Furnace ratings part 11 completes our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Grandaire, Guardian, Heil, Iceco, and Johnson & Starley brands.
This brand is manufactured by INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS for BAKER DISTRIBUTING COMPANY.The WFAR models are basic furnaces that have a 92% efficiency while the WFSR units have a 95% fuel efficiency. They are multi-position units for ease of installation and have an enclosed burner compartment for noise control but the warranty on the heat exchanger is not very good. The brand is only available through authorized dealers in the USA.
The RGF-9-P and RGF-9-E furnaces are basic units with a 95% efficiency. They are compact for flexibility in installation and are backed by a good warranty. The brand is made by Unitary Products Group which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS.
This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PERFORMANCE SERIES offers basic "builder grade" units that are designed for large homebuilder companies to have the most affordable unit to keep the home price lower.
They are not recommended but the QUIETCOMFORT 96 (G9MXE) is a basic unit that has a much better guarantee. They use ECM motors for long lasting and efficient operation. The QUIETCOMFORT DELUXE 96 is a premium gas furnace with a variable speed inducer motor for quieter operation but it only has an average warranty. The QUIETCOMFORT DELUXE 98 is their entry into the ultimate category but the units are only available through dealers in the USA and Canada.
This is a "builder grade" gas furnace that is made by RHEEM MANUFACTURING. The brand offers only basic models with a warranty that is not very good.
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These furnaces are made and sold in the U.K. The WARMCAIR units are available in both upflow and downflow models and have a built-in condensate pump. The C SERIES model also has the ability to make domestic hot water for the home. Their website does not have a stated guarantee for the units and they are not factory ready for air conditioning.
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