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10 Best Furnaces: 2014

Updated: Oct 20, 2014

FurnaceCompare tracks more than 700 series of warm air furnaces. Of those sold in 2014, which are most highly rated by homeowners?

The list below represents the top-rated furnaces available in the US and Canada. These furnaces vary in efficiency from 95% to more than 98% efficient, as measured by the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency or AFUE. They also vary in features and price.

Rank Brand and Series Rating Efficiency (SEER) Average Pricing
10. Carrier Infinity ICS 3.3 out of 5 up to 95% $7,726 (installed)
Carrier says that its Infinity ICS gas furnace is among the quietest in the industry, due in part to its IdealComfortHeat system. That system features a variable phase gas valve and variable speed blower and inducer motors, all of which are designed keep the noise levels down and the temperature control precise. The unit offers flexible installation options, with several venting options.
9. Lennox Merit 3.4 out of 5 up to 95% $8624 (installed)
The Lennox Merit series of furnaces are designed to provide comfort at an affordable price. Features range from the ML180 model's sealed compartment blower, that helps to reduce heat loss, to the ML195 and ML193 model's stainless steel secondary heat exchanger, which improves efficiency by recirculating heat.
8. Lennox SLP98V 3.4 out of 5 up to 98.2% $5,278 (installed)
Lennox's SLP98V gas furnace uses Precise Comfort technology to make minute adjustments to the temperature, as well as your fan speed and airflow capacity, to help you get the temperature you want. A variable speed motor further helps to keep the air flow consistent and quiet. Other features, such as a sound-absorbing cabinet, further keep operation quiet. Energy Star recognized the furnace as one of the Most Efficient for 2014 for meeting its stringent energy performance standards.
7. Amana AMVC95 3.8 out of 5 up to 96% $1,719.60 (installed)
The Amana AMVC95 two-stage, variable-speed gas furnace uses an the induced draft blower that remains quiet as the system slowly works up to the desired temperature. Other features include a tough stainless steel primary and secondary heat exchanger and a durable silicon nitride ignitor. The unit is compatible with the manufacturer's ComfortNet thermostat communication system.
6. Frigidaire FG7TC 3.9 out of 5 up to 95.1% not available
Frigidaire's FG7TC gas furnace offers two-stage performance with a variable-speed motor designed for precise comfort control and quiet airflow. The blower's insulated compartment contributes to the overall quiet performance, while the blower's 30-second delay when switched on make sure that only warm air is coming through your ducts.


5. Frigidaire FG7MQ 4.3 out of 5 up to 97% not available
The Frigidaire FG7MQ modulating gas furnace features the company’s iQ Drive, which adjusts the unit’s percentage of firing every minute for precise climate control. This helps prevent hot and cold spots and provides overall improvements in air filtration, the manufacturer says. Other features include an insulated cabinet that muffles the noise of the motor, which is also designed to eliminate the abrupt on/off operation found in other furnaces.
4. Trane XC95m 4.5 out of 5 up to 97.3% $12,325 (installed)
Trane's XC95m modulating gas furnace features a variable-speed blower motor and one-piece aluminized steel heat exchanger. The manufacturer says this combination improves fuel efficiency and thermal comfort. Both upflow or downflow units are compatible with the manufacturer's ComfortLink technology, allowing them to communicate with similarly equipped Trane products. Dehumidification features and a durable igniter round out Trane's offering.
3. Goodman GMH95 4.6 out of 5 up to 96% $988.60
Goodman's GMH95 gas furnace offers multi-speed operation within a heavy-gauge steel cabinet. Additional features include an aluminized-steel tubular heat exchanger, a durable silicon nitride ignitor and a two-stage gas valve. It can be installed in multiple positions.
2. York LX 4.7 out of 5 up to 97% $1,505.50
York says that its LX series of gas furnaces provide high efficiency in a small, 33-inch cabinet. Depending on the unit, a modulating burner or a variable speed blower improve the heating comfort.
1. Goodman GMVC95 4.7 out of 5 up to 96% $1,244
The GMVC95 gas furnace from Goodman features a variable-speed motor that the manufacturer says is quiet and efficient. Its two-stage induced draft blower and continuous fan speed options help to circulate air quietly. The furnace can be installed in several positions. It is compatible with Goodman's ComfortNet communication system.

Methodology

Consumers and homeowners have submitted thousands of reviews to this site. In addition to reviewing a particular model of equipment, the reviewer also assigns a rating from 1 ("Very Unsatisfied") to 5 ("Very Satisfied"). The following list ranks the top 10 furnace series from best to worst, based on the average of those consumer satisfaction ratings.

FurnaceCompare.com has collected reviews on more than 70 different brands and 500 different series of furnaces. However, we have only included a series on this list if we have at least 5 reviews of that series, and if the series is available in 2014. If we only have a few reviews, there is a risk that a single homeowner will skew the average rating too far in one direction or another.

Average Pricing

There are two different types of prices shown in the "Average Pricing" column.

  • If you see a simple price, that is the average price that we found on the websites of internet retailers that sell that particular series of furnace.
  • If you see a price followed by the note (installed), this means that retailers are under agreement with the manufacturer not to publicly display the price of the units. In these cases, the price is an average of quotes given to homeowners.

Note that prices -- even when they are published online -- can vary substantially based on the capacity of the unit in question: 24,000 BTU units are typically cheaper than 60,000 BTU units of the same brand and series.

The "installed" prices can vary even more dramatically. Not only do they cover a range of capacities, but prices also vary geographically and from installer to installer Some installations may require more work than others, thus increasing the price.

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