American Standard Heat Pump Review and Comparison

The American Standard heat pump is available for residential consumers in the following models:

 1. Platinum Series

  • ZM 
  • XM

    2. Gold Series

  • XI 
  • SI

    3. Silver Series

  • XI
  • SI


What is special about each model and how do they compare to others within the industry?


American Standard Platinum Series

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What's Unique?

This American Standard heat pump is their top of the line offering. 

The Platinum edition uses a two-stage compressor system which allows for more efficient operation during most of the cooling season.  If extra cooling is required, the second stage turns on.

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The outdoor coil is made of aluminum, with an industry standard steel louver.

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One of the benefits of using aluminum for the coil is reduced weight....

.....however the largest Platinum heat pump weighs in at 470 lbs!

One of the heaviest on the market!

Depending on your vantage point this can be good or bad....

Good....because heavier often means that it is built with heavier, more durable components.

Bad....because who wants to lift 470 lbs?

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What the difference between the Platinum ZM and XM models?

1. The ZM is slightly more energy efficient (see below).
2. The XM comes with a "seacoast shield" which is a "must have" if you 
    live near saltwater.
3. Variable speed fan motors come standard on the ZM model, but not
    on the XM model.
4. The ZM is available with an Accu-Link communication system which 
    allows for more flexibility if you have multiple zones or multiple 
    American Standard equipment.


Specifications and Features?

Capacity Range:
The American Standard Platinum series is available in sizes from 2-5 tons. 

Efficiency:
The Platinum is the most energy efficient American Standard heat pump offering. Below are the published SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) and HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor):

Platinum ZM:
  - SEER 19
  - HSPF 9

Platinum XM:
  - SEER 18
  - HSPF 9

When compared to other manufacturers' "top-of-the-line" model, a SEER of 19 is a slightly above average efficiency.

Not sure what SEER or HSPF is?

Click here for more information on heat pump efficiency.

Compressor:
The Platinum uses 2-stage scroll compressors, for use with R-410a. 

Physical Size:
The Platinum ZM is 35" x 34" x 45" and ranges in weight between 380-470 lbs. 

Compared other other residential heat pump, the footprint is smaller than average, but then it is taller than average.  The larger Platinum ZM is one of the heaviest heat pumps on the market.

The Platinum XM is 37" x 34" x 41-45" (height is greater with increased capacity).  It ranges in weight between 272 - 330 lbs.

The weight on the XM is closer to what is typical in the residential heat pump market.

Sound:
The sound level for this American Standard heat pump is not published.

Agency Approvals:
Whether or not this heat pump is UL, ETL, or CSA certified is not published.

Warranty:
The Platinum Series models come with a 12 year compressor warranty and a 10 year parts warranty


American Standard Gold Series

American Standard Heat Pump - Gold Series

What's Unique?

Actually there is not much that is unique about this heat pump.

The Gold Series is American Standard's second tier model and it compares well with other manufacturer's.  

Here are a few things worthy of mention:

Are you concerned about the noise of this heat pump?  If so, it may be a good idea to look at another model.  The sound rating is not published online.  When sound ratings are not published.....

....this may be for a good reason!  That being said, the Gold XI model does come with a compressor sound blanket.  The Gold SI has a sound blanket for select models.

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The efficiency on this model compares well with the second tier models of the competition.

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- The smallest American Standard Gold SI heat pump (1.5 tons) is one of the shortest heat pumps on the market at a mere 29" tall.

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What is the difference between the Gold XI and Gold SI?

1. The Gold XI comes standard with a compressor sound blanket.

2. The Gold XI has a single Duration compressor, where the Gold SI has
    dual Duration compressors.

3. As you'll see below, the Gold XI is more energy efficient than the Gold
   SI.


Specifications and Features?

Capacity Range:
This American Standard heat pump is available is models ranging from 1.5 - 5 tons.

Efficiency:

The Gold XI model boasts an SEER of 16.5 and an HSPF of 9.  The Gold SI model can perform up to 14.25 SEER and 8.5 HSPF.

Compressor:

Most Gold Series models are single stage compressor, however dual stage compressor are available. Even though the Gold SI has dual Duration compressors, they act together in one, single stage.

Physical Size:

The physical dimensions of this American Standard heat pump are 37" Long x 34" Wide x 33-45" High (depending on the capacity of the unit). The weight ranges from 262 - 332 lbs.

The Gold SI models have more variations in physical size, due to the compressors. The length varies between 33-37", the width is 30-34", and the height is 29-41".  

Sound:

The sound ratings are not published.

Agency Approvals:

The agency approvals are not published.

Warranty:

The compressor warranty is 10 year limited and the parts warranty is 10 year limited as well.


American Standard Silver Series

American Standard Heat Pump - Silver Series

What's Unique?

The Silver Series is the bottom tier American Standard heat pump.  This model is designed and sold to reduce initial cost.  So naturally there are a few operational and efficiency features that are not included.

The compressor warranty is only 10 years limited and the parts warranty is 10 years limited.

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This American standard heat pump does not come with electronic demand defrost.  

This can be a problem if you plan to operate the heat pump below 45 F.  The auxiliary heating system or matched system furnace will turn on sooner than other heat pumps with electronic demand defrost. This results in a much less efficient system in colder climates.

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The rated SEER efficiency (used to determine the heat pump efficiency while in cooling mode) is actually quite good for a bottom tier model.  The Silver XI boasts a SEER of 16! This often compares well with the middle tier models of other manufacturers.

Just a quick note about the efficiency of the Silver XI model:

If you live in a warmer climate that often does not get cold, the Silver XI is a may be quite a good option for the price.  

Since the efficiency is very good for cooling and not so good for heating, this could be a good decision for warmer climates that require only few occasions of colder weather.

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There is no sound insulation for the compressor.

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The Silver XI model boasts one of the lightest heat pumps on the market. The weight ranges from 177 - 194 lbs.


Specifications and Features?

Capacity Range:
There are nine Silver XI models which range in capacity from 1.5 - 4 tons.  The nine Silver SI models range between 1.5 - 5 tons.

Efficiency:
The Silver XI publishes a SEER of up to 16 and an HSPF of 8.5.

The Silver SI has a SEER of 14 and HSPF of 8.5.

Compressor:
Most American Standard heat pump Silver Series models contain single stage compressors.

Physical Size:
Both the Silver XI and SI models have a length of 37 inches, a width of 34 inches, and a height ranging from 33 inches to 45 inches (depending on the capacity).  The weight of the Silver XI models range from 177 -194 lbs and the Silver SI models range from 262-332 lbs. 

Sound:
There are no published sound values.

Agency Approvals:
There are no published agency approvals.

Warranty:
The compressor warranty is 10 years limited and the parts warranty is also 10 years limited.


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For more information, on the Platinum, Gold, and Silver Series visit the official website for the American Standard heat pump.

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