Furnaces and Air Conditioning Units
This information is provided to our valued customers. All Brand is a service company. We do not sell these products. Models change frequently. This is general information about brands, our experience based on their performance, and feedback we get from our clients.
For questions about specific models and features, please call the manufacturer of the product for complete information.
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) refers to cost of operation. Higher numbers indicate more energy efficiency.
Furnace energy efficiency is rated between 80 to 98%. Consumer Reports quoted “the most expensive furnaces to buy and install tend to have the most frequent repairs due to added complexity. “My recommendation is to purchase furnaces in the 80% SEER rating.
- All furnaces produced since 1990 are pilot-less.
- Furnaces that incorporate variable speed draft induction and variable speed blowers are quieter and more energy efficient but are more expensive to repair.
- Two stage heating is more energy efficient but incorporates more components.
- Remember, the higher the energy efficiency, the higher the price tag.
- I recommend using pleated filter in furnaces.
Regular maintenance of your equipment is important to extend the life and help prevent breakdowns.
We send reminder notices to our customers when it’s time for a seasonal clean and check service to prepare for the heating season.
Air conditioning energy efficiency is rated between 13.0 SEER to 23.0 SEER. Like furnaces the most efficient models are expensive and have a higher incidence of failure. Two speed air conditioners add more expensive components. Variable speed blowers are more energy efficient but are more expensive to repair.
R22, the common refrigerant used for many years, was phased out in 2010 in production and in 2020 will no longer be available for service work.
New refrigerants like 410 and Puron are being used to replace R22 and are more environmentally friendly.
Clients ask which brands I recommend for heating and cooling products. I have listed a few of the most common units. There are many other furnace manufacturers besides the ones listed below.
You will want to get on-site estimates from at least 3 contractors before purchasing. You should ask the contractor to do a load calculation at your home.
All Brand Service Inc does not sell or install heating or air conditioning equipment.
Replacing your equipment in April or September will be more beneficial since companies that install are not as busy at that time. Work quality will be better and price will be more reasonable. Try to get referrals and use a local company that has been around a while.
A) Best Buy B) Good Equipment C) Just Average
D) Below Average E) Not Recommended
|Brand||Manufacturer||Our Rating & Comments|
|American Standard||Trane||B Similar to Trane/Lower price|
|Bryant||United Technologies||A Best Buy/Same as Carrier/Lower price|
|Carrier||United Technologies||A Best Buy|
|Comfortmaker||InterCity Products||D Builder quality|
|Frigidiare||Nordynee||C Fair quality|
|Goodman (Janitrol)||Goodman||E Not recommended|
|Heil||InterCity Products||D Builder quality|
|Lennox||Lennox Industries||C Many specialized parts/Service can be a problem|
|Maytag||Nordyne||C Fair quality|
|Tempstar||InterCity Products||D Poor quality|
|York||York International||C Fair quality|