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Trane’s Best Heat Pumps

See our top-rated heat pumps in the categories that matter to you most: energy efficiency, quiet operation, and value.

March 11, 2019
If you’re looking for a new heat pump, the first thing you need to do is identify what features matter to you most. Do you want the best value? Do you want the most energy efficient? Or maybe a bit of both?
In order to make your choice a little easier, we’ve identified the heat pump that performs the best in three important categories: energy efficiency, quiet operation and value. We’ll explain what those categories mean and explain how our best heat pumps perform so you can make the best decision for you and your family.

Heat pump features you need to know

The technical terms and features of heat pumps can feel like a foreign language. Even if you begin to understand them, how do you know what features are right for your home? Honestly, your best resource for a thorough understanding of the latest equipment and what your home needs is your local HVAC specialist. However, there are a few basics you should know.
  • Energy Efficiency - Don’t let the name fool you, heat pumps actually heat your home in the winter and cool your home in summer. Because of this, heat pumps are rated for their energy usage in two ways - HSPF for heating and SEER for cooling. Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF), is the ratio for the efficiency of heat pumps. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), measures the energy efficiency of air conditioners. These usually range from 13-22. A higher rating means better efficiency. Greater energy efficiency can translate into lower monthly energy costs. Keep in mind: An HSPF > 8 is considered high efficiency. Higher SEER rating = better efficiency.
  • Sound Level - When space is limited or in cities with strict noise standards, having a quiet running heat pump is a priority. In heat pumps, moving parts like fans and cabinet insulation can reduce noise levels. Many units are rated with a Nominal Sound Level - the average sound level in decibels. The higher the number, the louder the unit. For example:
    40 = A library
    70 = A vacuum cleaner at 10 ft.
    43 = Our quietest heating and cooling systems
  • Value - When we say best value, that doesn’t mean it’s the lowest price. At Trane, we define value by identifying the heat pump that delivers a high efficiency rating and includes many of our industry leading innovations, but is more affordable than our most advanced units. In short, a quality product that won’t break your budget.

Most Efficient Heat Pump - Trane XV20i

A Trane XV20i variable speed air conditioner
The XV20i heat pump has the highest efficiency rating of all our heat pumps with a SEER rating of 20 and an HSPF of 10. With that level of energy efficiency, customers can possibly save an average of over $500 each year in energy costs*. Our most efficient heat pump is Energy Star Qualified and includes our patented TruComfort™ variable-speed system and integrated communicating technology to keep your home at an optimal temperature and avoid spikes that lead to increased energy consumption.

Quietest Heat Pump - Trane XV19 low profile

A Trane XV19 low profile heat pump
The Trane XV19 low profile heat pump checks in with sound levels starting as low as 43 dBA — making it the quietest system in our lineup. It includes innovative sound insulators and a unique integrated fan system with a leading edge swept fan design to reduce noise levels. XV19 is also Energy Star Qualified with a SEER rating up to 19.5 and an HSPF of up to 12 — making it a great combination of energy efficiency and quiet operation.

Best Value Heat Pump - Trane XR15

A Trane XR15 air conditioner
We’ve identified the Trane XR15 as our best value heat pump because of its high efficiency ratings and more affordable price point. With high-efficiency SEER rating of 16 and a high-efficiency HSPF of 9.50, you can expect to see noticeable energy savings when you replace an older, less efficient unit.

One last thing

* The majority of systems installed prior to 2006 are 10 SEER or lower. Potential energy savings may vary depending on your personal lifestyle, system settings, and usage, equipment maintenance, local climate, actual construction and installation of equipment and duct system. Savings based on Energy Star’s Savings Calculator for a 3-ton 21 SEER/10 HSPF heat pump and programmable thermostat versus the industry standard 14 SEER/8.2 HSPF 3-ton heat pump and standard thermostat in St. Louis, MO.
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