The Luxaire brand started way back in 1939 with the founding of the C.A. Olsen Manufacturing Company in Ohio. The next year, C.A. Olsen began producing furnaces powered by gas and coal, and by 1942, Luxaire had become one of the top ten producers in its industry.
Responding to the need created by World War II, Luxaire designed special equipment for heating army barracks. Ultimately, Luxaire equipment was used to heat around 60% of US army barracks during the war.
By the 1950s, air conditioning was becoming increasingly popular around the country, and Luxaire got into this newly booming business in 1954. The company was acquired by Westinghouse in 1955, and then became part of Johnson Controls in 1981.
The Johnson Controls family of HVAC brands includes other well-known names such as Coleman, York, and Evcon. Today, Luxaire products are still designed and assembled at their facilities in Kansas and Oklahoma, which employ over 1,770 American workers.
Luxaire products have won several awards. For instance, Luxaire’s high-efficiency models of split system heat pumps, air conditioners, and gas furnaces have earned EnergyStar Most Efficient designations in several years from 2012 to 2018.
Luxaire’s Acclimate Modulating Gas Furnace also received the 2014 Consumers Digest Best Buy Award, and in 2012, the Luxaire brand as a whole received the Home Builder Executive Silver Innovation Award.
Luxaire produces full lines of both commercial and residential heating and cooling equipment. On the residential side, they offer both split and packaged central systems as well as ductless mini-split systems.
When it comes to gas furnaces, Luxaire’s premium model is the Acclimate LP9C, which achieves up to 98% AFUE thanks to its variable speed ECM blower motor and modulating gas valves. Luxaire’s residential gas furnaces come with either a 20-year or lifetime limited warranty on the heat exchanger, depending on the model.
As for split system heat pumps, Luxaire’s Acclimate line offers efficiencies from 16-20 SEER. Their HL20 model has a variable-capacity compressor while their 18 SEER HL8B comes with a two-stage compressor. The HL8B earned the EnergyStar Most Efficient designation in 2017.
Luxaire’s Acclimate split system air conditioners are even more efficient, ranging from 18-21 SEER, using either variable-speed or two-stage compressors. The AL21 received the EnergyStar Most Efficient designation in 2018.