I am in the market to replace my central air and gas furnace. I am a value shopper (will not buy bottom of the line or builder's grade and not sure that I see the benefit to the very top of the line). With that said, I am looking for educated opinions.
I believe that the Trane brand is manufactured by the American Standard corporation.
Are there differences (price, quality, other) between Trane and American Standard equipment with the same AFUE and SEER ratings?
What other brands (Carrier, Rheem, Lennox?) should I be considering?
Must equipment be matched by brand? Or can thermostats, furnaces, heat pump or central air, coils, and air cleaners be mixed to get the "best" system for reasonable price?
Hopefully I did not ask for too much in one post...........