#1 Home Improvement Retailer

Buying Guide

Choosing the Best HVAC Brand for Your Home

Consider Your Brand Options

When investing in an HVAC system, you’ll want to choose a reputable brand with a good track record of quality. The Home Depot proudly installs four of the top HVAC brands in the U.S.: Carrier, Rheem, Lennox and Mitsubishi Electric. These brands are:

  • Trusted
  • Known for their reliability
  • Sure to offer innovative, energy-saving features to help you stay comfortable in your home
  • Sure to offer a range of product tiers to ensure you find the right solution to fit your budget

Your service provider can help you decide which brand will work best for your needs and budget.


Most brands offer options that are tiered in a “good, better, best” fashion. Products vary based on their comfort features, control options, energy efficiency, warranty and sound ratings.

Keep in mind that most systems will last between 10 to 20 years, so this is a long-term investment. Often, the additional upfront expense of a higher tier system will be outweighed by long-term energy savings.

Make sure your service provider explains all of the options available to you so that you can make an informed decision on the level of equipment you choose.

Choose the Right Products with Help From Your Service Provider
  • Do I need to replace both my outdoor unit and my indoor unit together, or do I need to replace it altogether?
  • Should I stick with my current type of HVAC equipment, or is there a better option available on the market today?
  • Will my Wi-Fi thermostat work with my new system?

These are just a few questions you may have regarding HVAC products that your service provider can help answer. Whether you want to simply replace your current system, make your home more comfortable, or increase your home’s energy efficiency, your service provider should work with you to assess your current system and provide equipment options based on your budget, home and region of the country.

Some products and accessories that your provider may recommend include:

  • Air conditioners
  • Heat pumps
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Ductless mini-split systems
  • Air purifiers
  • Humidifiers
  • Wi-fi Thermostats

Have these answers ready before your in-home consultation.

1. What are your goals? (Comfort? Savings on energy bills? A permanent solution for a malfunctioning HVAC system? A solution for a currently unheated/cooled space?)

2. What is your home’s construction and how is it laid out? (Does it have existing ductwork?)

3. What fuel options are available to your home? (Gas, electric, oil, propane, etc.)

4. How long do you plan to live in this home?

5. Are there any hot/cold rooms in your home that you’d like to make more comfortable? 

6. How close is your current HVAC equipment to your living or sleeping area? (Do you need equipment that has low sound levels?)

7. Is your ductwork loud, leaky or lacking insulation?

8. Would you like to be able to set your temperature and control your HVAC equipment remotely with a smart thermostat?

9. Do you have concerns about humidity or indoor air quality?

Quality Installations by the Home Depot HVAC Professionals

The quality of the installation is just as important as the performance and efficiency of your HVAC system, so you’ll want to choose a service provider who is licensed, has years of experience and good reviews. All of The Home Depot’s professionals are local, licensed and back-ground checked with years of industry experience. 

Our professionals provide you with the best service and in-home experience along with free in-home installation consultations and affordable pricing on repair and maintenance visits. They are held to strict standards for installation excellence and customer satisfaction, and most importantly, all work is backed by The Home Depot.

In many cases, emergency repairs can be scheduled same-day or next day. Call 800-HOME DEPOT or visit www.homedepot.com/hvac to request a free in-home consultation or installation appointment.