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Trane furnace reviews by consumers and HVAC experts at this site suggest that this no-frills line of furnaces is a reliable choice. Most of the issues reported with Trane furnaces result from mistakes during the installation process, according to the professional heating contractors posting reviews, not problems with the furnaces themselves. In comparative ratings of furnaces by Consumer Reports, Trane furnaces have a slightly better service and reliability history than most other brands, making Trane a clear front-runner in the budget price range.

Furances in the Trane XL80 Series (starting at $1,600) offer two-stage heating and variable-speed blowers. The furnaces carry an 80% annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating and a five- to 10-year warranty on parts, as well as a 20-year warranty on the heat exchanger. They are compatible with digital thermostats, a modern convenience that consumers have come to expect. Buyers have the option of adding the Trane CleanEffects air filtration system to a Trane furnace for an additional cost. The manufacturer claims that this proprietary filter removes 99.98%of airborne allergens, making it more effective than a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.

Trane furnaces come with a history of reliability, good warranties, positive reviews, and modern touches such as multiple heat levels and blower speeds, as well as the option to upgrade the air filtration system. Overall, the Trane XL80 Series seems to be one of the best choices in budget furnaces.

by Raechel Conover (Google+ Profile) – October 28, 2012
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