Trane Heat Pumps

Trane is a manufacturer of heating, ventilating and air conditioning – or HVAC – equipment. Their products are used in many countries. James Trane began the business in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1885. Trane heat pumps are one of the many quality products offered today.

Whether it’s hot or cold, a heat pump can deliver cool air or hot air through the ducts of your home. Its name suggests only one of these abilities – but both are equally well supplied. Many homes will come with a furnace. Later, the owner may add a window-unit air conditioner – or an outdoor central unit. These two – or more machines – are unnecessary when a heat pump is used. Trane has four efficiency types of pump. Ultra, super, high and standard.

Durable construction, economical operation and efficient performance are found with the XB13 and XB14 standard efficiency models. “Trane CleanEffects” – an optional addition – removes more irritants with an optimal filtration system. The XB14 units may qualify for government tax credits.

Comparing the two units, we find many similarities and some slight differences. Both offer an HSPF – heating efficiency rating of up to 8.5. A sound level of 78 is found with each unit. A registered limited warranty of ten years for the compressor and five years for the coil and functional parts applies to both.

The XB14 model has a cooling efficiency – SEER – rating of up to 15.00 and exceeds the minimum federal Energy Star regulations. The XB13 unit has a SEER rating of over 13.00 but does not have the Energy Star rating. Optional extended warranties are available for both.

The high efficiency models offered by Trane are the XR13, XR14 and XR15. A ten year compressor, coil and functional parts warranty comes with all three. Extended warranties – which are common for many Trane components – are again available for these units.

Nominal sound levels of 76 are found with the XR13 and XR14, with a slightly quieter level of 75 offered with the XR15. Only the XR15 has an Energy Star rating. Model 15 offers a heating efficiency of up to 9.0 and a cooling efficiency of up to 16.50. The HSPF for the 14 is up to 9.0, and an – up to 15.00 – SEER rating. The XR13 has a slightly weaker HSPF of up to 8.5 and an SEER of over 14.00.

Two models of super efficiency heat pumps are available from Trane. The only difference between the XL14i and the XL15i is the SEER – cooling efficiency – rating. The 14i measures up to 15.25 where the XL15i has a slightly better rating of up to 16.00. Both measure up to 9.0 for the heating efficiency. Both have the Energy Star rating. Their nominal sound level measures 74; and an extended warranty is optional for adding to the impressive twelve year compressor and ten year coil and functional parts warranties.

Ultra efficient – Energy Star rated – heat pumps are the most efficient units offered by Trane. The HSPF for the XL16i and the XL20i are – up to – 9.2 and 9.0 respectively. The 16i has a cooling efficiency of up to 17.0. The 20i has a cooling efficiency of up to 19.00.

A peaceful level of 74 is the reading when testing for the measured sound emitted while these units are running. There are two compressors operating inside the XL20i. This dual-staged operation is part of the technology that makes this heat pump an “ultra” model. The XL16i uses a staged – single compressor operation. All mechanical parts – the coils and the specialized compressors – come with extendable warranties. The limited warranty can be registered for 12 years for the compressors and ten for the parts and coils.

From ultra efficient to – simply – “efficient”, Trane offers many options when looking for a single unit heater/air conditioner. Long term savings on energy costs in a space-saving unit are a couple of reasons for considering Trane heat pumps. A long history of – round-the-world – satisfaction found with the quality and reliability of a Trane makes a look at these single heating and air conditioning units a must.

By: Jacob Akshire

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Energy-saving Rhode Islanders get big rebate – Providence Top News

The Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, which gives large rebates to consumers who buy energy saving appliances, is coming back to Rhode Island.

The Office of Energy Resources announced the return of the program Wednesday, which requires residents to replace an old appliance with a new, Energy Star product to be eligible.

The money comes from last year’s Federal stimulus law.

Replacing an oil or gas boiler will net you $500, the largest rebate available. Other approved products include refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, gas furnaces, and certain water heaters. Appliances must have been purchased new since March 25, 2010. Online purchases don’t count.

Last time this program happened, all rebates were snatched up in a day. This time around, there is only half as much money available, so if you still have your receipts, get moving.

