We only have a couple more months left of winter weather in North Texas, but that does not mean you have stopped thinking about your heater. Even if you properly prepared your furnace for winter with our preventative maintenance tips, it’s possible you are currently looking at upgrading your heating system. Whether you want a new model now or are considering getting one for next year, today we line out a buying guide to the three best Trane HVAC furnaces.
Before we jump into the products themselves, it is important to outline terms and features that Trane uses in their own product descriptions. We also frequently talk about these three factors when discussing products with our customers.
Basic terminology and factors involved in choosing the best heater include:
Energy Efficiency – Like any other appliance or piece of home equipment, you want your furnace to run efficiently. New furnaces use less energy. The best way to tell is to check out a furnace’s Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE), which is the measure of a furnace’s ability to convert fuel to energy. The higher the AFUE, the greater the efficiency. And as we are sure you know, the greater the energy efficiency, the lower your monthly bill. So, higher AFUE equals greater overall savings. In general, standard efficiency reads at 80% AFUE and high efficiency is 90% and above.
Noise Level – How loud or noisy your furnace is may also be a factor to consider. Residential areas may have noise level regulations and if you live in a smaller home, a quietly running furnace is essential. To ensure you get the quietest furnace possible, units are often rated with a Nominal Sound Level, which is measured in decibels. Higher numbers indicate louder units. For comparison, a vacuum cleaner 10 feet away carries an NSL of 70. Trane’s quietest heating systems clock in at 45.
Value – For Trane, value is not defined as the lowest priced equipment but rather the most efficient and highest quality for your investment. Trane strives to develop units with high-efficiency ratings and extraordinary durability to ensure comfort in your home for years to come.
From the Trane website, these are the top three furnaces available right now.
Trane XC95M – Rated most efficient, the XC95M gas furnace has an AFUE rating of 97.3%. You could save up to 38% per year in energy bills with this unit. The model is also Energy Star qualified and features a variable-speed blower and smart tech to allow you to calibrate temps precisely and conveniently.
Trane S9V2-VS – Considered the quietest furnace of the bunch, this gas-powered unit features Trane’s patented Vortica II blower nestled inside a steel insulated cabinet to ensure minimal noise. This model is also Energy Star qualified with an 97% AFUE rating, serving a dual purpose as a highly-efficient and quiet appliance.
Trane XB90 – Considering efficiency (92% AFUE) and affordability, this furnace is Trane’s best value. Over 90%, it still rates as a high-efficiency model, making it an ideal candidate for replacing your older or less efficient unit.
By now you have a better idea of Trane’s products for furnace upgrades. We proudly install and sell Trane units. If you have any questions about these amazing HVAC systems, contact us today.
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