Getting a new system is a big decision. Getting it right the first time is very important and can have a major impact on how the system performs. Having a good quality brand of equipment can make a difference, but not all brands are created equal. Even the best brand will not work well if it isn’t correctly sized or if it’s installed improperly. Every manufacturer has multiple levels of equipment with different features and efficiencies. The most important thing is to get the right system for you and your application.
There are so many brands on the market today and every year there seems to be more. One thing to remember is that while there are a lot of brands, there are only a few manufacturers. Some of them make just a few while others make closer to a dozen. With so many options, one of the best things to do is stick with one of the top two or three manufacturers.
Trane is always at the top of list of quality brands. It is manufactured by Ingersoll-Rand, a major manufacturer of industrial-grade products. For years, Trane has produced industry leading heating and air conditioning equipment with some of the best humidity control, zoning, and thermostats.
Comfortmaker is one of a number of brands made by the same manufacturer as Carrier and Bryant, in the same facilities with the same parts. It delivers consistently good performance and reliability. With good quality and features at an affordable price, Comfortmaker can be a great decision.
The best equipment in the world won’t make up for a poor installation. A great installation always starts with a great design. Properly sizing your new system with an accurate load calculation is the first and most important part of the design process, but don’t just take our word for it.
“The furnace’s specifications should fit your needs. A furnace that’s too small won’t keep your house comfortable during extremely-cold weather.
Partly to avoid that possibility, the furnaces in most homes are larger than necessary. Initial cost was only one of the drawbacks of that strategy. A furnace that’s too large will cycle on and off more frequently. That puts more wear on its components, wastes energy, and causes the temperature to vary uncomfortably. Also, a larger replacement furnace might require larger ducts. Without the right size ducts, airflow can be noisy.
To be sure of correct sizing and a proper installation, choose a reputable contractor who will take the time to calculate your heating needs according to an industry standard such as in ‘Manual J HVAC Residential Load Calculation’ of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA).”