Source: WPRI

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Kalona News > News > School Construction Estimates Higher

Jeremy Pickard observed that the $140,000 cut they approved still left a $483,000 overrun. Ziegler said that that amount had already been reduced and they would continue to pursue other reductions. By bidding the $10.6 million project in smaller packages, Ziegler said, smaller contractors would be able to bid, which means more competitive bidding. He also noted that when Fairfield rebidded its building project because of too high of bids, they came in $1 million lower the second time. The other projects and their estimated cost for the bond issue include installing air conditioning for the entire Washington Township Elementary building $200,000; construction an additional preschool classroom and renovating the existing preschool classroom at the Kalona Elementary School $1.1 million; constructing two additional kindergarten classrooms and renovating existing kindergarten classrooms for special education classroom at the Wellman Elementary School $900,000; relocating the main office to existing art classroom, constructing an addition for the new art classroom and Family Consumer Science lab; renovating the existing Family and Consumer Science lab for the special education classroom at the High School $1.7 million; an alternative learning center and central administration offices as new construction $2.1 million; and bonding costs and attorney fees $240,000. Fehr and Ziegler observed that the overrun at the Middle School was mainly attributed to the major HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), which would not be as major a factor at the other school buildings. Board Vice President George Schaefer took over the meeting after Hussey had to leave, where he had a mildly contentious discussion with parents of Wellman elementary students. It dealt with bus pickup spots around the town.
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To meet city code but not follow soot: the NYC “boiler dilemma” – New York Environmental News

In a large church room in Murray Hill, New Yorkers attended presentations on alternatives to converting boilers to natural gas in an effort to solve the “boiler dilemma.”

As part of the Mayor’s PlaNYC 2030, the City has adopted rules that require buildings burning #6 heating oil to switch to #4, #2, natural gas or biodiesal by boiler certificate expiration date or by 2015, then completely to #2, natural gas or biodiesal by 2030.

Higher number heating oils are considered by City Hall’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability (OLTPS) to emit higher amounts of PM (particulate matter) 2.5. “The particulate matter created by this heating oil contains heavy metals and other pollutants that damage our lungs and hearts, contributing to asthma, and significant life expectancy” according to the PlaNYC update report of 2011. “Each year,” it adds, “PM 2.5 pollution in New York City causes more than 3,000 deaths, 2,000 heart conditions for lung and heart conditions, and approximately 6,000 emergency department visits for asthma in children and adults.”

The air quality strategy came subsequently to a 2009 report entitled “Bottom of the Barrel” by EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) and Urban Green (US Green Building Council, New York chapter). The report highlighted the black smoke often seen pouring off the tops of buildings, particularly from #6 and #4 oils and outlined a detailed map to making policy and technical change.

All five boroughs and some surrounding areas fall below the EPA’s 2006 standards for PM 2.5. About 120 counties of the roughly 3000 in the US fall below these standards. Up to 70% of the PM 2.5 in NYC can come from beyond the City, from “traffic, industry, and power plants… [and] mid-western power plants and factories” according to the PlaNYC update report of 2011.

However, most of the remaining soot pollution, or PM 2.5 emissions comes from buildings, especially 9000 of which that burn #6 heating oil, or just 1% of all the buildings in the City, according to these reports. The EDF provides a map of distribution of buildings that burn 6 and 4 heating oils and it may surprise environmental justice scholars. Number 6 oils, for example, are exclusive to area codes 10021, 10024 and and 10025, or, in other words, the Upper East and Upper West Sides. The reports don’t specify, however, where the people suffering from this pollution live. More significant combinations of poor environmental conditions exist in different area codes.

Nevertheless, the City looks out for communities with disproportionate environmental conditions and health symptoms. The Plan states: “415 City schools-roughly one third of all schools-burn numbers 4 or 6 heating oil, including 232 schools that burn Number 6. Many of these are in neighborhoods where the asthma rates are more than three times higher than the national average.” The City is phasing out higher level heating oils in schools as well and it is prioritizing schools in neighborhoods with the worst asthmatic conditions, particularly in “the Bronx, Harlem, Central Brooklyn, and along Jamaica Bay in Queens.”

