XV20i Heat Pump Details:
MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT
AN AVERAGE OF 60%
The Trane TruComfort™ systems give you precise comfort by running at the exact speed needed to keep your home comfortable. This allows the variable speed compressor, outdoor fan, and indoor fan to vary operating speed and BTU as the temperature outside changes, slowing down or speeding up gradually in as little as 1/10 of 1% increments to keep comfort within 1/2° of the thermostat setting.
The XV20i variable speed heat pump is one of the industry’s most efficient systems, with ratings up to 20.00 SEER and 10 HSPF. With Trane TruComfort™ technology, the 20-SEER heat pump automatically adjusts itself while maintaining constant and consistent speeds to avoid temperature swings.
ComfortLink II communicating capability
ComfortLink™ II communicating technology (available when matched with communicating indoor units) connects all of your key components so your system automatically configures and calibrates for optimal performance and efficiency through the lifetime of your products.
Durable, Quiet, and Economical
Rigorously tortured and tested for long-lasting durability, you can be sure this system will hold up to anything, without holding up your bank account. And with the quiet running fan, 4 dB below our competitor’s minimum, you can be sure you are getting the best all-around system for your home.
Cleaner, Healthier Indoor Air
Add Trane CleanEffects™ to your system to filter the incoming air to eliminate dust, pollen, and other irritants for a cleaner, healthier, and more comfortable home.
The Trane XV20i heat pump is the top-of-the-line regarding heating and cooling comfort. This HVAC investment can benefit you and your family for years or even decades.
How often do you have your eye on a top-of-the-line product but settle for something less? Maybe the price scares you off. Perhaps you don’t understand how you can enjoy the advanced features. These “compromise” decisions are expected in HVAC.
But what if I told you that for many homeowners, there’s no need to compromise with HVAC equipment?
The Trane XV20i heat pump is top-of-the-line regarding heating and cooling comfort. In HVAC, as in most aspects of life, you get what you pay for. Unlike some other investments, this can benefit you and your family for years or even decades.
To be clear: The XV20i isn’t for everyone. There are situations when it doesn’t make sense to install one. We’ll cover those cases, too, because we’re not here to sell heat pumps. We’re here to find the best fit for our customers. If we do that and honor our commitment to building trust, it will be better for everyone in the long run.
With that said, the XV20i heat pump is a significant upgrade from most other HVAC equipment today, and it often makes the most long-term sense for homeowners who weren’t even considering it.
We understand that your home is your castle, and you want to feel comfortable in your home all year long. In this article, we’ll talk about this top-of-the-line heat pump, and we’ll cover:
- What are the specs of the XV20i
- What are the features of the Trane XV20i?
- What is the efficiency rating of the XV20i?
- What equipment can I pair with the XV20i?
- Who’s the right fit for this heat pump?
- How much does the XV20i cost?
- And finally, what are the next steps?
Specs of the Trane XV20i Heat Pump
- Climatuff™ Variable Speed Compressor
- Compressor Sound Insulator
- All-aluminum Spine Fin™ coil
- WeatherGaurd™ II Top
- DuraTuff™ Rustproof Basepan
- Integrated Fan System
- Simplified Two-Wire Connection
- Full-sided Louvered Panels
- Powder-Paint Finish
- WeatherGaurd™ Fasteners
- Energy Star Rated
Features of the Trane XV20i Heat Pump
First off, it has a variable-speed compressor. Many models have only a single or two-speed compressor.
The XV20i can automatically adjust the compressor’s speed across up to 750 stages. This means it runs between 25 and 100% of its capacity and adjusts itself to meet demand.
This is sort of like cruise control for your heat pump. Consider cruise control for your car and how the mph you set stays steady, but the inner workings of your motor will change depending on the terrain and incline. The increases and decreases of speed are done automatically and gradually. In a car, this gives you a smoother ride and better gas mileage; a heat pump keeps the temperature consistent throughout the home.
The Trane XV20i can keep the temperature set on your thermostat to half a degree all year long.
The XV20i’s variable-speed compressor also allows it to continue to provide heat for your home when temperatures get as low as 17 degrees. Most heat pumps struggle to provide heat when the temperature dips into the mid-30s.
Anyone who had had a heat pump stop working when it got below freezing and had to rely on emergency or “auxiliary” heat knows the electric bills can grow exponentially. The compressor on the XV20i helps to eliminate those.
