Heat Pump Ratings part 3: Reviews of the Airtemp, Amana, & American Standard brands

BRAND--------BASIC-PREMIUM-ULTIMATE

AIRTEMP---------1*--------<1*---------NA

These heat pumps are made by Nordyne for R.E. MICHEL COMPANY which is a distributor of HVAC systems in the USA. The VT4BE is a basic heat pump with a durable scroll compressor and a composite base pan for quieter operation. The VT4BF is a premium unit with a Copeland Ultratech scroll compressor. The unit uses demand defrost for added energy savings over a timed defrost but the warranty is not as good as many brands. All of the units feature all metal louvered panel construction for protection of the condenser coil from mechanical damage. They also offer R-22 replacement units that are shipped without refrigerant as R-22 is being phased out. The units are only sold through their authorized dealer network.

AMANA----------<1*---------5*---------5*

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 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. 

Amana ASZC16

AMERICAN STANDARD-<1*--2*---------2*

American Standard AccuComfort Platinum 20

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 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.

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