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HVAC Brands

An unbiased overview of the top HVAC brands

Your HVAC system is one of the most expensive replacement costs associated with maintaining your home. It makes sense to compare brands and make sure that you are getting a quality brand within your budget. Here is a brief overview of the different brands to assist in making an educated decision on which heating and air conditioning system is best for you. Major HVAC brands:

American Standard

American Standard was formed in 1929 by the merger of the American Radiator Company and Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company. In 1984, American Standard purchased the Trane brand. In 2007, American Standard split into 3 different companies. One of which would still manufacture heating and cooling products but would be named Trane. In 2008, Ingersoll Rand purchased Trane. Today, American Standard and Trane are sister brands of the same company, Ingersoll Rand.

American Standard Heat Pump

Trane

Trane was founded by James Trane in Wisconsin and incorporated in 1913. The original invention was a vapor heating system. In 1923, James' son, Reuben invented the convection radiator which firmly establish Trane's place in the industry. Trane was purchased by American Standard in 1984 and later acquired by Ingersoll Rand in 2008. Trane is known for it's tagline, "It's hard to stop a Trane." Other brands in the Trane family:

  • Ameristar
  • Oxbox

Carrier

Founded and named after the man that invented modern air conditioning in 1902, Willis Carrier. His design was patented in 1904 and Carrier Corporation began in 1915. In 1955, Carrier merged with another company that owned the Bryant and Payne brands. Carrier was acquired by United Technologies (UTC) in 1979. In 1999, Carrier acquired International Comfort Products (ICP). Because of its' history and acquisitions, Carrier has very large number of subordinate HVAC brands. Carrier made HVAC equipment:

  • Arcoaire
  • Bryant
  • Carlyle
  • Carrier
  • CIAT
  • Comfortmaker
  • Day & Night
  • Heil
  • Ideal Temp Signature
  • Keeprite
  • Payne
  • Riello
  • SLD Pumps & Power
  • Spot Coolers
  • Tempstar
  • Toshiba-Carrier
  • Totaline

Amana

In 1934 Amana was founded by George Foerstner in Middie Amana, Iowa. Amana was innovative in the appliance industry, upright freezers, side-by-side refrigerators, self-defrost refrigerators, and the first consumer microwave. In 1986, it invented the tubular heat exchanger for gas furnaces. Amana was purchased by the Goodman Corporation in 1997 which was later acquired by Daikin. Daikin family of brands:

  • Daikin
  • Amana
  • Goodman

amana heat pump residential condenser

Rheem

Founded by two brothers in 1925 in Emeryville, CA. Rheem began by producing water heating products. Today, it is the largest manufacturer of water heating products in the world. Rheem began manufacturing HVAC systems in 1970 and was the first residential HVAC company to use scroll compressors. Rheem purchased the Ruud brand in 1960. Rheem has large family of brands that manufacture water heating, HVAC, and refrigeration equipment:

  • Rheem
  • Ruud
  • Richmond
  • Eemax
  • Eco Smart
  • HTPG
  • Russell
  • Kramer
  • ColdZone
  • WItt
  • Sure Comfort
  • WeatherKing
  • ProTech
  • ProStock
  • Raypak
  • Splendid

Lennox

Lennox began in 1895 when Dave Lennox made the first riveted-steel furnace. In 1952, Lennox entered the central air conditioning industry. Lennox has been a leader in manufacturing more energy efficient air conditioners being the first to achieve 15 and then 19.2 SEER. In 1973, Lennox purchased Heatcraft, a manufacturer of commercial refrigeration products. Through the years, it has acquired other brands in the refrigeration industry. Lennox started the Armstrong brand in 1928, sold it in 1957, and reacquired it in 1988. Lennox family of brands:

  • Concord
  • Armstrong Air
  • Ducane
  • Aire-Flo

Summary

Summary- Every brand is going to have positives and negatives about them. All the units we have listed here are top sellers for a reason. However, it is still a good idea to discuss your option with a trusted local HVAC company. If they have experience with the brand that you’re interested in, they will be able to give you a professional opinion as well as a quote so you can begin to move forward. Always make sure you have a quality installation company install your equipment. A high-level unit that has been installed incorrectly can underperform a budget unit with a proper installation.

Written by Jeremy James

Jeremy is the founder and CEO of Blue Water Climate Control. He is a Navy veteran with 24 years of naval service in the Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Program. He has broad engineering experience having worked on submarines and aircraft carriers. LinkedIn

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