Choosing the Right Furnace and Air Conditioner Brand
When it comes to choosing a new furnace or air conditioner, many people often find themselves asking – what brand would I recommend? What is the most reliable? What is the best brand out there? The truth is, the brand doesn’t matter as much as you may think.
Dispelling the Brand Myth
It may come as a surprise to some, but a handful of parent companies own all of the popular furnace and air conditioner brands. This means that the components and manufacturing processes used for each brand are often very similar. Rather than getting caught up in the technicalities of brand names, going for the best deal might be a more practical approach.
In this article, we will discuss the various factors that may come into play while choosing a furnace or air conditioner brand. We will also provide some insight into the industry’s most reliable brands, as well as some of the less reliable ones.
Important Factors to Consider While Choosing a Brand
There are numerous variables to consider when choosing the best furnace or air conditioner for your home, such as:
Consumer Reports Survey Results
Consumer Reports conducted a survey with over 20,000 homeowners, asking them about their experiences with different furnace and air conditioner brands. Based on their feedback, these are the top five highest-rated brands for satisfaction:
2. American Standard
On the other hand, the following five brands received the lowest ratings and are not recommended by Consumer Reports:
It is important to note that the results of this survey are based on consumer opinions and experiences, and may not necessarily indicate the objective quality or performance of each brand.
A Look at the Parent Companies and Their Brands
As mentioned earlier, a few parent companies own most furnace and air conditioner brands. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the main parent companies and their respective brands:
1. United Technologies: Carrier, Bryant, Payne, Day and Night, ICP (Arcoaire, Keeprite, Heil, Tempstar, Comfortmaker)
2. Lennox International: Lennox, Ducane, Armstrong, Concord, Allied, Air Ease, and Airflow
3. Rheem: Rheem and Ruud
4. Daikin Global: Daikin, Goodman, Amana, and Janitrol
5. Johnson Controls: York, Luxaire, Coleman
6. Ingersoll Rand: American Standard, Trane
7. Nortek Global HVAC: Frigidaire, Maytag
8. Wolf Steel: Napoleon, Continental
Dispelling the Misconception of Unique Brand Manufacturing
It is critical to emphasize that these parent companies often use the same components and manufacturing techniques across their range of brands. For example, United Technologies owns Carrier, Bryant, and Payne, which all have similar internal components, despite differences in labels.
Personal Brand Preference and Avoiding High-Efficiency Models
Based on my experience as an HVAC technician, I would personally choose either a Trane or a Lennox furnace or air conditioner. However, I would avoid high-efficiency or variable-speed models as their parts and repairs tend to be more expensive. Although these units may save energy, they may not be as long-lasting as their regular counterparts.
Bottom Line – Choosing What Works for You
In the end, it is crucial to weigh the factors that matter most to you and make an informed decision based on your individual needs and circumstances. Remember, the brand name may not be as important as the quality of the deal and the specific factors relevant to your home.
Share your thoughts: If you have a furnace or air conditioner that you’ve had good luck with, feel free to share your experience in the comments below. If you are an HVAC technician, we would love to hear your opinion on the most reliable brands based on your daily experiences.