Comparing the Trane XV20i Heat Pump
See how the Trane XV20i Heat Pump stacks up to other comparable units.
You’ve probably heard about “smart home” technology or even that specific HVAC equipment that optimizes your heating and cooling. This is true, but not all forms of communication are equal in terms of their benefit.
You can set an air conditioner with a programmable thermostat, and it will read indoor and outdoor temperatures and operate accordingly. In a technical sense, it’s communicating.
The sophisticated technology in top-of-the-line systems goes beyond this, which means good things for your comfort.
Because the XV20i has hundreds of cooling and heating stages, it has many options for how it cools or heats your home. Based on the outdoor temperature, indoor temperature, your settings, and the system’s past knowledge, it actively builds algorithms that allow it to cool and heat more efficiently.
It learns your routines of heating and cooling since it has a chance to optimize over time. One positive result is that it’s rarely going to run at the system’s maximum output outside of some extreme temperature circumstances. Instead, the heat pump will take the most efficient path to your desired settings.
Last is its quiet operation. When the XV20i is on, it can be as loud as 54 decibels. For comparison, your average library noise level is around 40 decibels.
How Efficient Is the Trane XL20i Heat Pump?
Heat pumps such as the Trane XV20i can provide heating and cooling for your home and have two efficiency ratings. The XV20i has up to a 20 SEER rating on the cooling side. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating and is a score of how much energy heat pumps use to cool your home. Most heat pumps on the market today are rated between 14-22 SEER.
On the heating side, a heat pump’s efficiency is rated by an HSPF rating or Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. The HSPF rating measures heat pump efficiency during the average heating season. The average HSPF rating can range from 7.7 to 11. The Trane XV20i’s HSPF rating is up to 10.
Homeowners Who Might Be a Good Fit for the Trane XV20i
We highly recommend this product from a comfort standpoint and for someone with energy cost concerns who are looking to save money from a utility bill standpoint.
If your home has inconsistent temperatures, from room to room or from day to day, this could be for you. If you like to keep your thermostat at 70 degrees year-round, you’re an ideal candidate for this system. The Trane XV20i can help if you’re having issues with humidity or hot and cold spots in your home. It can also help reduce your energy bills, as it is one of the most efficient heat pumps on the market.
Here in North Texas, our winters can be frigid. If you have an all-electric system, you’re likely familiar with how expensive it can be when you need to rely on your electric air handler for heat. The XV20i’s variable-speed compressor allows your heat pump to continue to provide heat well below freezing.
Additionally, if you have issues with improperly sized or leaky ductwork, the Trane XV20i’s communicating system can help address some of those issues as it learns your system. While the XV20i isn’t a perfect solution to inadequate ductwork, it can handle some comfort issues.
Who Might Not Be Good Fit for the Trane XV20i?
Reasons could include:
- You’re moving from your home within the next five years. You’ll still get the comfort benefits but miss out on the long-term utility benefits. You won’t have a chance to recoup the initial investment.
- You rarely use your air conditioner. High-use areas of the country, including high humidity areas, will benefit most from the prolonged use of variable-speed equipment.
- You’ve budgeted to replace only the AC and don’t have a compatible air handler or furnace. Technically, variable-speed equipment can be installed along with lower-stage equipment. You’re losing most of the benefits of the new unit at that point, so it’s not worth it. Also, pay close attention to warranties: some companies won’t warranty your equipment if they are incompatible with each other.
- Your existing heat pump is doing a good job, and you have no complaints about hot or cold spots in your home. A move to a more moderately-priced heat pump might make more sense.
Full system installations can often be cheaper than doing the furnace separately. If the furnace needs replacing soon, it may make sense to plan for both simultaneously.
What Is the Price of a Trane XV20i?
How expensive is the XV20i? To get the Trane XV20i installed in your home, expect to pay between $10,000 and $13,000. For comparison, installing a new heat pump can cost between $4,900 and $12,500. At Xtreme Air Services, all of our estimates include the price of equipment, installation, and any additional fees.
And if your home is all-electric, you might need to replace the air handler, adding around $3,500 to $6,000.
The range in price can be affected by several factors, such as the size of your home, filters and other indoor-air-quality products, and any modifications needed during installation to ensure your system is perfect. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions when it comes to HVAC systems, and these factors are taken into consideration when determining the cost.