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Most Energy Efficient Heat Pumps for 2019

Heat pumps get more efficient every year. That means lower energy costs and more environmentally friendly heating and air conditioning.

The 2019 Most Efficient Heat Pumps

  • Lennox Signature Series XP25 Heat Pump
  • Carrier Infinity 20 Greenspeed 25VNAO
  • Daikin DZ20VC Heat Pump
  • Rheem Prestige Series: Variable Speed RP20 Heat Pump
  • Luxaire HL20 Heat Pump
  • Trane XV19 Low Profile
  • Lennox Elite XP20 Heat Pump
  • Armstrong Air 4SHP20LX Heat Pump
  • Trane XV20i
  • Tempstar Deluxe 18 Heat Pump with SmartSense TVH8
  • Maytag 1200 Series PSH1BG IQ Drive Heat Pump

Efficiency information and brief reviews with pros and cons follow.

If you’re just starting to shop for heat pumps, our detailed and comprehensive 2019 Heat Pump Buyers Guide might be useful. It includes heat pump brand reviews, cost information, sizing a heat pump and heat pump buying tips.

Heat pumps are the future of residential heating and air conditioning.

They use 30% to 70% less energy than gas furnaces, and current heat pump technology delivers air that is nearly as warm as a furnace produces at your heat grates.

2019 Most Efficient Heat Pumps

This 2019 Most Efficient Heat Pumps list includes models from all the major manufacturers.

Heat Pump Manufacturers and Their Brands

Each of the models in this most efficient heat pump list are available from other brands.

That’s because there are really only about 9 heat pump manufacturers selling equipment in North America.

Here are the manufacturers with the brands they produce:

  • Lennox Corporation: Lennox, Ducane and Aire Flo
  • Allied Air – Owned by Lennox Corporation: Armstrong Air and AirEase
  • United Technologies: Carrier, Bryant and Payne
  • International Comfort Products – Owned by UTC: Heil, Tempstar, Arcoaire, KeepRite, Comfortmaker and Day & Night
  • Daikin: Daikin, Amana, Goodman and Direct Comfort
  • Paloma Industries: Ruud and Rheem
  • Johnson Controls: York, Luxaire, Coleman and Champion
  • Ingersoll-Rand: Trane and American Standard
  • Nortek Global – called Nordyne until recently: Maytag, Broan, NuTone, Frigidaire and Gibson (and until recently Tappan and Westinghouse)

2019 Most Efficient Heat Pumps

Now, here are the most efficient split system heat pumps available today. There is one heat pump from each of the major manufacturers except two each from Lennox and Trane.

Most of these models on are the 2019 Energy Star Most Efficient list.

Note: SEER is cooling efficiency. HSPF is heating efficiency.

Lennox Signature Series XP25 Heat Pump

  • Efficiency: 23.5 SEER/10.2 HSPF
  • Pros: The highest SEER rating of any split system heat pump available. If replacing a heat pump that is 20 years old, you’ll cut energy use by 40% to 65%.
  • Cons: This is an expensive heat pump. And since Lennox uses a higher percentage of proprietary parts, parts delays are more common with Lennox than with those that use a higher percentage of universal parts.
  • Recommended: For hot climates and for homeowners that have had a good experience with Lennox in the past.

Carrier Infinity 20 Greenspeed 25VNAO Heat Pump

  • Efficiency: 20.5 SEER/13 HSPF
  • Pros: This technology has been in use for a decade. It offers proven reliability. The heating rating is the highest available. Carrier’s durability record is one of the best. This is partly due to requiring factory-authorized dealers to install them.
  • Cons: Carrier is a high-price brand for the reasons given in the Pros.
  • Recommended: For homeowners willing to pay more for proven performance. The HSPF rating also makes this a good choice for cold climates. If winter temperatures are often below freezing where you live, pairing it with a Carrier gas furnace in a dual fuel system is best. Carrier calls dual fuel systems Hybrid Heat
  • Also available as: The Bryant Evolution 280A.

