Generally speaking, a house of 1600 square feet would need a 3.5 ton or a 3 ton Heat Pump to effectively heat it up in the winter and cool it down in the summer. We’re opting for the idea of sticking with a 3.5 ton though, because that added punch of power might be all you need if you live in an older house that might not be as properly insulated as some of the more modern homes are.
When it comes to choosing a brand for a great quality 3.5 ton heat pump, we recommend one of the biggest and best names in the business, American Standard.
American Standard heat pumps do tend to get people talking, and the reason isn’t hard to understand. Their products have superior efficiency levels and bring you outstanding value for money. The fact that they have been around since 1880 also means that they really have years and years of experience and honestly know what they are doing when it comes to maximizing the comfort level in your home.
The heat pumps that are available from American Standard are pretty much in the same scope as many other manufacturers. They have a top, mid and low end range and cater for just about every pocket out there. Some of their low end models cost around $1500 installed, but they do get more expensive the higher up the rankings you go.
All of their models are available in sizes 2 -5 tons and they have the following Series’ on offer:
- Platinum Series
- Gold Series
- Silver Series
American Standard Platinum Series
The largest unit in this series weighs in at no less than 470 lbs. which means that it’s a little on the heavy side, but these models are all top of the range. Due to their heavier construction, they are more durable and are really built to last. The compressors use two-stage operations which help to improve energy efficiency. These models have a SEER rating of 18-19 and an HSPF of 9.
Included in the Platinum series of heat pumps is the XM model, which is the perfect option for consumers living near the coast of salt water lakes, because it’s equipped with the American Standard Seacoast Shield.
The ZM model comes with the Accu-Link communication system which makes it super easy to link up with other existing American Standard utilities.
American Standard Gold Series
These are the second tier models on offer from American Standard. The XI model comes pre-installed with a compressor sound blanket which really helps to insulate the noise caused by a running compressor. The SI also has the same compressor blanket, but its only for models upward of 3.5 tons.
The Gold XI comes in with SEER ratings of 16.5 and HSPF of 9 and the SI have a SEER of 14.25 and an HSPF of 8.5.
American Standard Silver Series
Because it’s the very low end models on offer from American Standard, many of the features from the Platinum and Gold Series’ aren’t available on the heat pumps from the Silver Series. What it doesn’t have (that you should definitely know about) is an electronic demand defrost, which really isn’t good news for those living in snow prone regions, and also drops the efficiency down considerably during the winter months. These heat pumps also stir up quite the racket, because they have no sound blankets or housings that insulate sound whatsoever. This is the perfect heat pump for those who live in warmer climates and really don’t have the option of spending too much for making an investment into a heating system for their home.
Although you might be able to browse between what’s on offer from the different sizes from American Standard, you should always remember the following when you’re deciding on the size of the heat pump that you want to have installed:
- More tonnage means heavier on the pocket. The smaller size pumps will always come in cheaper than the 5 ton pumps and going bigger isn’t always better. If your home is properly insulated you might be able to easily get away with a smaller size heat pump.
- Oversizing a heat pump will cause problems such as humidity issues, mold will begin to grow and mildew might begin to grow inside the house.
- Only a manual J calculation, done by a qualified HVAC contractor will be 100% accurate for determining the size required.