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Trane HVAC Equipment – Rated By Consumer Reports As A Standout AC Product

Trane Tracer Concierge HVAC Control SystemFlashback To 2014 HVAC Equipment Ratings

Once again Trane HVAC products shine with the best. It came out in the 2014 Consumer Reports brand-name review of the nine most popular HVAC brands in air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces. Readers of CR posted over 55 thousand comments. The topics discussed included conversations covering seven years of home heating and cooling products and thoughts about product performances. The HVAC equipment lineup included, Amana, Carrier/Bryant, Goodman, Lennox, Rheem, York, and the twin brand Trane / American Standard units.

The product rankings wherein Trane equipment prevailed included:

  • Air Conditioners
  • Gas Furnaces
  • AND Heat Pumps.

Actual Trane HVAC equipment performance is as follows:

Trane Air Conditioner Performance

  • Trane ratings taking #1 and #2
  • Defect rate a mere 11%. Low score competition scored 17% defect rate

Trane Gas Furnance Performance

  • Trane came in strong, once more taking dominance of position #1 and position #2
  • Defect rate touched 12%. Low score competition rated #9 with a defect rate of 26%

Trane Heat Pump Performance

  • Trane ratings – Another great standing by taking position #1 and position #3
  • And, although the Trane performance defect rating came in at 17%, homeowners should consider that this was the average lowest score products was also 17% thus indicating a universal failure complication with heat pump products.

Special Points of Interest

Consumer Report - Trane HVAC Equipment PerformanceIn the category of standard central A/C systems, American Standard pulled performance top place for systems with the lowest need for repairs (Trane came in Third but one should remember that these two products are lines from the same parent company). As to heat pump performance with the least need for repairs, American Standard again took first place while Trane tied for second place with Carrier. Thus we have the same company holding top honors for HVAC equipment needing the least in repair-related service work.

For performance comparison, consider that all other HVAC competition came in with a 19 to 27 percent demand for product repair calls. As to natural gas furnace systems, Trane once more bested the pack by providing low-demand on repair calls. Trane gas furnace units maintained a low 13 percent demand for repair whereas the bottom line competition slumped down to a whopping demand for system repairs on 26% of their natural gas HVAC equipment furnace products.

Zoom In 2015 Consumer Reports On Heat Pump HVAC Equipment Performance

Our readers also reported that when the more-repair brands of central air systems do break, they are more likely than most other brands to leave the home without cooling for at least a day, as reported by about one in 10 people who owned the more repair-prone brands,” (From Consumer Reports article, Brands Most Likely To Keep You Cool Season After Season (1)).

According to survey responses, homes using a brand of central heat pump that rates among the higher repair-prone listings end up leaving 12 percent of the owners without cooling for time periods exceeding one day. Furthermore, 11 percent of those homeowners report a $150 plus repair price tag.

Causes associated with such “extra” home cooling expenses include considerations for the greater complexity of a heat pump versus a central A/C system. Even though worse case scenarios present a 21 percent HVAC system repair ratio among heat pumps versus a 13-percent HVAC system repair ratio in homes running central air conditioning units, homeowners must understand that the duel nature of a heat pump means you are using a system that may well run year-round rather than merely seasonally.

Further CRNRC surveys reveal a basic consumer complaint wherein central air conditioning system repairs are defined as “a real hassle.” As to total-system breakdown, three percent of the homeowners using central A/C report complete system failures whereas four percent of the homeowners using a heat pump system complain of the same problem.

Trane HVAC Equipment

As one of the major HVAC system manufacturers in the world, Trane offers reliable heating and cooling equipment to businesses, homes, and industry. Pricing per product is relatively the same regardless of the vendor. However, the quality of the product installation and the reliability of the workmanship warranty can greatly differ from vendor to vendor.

If you want professional Arizona HVAC service and/or system installation for a reasonable price and from an established and reliable Trane HVAC equipment sales, installation and service center, contact American Cooling and Heating now!




Arizona Air Conditioning Benefits From New Energy Saving Technologies

Arizona Air Conditioning - Temperature key for the "five-year average global temperature anomalies from 1880 to 2010" video

Can New Innovations in Arizona Air Conditioning Cut Your Rate of Energy Consumption?


Arizona Air Conditioning – Even as global warming increases and temperatures rise, the technology to produce more energy efficient HVAC equipment moves forward. Throughout the world, including Phoenix, Mesa and other Arizona regions, the demand for reliable cost-efficient home and office A/C performance is on the increase. The heat wave is here and the future will bring even more.

But will the new innovations in air conditioning actually reduce your Arizona energy bills?

Rising Energy Consumption Reflects A Worldwide Growth In Air Conditioning Demands

Even as the summer sun settles beneath the horizon and fall slips upon Phoenix AZ and other U.S. cities, the luxury of home air conditioning remains a worldwide desire. China and India are finally coming to age, demanding home cooling equipment and driving an A/C buying spree that is increasing at the rate of 20 percent per year.  According to the national energy experts, home cooling in the United States requires as much as 185 billion kilowatt-hours of yearly energy consumption. How much demand will ride the coattails of China and India?

Somehow, we must learn to beat the heat without fueling the fires of global warming. We cannot continue to fuel cooling systems with fossil fuels. According to Cheryl Martin deputy director of the U.S. Advanced Research Project Agency for Energy (ARPA-E), prevention and control lies in technology that can reduce the energy consumption of air conditioning equipment.

ARPA-E Funding Applied to New Innovations in A/C Technology

By using chlorofluorocarbons and other refrigerants to absorb heat, conventional air conditioning systems collect internal heat and then expel it into the outside environment. The process requires electricity to power compressors and pumps. New alternatives seek to replace refrigerant materials with solid materials that consume less energy. ARPA-E funding encourages a development of technology that will enable a thermoelectric solid to absorb heat. 

  • The end goal: Produce cheaper refrigerators and air conditioning equipment
  • What makes it effective: A lack of moving parts
  • The results: Fewer breakdowns and better reliability in rural areas.

A/C Technology That Uses Membranes and Water Condensing Processes

A project that began with funding via ARPA-E makes use of specialty membranes capable of producing cool air by condensing water. Under development by Dais Analytic Corp, ADMA and other “new innovation air conditioning” performers, the projects have become so effective as to pick up financial backing from the U.S. Navy. The system is being designed to meet the air conditioning and dehumidifier needs for troops and equipment in Afghanistan and Iraq. Efficiency improvements are expected to reach 30 percent or more. This means less fuel consumption, less transportation needs and less life endangerment due to fewer convoys.

Think about how effective such a cost-efficient system would be as an alternative Arizona Air Conditioning solution. A system that supports Navy troops is well worth consideration for home use.

Time is, of course, an issue. From development to commercial, home and office use, membrane technologies will go through many changes. The Navy is pushing. Expect the technology to move forward quickly and efficiently. ARPA-E discussions even include the possibility of cooling via the power of magnets or sound waves.

Affects on Mesa, Scottsdale and Other Phoenix Arizona Air Conditioning Requirements

According to the National Weather Service Phoenix AZ, recent Valley temperatures have exceeded 122 °F+. Some stretches of 100 °F+ temperatures have run as long as 76 days. More efficient Arizona air conditioning can benefit the people and the city. Meeting the growing demand for better cooling in a way that cost-effectively reduces the greenhouse consequences should be a priority of every citizen.

 For more information on how new Air Conditioning technology can improve your Phoenix home comfort level, click here.


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