Lennox Versus Carrier Heat Pumps – Whenever we compare any type of equipment we need to compare similar models between the brands. In this case we are comparing Lennox to Carrier which are major brands that compete for your business. All the major manufacturers make similar models with various levels of efficiency and with various levels of bells and whistles that make the equipment more efficient or easier to troubleshoot with advanced diagnostics. Of course there are more categories for bells and whistles and we will endeavor to explain everything here as this article unfolds. This written from the perspective of a licensed HVAC Master who has several years of field experience and not a journalist. I have also been to manufacturer’s training course and worked on these products. (more…)
Update – Unfortunately Acadia’s parent company has folded for various reasons. Some of their heat pumps have some problems and looks like someone has a fix for those problems. You can find out more information about Acadia Heat Pumps and the fix here at this link to the Bangor News.
Acadia Heat Pump Reviews – Consumer Ratings
Coming from Hallowell International there is finally an air to air heat pump engineered and designed to work efficiently in the Northern climes where the temperature falls to near or below zero for the winter months. Technically referred to as Boosted Air Source Heat Pumps or as Hallowell International likes to put it the Acadia (Trademarked) heat pump system operates in colder climates under temperatures of 16 degrees Fahrenheit and up before using back up electric heating. The Acadia heat pump makes use of a second compressor inside the Acadia heat pump condenser that kicks in when a preset temperature is reached in the ambient air. Acadia claims efficiency ratings that match geothermal systems sans the added installation costs of geothermal heat pump system. Some of the benefits of the Acadia heat pump system are:
- The Acadia Heat Pump offers cooling and heating as does all heat pumps
- The Acadia Heat Pump works at lower ambient temperatures unlike the typical air to air heat pumps
- The Acadia Heat Pump cost less to install than a geothermal heat pump system and as the manufacturer claims the Acadia has similar efficiency levels as geothermal heat pumps
Acadia Heat Pump Reviews – Consumer Ratings
Hallowell International produces the Acaida heat pump system and they are located in Bangor, Maine. There are also Acadia dealers in Canada and the USA.
Acadia Heat Pump Reviews
Airco Heat Pump Reviews – Consumer Ratings – ECR International is the maker of Airco Heat Pumps in the USA and Canada. That is, ECR International was the manufacturer of Airco heat pumps as they have discontinued their line of heat pumps. The Airco line of heat pumps were produced by ECR International in the size range from 1 and 1/2 tons all the way to 5 tons making the Airco heat pumps perfect for residential and light commercial applications. It is only conjecture but we can only surmise ECR International discontinued their line of Airco heat pumps because they wanted to focus on their core line which is gas and oil furnaces. If you have an Airco heat pump please make a review so we can track whether the Airco heat pump was a good heat pump or not. Perhaps some good reviews of the Airco heat pump will encourage ECR International to continue the Airco line of heat pumps.
Airco Heat Pump Reviews – Consumer Ratings
Airco Heat Pump Reviews
Amana ASZ18 Heat Pump Reviews – Consumer Ratings – The Amana ASZ18 Heat Pump is Amana’s premiere heat pump reporting an efficiency of 18 SEER for air conditioning mode and 9.5 HSPF for heating mode. One of the best features for the Amana ASZ18 heat pump aside from the reported efficiency rating is the warranty that comes with the compressor. Amana offers a lifetime limited warranty for the compressor in the Amana ASZ18 heat pump with the remaining parts covered by a 10 year limited warranty. The ASZ18 Amana heat pump uses R410-A and High Performance HVAC recommends to all our site users that when they purchase a new heat pump or air conditioner they purchase one with R-410-A. (more…)
Amana Heat Pump Reviews – Consumer Ratings – Amana offers several heat pumps in the Amana heat pump line-up. Beginning with the Amana 18 SEER 9.5 HSPF ASX18 Heat Pump as the most efficient to the economical 13 SEER 7.7 HSPF Distinctions heat pump. Many heat pumps in the Amana product line use the new R-410-A refrigerant but there are still some of Amana’s heat pumps that use R-22 refrigerant. High Performance HVAC does not recommend to consumers to purchase the R-22 air conditioner or heat pump units at this time because of the mandated phase-out of R-22 will begin in 2010. (Currently Amana does not offer any R-22 units). (more…)
American Standard Heat Pump Reviews – Consumer Ratings | American Standard currently offers several heat pumps of various capacities and with an efficiency range of 13 SEER 9 HSPF to 20 SEER 10 HSPF for the economy models. American Standard uses the name Platinum/Gold/Silver to describe their models of heat pumps from the top of the line high efficiency Platinum 20 Communicating Heat Pump to the Silver 13 Heat Pump. American Standard uses Platinum for their top of the line heat pump and for more economical models they use Silver and Gold with the Platinum models being the most efficient with all the bells and whistles. The builders grade model is the 13 SEER Silver model which is the basic model and most economical. The Platinum model is the most feature rich and also the most expensive model available from American Standard. (more…)
Armstrong Heat Pump Reviews – Consumer Ratings – Armstrong heat pumps come in various capacities with efficiency ranges from 13 SEER 7.7 HSPF to 17 SEER 9.2 HSPF and selected heat pump units that use R410A refrigerant. Armstrong is owned by Lennox so some of the technology going into Lennox heat pumps also find their way into Armstrong heat pumps. (more…)
Broan Heat Pump Reviews – Consumer Ratings – Broan is a major manufacturer of of home ventilation systems and offers very high efficient line heat pumps. The Ultra Efficient Broan Heat Pump and air handler has efficiency ratings up to 22 SEER and 10 HSPF efficiency rating. HSPF or Heating Seasonal Performance Factor is how heat pumps are rated for efficiency. How does an air source Broan Heat Pump get rated at a higher efficiency than some geothermal systems for the air conditioner side of the efficiency ratings? Broan calls it the IQ Drive System and technically it is an inverter duty compressor that gets the high efficiency ratings. The Broan heat pump with IQ Drive is actually manufactured by Nordyne but sold and marketed through Broan. (more…)
Bryant Heat Pump Reviews – Consumer Ratings – Bryant offers heat pumps in three different series – The Bryant Evolution Series, The Bryant Preferred Series, and the Bryant Legacy lines. Bryant heat pumps come in efficiency ranges from 13 SEER 7.9 HSPF to 20.5 SEER 13.0 HSPF. Bryant also uses R-410A refrigerant and two-stage Scroll compressors in selected heat pump models for better efficiency. In selected heat pumps Bryant has control boards that offer diagnostics features for easier heat pump troubleshooting. Some features of selected Bryant heat pumps are: (more…)
Carrier Heat Pump Reviews – Consumer Ratings – Carrier offers heat pumps in 3 different series. The Infinity Series, The Performance Series, and the Comfort Series with the Infinity Series being the Premium heat pump series Carrier offers. Their heat pump efficiency ranges from 13 SEER 7.7 HSPF to 20.5 SEER and 13 HSPF with heat pump capacity ranges from 1.5 tons to 5 tons making Their heat pumps are ideal for residential and light commercial applications. Their heat pumps are designed to meet or exceed industry standards for noise levels. Various features for selected Carrier Units are: (more…)