Frigidaire vs Trane, and airfilters - which one?
Two topics - brand recommendation, and air filters.
Looking to get a variable 95%, 4 ton heater, 4 ton AC -2 stage, and whole house air filter.
1. Any advice on brands? Leaning toward Frigidaire. Looked at spec and has slight differences (like a lower HP motor 1/4 for Frig vs 1/3 for trane), but on the surface they seem similar. I am comparing...
a. AC - 4 ton Frig (16 seer) with 3.5 ton Trane XL15i (17.5 seer). Frig has a 1/4 HP motor with 24" fan, Trane 1/3 HP motor and 27" fan - I assume it will have less noise.
b. Trane 5 ton XV80 two stage variable with Frigidaire 4 ton C chassis two stage variable 95 - of course the 95 vs 80 is different but otherwise, the Frig has a 3/4 HP motor vs 1 HP motor in Trane). Both 100BTU.
Need any advice on Air filters, which one is better...
a. Frig - 0.01 micron filtering capability, but not clear how much of the impurities in the air it filters - I think it's 50% any time air flows through. Uses collection zapping plates on charged dust/bacteria/etc particles. Anyone have stats on how much is filtered (80%, 50% of particles??)... And what size are those particles?
b. Trane Clean Effects - 0.1 micron, 10 times less in terms of size of particle (basically some virus sized particles are not zapped, bacteria is). Uses a three stage filtering, one is zapping plates. Another is a synthetic filter (plastics/glue/paper looking). Has 99.98% filtering of particles when air flows through I assume 0.1 microns). I'm told it's 80% after a few weeks once the filter starts filling up just a little.
c. Any others? Both have 10 year warranties.
Thanks - should I consider another brand?
Either system, properly sized and installed, will be just fine. The Fridgie 16 SEER should be the 2 stage line vs single stage for Trane. Obviously 95% beats 80% in furnaces. From that standpoint alone, there's a huge advantage.
List filter model names. Not many can do anything with .01 microns. Claims run wild in air cleaners since there is little standardization of ratings.
Frig EAC 2025 vs Trane TFD210ALFR000A
Frig is only electrostatic filtering with plates 20 x 25" (EAC2025).
Trane is a Clean Effects whole house cleaner, standalone, upflow air.