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Bryant has been a pioneer and technological innovator in the heating and cooling market since 1904. The following guide to Bryant furnace options can serve as a handy reference point for homeowners on their hunt for the perfect unit to suit their needs.
Types of Bryant furnaces
A traditional furnace sits in a cabinet in your home, next to the indoor portion of your air conditioner. It uses a system of ducts, normally shared with your AC unit, to force warm air through every room of your home and typically shares a thermostat with your AC.
Both gas and oil furnaces are available from Bryant. They operate in the same way, but there are some key differences between the two. Gas furnaces cost more initially, but they are more efficient and have lower fuel costs. They can only be installed in homes that have access to natural gas.
Oil furnaces are less expensive to purchase than gas furnaces, but fuel prices can fluctuate depending on the oil market. Oil is less environmentally friendly than natural gas, and you must have it delivered to your home. In addition, oil furnaces must be regularly cleaned. However, if you live in a cold climate, oil provides more heat per BTU (British thermal unit) than gas.
If your indoor space is at a premium, consider a package unit. It combines everything you need for both heating and cooling into a single unit that can be installed outside your home or even on the roof.
Bryant furnace models
When choosing a furnace, pay attention to its annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) percentage, as this number shows you how much of the energy consumed becomes heat for your home rather than energy loss. Listed below are some Bryant furnace models and their defining features.
Bryant’s top-of-the-line Evolution series of gas furnaces offers variable speed blower motors along with Perfect Heat and Perfect Humidity technologies. These technologies improve efficiency, increase fresh airflow, and reduce humidity inside your home.
The 987M features a modulating gas valve for precise heat delivery as well as four fan speed settings and an AFUE of 98.3%. Most other models in the series feature two-stage gas valves, such as the 96.7% AFUE 986T and 80% AFUE 880TA. Those looking for ultra-low emissions may prefer the single-stage 830CA featuring an 80% AFUE.
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The mid-range Preferred series of gas furnaces offers many of Evolution series features except for Perfect Heat and Perfect Humidity technologies. Models in this series range from the two-stage, 96.5% AFUE 926T to the single-stage, 80% AFUE 820SA.
The Legacy line of budget gas furnaces lacks some of the features of the other series, but these fixed speed, single-stage units offer reliable and efficient heating at a lower cost. Options include the 95% AFUE 915S and the 80% AFUE 800SA. For ultra-low emissions, choose the 80% AFUE 830SA or similar 935SA, which adds a secondary heat exchanger to the standard unit.
Preferred series (Oil)
Bryant’s Preferred series of oil furnaces offers quiet, efficient performance. The 86.8% AFUE OVL and 86.6% AFUE OVM feature multi-speed blower motors. The OVL is a Low Boy design, perfect for installation in tight spaces. The CVM offers an AFUE of 85.7% and a variable-speed blower motor.
Legacy line (Oil)
The Legacy line of oil furnaces is efficient, reliable, and budget-friendly. Full-size models include the 86% AFUE OBM and 82.4% AFUE CBM. Low Boy designs include the 86.6% AFUE OBL and 82.6% AFUE CBL.
All Bryant package units utilize a gas furnace. The Preferred 577E combines an 81% AFUE furnace with an air conditioner featuring a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 16. Another option is the 81% AFUE/15 SEER Preferred 677E, which also adds a heat pump with a heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) of 8.5. Heat pumps move heat around, which can reduce energy bills in temperate climates. Legacy choices include the 81% AFUE/14 SEER 577C and the 81% AFUE/14.5 SEER/8.0 HSPF 677C.
Bryant furnace pricing
The average price range for a gas furnace is $1,000-$3,000, while residential-sized oil furnaces generally cost under $2,100, not including installation. The exact costs will vary according to the size, type, and specific model you choose as well as the size of your home, your geographic area, and the difficulty of your installation. Contact a local HVAC professional for accurate pricing based on an in-home assessment.
Bryant furnace warranty
Bryant furnace warranties vary depending on the model, but all have a minimum 10-year parts warranty. Ask your dealer for detailed warranty information on the furnace you choose. Standard warranties do not include labor, but optional labor warranties are available for an additional fee.
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Frequently asked questions
How much does a Bryant furnace cost?
Bryant furnace prices vary widely depending on the type, features, and size, while installation costs depend on the specifics of your installation as well as your geographic location. Ask your local HVAC professional for an in-home estimate.
Where can I buy a Bryant furnace?
Bryant works with trusted factory authorized dealers throughout the United States, making it convenient for homeowners anywhere to find a local authorized dealer.
How long will a Bryant furnace last?
Gas and oil furnaces have an estimated useful life of 20-30 years. This may be impacted by how often the furnace is used as well as your maintenance habits. Frequent maintenance is especially important for oil furnaces, which tend to build up dirt and soot. Infrequently used furnaces that are properly maintained can last for more than 40 years.