Ductless AC Ratings part 11, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Ductless AC ratings part 11 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Comfort-Aire, Comfortmaker, and Comfortstar brands.

BRAND------BASIC-PREMIUM-MULTIZONE

COMFORT-AIRE--<1*----<1*----------<1* 

This brand is from Heat Controller Inc which is a part of MARS and the units are sold by dealers in the USA. 

The D series units are basic models with three stage air filtration for improved indoor air quality and a 15 SEER efficiency. Their random swing function simulates a gentle breeze by constantly adjusting the louvers on the indoor unit. They are available in cooling only or heat pump models but the guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands. The VMH series units are premium heat pumps with inverter drive compressors and a 23 SEER efficiency as well as a temperature sensing remote control. The InverterFlex systems can serve up to four different zones in the home and have a self-cleaning feature to prevent mold growth on the indoor coil.

COMFORTMAKER--5*-----4*-----------4*  

This brand is a part of INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is owned by UNITED TECHNOLOGIES. 

The PERFORMANCE SERIES units are basic 13 or 16 seer models available as cool only or heat pump. They have auto swing louvers for improved air circulation but only offer conventional compressor technology. The SOFTSOUND DELUXE A SERIES offers premium units with efficiencies of 30 SEER. The SOFTSOUND DELUXE B units are multi-split units with the ability to serve nine indoor units. They are Wi-Fi enabled and backed by a very good guarantee. The brand is available in the USA and Canada through factory authorized dealers.

COMFORTSTAR--NA-----<1*----------<1* 

The ALEGRIA SERIES offers units with inverter compressors and multi-zone units. They have efficiencies of up to 20.5 SEER and are available as cooling only as well as heat pump models. The DIAMOND SERIES units have an active carbon electrostatic filter for improved indoor air quality and changeable front panels to better match the home's decor. They have an "I Feel" remote for enhanced comfort but the warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. The brand is available internationally but their website is not much help.

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