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Question DetailsAsked on 11/29/2016

compare brands of electric furnaces with heat pump systems

Trane, Lennox, he'll and York are the brands we have looked at

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Hell - yeah, that sounds like the source of some designs I have worked on. I presume you meant wither Weil-McLain or probably Heil ?

Personally, I not a fan of heat pumps mated with furnaces (as opposed to heat pumps with supplemental heating in a heat pump air exchanger), so I can't say based on experience with those systems other than word-of-mount about control nightmares with the two systems fighting with each other. I guess I just can't get my mind around spending that much money on two heating systems - if you get cold enough in your area that you have to have a furnace, then get only a furnace. If in a mild climate where a heat pump (with supplemental heating elements for coldest days as necessary) works for both heat and A/C, then get a heat pump - but not both. Just does not generally even come close to being economic ovber the long run unless you have extremely high energy costs.

On the basis of my experience with brandname reliability for HVAC products alone, I would rank them Heil, Lennox, York, none - oh - Trane. (Trane seems to be having a LOT of controls issues recently - with units coming out of the factory defective parts and design, then repetitive "repairs" with exactly the same defective parts and/o design so you are into a cycle of endless warranty repairs till the warranty runs out, then out of your pocket.

Personally, if I were forced into that sort of system, I would be looking at the GE commercial line or Carrier, because they know how to integrate multiple systems into one HVAC package.

And be sure you don't get conned - some units out there on the market (like high efficiency water heaters) get their supposed energy efficiency only by stealing indoor heat with the heat pump - any heat pump should be pulling from OUTSIDE heat source, not indoor, otherwise you will be stealing heat from the house with the heat pump and then having to make it up with the furnace - a losing battle. Ditto to pulling the heat pump heat from a tuck-under or fully insulated attached garage - the heat you pull from there comes from the house, so drop the temperature in there by stealing the heat from it and the house will just give up more heat through floor and walls to the now colder garage.

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