“The Boiler Dilemma” was an episode of the Renew New York presentation and discussion series, which is organized by anti-fracking organizations and climate-focused allies in New York. Clearly the intent was not to resist the mandated phase out of high polluting oil, but to seek loopholes as to not be forced to use natural gas, especially the increasing amount from the Marcellus Shale.

Though the foci of the event was solar power, efficiency and biodiesal, one panelist, efficiency-focused architect Chris Benedict, distributed a leaflet co-written by Henry Gifford that claimed that the new boiler conversion rules might be fraudulent. The central argument made in the letter to the audience was that the City should focus on using less energy, not creating any dilemma.

The Benedict-Gifford leaflet suggests that the study, “Bottom of the Barrel” singles out “filterable” particulate, “as most of the other data [in an EPA report] does not show big differences in the characteristics of fuels.” The EPA report mentioned, states that “filterable particulate matter emissions depend predominantly on the grade of fuel fired” but that PM emissions are also affected by other factors, such as boiler load and oil sulfur content in the case of residual oil burning. The Benedict-Gifford article adds other conditions: “The burner may not be installed or tuned properly, or the nozzle that sprays the oil before it is burned may not be the correct nozzle.”

It adds that gas boilers can emit carbon monoxide at dangerous levels but the difference is carbon monoxide is invisible, while soot is extremely noticeable, and will “generate a complaint and be corrected.”

In the short term, the 2015 deadline only applies to buildings burning #6 oils, which are exclusively in the Upper West and Upper East Sides. The buildings can switch to 4 or 2 oils for now or switch to gas or biodiesal or a hybrid. (It was disclaimed by Dehran Duckworth of Tri State Biodiesal that “biodiesal” is not to be confused with “biofuels.” When done properly, he said, there aren’t any deforestation or agricultural problems and the transportation uses biodiesal in a closed-loop cycle. The difference between the two/ which one is better? Treehugger refers to this as the “$64,000 question” and “the fundamental philosophical question of our day”).

It states in a Renew New York pamphlet distributed at “Boiler Dilemma” that “some buildings are rushing to convert” to natural gas due to “its current low price and incentives.” Amongst many other variables, the it is claimed in the pamphlet that “converting boilers entirely to natural gas requires the highest upfront costs of all the options.” (Costs associated with conversions to gas may range from $1,000 to 1 million). It continues to say that after a bioheat law takes effect in October, the cost of 4 oil will increase to the price of 2 but 2 mixed with biodiesal will cost as low as 6 “due to a tax credit which has been renewed until 2016.

Thus the pamphlet suggests that the way around the dilemma is to stick with oil, as long as it’s #2 mixed with biodiesal, at least in the immediate. The choice of panelists of course, though, suggests a broader goal, to use less energy altogether and to harness renewable sources.

Post note: “Higher grade heating oils” was changed to “higher number.”

Enough With The Fat Climate Change Reports Already – Yahoo Finance

We hear from everybody, all the time, about climate change — news media, national scientific academies, activist groups, companies. Everybody except the very entity that the UN and its member countries anointed to tell us what’s actually going on. Not only would it be nice to have an authoritative science body that’s more responsive, it’s more important than ever. The world is running out of time to address climate change, the scientists tell us. At the rate we’re going, we’ll burn through the chance of a safe, sustainable future by the 2040s. Hire Web Developers A nimbler, webbier presentation would clarify what things are known very well (CO2 traps heat) and what things aren’t known very well at all (how cloud patterns may or may not change in a warmer, wetter world). They could even have clickable buttons at the top of a refurbished that say Things That Are Known Very Well and Things That Aren’t Known Very Well at All. There’s now a cottage industry of websites that explain the main aspects of climate change, from governments (NASA or NOAA), nonprofits (Climate Central) and individuals (Skeptical Science). Researchers at Yale, Columbia, George Mason and elsewhere have learned a lot about effective and ineffective ways to inform people that the world is heating up. It’s easier than ever to find scientific speech translated into human speech.
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