Homeowners looking for a heat pump that qualifies for the federal energy efficiency tax credits but won’t break the bank to purchase and install are making the American Standard Gold XI Heritage 15 heat pump a popular choice. It easily qualifies for the tax credit yet is priced well below comparable models. We received an American Standard Gold XI Heritage 15 heat pump price from Tina in Conway, South Carolina who found out just how affordable heat pump prices can be.
“Last summer the air conditioning unit at my Mother’s home quit working and after gathering HVAC prices from several dealers, we decided to replace the whole system with a heat pump and air handler. The best value in terms of price and efficiency was on the American Standard Gold XI Heritage 15. We considered going with a furnace instead of the air handler but in the end felt the furnace was unnecessary given the warm climate here. Here’s the details on the heat pump:
The cost of the American Standard Gold XI Heritage 15 was:
Gold XI Heritage 15 2.5 ton / 30,000 Btu heat pump with matching air handler: $4,579
Total: $7,779 before tax credit and utility company credit
I had a heat pump about 15 years ago and was unimpressed. This system is much better – it is quieter, the heat at the register is warmer and the efficiency numbers are far superior. The bills this winter have been very reasonable too. Mom’s happy, and that’s all that matters.”
It’s true what Tina says. Today’s heat pumps are night and day different from earlier generations. They are far more efficient and do a better job of heating. It used to be that contractors in cool climates couldn’t make a good case for a heat pump but that has changed and they are worth considering in all but the coldest climates. Even there they may be paired with a gas furnace to provide options so the homeowner can take advantage of the cheapest form of heat at the moment – as electric and gas prices fluctuate.
To make the most of the improved efficiency of modern heat pumps it’s best to have a qualified contractor handle the installation. Making sure they operate at their peak efficiency and with the greatest durability requires proper and precise installation and set up that is beyond the scope of even many skilled DIY buffs. Installation can be expensive, but it is the best way to save money in the long run by assuring efficiency and durability in your heat pump.