See Our Pick: Rheem vs. Goodman HVAC Systems

Do you know the brand of HVAC system operating in your home? If you answered “no,” you’re not alone.

Many Florida homeowners don’t know their HVAC system brand. Research even shows that when it comes to replacing their existing HVAC system, up to 90% of homeowners rely on their local AC professional to determine the best brand and unit for their home1.

That’s why at Air Care, we want to share our top HVAC system recommendation for the Clearwater area.

Our Top HVAC Choice: Rheem

Rheem heating and cooling products are our No. 1 pick for new HVAC system installations.

While we repair, service and replace all HVAC brands, we trust Rheem HVAC systems to do the best job to cool and heat your home or business due to its:

  • Nearly 100 years of company history
  • Quality performance
  • Durable system and parts
  • Environmental commitment
  • Support for customers and Rheem Pro Partners—like ourselves at Air Care

Below we’ll compare Rheem vs. Goodman air conditioners, another notable HVAC brand, to help you understand why Rheem is our top AC system of choice for our Clearwater and Tampa Bay area customers.


  1. Longstanding HVAC History

For nearly a century, Rheem has been a pioneer in developing some of the most innovative advancements in heating, cooling and water heating.

Rich in history, the company was founded by brothers Richard and Donald Rheem in 1925, who initially created steel drums and other metal products. Things later shifted in 1950s, when the company developed its first HVAC products. Now, Rheem is one of the most recognized HVAC brands around the globe, with its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, seven factories in the Americas and HVAC distribution in more than 75 countries2.

While Goodman may not be a household brand name just yet, the company has worked to advance it’s heating and cooling technologies, testing and distribution footprint in recent years.

To give you a snapshot of the company’s history, Harold V. Goodman—founder of Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P.—became an air conditioning contractor in 1954 in the rapidly growing city of Houston, Texas. By the 1960s, he was one of the most successful contractors in the nation, and in 1975, Goodman turned his sights to building HVAC equipment. Since then, the company has continued to modernize its product line, innovate its heat transfer process, and became a member of the Daikin Industries, Ltd. Group in 20123.


  1. Quality AC System Performance

Rheem excels in the cooling and heating of homes and businesses. Rheem HVAC products are designed to create comfort without compromise, which means the company leads against many other AC brands in high SEER ratings; modern aesthetics; optimal airflow, heating and cooling capacity; weather-resistant finishes; reduced noises from fans, pans and motors; and much more.

How do Rheem and Goodman AC systems compare to the other? Let’s take a birds-eye-view:

  Rheem* Goodman*
Years in business 95 37
# of HVAC models 100+ 5
SEER rating Up to 20.5 SEER Up to 18 SEER
Tonnage 1.5-5 tons 2-5 tons
Height Up to 39” Up to 40”
Width & Depth Up to 33.75” Up to 35-3/4”
Limited HVAC Warranties** Up to 10 years Up to 10 years
Better Business Bureau rating A+ A+

*Values pulled from company websites in November 2020.
**Rheem/Goodman limited HVAC warranties are subject to company registration guidelines, installation by licensed contractors and more. See product registration specifications for full HVAC warranty details.

Contact Air Care today to learn more about why we choose Rheem HVAC systems for its quality and performance.


  1. Reliable AC System and Parts

Rheem’s large manufacturing footprint—both in the U.S. and internationally—allows the company to leverage some of the best engineers, technicians and manufacturers in the HVAC industry. The Rheem team builds quality into everything they make, from the entire heating and cooling system to the smallest part.

Rheem HVAC systems are reliable and can withstand the harshest of weather conditions, like those here in Clearwater—from the hot and humid summers, the rainy hurricane season, and the salty air, wind and water throughout the year. That’s because each Rheem HVAC model undergoes a rigorous lab and field-testing process, known as “Tested. Trusted. Tough.” Watch the video below to learn more.

While Goodman doesn’t address its quality control testing publicly online, it follows all of the HVAC industry standards.

To hear why Rheem passes all of our quality controls and standards, contact Air Care today.


  1. Commitment to the Environment

When it comes to sustainable manufacturing practices, Rheem strives to dramatically cut the environmental impact with every product development4. By 2025, Rheem hopes to:

  • Launch a line of heating, cooling and water heating products that boast a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas footprint
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and achieve zero waste to landfill in our global manufacturing operations
  • Train 250,000 plumbers, contractors and key influencers on sustainable products or sustainable installation and recycling best practices

Likewise, Goodman cares about its environmental footprint, and select Goodman brand manufacturing facilities are ISO 9001-certified, an independent standard accepted worldwide as the benchmark for quality manufacturing and management processes, and ISO 14001-certified, an international environmental certification5.


  1. AC Support for Rheem Pro Partners

When you need an independent heating and cooling contractor you can trust, turn to the pros: Rheem Pro Partners. The Rheem Pro Partner program recognizes the best HVAC independent contractors in the industry and raises the bar for Rheem HVAC service and installation, while offering company support for each of their Partners.

Air Care is recognized as a Rheem Pro Partner, which means our team is thoroughly trained, evaluated and kept accountable on Rheem HVAC products, installations, repairs and service maintenance. All of our technicians are licensed and EPA certified, and we achieve a minimum 4-start rating each year from our real, verified customers.


Ready to Install a Rheem AC System?

When you’re ready to replace your HVAC unit with a new Rheem system, choose a trusted contractor, like Air Care, with the right experience and expertise on your new AC install. Be sure to read AC company reviews, too.

Selecting an inexperienced contractor may cause improper installation and system malfunction, which could lead to frequent AC repairs and lower system life expectancy in the long run.

A National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study says that if your AC equipment is installed improperly, it may not be running as efficient as you think. “Without proper installation, air conditioning and heating equipment will perform significantly below rated energy-efficiency levels,” says Piotr Domanski, who leads NIST research on the performance of HVAC and refrigeration equipment6.


Trust Your Clearwater AC Experts

Backed by nearly 40 years of experience in the industry, Air Care is focused on our customers and their short and long-term comfort. We train our AC technicians to properly install, repair and maintain all HVAC brands—including Rheem—with the highest of standards. We also serve Pinellas, western Hillsborough and southern Pasco counties.

Want to learn more? Contact Air Care for all your HVAC needs.

“This business operates with the highest level of integrity. I have used Air Care before for repairs and have always been happy with the response time, the personnel, the technicians, the service provided, and the prices. This time I called Air Care for an estimate on a new Air Conditioning System. (Another company had me convinced that I needed an entire new system for approximately $6,500.) They could have easily sold me a new system for thousands of dollars, however, Tammy noticed the make and year of my current system and put the owner Larry on the phone.  Larry told me that I should not need a new system based on the model and year of my system.  I told him what my concerns were, and he suggested servicing and the installation of a UVA light.  He sent a tech (Khoi) out the same day. Khoi was thorough, professional, and polite.  Khoi took apart the pump, hoses, panels and brought them outside and cleaned and sterilized them. (my pump and lines were partially filled with a disgusting jelly-like substance) He installed the UVA light.  My system works great, and my air is now exceptionally clean from the UAV light.  I am very happy and I have saved thousands of dollars! Thank you Tammy, Judy, Khoi, and owner Larry! I highly recommend this company. Five stars all the way!” — Google Review from pleefmsd

Contact Air Care today.



[1] About Goodman
[2] Why Rheem
[3] Why Goodman
[4] Rheem: A Greater Degree of Good
[5] Goodman: Energy Responsibility
[6] National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study