Commercial environments represent some of the most challenging HVAC deployment conditions that you can encounter. There is a constant balance between equipment capability, automation and a variety of potential unique requirements within each individual facility. Adding to this complexity are emerging requirements for cleaner and more efficient energy usage which can challenge existing industry practices and methods.
There are a vast amount of HVAC equipment manufacturers in today’s market and it has never been easier to source your systems and components from just about anywhere. One of the best ways to find the best options for your unique needs is to evaluate the offerings from the industry leaders. Here is a list of the top 25 commercial HVAC manufacturers that will give you a comprehensive overview of the equipment and systems that are available. With this info, you can more easily sift through quality, service, and locations to find the right partner(s) to support your facilities. Please note, the following HVAC manufacturers are organized alphabetically and by category, thus they are not ranked or rated in any way.
Tulsa-based AAON Heating and Cooling Products is a company that delivers a range of equipment to its many commercial customers including heating, cooling, dehumidification, air movement, and energy recovery elements. In addition to its popular product line, AAON also runs the AAON Technical Academy, a series of courses for educating technicians on AAON products. This specialized curriculum is designed to ensure that all AAON commercial units are installed and maintained properly.
Key facts about AAON Heating and Cooling Products:
- AAON RN Series is the winner of the ACHR News 2018 Dealer Design Award
- Employs over 2,000 people
- Manufacturing facilities in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Longview, Texas, and Parkville, Missouri
2. Addison HVAC
Addison HVAC is yet another leader in the HVAC industry that has, over the years, proven itself to be an expert in the treatment of ventilation air. Its diverse product lines are designed to be flexible so that commercial customers purchase only the systems that meet their demands. Addison ensures that all of its systems meet all industry standards, codes, and requirements upon purchase and/or installation.
Key facts about Addison HVAC:
- Manufactures 100% dedicated outdoor air systems
- Based in Orlando, Florida
- Product line includes split systems, water source heat pumps, and air source heat pumps
Allied Commercial is known for designing and manufacturing some of the most heavy-duty commercial HVAC solutions on the market today. Currently, Allied’s line includes a wide range of packaged rooftop units, split systems, unit heaters, and industrial furnaces. The company also works with a large network of over 900 independent wholesale distributors across North America for convenient installation and maintenance support.
Key facts about Allied Commercial:
- Produces one of the most sustainable coil systems on the market
- Manufactures products that support LEED certification
- Products are supported by the Allied Crossover App
Amana is a top name in the electronics world, and it brings with it an enviable reputation in the HVAC industry. All of its products are engineered and assembled in the USA in its $440 million Texas facility. The company prides itself on manufacturing energy-efficient products including air conditioners, gas furnaces, heat pumps, packaged units, and more. Amana also offers some of the most comprehensive warranty plans available, such as the Asure℠ Extended Service Plan which requires signature labor coverage.
Key facts about Amana Heating & Air Conditioning:
- All products are designed, engineered, and assembled in the USA
- Extensive facility allows for expanded product availability and capacity
- Amana brand has been serving America for 70+ years
American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning is a popular commercial and residential HVAC manufacturer owned by parent company Ingersoll Rand. American Standard boasts one of the largest and most diverse product lines available including heating and cooling elements, air conditioners, air handlers, coils, and heat pumps, as well as a range of packaged light commercial options.
Key facts about American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning:
- 100+ years in the HVAC industry
- Platinum Status at the ADEX Awards in 2018
- Has a large network of licensed dealers across the USA
The Bosch Group has been in operation for over 100 years and in North America, Bosch Thermotechnology is an industry leader for top quality water heaters and HVAC solutions. They offer sustainable commercial HVAC systems with a product list featuring tankless water heaters, heat pump water heaters, wall-hung boilers, Buderus boilers, and FHP geothermal systems.
Key facts about Bosch Thermotechnology:
- Based out of Watertown, MA with the Bosch Experience Center and Lab
- Recently introduced the first-ever non-condensing gas furnace
- Maintains an extensive network of trained qualified installers
Bryant has been in the HVAC business for a very long time and they have an extensive product line for residential customers along with a few that are well-suited for light industrial applications. Their rooftop, line split, and ductless systems are all great options in the light commercial space.
Key facts about Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems:
- In business since 1904
- Part of United Technologies Corp. (UTC) Building & Industrial Systems
- Factory authorized dealer locations throughout North America
CaptiveAire is a leading manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation systems in the United States. They offer a complete line of fans, heaters, ductwork, and HVAC equipment and maintain a network of over 90 sales offices throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Key facts about CaptiveAire:
- Six strategically located manufacturing plants throughout the U.S.
