ComfortNet digital thermostats work with Goodman and Amana brand Electronically Commutated Motor-based furnaces. ECM-based furnaces use brushless motors with speed and torque controls built-in, which makes them markedly quieter and less expensive to operate than traditional furnace motors.
ComfortNet digital thermostats also work with 16 or 18 SEER two-stage heat pumps and air conditioners. Product features for ComfortNet thermostats include automatic system configuration, color-coded temperature touch keys, dual fuel compatibility, advanced modulation control and a removable faceplate.
With correct installation, a ComfortNet system monitors the performance of the home's indoor and outdoor heating and cooling components to ensure the whole system is running as efficiently as possible. The system also has the ability to alert a user when a service is needed on any component of the system.
Benefits of ECM-based furnaces include lowered operating costs from 25 to 75 percent per year, reduced temperature fluctuation, improved air quality and increased ability to keep up an even temperature in the home. Some states offer rebates or incentives for installing low energy, high efficiency heating and cooling systems. Individuals may contact their local heating and cooling specialist for details on ComfortNet systems, compatible products and any available money saving tools within their state.