York International Corp. — or, more simply, York® — is headquartered in York, PA. The company sells residential and light commercial furnaces, heat pumps, central air conditioners, and more. Johnson Controls Inc., York’s parent company, recorded $31.4 billion in sales in 2018.
York was founded in 1874 in York, PA. The company began making ice machines before transitioning to selling early air conditioning systems. Among its credits, the company notes that its products cooled the world’s first air-conditioned building. Today, York systems are used to heat and cool several of the most notable structures across the world, including the Empire State Building, the Sydney Opera House, the English Chunnel, and the U.S. Capitol Building.
All York systems are designed, engineered, and built in the United States. They employ over 2,600 people at their facilities in Kansas and Oklahoma.
Johnson Controls purchased previously publicly-traded York in 2005. Today, York operates under Johnson Controls.
York product lines
York makes furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, packaged systems, and more for its consumers. Let’s take a look at the lines they offer in each category, including some examples to give you an idea of which York products are right for your needs.
York offers three furnace lines: the Affinity™ Series, the LX Series, and the Latitude™ Series. The Affinity line is their most energy-efficient, while Latitude is the most budget-friendly. A happy medium between cost and efficiency, LX products are the company’s most popular.
Here are three furnaces — one from each line — York offers:
- Affinity YP9C: This is York’s most efficient furnace. It won a Consumer Digest Best Buy Award and boasts an impressive 98% annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating, so it’s no surprise that it’s ENERGY STAR® certified. And although York doesn’t list the decibel level for this product, they say it offers “quiet, effective air circulation.”
- LX TL9E: Another ENERGY STAR-qualifying furnace, the TL9E offers 95% AFUE. Again, York doesn’t list the decibel level for this furnace, but they say the fan motor is designed to “ensure comfort.”
- Latitude TG8S: York’s simplest model, the TG8S has an AFUE of 80% but no ENERGY STAR certification. York doesn’t advertise the sound output of this furnace
York air conditioners
York offers two air conditioner lines: Affinity and LX. The Affinity is their higher-end line, with features like higher energy efficiency and the QuietDrive™ Comfort System to minimize sound output. But the more affordable LX line remains York’s most popular. Here are some samples from both lines:
- Affinity YXV: Features like its seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) of 21 earned the YXV the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient rating. This top-of-the-line model also won the Gold Award at the 2017 Dealer Design Awards. The sound output of YXV models ranges from 54-74 dBA.
- LX YFK: Although this model doesn’t earn an ENERGY STAR rating, its SEER of 17 can deliver impressive savings on energy costs over time. Sound output for YFK models ranges from 67-74 dBA.
- LX TCHE: The slim profile of this AC unit makes it ideal for small spaces. It has a SEER of 14 and a sound output of 70-72 dBA.
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York heat pumps
Also called split systems, York’s heat pumps can pull double duty, drawing heat from your home in the summer to cool your house or pumping heat in when you need it during the winter. York’s two heat pump lines — Affinity and LX — are differentiated by added features and price points. Three of York’s five heat pumps are ENERGY STAR certified. Here are a few examples of your York heat pump options:
- Affinity YZV: With a SEER rating of 21, it’s no surprise the YZV earned an ENERGY STAR seal. It’s also a QuietDrive™ system, with a decibel range of 54-75 when cooling and 54-72 when heating.
- LX YHG: The top model of the LX heat pump line, the YHG is ENERGY STAR certified with a SEER of up to 17. Its sound output tops out at 72 when cooling and 74 when heating.
- LX YHE: Even the YHE, York’s lowest heat pump in terms of energy efficiency, has a SEER of 14, although it lacks ENERGY STAR certification. The sound output of YHE models ranges from 70-77 dBA.
York packaged systems
Traditionally, HVAC systems have been split into separate components for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. But with York’s packaged systems, you get everything you need with a single piece of equipment. York only has one packaged systems line: the LX Series. Here are a few samples from the line:
- LX PCE6: Rated up to 16 SEER, the PCE6 earned ENERGY STAR certification. Its sound output tops out at 76 dBA for all PCE6 models.
- LX PCG6: Blending a SEER of 16 for its cooling efficiency and 81% AFUE for its heating capabilities, the PCG6 is another ENERGY STAR-certified model from York. Like the PCE6, the PCG6 never produces more than 76 dBA of sound.
- LX PHG4: Another packaged system delivering 81% AFUE, the PHG4’s SEER is 14. Its sound output ranges from 68.7-74.1 dBA when cooling and 69-74.6 dBA when heating.
York energy efficiency
Of course, the upfront cost of buying a York product is only part of the puzzle. You also want to make energy efficiency a priority to keep your utility bills as low as possible. Fortunately, York makes this easy to do by clearly labeling their products on their website with ENERGY STAR logos. The logo lets you rest easy knowing that you’re choosing a product that will keep your cost of ownership — and environmental impact — as low as possible.
Speaking of cost of ownership, York can help you minimize it with their warranties. All of the products we discussed today come with a 10-year parts and one-year labor warranty. York also offers optional extended warranties and standard warranties tailored to the specific product, like a lifetime heat exchanger limited warranty for their furnaces. They offer a full warranties page so you know exactly what kind of protection comes with your purchase.