- Named one of the top 500 fastest growing private companies in America by Inc. magazine
- Based in North Carolina since 1976
With its roots in modern air conditioning since 1915, Carrier has been a global leader in energy efficient heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems. The business operates within the Climate, Controls & Security unit of United United Technologies Corp and carries a wide range of products and parts for commercial air conditioning, heating, and building controls.
Key facts about Carrier Heating and Cooling:
- A focus on energy efficiency and sustainability
- A wide range of indoor air quality products
- Commercial headquarters based in Charlotte, North Carolina
The Coleman brand is well-recognized in America and their HVAC commercial equipment is known for its lasting quality and reliability. Coleman Heating and Air Conditioning manufactures their equipment locally within the U.S. and provide gas furnaces, packaged cooling and heating units, split systems, evaporator blowers, heat pumps, and smart controls for commercial use.
Key facts about Coleman Heating & Air Conditioning:
- Offers industry-leading product warranties
- Strong technical support through their dealer network
- Local manufacturing within the U.S.
11. Daikin Applied
As a leader in industrial HVAC, Daikin Applied continues to innovate and find new sustainable solutions. A division of Daikin Industries, Ltd., Daikin Applied offers a complete line of HVAC components including air hangers, rooftop systems, fan coils, modular central plants, and condensing units.
Key facts about Daikin Applied:
- Headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota with locations worldwide
- A strong supporter of environmental initiatives and efficient energy usage
- Recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program
Ireland based Edpac is an expert in precision environmental control, data-hall pressurization, HTM compliant air conditioning systems, cinema air management, and general air conditioning. They support customers throughout the world and have a unique knowledge of the critical applications needed to meet specific site requirements.
Key facts about Edpac International:
- Innovative air conditioning solutions for data centers and cinemas
- Custom projects such as field equipment rooms for the oil and gas industry
- In business since 1968 with facilities in Cork, Ireland
13. EMI Retroaire
EnviroMaster International Corp, better known as EMI, is a leading manufacturer of ductless split air conditioning systems. Included in their extensive product portfolio is the RetroAire product line of vertical packaged air conditioning systems which are an economical replacement unit for hotels, motels, healthcare, and institutional facilities.
Key facts about EMI Retroaire:
- Facilities in upstate New York with distribution throughout the U.S. and Canada
- A line of ductless split systems for extra quiet operation
- RetroAire products to replace various manufacturers’ current and discontinued models
14. Frigidaire HVAC
Frigidaire is a leader in HVAC throughout North America known for its impressive line of high-end appliances. Their product line includes air conditioners, ductless split systems, PTAC, and HVAC. You can find a local contact through their website to discuss your specific commercial applications.
Key facts about Frigidaire HVAC:
- Originally founded in 1918
- A division of Electrolux with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina
- Frigidaire Factory Service trucks equipped with more than 400 parts
Lennox Commercial is a leader in advanced, energy-efficient HVAC systems for light commercial buildings. They offer a full line of rooftop units, split systems, and heating solutions. Their Lennox VRF product line utilizes the energy advantages of variable refrigerant flow and is suitable for a wide variety of building and workplace environments.
Key facts about Lennox Commercial:
- 2017 The NEWS Dealer Design Gold Award winner
- A line of energy efficient variable refrigerant flow (VRF) products
- An extensive online support library
LG Air Conditioning Technologies, a division of Korea based LG Electronics, is an industry leading commercial HVAC provider. Their platform is built upon the Multi V Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) series system that connects multiple indoor units to a single outdoor unit and offers superior control of the configuration.
Key facts about LG Air Conditioning Technologies:
- LG Electronics selected as the U.S. EPA 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner Of The Year
- Building management solution with the LG MultiSITE VM3 platform
- A series of technical system design tools are available
17. Lux Products
LUX is an innovator in thermostat and HVAC control solutions for residential and light commercial applications. They offer detailed training and support to their extensive team of contractors, wholesalers, and builders who expertly install and service their equipment.
Key facts about Lux Products:
- Philadelphia based product and mobile app design team
- A North American Technical Excellence (NATE) certified training provider
- U.S.-based customer support team of certified HVAC technicians
In 2018, Mitsubishi Electric and Ingersoll Rand (the parent company of popular HVAC manufacturer, Trane), joined forces to create a dynamic line of heating and cooling products. Mitsubishi’s Light Commercial line includes fuss-free, flexible systems such as an efficient ducted air handler, wall-mounted heating and cooling units, and ceiling suspended systems.
