Although it’s not the only industry where the truism applies, in terms of HVAC brands, you do get what you pay for. HVAC systems are packed with technology and complicated pieces of engineering that work hard year-after-year to provide home comfort.
Knowing which to choose for your home can be daunting. Beyond the brands, consumers have to consider the different types and their energy efficiency ratings, which are just as technical as the units themselves.
The Best of the Best
Trane, Carrier and American Standard are the most recognized brands in the industry and command the highest price tags. They have the best durability and performance records, along with the all-important warranties. Trane’s warranty runs for 10 years and covers parts and all-important labor. Carrier invented air conditioning a century ago and is still the industry leader.
Choose for Innovation
Lennox and Rheem lead the industry in packing leading edge components inside their equipment that enhances energy efficiency. When you want to select among high efficiency systems, look no further than these two brands.
Goodman, Amana, Heil, York and Ruud are priced in the mid-range and each is a reputable brand. York’s HVAC systems operate quietly, and Amana covers its compressors with a limited lifetime warranty. Goodman units are recognized as affordable alternatives to Trane and Carrier. Heil uses high-tech features, and Ruud’s equipment and parts are universally available in North America.
Beyond the Brands
While these are the leading HVAC brands in the U.S., it’s important to remember that a system is only as good as its installation. These are precision pieces of equipment that require exact amounts of refrigerant, tight ductwork, and careful placement and sizing to perform their best.
When you’re choosing a new system, the HVAC brands you look at matter, as well as your budget. If you’d like more information about this important process, contact CCAC, Inc., providing trusted HVAC services to Coastal Bend homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 361-678-2495.