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  1. #1
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    Best Heat Pump?

    I'm going to be living in Fort Myers, 90's all summer long

    Will a single stage heat pump work for me or should I get a two stage?

    I'm looking at a Lennox XC-17 heat pump, I posted a list of many
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    best?

    Everyone has their preferences. As far as sgl stg vs two stg, one has to weigh cost difference against marginal comfort improvement and operation cost.

    these are the minimum specs you should be looking for.
    both outside and inside units should be replaced to have a properly matched system.

    15 SEER, 12.5+ EER, 9 HSPF
    best matching VS air handler
    full BTUs in both cooling and heating for your rated size
    R-410a refrigerant(same as Puron)
    scroll compressor preferred
    electronic demand defrost preferred
    thermostat with "dehumidify on demand" feature
    staged backup heat strips
    new and correctly sized refrigerant lineset
    10 yr warranty on parts and compressor

    you want a thorough inspection of your ductwork system. size, overall condition, supply and return lines, insulation qualities, leak test, etc.

    any hot/cold spot issues in your home should be addressed.

    My personal recommendation is Trane/AmStd, Rudd/Rheem, and Carrier/Bryant.

    Depending on your location, I would not purchase a new system that did not have electronic demand defrost.

    If you are in a true harsh coastal type environment, you should take this in consideration when making decision.

    IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerdunes View Post
    best?

    Everyone has their preferences. As far as sgl stg vs two stg, one has to weigh cost difference against marginal comfort improvement and operation cost.

    these are the minimum specs you should be looking for.
    both outside and inside units should be replaced to have a properly matched system.

    15 SEER, 12.5+ EER, 9 HSPF
    best matching VS air handler
    full BTUs in both cooling and heating for your rated size
    R-410a refrigerant(same as Puron)
    scroll compressor preferred
    electronic demand defrost preferred
    thermostat with "dehumidify on demand" feature
    staged backup heat strips
    new and correctly sized refrigerant lineset
    10 yr warranty on parts and compressor

    you want a thorough inspection of your ductwork system. size, overall condition, supply and return lines, insulation qualities, leak test, etc.

    any hot/cold spot issues in your home should be addressed.

    My personal recommendation is Trane/AmStd, Rudd/Rheem, and Carrier/Bryant.

    Depending on your location, I would not purchase a new system that did not have electronic demand defrost.

    If you are in a true harsh coastal type environment, you should take this in consideration when making decision.

    IMO


    Very good reply, THANK YOU

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    tigerdunes
    glad to see you got your pro status!
    ..maybe a while back & I didn't notice??
    will you put your general location in your profile?
    (or wherever it is to show up when you post)

    as always, I like your specs for heat pumps.
    and recommendations to check out ductwork
    not only for sizing but leakage.
    The cure of the part should not be attempted without the cure of the whole. ~Plato

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    i agree with tigerdunes except i would look for a 10 yr parts and labor warranty. we are a Trane dealer here so. al. and any of XL systems come with the 10 yr. P & L warranty. thats XL 15i. XL16i & XL:20i look for a comfort specialist dealer.

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    thanks for the nice comment energy_rater

    And your suggestion about my placing location in my profile.

    Best Regards

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    Only one thing I can add to tigerdunes info is to get a reputable contractor that has a history of doing quality installations because the efficiency and lifespan of a unit will be greatly increased with a good install and likewise both will be greatly reduced with a poor install.

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