I ran into someone at a home show in Philadelphia, PA and to may shock he was showing off a new heat pump unit from Carrier. I pulled him aside and asked why he was trying to push heat pump technology in an area like Pennsylvania. Anyone I have ever known with a heat pump in this area has a cold house in the winter.
So the guy (who clearly is a Carrier dealer) goes on to say that Carrier has a brand new heat pump unit that is "game changer". Here are the numbers he gave me, which... I cannot validate online or on Carriers website.
For the 36,000 BTU unit, he claims the unit gets all 3-ton when outside ambient is 45 F or above. Now brace yourself.... The units efficiency drops to 32,000 BTU output at 17 F ambient outside temp. Normally, for a heat pump, 17 F outside temp, I expect a 3-ton unit to fall to like 12,000-15,000 BTUs for a 3-ton unit.
If these numbers are correct, then yeah, thats great. And at 1KW per ton, this heat pump would work great in this area, but I just cant believe those numbers, it almost goes against basic thermodynamics.
Any ideas what this guy was talking about?