St. Louis, March 3, 2014 — NORDYNE remains committed to product innovation and quality through the launch of the first-ever 95% AFUE condensing gas/electric packaged system model – the R8HE. While other gas/electric packaged units top out around 81% AFUE, this model is significantly more efficient at 95% AFUE. This can help homeowners save hundreds of dollars on their winter heating bills.
Paired with an ECM blower, this gas/electric packaged unit offers 95% AFUE two-stage heating and 14-SEER, single-stage cooling. It can reach such high levels of heating efficiency due to the addition of a secondary heat exchanger that promotes efficient heating operation. The condensate and flue gases exit the heat exchanger together. This process eliminates concern that the condensate will freeze.
“No other gas pack comes close to the quality and efficiency of the R8HE,” says David Garvin, product manager at NORDYNE. “Not only does this gas pack offer high-heating efficiency, but it is also the first condensing gas pack on the market.”
Other system features include:
- A state-of-the-art Copeland® scroll compressor.
- All-aluminum Micro-Channel indoor and outdoor coils for increased resistance against corrosion.
- SmartLite™ control board for increased ignitor life. The control board learns the start-up characteristics of the unit and adjusts the ignitor’s firing percentage accordingly.
- A corrosion-resistant drain pan and embossed bottom pan help keep the blower compartment dry.
The R8HE packaged gas/electric unit is available in the Maytag®, Broan®, Frigidaire®, NuTone®, Tappan® and Westinghouse® brands with an out-of-the-box 5-year parts warranty for residential applications. Extended parts warranties are available with product registration, along with a replacement guarantee on select components.
Currently, the unit is available in a horizontal configuration for easy slab installation, and a rooftop, downflow configuration is scheduled to be available in the second quarter of 2014.