CENTRAL AIR & DUCTLESS OPTIONS
With both central and ductless options, anyone can have comfortable cooling throughout their house!
WHAT WE OFFER
We currently offer air conditioning and heat pumps through both our central air (forced through ductwork) and ductless models. Both styles offer efficient cooling for those hot summer days, with SEER efficiency ratings ranging from 13 all the way up to 28! In addition to cooling, our air sourced heat pumps also offer the option of heating in mild temperatures.
CENTRAL AC & HEAT PUMPS
Like their furnaces, Lennox offers central air conditioners and heat pumps from their Signature, Elite, and Merit series. Each style offers their own distinctive features.
Lennox’s Merit Series is their introductory product line, but do not let that deter you! Even Lennox’s entry level models provide efficient and consistent cooling to fit your needs. The Merit series units are available in single stage and two stage cooling capacities, with efficiency ratings of 13 SEER and up to 18 SEER. Made with Lennox’s PermaGuard cabinet – heavy-gauge galvanized steel – these units are protected against rust and corrosion. Merit keeps you efficiently comfortable.
AC MODELS (TWO STAGE): ML18XC2 (18 SEER) | 16ACX (16 SEER)
AC MODELS (SINGLE STAGE): ML17XC1 (17 SEER) | ML14XC1 (14 SEER) | 13ACXN (13 SEER)
HEAT PUMP MODELS (TWO STAGE): 16HPX (16 SEER)
HEAT PUMP MODELS (SINGLE STAGE): ML16XP1 (16 SEER), ML14XP1 (14 SEER)
Lennox’s Elite Series is their middle tier line of equipment. These Elite ACs and heat pumps are made to provide years of worry-free comfort, with the corrosion protection of the Lennox Quantum coil and their PermaGuard cabinet. These units are available with single stage and variable-capacity compressors. The Elite series units are quiet and offer efficiency ratings from 13 SEER up to an impressive 21 SEER. Elite keeps you efficiently cool.
AC MODELS (VARIABLE SPEED): XC20 (20 SEER) | EL18XCV (18 SEER)
AC MODELS (SINGLE STAGE): EL17XC1 (17 SEER) | EL16XC1 (16 SEER) | XC13N (13 SEER)
HEAT PUMP MODELS (VARIABLE SPEED): XP20 (20 SEER) | EL18XPV (18 SEER)
HEAT PUMP MODELS (SINGLE STAGE): EL16XP1 (16 SEER)
The Dave Lennox Signature Series is one of the most advanced lines of equipment in the market, and their ACs and heat pumps are no exception. Made with the exclusive Lennox Quantum coil – an aluminum alloy construction – this series is made to resist corrosion even in the harshest conditions. With the precision variable-capacity and two-stage compressors, the Signature ACs and heat pumps can be set to run at different stages/power. Pair this with the Signature’s superior SEER efficiency ratings of 21 to 28 and you will be saving big in electricity costs. Signature keeps you in perfect comfort.
AC mODELS (VARIABLE SPEED): SL28XCV (28 SEER) | XC21 (21 SEER)
Heat Pump MODELS (VARIABLE SPEED): SL25XPV (25 SEER) | XP21 (21 SEER)
DUCTLESS HEAT PUMPS
If you do not have a forced air furnace and ductwork installed in your home, don’t you worry! We have an incredible option for you! Lennox offers ductless heat pumps that provide both cooling and electric heating. These units are also known as mini-splits and consist of an outdoor condenser and an indoor air handler. While mini-split ACs are available, they are comparable in price to the heat pump variety, so we choose to sell this style for the added benefit.
INDOOR AIR HANDLER
Lennox offers a few different styles of mini-split heat pumps ranging from an impressive 19 SEER up to a whopping 28 SEER. The indoor air handlers have a sleek and modern design and are whisper quiet. All Lennox mini-split systems have variable-speed capacity, meaning the heat pumps run at low most of the time, only using the amount of energy necessary. They are also available in multi-zone or single zone models. Multi-zone means they can pair with a variety of indoor air handlers, supporting up to 5 zones to create a personalized heating and cooling solution for your needs.
SINGLE ZONE MODELS: MHA (19 SEER)
SINGLE+MULTI ZONE: MLB (28.1 SEER) | MPC (25.5 SEER) | MLA (24 SEER) | mpb (24.5 SEER)
ac VS. HEAT PUMP
Air conditioners operate by extracting thermal energy from inside the home and rejecting it outside. Air sourced heat pumps also do the reverse. They can draw thermal energy from the outside air and transfer it into the home, even at cooler temperatures.
Most air sourced heat pumps are effective in temperatures down to about –5C to -10C. In our cold winters, it is often more budget friendly to burn fossil fuels, however in the milder fall and spring days, it can be more cost effective to run the heat pump. This may be particularly true for those living rural areas without access to natural gas and are using more expensive propane or oil for heating.
A big consideration in choosing an AC vs. heat pump may be the cost. When it comes to the ductless option, the cost difference is non-existent – we're talking give or take $50. However, with the central air option, the difference in price could be in the thousands. If you are interested, please let us know and we will gladly provide a price for both options.
The standardized measurement for efficiency across electrical cooling appliances is called the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This ratio is the total cooling output over a typical cooling season divided by the total electrical energy input during the same time period. Overall, it tells you how much comfort you are getting in relation to how much money you are spending on electricity. The higher the SEER, the more efficient and cost effective the unit is to operate. This rating is the maximum efficiency available, but like the litres per 100 kilometers reading on your vehicle, many variables can affect that efficiency.
13 SEER is the standard minimum for air conditioners. Lennox offers those, and all the way up to 28 SEER with their SL28XCV model – the absolute most efficient unit in the industry. Lennox is constantly improving their technologies and raising the bar for what HVAC can be!
single stage v. two stage v. variable
Single Stage means that as soon as the thermostat senses the temperature is starting to change, the unit will kick on at full power/speed to meet your preset home comfort needs.
Two Stage operates at two different speeds. The majority of the time, the unit will operate at a lower/mid speed to maintain the temperature in your home, ultimately saving you money in gas and electricity. It also means it is very quiet.
Variable Speed units operate at any speed necessary (not just one or two stages), offering balanced and comfortable air that is consistently maintained. Most of the time, the unit will operate at a lower speed, saving you the most money in utility costs. These units can also better help with dehumidification.
North Star has taken on a new line of air conditioners and heat pumps to add to our current offerings. With this new line, there will be some more affordable options, and some heat pumps with advanced technologies for even colder weather. Stay tuned for more information in the 2023 Spring/Summer cooling season.