Westinghouse Heat Pumps
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Westinghouse, owned by Nordyne, manufactures a wide selection of heat pumps. Thirteen individual series exist, each of which can be categorized according to efficiency levels.
Ultra-Efficiency Heat Pumps
The iQ Drive heat pump is Westinghouse's top of the line model. The company labels it as supplying "ultra-high efficiency." The iQ Drive heat pump can achieve a SEER of 22 and an HSPF of 10. The particularly quiet unit uses "inverter-rotary" technology to precisely meet the heating and cooling needs of a home at any given moment.
Extra-High-Efficiency Heat Pumps
This series includes four heat pump series. Westinghouse offers two 16 SEER heat pumps, the FT4BF and the ET4BF. A packaged heat pump system with a SEER of 15 and a hybrid packaged system with a SEER of 15 also are available. The hybrid heat pump uses electricity to heat when temperatures are normal, and gas when temperatures drop to lower levels.
High-Efficiency Heat Pumps
Three series are found in the high-efficiency category. Two 14/15 SEER, 8-plus HSPF heat pumps are featured in this series, as well as one 14 SEER, 8 HSPF packaged heat pump, with two stages and variable speed. The 14/15 SEER series can achieve a SEER boost of one point when coupled with a variable-speed air handler or a Westinghouse gas furnace.
Minimum Efficiency Heat Pumps
The heat pumps in this series are all 13 SEER series that can attain an HSPF between 7.7 and 8. Three of the units in this category are packaged heat pumps, with options of a large or small footprint.
Care and Maintenance of Westinghouse Heat Pumps
Westinghouse requires annual maintenance by an authorized technician as a condition of its warranty, as well as regular filter cleaning performed by the homeowner. The manufacturer also notes that customers who purchase one of the iQ Drive heat pumps should make sure it is installed and serviced by a certified Westinghouse technician.
Westinghouse provides a 10-year parts warranty on all registered products. The compressor is protected for 10 years for registered products, and five years if the product is unregistered.