Oil furnace ratings part 3 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Bard, Brock, Bryant, Carrier, Comfort-Aire, and Comfortmaker brands.
These units are available in hi-boy, lo-boy, and counterflow styles and offer either standard or variable speed fan motors. They have ceramic fiber combustion chamber for quieter, more efficient operation but they are only backed by an average warranty.
This brand is made and sold in Canada. The KLR (low boy) and KHM (high boy) models are available as basic units or with a variable speed blower. The KLC088 is a condensing furnace that features durable stainless steel heat exchangers and is backed by a good guarantee.
This brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES and is available in the USA and Canada but only through their dealer network. The OBM units (a part of their LEGACY LINE) can be installed in four different positions and are compact for easy installation. The PREFERRED SERIES units have an 85% AFUE and a variable speed blower motor. The units are backed by a good warranty including lifetime on the heat exchanger.
The COMFORT 80 series units are basic units with a barometric draft damper. They can be installed in four different configurations. The PERFORMANCE OVL/OVM units are basically the same except a variable speed blower motor is added. All of the units feature a good warranty including a lifetime guarantee on the heat exchanger which is the heart of the unit. The brand is available in the USA and Canada but only through their authorized dealers.
This brand is from HEAT CONTROLLER which is a part of MARS. The PATRIOT 80 units have a durable ceramic combustion chamber and the heat exchanger is backed by a lifetime guarantee but the other parts do not have a good warranty.
This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS (ICP) which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PERFORMANCE 86 (OUF) is a basic model that has a ceramic combustion chamber for durability and efficiency. The SOFTSOUND 85 NOMV models (shown here) have a variable speed blower and durable stainless steel heat exchangers. All of the models offer an optional direct vent kit and are backed by a good warranty but they are only available in the USA and Canada through authorized dealers.
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