Is It Okay to Install Different Brands for your Furnace and Air Conditioner?

Is It Okay to Install Different Brands for your Furnace and Air Conditioner?

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Chances are when the HVAC systems in your home were originally installed, both the heating and cooling units were the same brand. However, the air conditioner and the furnace probably won’t need to be replaced at the same time. If only the air conditioner needs replacing, for example, are you limited to purchasing the same manufacturer so that both systems match? Not necessarily. An air conditioner and furnace from different brands can usually work together.

What to Consider

Your HVAC technician will be invaluable in helping you determine the best replacement for your air conditioner or furnace, and whether two different brands will be compatible. When replacing either system, many factors in addition to brand and price need to be considered. Typically, using different brands has no major negative consequences. The key is to properly size the unit and make sure the coils, blower and wiring are compatible. Start by scheduling an in-home visit by a trusted HVAC professional to determine which is the best replacement for your home and if the two different brands you want to combine can be properly installed together. With the right selection and proper installation, functionality would not suffer.

The Downside to Installing Two Different Brands

1. Compatibility

Each brand designs its units for peak performance as a team. Mixing them could mean they don’t ‘talk’ to each other perfectly.”

2. Warranty and Longevity

Splitting up the HVAC brand family can lead to warranty woes and maybe even a shorter system life.

3. Cost and Installation

You may save money upfront by replacing only the broken or outdated component rather than purchasing a completely new system. But professional installation of a mixed system can be tricky— sometimes eating up those initial savings.

4. Performance and Comfort

HVAC systems that feature matched components are engineered to work together flawlessly, providing optimized performance and home comfort. Mismatched systems may result in reduced efficiency, less comfort, and potentially more frequent repairs owing to inconsistent performance.

Your best course of action is to get a recommendation from an HVAC contractor on which components should be replaced and which units — including the brand type — will work the best for your particular situation. Be sure to ask about all the pros and cons so that you understand what trade-offs, if any, you are making.

Indoor Air Quality can expertly guide you in choosing a new furnace or air conditioner. Contact us today for a free consultation!