Trane XV20i Heat Pump Review (Benefits, Cost)

Trane XV20i Heat Pump Review (Benefits, Cost)
Luke Watson
Residential Sales Professional

I am a Residential Sales Professional for Fire & Ice. I provide customized solutions based on a customer’s home needs and desired comfort.

About This Article

The Trane XV20i heat pump is the top of the line when it comes to heating and cooling comfort. This HVAC investment can benefit you and your family for years or even decades.

(For a review of the Trane XV201 air conditioner click here)

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. Maybe you don’t understand how you can enjoy the advanced features. These “compromise” decisions are common 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 when it comes to heating and cooling comfort. In HVAC, as in most aspects of life, you get what you pay for. Unlike some other investments, though, this one 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’re going to 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 we honor our commitment to building trust, it’s going to be better for everyone in the long run.

With that said, the XV20i heat pump is a significant upgrade from most other HVAC equipment on the market 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

Variable-Speed Compressor

First off, it has a variable-speed compressor. Many models have only a single or two-speed compressor.

The XV20i can automatically adjust the speed of the compressor across up to 750 stages. This means that it runs anywhere 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; in a heat pump, this keeps the temperature consistent throughout the home.

The Trane XV20i is capable of keeping the temperature set on your thermostat to within a half-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 has 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.

Product XV20i XV19 MUZ-FH XV18 XL18i
Brand Trane Trane Mitsubishi Trane Trane
Efficiency (SEER) up to 20 up to 19.5 up to 33.1 up to 18 up to 18
Sound Insulated Yes Yes   Yes No
Communicating Yes Yes No Yes No

Communicating Technology

You’ve probably heard about “smart home” technology, or even that certain HVAC equipment communicates to optimize 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, though, and that means good things for your comfort.

Because the XV20i has hundreds of cooling and heating stages, it has a lot of options for how it cools or heats your home. Based on the outdoor temperature, indoor temperature, the settings you’ve provided, 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 of this is that, outside of some extreme temperature circumstances, it’s rarely going to run at the system’s maximum output. Instead, the heat pump will take the most efficient path to your desired settings.

To maximize the potential of the XV20i’s communicating technology, it is important to pair it with other communicating, variable-speed air handlers or gas furnaces. In all-electric homes, the Trane TAM9 or TEM8 air handlers could be paired with the Trane XV20i.

For dual-fuel gas systems (gas furnace with electric heat pump), you’ll want to consider pairing it with the Trane XC95m, or Trane XC80, or the Trane S9V2 with a compatible thermostat.

Noise Level

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.

Trane XV20i heat pump

How Efficient Is the Trane XL20i Heat Pump?

Heat pumps such as the Trane XV20i are able to provide heating and cooling for your home and have two efficiency ratings. On the cooling side, the XV20i has up to a 20 SEER rating. 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, as well as for someone who has energy cost concerns, who is 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 Central Ohio, 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 address some of the comfort issues.

Trane XV20i heat pump

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 will 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 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.

That said, full system installations can often be cheaper than doing the furnace separately. If the furnace will need replacing soon, too, it may make more sense to plan for both at the same time.

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 generally cost between $4,900 and $12,500. At Fire & Ice, 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 as well, 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.

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Let’s talk about what to do next. Sorting through the hundreds of HVAC contractors in Columbus is no simple task. Deciding on the right company can make the difference between a lousy installation and a good one, between a heat pump that lasts only 10 years as opposed to 15 or 20.

If you’d like to learn more about the best (and worst) practices in the HVAC industry, check out this article on practices we see here in Central Ohio.

Many of the HVAC contractor best practices we discuss can help guide you regardless of where you live.

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