Heat pump ratings part 14 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Maytag, North Cool, and Nutone brands.
This brand name is licensed to NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC and they are sold by dealers in the USA.
The PSH4BE units are basic models with a 14/15 SEER efficiency and feature all-aluminum micro-channel coil construction for corrosion resistance and resulting in a compact unit. Their "Quiet Plus" package includes a compressor sound blanket and a swept wing fan as well as a composite base pan for quieter operation. The louvered stainless steel jacket resists corrosion and provides excellent protection for the condenser coil. The units use state of the art SureSwitch relays instead of the traditional air conditioner contactor and they are backed by an outstanding guarantee.
The MSH4BF models are premium units with a 16 seer rating and two stage operation while the PSH4BF units have the stainless steel case and the compressor blanket/swept wing fan. The PSH4BG model is an ultimate unit with an inverter drive compressor and an efficiency rating of 19 seer. It also has a stainless steel case for durability and is backed by a very good warranty.
This brand is from the Netherlands and is available worldwide. The heat pumps are basic units with a 15 SEER efficiency but are only available in sizes from 2 to 3.5 tons and so may not be big enough for all homes. They use wire grilles for outdoor coil protection which is not very effective and their website is not much help. The guarantee on the units is not very good when compared to other brands. The units are supposed to be sold through dealers but it is hard to find one.
This brand is manufactured by NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. The JT4BE CHOICE models are basic heat pumps with all of the standard features plus a composite base pan for quieter operation.
The FT4BF models are premium units with a 16 seer efficiency and a two stage compressor. They feature advanced diagnostics with the Coresense technology and an electronic relay instead of the traditional contactor. They have a sound blanket and swept wing fan for lower operating noise.
The iQ DRIVE models have either a 19 or 22 seer efficiency rating and used the latest inverter drive compressor technology. They can communicate with the other parts of the home's heating and cooling systems to maximize efficiency all year long. The brand is sold by dealers in the USA but their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands.
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