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We are replacing our oil furnace system with a gas system, which ones rate the best?

Post created: 2013-04-24 Type of Equipment: Furnace Views: 258

Which brands have the best ratings.

On 2013-04-24 JB wrote:


If you go here you can find the top rated furnaces on this site: http://www.furnacecompare.com/furnace_ratings.html?gclid=CNv5rfjT47YCFYNx4Aode2UAkg.

Generally speaking you can count on brands such as Carrier, Lennox, Trane, Goodman, Rheem and a few others to make high quality furnaces. Of course, the more you spend the more you get in terms of efficiency and features so you need to consider what you need for your home and lifestyle. For example, if your home needs a lot of zones perhaps one of the brands offers a feature that would be helpful. Or if you travel a lot some of the thermostats that can be adjusted remotely can be of help.

Beyond this the best and most important piece of advice is to ensure that the furnace is properly sized to the heating needs of your home. The best way to do such a calculation is to get a certified HVAC tech to do a Manual J calculation. The risk of a poorly sized furnace is that no matter how efficient or high quality the furnace you buy is, is it is either too big or small it will not operate at its highest efficiency and may even cause operational problems.

The next most important issue is making sure the installation is done well. This is especially true since you are converting from oil to gas. There will be the need to understand air flow through the house and other issues to make sure you get the best result from your new furnace. In many ways the brand of furnace is less important than the quality of the contractor you bring in to install it.

To keep legal happy, let me just say that I am not an HVAC contractor, and you should never even look at your furnace without having a qualified, liability accepting HVAC contractor present.  To keep sales happy, let me just say that you can find an HVAC contractor that's happy to take your money here: http://www.furnacecompare.com/perl/find_contractors.pl.

On 2013-04-24 wrote:

Thanks for the input, to bad most people that post reviews are the unhappy ones.

On 2013-04-30 JB wrote:

I agree, but if you see consistency in their complaints that may provide some insight and help you ask good questions when you speak with an HVAC tech.

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