Heat pump ratings part 3 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Amana, American Standard, and Ameristar brands.
This brand name is licensed to GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL and is sold through dealers in the USA. The ASZ14 units are basic heat pumps with smartshift technology for better defrost control but they only have an average warranty. They have a compressor sound blanket for quieter operation.
The ASZC16 models are a good option in the premium category as they have all the normal features plus they have the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's heating/cooling systems to maximize efficiency. They also have a two speed condenser fan for less noise and better efficiency. They are also backed by a very good warranty including a lifetime replacement guarantee if the compressor fails. The AVZC20 (pictured at left) is an ultimate heat pump with a variable speed compressor and fan motor for quiet, efficient operation. They have a louvered metal exterior to protect the coil and a specially designed top to minimize noise.
This brand is owned by INGERSOLL RAND and is sold by factory authorized dealers in the USA. They offer a basic 13 seer model (SILVER SI) which is basically a low cost "builders model" with a warranty that is average. The GOLD 17 models are premium units but use dual compressors and the guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. The ACCUCOMFORT PLATINUM 20 (pictured at right) is their entry into the ultimate category. They have a variable speed condenser fan for energy efficiency and lower noise levels as well as zinc coated fasteners for rust prevention. The units are backed by a very good guarantee and all of the units use full louvered metal panel construction to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage.
These are basic "builder grade" 13 or 14 seer heat pumps but they have a louvered metal jacket to protect the condenser coil from damnage. The brand is a part of INGERSOLL RAND but the warranty is not very good when compared to other brands.
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