For over a century, Ruud has been known for creating innovative home heating, cooling and water heating solutions. The company offers a variety of heat pumps to meet homeowners’ unique needs. This guide covers Ruud heat pumps to help you select the best product for your home.
Heat pumps operate by moving heat in and out of your home, to cool your home during summer and warm the indoor space during winter. A heat pump can significantly lower monthly electric bills, especially for those in temperate areas. Heat pumps are also effective in regions with more extreme weather, but cost savings are generally less significant.
Ruud offers two types of heat pumps, each with benefits and drawbacks.
A conventional heat pump functions similarly to an air conditioner. Components are housed in a weather-resistant outdoor cabinet and an indoor cabinet. The system moves air through ducts.
Those without existing ducts often choose a mini-split system. These units are available in single-room and multiple-room models. Mini-split units are ideal for home additions and other areas in which installing ducts would be difficult or impractical.
The energy efficiency of a heat pump is illustrated by the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and the heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF). Both are calculated by dividing the cooling or heating output by the amount of electrical energy used. Higher ratings indicate more efficient units.
Also consider unique features of each model. Below are important features of popular Ruud heat pumps.
Ruud’s smart monitoring system, Econet, delivers precision comfort, remote service assistance and maintenance alerts. The UP20 and UP17 heat pumps are Econet enabled. The UP20 has a variable-speed compressor, a SEER rating of 20 and an HSPF rating of 11. The UP17 has a three-stage compressor and SEER and HSPF ratings of 18.5 and 8.5, respectively.
The Achiever series comprises Ruud’s standard heat pumps. These single-stage units provide powerful and efficient heating and cooling at a lower price point. Achiever models include the RP15, which has a 16 SEER rating and a 9 HSPF rating, and the RP14, which has efficiency ratings of 14 SEER and 9 HSPF.
Mini-split systems are ideal for heating and cooling home additions, attics and other locations in which installing ducts would be difficult. To determine the size of mini-split unit you need, consider each model’s heating capacity, which is measured in watts or British thermal units (BTU). One watt equals 3.41 BTUs. Typically, a mini-split should have 10 watts (34.1 BTUs) per square foot. For maximum efficiency, choose a system that is the correct size for the area you plan to heat.
Rudd’s single-room mini-split heat pumps include the UOSH09AFWJ, with capacities of 9,000 BTU cooling and 12,000 BTU heating. The largest of these units, the UOSH30AHXHJ, features capacities of 30,000 BTU cooling and 32,000 BTU heating. Some models have features including a programmable remote and a washable filter. However, when selecting a model, prioritize size over features.
Multi-room mini-split heat pumps connect two to five indoor units to a single outdoor unit. The UOMH18AFXZJ has 9,000 BTU cooling and 12,000 BTU heating capacities, while the UOMH36AFXZJ features capacities of 35,200 BTU cooling and 36,400 BTU heating. As with the single-room mini-split systems, features vary slightly between models. Ensure you choose a unit that is correctly sized for your needs.
Heat pump prices vary dramatically, from approximately $700 for a small mini-split system to $13,000 for a large conventional heat pump. The price depends on factors including the unit’s type, size and features. Additional costs include installation charges, which vary by geographic location, home size and installation difficulty. Contact a local HVAC professional for an in-home estimate.
Ruud heat pump warranties vary by model. Mini-split systems typically carry a 10-year conditional parts and compressor warranty, while top-of-the-line Econet-enabled heat pumps have a 10-year conditional unit replacement warranty. Ask your dealer about specific warranty information for your unit. Your dealer may offer extended warranties that cover labor.
To learn more about Ruud heat pumps, read customer reviews on HVAC.com.
How much does a Ruud heat pump cost?
Ruud heat pumps are available at a variety of price points, depending on the model’s size, type, and features. Installation costs vary based on your specific installation needs and your geographic region. Contact a local HVAC professional for accurate pricing information.
Where can I buy a Ruud heat pump?
Ruud works exclusively with a network of reputable certified dealers across the United States. You can find a local professional through Ruud’s website.
How long will a Ruud heat pump last?
The typical useful life of a heat pump is 10 to 15 years. You can extend the life of your heat pump by performing regular cleanings and filter changes, along with implementing an annual maintenance program from a reputable HVAC professional. Frequency of use also impacts a heat pump’s lifespan. With regular maintenance and infrequent use, heat pumps often last 20 years or more.
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