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  1. #1
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    Evaluating SEER/HSPF: Trane XR13 or XL16i

    I searched for this topic ~20 mins before starting new thread. Sorry to anyone who's already posted this information and I didn't find it.

    I'm evaluating 2 models from Trane, having difficulty translating my comfort into the correct technical terms. I live in an 1800 sq ft Maryland town home, where humidity is high (for me) 45 days per year.

    How can I determine whether 14 SEER / 8.5 HSPF & variable-speed is better or worse for me than 17 SEER / 9.2 & two-stage cooling? The cost difference is significant, but if the 17 SEER system keeps me significantly more comfortable during the hot humid days than the 14 SEER, it'd help me make a decision.

    I know personal preference questions are difficult to answer online, just wondering how one can be thoughtful about determining if 17 SEER is very much worth the bang-for-the-buck. Thanks for any opinions/advice.

  2. #2
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    I'm guessing the unit thats giving you the 17 SEER rating is a 19i.
    If so, that will giving you better humidity control then the 14 SEER.
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  3. #3
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    my personal favorite sgl stg HP from Trane is their XL15i model.

    excellent balanced performance numbers..

    I assume you are looking at a three ton mdl.

    Here are the ARI performance metrics.

    1384031 Active Systems XL15I WEATHERTRON TRANE 4TWX5036A1 4TEE3F40B1 37400 12.70 15.00 36200 9.00 23400

    with a HW VisionPro IAQ, you have a heck of a system

    IMO

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    So whats the SHR of that system since he's concerned about humidity.
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  5. #5
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    That's the first Trane pump in a while with a bunch of good numbers!

    SHR is .71 on that one.

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    the numbers on three ton models

    XR13
    1106414 Active Systems XR13 WEATHERTRON TRANE 4TWR3036A1 4TEE3F37B1 35600 12.00 14.00 34000 8.20 19900

    XL15i
    1384031 Active Systems XL15I WEATHERTRON TRANE 4TWX5036A1 4TEE3F40B1 37400 12.70 15.00 36200 9.00 23400

    XL16i
    1106628 Active Systems XL16I WEATHERTRON TRANE 4TWX6036B1 4TEE3F40B1 36800 12.30 17.00 33200 9.20 22200

    note the poor heating BTUs on the XL16i

    IMO


    numbers from the ARI HVAC Directory
    http://www.ahridirectory.org/ahriDir...ages/home.aspx

  7. #7
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    Thanks!

    many thanks...i never would've thought XL15i was an option, but the numbers look pretty good.

    i'm surprised by the XL16i heating btu's -- but i never posed "HEATING" as a question to the folks that gave me the XR13 & XL16i as my choices for comfort & combatting high costs in the summertime (baltimore gas & electric costs have skyrocketed recently).

    i'm very appreciative tiger dunes.

  8. #8
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    Im in metro area and i say get two stage cooling, this will help on those muggy days

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