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Bard Air Conditioners, Furnaces and Heat Pumps

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Bard Manufacturing Co. supplies commercial and residential air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces. It markets to large institutions, such as schools (for which it offers room-by-room control), as well as mobile and modular home manufacturers. Bill Steel is the president and CEO of the privately-owned company.

Corporate History

Bard Manufacturing Co. was founded by Dale Bard in 1914 in Bryan, Ohio. It started out as a small heating and plumbing business and, although still family-owned, it has grown into a large manufacturing operation. The headquarters are still in Bryan, but the company now also operates factories in Madison, Ga., and Saltillo, Mexico. The company touts its expertise in manufacturing wall-mount air conditioning units, which it has produced since James Bard first helped design this product in 1962.

Product Lines

Bard's largest product line is its wall-mount air conditioners, ranging in capacity from one to six tons. It also manufactures wall-mount and geothermal heat pumps and gas, eletric and oil furnaces. SEER ratings for currently available units are typically between 11 and 13. Furnace AFUE is about 81 percent, a relatively low-efficiency compared to other units.

In addition to air conditioners, Bard makes sensors, including thermostats, environmental controllers, energy monitors and CO2 sensors. Some of these devices include sophisticated timers and systems for controlling multiple air conditioners simultaneously. The company also makes "energy monitor" control mechanisms that manage energy use based on cost and room activities.

The company also supplies geothermal heat pump systems: GeoTrio and GeoTec. Different configurations of the underground system can be built depending on the land available for use.

Environmental Impact

Bard still (as of January 2013) lists on its website many older air conditioners that use R-22 (Freon), a coolant that is considered dangerous to the ozone layer. Its most environmentally friendly offering may be the GeoTrio and GeoTec geothermal systems, which rely on renewable resource for heating homes. The company has offered these systems since 1981.

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Contacting BARD

BARD
1914 Randolph Drive
Bryan, OH 43506

Phone: (419) 636-1194

Warranty

The Bard limited warranty typically covers parts five years when used by the original purchaser, with proof of purchase, in the original place of installation. Heat exchangers are subject to a 10-year or limited lifetime warranty, depending on the model, so long as the units are registered online within 90 days of installation. The company promises to repair or replace a defective part during this time.



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