With our furnace ratings you can cut through all the sales hype and find value. It truly is as if you were taking a repairman with you while you shop! These reviews are for forced air furnaces that burn gas and are designed for installation in traditional homes.
For gas furnaces, we have separated the ratings into three categories. The first category is the BASIC furnace. Although units are manufactured with lower efficiencies, for our consideration the unit must have an efficiency rating (afue) of at least 90%. (With the rising energy prices it doesn't make economic sense to install a less efficient unit.)
The second group has advanced features for improved energy efficiency and are referred to as PREMIUM furnaces. They are more expensive but can be worth the extra cost.
The final group is our ULTIMATE furnaces. These units use modulation and/or communicating with other parts of the hvac system to maximize efficiency and comfort. These units are typically purchased as a system with an air conditioner and other options due to the fact that they are designed to work with specific products.
Our top pick for a basic furnace is the MGC2SC/MGC2SL units from Maytag. They have a 92% efficiency rating and are a compact unit that will fit virtually anywhere. They have a durable tubular primary heat exchanger and a stainless steel secondary heat exchanger for durability. The units have intelligent smartstart ignition which prolongs the life of the furnace ignitor and they are backed with an industry leading guarantee. The units are available in the USA and Canada but are only sold through factory authorized dealers.
Maytag takes this category as well with their PGC2TC/PGC2TL units. They feature two stages of heating and a variable speed blower motor for efficiency. The brand name is licensed to Nordyne and they are backed with an outstanding warranty that includes a brand new furnace if the heat exchanger fails during the unit's first twelve years.
The DAIKIN brand has taken over the title of world's ultimate furnace with their DM97MC model. It is a modulating furnace that can communicate with the other parts of the home's HVAC systems to maximize comfort and efficiency. The unit features durable stainless steel heat exchangers and is also backed by an industry leading warranty. The brand is only available through a factory authorized dealer network.
We continue our furnace ratings with an alphabetical list of manufacturers and reviews of their products. You can continue to browse the brands or, if you are looking for a specific brand, you can enter its name in the search box at the top of the page.