
  • Air Conditioning: 15.1 SEER to 16.6 SEER based on capacity
  • Capacity: Five models from 60,000 to 96,000 BTU and cooling capacity up to 5 tons
  • Warranty: 20 years on the heat exchanger; 12 years on the compressor; 10 years on the coil and other functional parts w/ option to purchase warranty transfer if you plan to sell your home in the next few years

5. Lennox Signature 15GCSX Gas/Electric Packaged Unit

The top of the line from Lennox offers 2-stage heating and cooling and a variable-speed fan for optimizing indoor comfort in any weather. Lennox also offers a gas/electric heat pump, the Lennox Signature 15CHPX packaged unit. Here are the specs for the Lennox 15GCSX:

  • Gas Heat: 80% AFUE
  • Air Conditioning: Up to 15 SEER
  • Capacity: Five models from 54,000 to 110,000 BTU output and cooling capacity up to 5 tons
  • Warranty: 20 years on the heat exchanger; 10 years on the compressor and other functional parts

6. Rheem Classic Series RGEA15 Gas/Electric Package

The Rheem RGEA15 features a 2-stage compressor for added comfort with improved dehumidification when cooling, though heating is single-stage. Rheem has a good track record for reliability, as do all the brands on this list.

  • Gas Heat: 81% AFUE
  • Air Conditioning: Up to 15 SEER
  • Capacity: Models from 48,000 to 80,000 BTU output and cooling capacity of 2 tons to 5 tons
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime heat exchanger; 10 years on the compressor and other functional parts

7. Heil PDS Packaged Dual Fuel Heat Pump

Heil combines a gas furnace with a heat pump for effective heating and cooling throughout the year. The efficiency is good on this, though not among the best in the industry.  Heil does offer an excellent warranty.

  • Heat: 80% AFUE; Up to 8.0 HSPF
  • Air Conditioning: Up to 14.5 SEER
  • Capacity: Models up to 5 tons
  • Warranty: Lifetime limited warranty on the heat exchanger; 10 years on the compressor and other functional parts; if the heat exchanger, compressor or coil fails in the first 10 years, Heil will replace the entire package unit

8. Amana APG15M Packaged Gas/Electric

Amana makes a very nice product with some of the best warranty protection in the industry. The Amana APG15M is built with a two-stage gas valve for enhanced indoor comfort during warming cycles.

  • Gas Heat: 80% AFUE
  • Air Conditioning: Up to 15 SEER
  • Capacity: Models from 51,000 to 103,000 BTU output and cooling capacity from 2 to 4.6 tons
  • Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger warranty; 10-year warranty on all other parts. A10-year unit replacement warranty may be available from the Amana dealer in your area

9. Armstrong 4PGE15 Gas/Electric Package Unit

This is a well-built, single-stage heating and cooling package unit available at a reasonable price. The efficiency ratings are average for top-of-the-line models, as is the warranty.

  • Gas Heat: 80% AFUE
  • Air Conditioning: Up to 15 SEER
  • Capacity: Models from 54,000 to 110,000 BTU output and cooling capacity from 2 to 5 tons
  • Warranty: 20 years on the heat exchanger; 10 years on the compressor and other functional parts

10. Goodman GPG15M Packaged Gas/Electric Unit

Goodman is known for affordable products, decent quality and good warranty protection. This Goodman GPG15M gas/electric package offers all of the above. This one has two-stage heating for better climate control than single-stage models. It also meets California’s Fix n Fix Lynnwood Appliance Repair NOx emission standards.

  • Gas Heat: 80% AFUE
  • Air Conditioning: Up to 15 SEER
  • Capacity: Models from 51,000 to 103,000 BTU output and cooling capacity from 2 to 4.6 tons
  • Warranty: 20 years on the heat exchanger; 10 years on the compressor and other functional parts

This is our best gas/electric package unit 2015 list. Any of these top 2015 gas packs will do a good job of keeping your home comfortable throughout the year.

We always recommend getting multiple estimates before selecting an HVAC system and a contractor. Always use a qualified contractor, because the quality of the installation is extremely important in determining how efficiently and durably your system will run in the coming years.

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