At some point your furnace or AC that usually have long lifespans, need to be replaced because it’s not working like it used to. Most likely you won’t need to replace both AC and furnace, but just one of them. Something you might wonder is that if the one you’re replacing needs to be the same brand of the one you have at home that’s still working. Having a furnace and AC from two different companies can work together, but can have its own issues. 

Will it Work? 

Having different manufacturers of AC and furnace will still work as long as the blowers and coils are the proper size. If they’re able to work with your ductwork fine it should be working properly. It’s important to have an HVAC technician come and correctly install it so it’ll work with your current system. 

Negatives of Having Two Different Brands

Usually different brands’ equipment will work fine together, but there could be a loss of efficiency. This can cause your energy bill to increase more than usual.  As well as if there’s an age difference between the units, the older system will have less efficiency than the newer one and will impact it more. You’ll also notice when buying from a different manufacturer, it’s not going to be covered under the same warranty as your other unit you’re keeping and your warranty might not be valid. 

Positives of having the Same Brand

Buying a unit that is from the same brand as the one you’re keeping has its own benefits. One of them being energy efficiency since the manufacturer tests their systems to work as efficiently together. This will save you on your energy bills and not having to worry that one unit is impacting the other negatively. One thing you won’t have to worry about is if it’s not the proper size. Since it came from the same brand everything will fit properly and work efficiently. 

Whether you decide to get a furnace or AC from a different brand, it’s good to know it can still work and be compatible with the rest of your HVAC system. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons and talk with your HVAC technician to see what’s the best plan for you. At Omni Air HVAC, our team has the knowledge and expertise on HVAC units and can help you find the right unit for your home. Call us today!

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