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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