Key facts about Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating:
- Single-zone and multi-zone solutions
- Mitsubishi Electric contractors widely available throughout the United States and Latin America
- Systems are 40% more efficient than traditional HVACs
Nortek Global HVAC has been making waves in the industry for years; the manufacturer made the first-ever heater for manufactured housing and residential gas/electric housing system. These days, Nortek is continuing to innovate in the commercial market, designing HVAC systems that are built to last for a range of climates and needs.
Key facts about Nortek Global HVAC:
- Established in 1919
- Award-winning support
- Micro-channel systems included in both its split and packaged systems
In operation for nearly 100 years, Rheem is North America’s largest manufacturer of water heating products and also has a full line of commercial high-efficiency HVAC products. Options include package air conditioners, heat pumps, split air conditioners, and air handlers. They also offer a series of specification tools on their website specific to particular industries.
Key facts about Rheem:
- Innovation Learning Centers for in-person training
- Energy savings up to 30% versus baseline technologies
- A library of downloadable 3D CAD files online
Seeley International is Australia’s largest and most award air conditioning manufacturer, known for its line of rooftop evaporative coolers. These evaporative coolers are known to be quieter and more efficient than traditional refrigerated air conditioners while providing clean, fresh air. They are a suitable HVAC solution for large open spaces and ideal in a number of commercial applications including manufacturing plants, warehouses, and recreational centers.
Key facts about Seeley International:
- Evaporative coolers that are up to 80% more efficient than refrigerated systems
- Case studies showing their systems deployed in many locations worldwide
- Also offering integrated, combined systems operated with a single controller
Siemens is a global leader of HVAC control systems that enable building automation. Their product offering includes useful hardware such as sensors, valves, meters and actuators for measuring and adjusting your HVAC equipment settings. These components are designed for communication with their centralized tools and apps for adjustments to maximize efficiency.
Key facts about Siemens:
- A dedicated portfolio of HVAC control products available for OEMS
- HIT Portal for system setup, monitoring, and management
- Market-specific configurations tailored to your industry requirements
Award-winning SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc. is a century’s-old HVAC leader based in Overland Park, Kansas. The company has a comprehensive commercial catalog, boasting technologies including cooling towers, air cooled heat exchangers, condensers, controls, and water management systems. SPX customizes components to fit business’ needs and even offers rental options for its signature cooling towers.
Key facts about SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.:
- Winner of the Environmental Leader Awards 2019 Top Product
- SPX brand names include Marley, Balcke, Recold, Ceramic, and more
- 150 offices, subsidiaries, and partners worldwide
25. Trane Commercial
Trane is world-famous for its cutting-edge residential HVAC systems, but its commercial line is one of the most diverse product lines in the world. In addition to offering energy services (including building automation), Trane also provides ultra-efficient components that are made for the commercial market, such as chillers, unitary and air handling systems, terminal devices, ductless solutions, and more.
Key facts about Trane Commercial:
- Each product comes equipped with comprehensive design and analysis tools and information
- Provides precision cooling and dehumidification services
- Includes an industrial refrigeration line
York, owned by parent company, Johnson Controls, is a leader that has a sizable stake in the global HVAC market. York provides plenty in the way of standard air systems, but it also offers cutting-edge ductless solutions, such as its signature VRF systems, chilled water systems, packaged and split DX systems, and more.
Key facts about York:
- More than 130 years in the HVAC industry
- Parent company, Johnson Control International, named as ‘One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2019’
- Originally established in York, Pennsylvania
All HVAC manufacturers must adhere to design and safety standards to ensure the safe operation of their equipment. Tagging HVAC equipment and components with durable nameplates provides essential safety and operating information and allows for unique identification of components for more efficient and accurate preventive maintenance tracking when paired with a preventive maintenance software solution.
Commercial HVAC applications are harsh environments, however, meaning HVAC equipment requires a highly durable nameplate capable of withstanding abrasion, heat, sunlight, and other environmental conditions to remain readable throughout the lifespan of the asset. That’s why MPC’s Metalphoto® photosensitive anodized aluminum has been the material of choice for HVAC applications for more than 50 years, featuring an image sealed beneath a sapphire-hard anodized layer to resist exposure to chemicals, corrosion, abrasion, sunlight degradation, and extreme temperatures. Because Metalphoto® can meet energy-specific specifications such as OSHA 1910.145, ANSI Z535.4, ISO 3864, National Electric Code (NEC) Article 690, and OSHA 1910.145, commercial HVAC manufacturers have confidence that their equipment nameplates meet all applicable industry standards and best practices.