York Heat Pumps
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York has three different lines of heat pumps. Most have received the Energy Star certification and a Good Housekeeping Seal.
The two heat pumps in this series, THGD and THGF, are the most basic. They have SEER ratings of 13 and 14.5, respectively. The HSPF is 8.0
The THGF employs a newer fan design for relatively quieter operation. It also has a matte tan exterior. Indeed, York describes the exteriors of both units as "appliance-like."
Like all of York's heat pumps, the Latitude pumps use R-410A refrigerant, which is good for the environment because it doesn't destroy the ozone layer with chlorofluorocarbons.
The two models in the LX series, named YHJD and YHJF, have SEERs of 13 and 14.5. Like the THGF, they are both "Ultra quiet."
The YHJD is capable of using the old environmentally hostile R-22 refrigerant.
The YHJF model is said to require less maintenance, because it uses a permanently lubricated fan motor. It is also relatively compact, partly because it uses MicroChannel coils.
The units in the Affinity line are the best of York's heat pumps.
The YZB has a 13 SEER and 8.6 HSPF. It is efficient and quiet. It adds some features: the ComfortAlert™ monitor, which provides real-time data about the compressor; the QuietDrive™ fan system; and "Hot Heat Pump" technology, which delivers extra-warm air to a room so you can feel extra toasty when you stand next to the vent.
The YZF has SEER of 16 and 9.0 HSPF. The YZH goes up to 18 SEER and 9.4 HSPF. Both have all of the features of the YZB.
The Affinity heat pumps all use two-stage compressors. These are more efficient than the single-stage variety, because they decrease the energy usage on days that don't require all that much heating or cooling. In this weather, the devices don't have to operate at full blast.
Care and Maintenance
A good rule of thumb is to have your heat pump inspected twice a year; in the spring and fall when a home's air conditioning unit shifts gears and temperatures from one season to another.
Most of these products have ten-year warranties on their parts and on their compressors. Additional coverage can be purchased under the YorkCare® Comfort Plan. This service provides a ten-year extension to the basic warranty and authorizes unlimited service calls and repairs.
To be covered by the basic warranty, homeowners must register their product within ninety days of installation. Otherwise, the warranty shrinks to five years: that's all you got.