Daikin DZ20VC Heat Pump

  • Efficiency: 21 SEER/10 HSPF
  • Pros: Daikin inverter technology used in the variable-speed compressor is highly rated. This video shows how it works. This is a quality heat pump with a good warranty – 12 years on all parts including replacement of the entire unit if the compressor fails while under warranty.
  • Cons: You can probably get the Amana version for slightly less. It also comes with a lifetime compressor warranty.
  • Recommended: For those that want premium indoor climate control – balanced temperatures and humidity control in summer.
  • Also available as: The Amana AVZC20

Rheem Prestige Series: Variable Speed RP20 Heat Pump

  • Efficiency: 20 SEER/11 HSPF
  • Pros: Good cooling and heating efficiency. The Copeland Scroll variable-speed compressor is highly rated.
  • Cons: Rheem and sister brand Ruud have service records that are average at best. Leaks were an issue, but the literature claims “The literature says, “Improved tubing design – reduces vibration and stress, making unit quieter and reducing opportunity for leaks.” Make sure you hire an experienced installer for the job if you choose this unit or the Ruud version.
  • Recommended: For those that have a Rheem or Ruud dealer they trust to properly install their heat pump.
  • Also available as: Ruud EcoNet UP20 heat pump

Luxaire HL20 Heat Pump

  • Efficiency: 20 SEER/11 HSPF
  • Pros: Johnson Controls have improved heat pump quality in the last five years after having issues with leaking refrigerant. Cost is competitive.
  • Cons: There are no major negatives with this unit.
  • Recommended: For climates with extreme weather in both summer and winter.
  • Also available as: York and Coleman models.

Trane XV20i

  • Efficiency: 20 SEER/10 HSPF
  • Pros: Trane is a proven leader in durability. Mechanical failure rate is among the lowest in the industry.
  • Cons: You pay more for that reliability – and Trane’s larger marketing budget.
  • Recommended: For homeowners that want proven reliability installed by a factory-trained contractor.
  • Also available as: American Standard AccuComfort Platinum 20 heat pump.

Lennox Elite XP20 Heat Pump

  • Efficiency: 20 SEER/10 HSPF
  • Pros: Excellent efficiency – and not even Lennox’s most efficient model.
  • Cons: The compressor is backed by a 10-year warranty, but the general parts warranty is just 5 years – yet Lennox claims to be one of the top brands in the industry. All other major brands offer general warranties of at least 10 years on their best heat pumps.
  • Recommended: For Lennox fans that are comfortable paying more for premium climate control.

Armstrong Air 4SHP20LX Heat Pump

  • Efficiency: 20 SEER/10 HSPF
  • Pros: Very solid quality at a lower cost than Lennox, Trane and Carrier.
  • Cons: Harder to find an Armstrong Air dealer, but they’re around. Use the Armstrong Air Dealer Locator to find the nearest one.
  • Recommended: For value shoppers – good quality and a competitive cost.
  • Also available as: Air Ease 4SHP20LX

Trane XV19 Low Profile Heat Pump

XV19 Variable Speed

  • Efficiency:5 SEER/12 HSPF
  • Pros: Trane quality is among the best. This is a compact unit ideal for under a deck or other space-limited location.
  • Cons: Trane costs are higher partly because they require installers to have more training on Trane units.
  • Recommended: For use where a compact unit with a small footprint is needed.
  • Also available as: American Standard AccuComfort Platinum 19.

Tempstar Deluxe 18 Heat Pump with SmartSense TVH8

  • Efficiency: 19 SEER/11 HSPF
  • Pros: This unit features most of the same parts and features as the Carrier model, but at a much lower cost.
  • Cons: Can be installed by a wider range of contractors. Be sure to hire an experienced installer certified by NATE. Certified NATE installers can install any brand, but not all techs have the certification.
  • Recommended: For those that like Carrier but want to spend less on a very similar heat pump.
  • Also available as: Heat pumps from all other ICP brands – see list above.

Maytag 1200 Series PSH1BG IQ Drive Heat Pump

  • Efficiency: 19 SEER/10 HSPF
  • Pros: Quality is better than average. It is backed by a good warranty – 12 years on all parts plus replacement of the entire unit if the compressor fails under warranty.
  • Cons: A limited number of dealers for Maytag and other Nortek Global brands.
  • Recommended for: Homeowners that want variable-capacity heating and air conditioning at a lower cost than units from Lennox, Trane and Carrier.
  • Available as: Models from NuTone, Broan and Frigidaire

Heat Pump Installation Tips

A heat pump correctly installed will run more reliably and efficiently than one improperly installed.

Keep in mind too that DIY installation voids the warranty of all major brands.

  1. Request written estimates from 3 or more local heat pump contractors
  2. Learn about the installer’s experience and the workmanship warranty it offers
  3. Get questions answered about the right heat pump model for your climate and home
  4. Make sure the installer knows how to choose the right size heat pump using Manual J or similar load calculation
  5. Check reviews online at Yelp, Google, the BBB and Angie’s List

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