Comfortmaker SoftSound® Deluxe 98 – G9MAE Review
AFUE:Up to 98%
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Blower Type:Variable Speed
Price:$4,330 - $5,500+
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The G9MAE offers the ultimate comfort even in freezing temperatures and is ComfortMaker’s highest efficiency gas furnace product. This model delivers quiet performance and ultimate temperature control. The system has a variable-speed blower, which helps the furnace offer better summer dehumidification.
Since it functions in tandem with the cooling unit, you can also enjoy a possible SEER boost, as it helps pull moisture out of the air. The ComfortMaker SoftSound® Deluxe Series G9MAE has the ENERGY STAR ® qualification, which is your assurance of excellent energy-saving throughout the lifespan of the product.
In a Nutshell
Average Price (installed): $4,330 – $5,500+
- Up to 98% AFUE heating efficiency
- BTU input: 60,000-120,000
- Energy Star Certified
- Modulating, Variable Speed ECM compressor
The Bottom Line
The ComfortMaker SoftSound® Deluxe Series G9MAE is a reliable, Energy Star certified product that offers outstanding heating efficiency. Its super-quiet performance, modulating gas valve and variable-speed blower motor make it an effective product that provides superior comfort and performance.
ComfortMaker SoftSound® Deluxe Series G9MAE Specifications
- Direct hot surface ignition system with in-shot burners and an advanced silicon nitride igniter, providing greater reliability
- Very safe operation with an induced draft motor, temperature limit control, and a reliable gas valve
- It is compatible with humidifiers and air purifiers helping ensure better home air quality.
Noise Reducing Features
The ComfortMaker SoftSound® Deluxe Series G9MAE is one of the quietest furnaces on the market today. It’s housed in a pre-painted, solid insulated cabinet that comes with a secure door latch system. There are soft-mount rubber gasket fixtures on the key components that help reduce operating sounds.
Innovative Temperature Control Features
Like all SmartComfort Deluxe models, the G9MAE is teamed with the company’s Observer® Communicating Wall Control. This system offers full-color touchscreen technology. It also coordinates with various compatible system accessories and air conditioners to provide maximum comfort and efficiency.
The G9MAE has cutting-edge electronic control monitoring systems that allow for easier operation and faster diagnostics.
Other Key Features
- In-shot burners and an advanced silicon nitride igniter that offer greater reliability
- Modulating gas valve with a capacity in the range of 40%–100%
Theis model will come with a lifetime heat exchanger warranty. It also carries a ten year parts warranty. If you need replacement on this product, there’s a 10-year warranty available.
Comparable Models by Comfortmaker
Model Comparison by Features
The G9MAE is a premium range product that has features similar to the G9MXE. However, if you are looking for a higher energy-efficiency, the latter has an AFUE rating of up to 96%, while the G9MAE stands a notch higher with a heating efficiency of 98% AFUE. Both of these models come with the Observer® communicating wall control system. The G9MXE has a BTU input in the 26,000-120,000 range, while the BTU input of the G9MAE is 60,000-120,000.
Model Comparison by Price
Installation costs of the ComfortMaker SoftSound® Deluxe Series G9MAE are higher when compared to the overall costs of models such as the N9MSE and the N9MSB (both are performance series models). But when you compare the overall efficiency and maintenance costs of the G9MAE with these models, you save a pretty penny over the long term on the G9MAE.
Model Comparison by Premium Tier
The ComfortMaker SoftSound® Deluxe Series G9MAE is a premium tier product and if you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, you might want to consider models like the ComfortMaker Performance Series® N9MSE and N9MSB. These high-performance products have a slightly lower AFUE rating and come at a lower price tag.