How do heat pump & air handler matched systems work?

When a heat pump is paired with an air handler, the system does double duty — providing air conditioning as well as heating. This versatile solution takes up about the same amount of space as a typical outdoor air conditioner and is highly efficient.

What does a heat pump do?

Despite its name, a heat pump can do more than just heat your home — it can also cool it. A heat pump is fueled by electricity and works by simply moving heat from one place to another. In the summer, your heat pump moves heat from inside, out. In the winter, unlike a furnace, an electric heat pump doesn’t burn fossil fuels to warm your home. Instead, it efficiently extracts heat from the outdoor air (even in colder weather) and transfers it inside.

A heat pump and air handler matched system.


Air handlers move air throughout your home to achieve your ideal temperature

Air handlers circulate both cold and hot air throughout your home to create your perfect indoor temperature. American Standard air handlers are available with multi-speed or variable-speed motors. Our variable-speed models are known for their humidity control, variable airflow capacity, and soft starts, but the motor best for you depends on personal preference.


Air cleaners can be easily added to almost all systems to help improve air quality

Dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, and more have no place in your home. An air cleaner takes your home comfort system to the next level by reducing the level of harmful particles in the air you breathe, plus keeping your rugs and home furnishings cleaner. The American Standard AccuClean® Whole Home Air Cleaner removes up to 99.9% of allergens, 99.9% of Influenza A*, and more than 99% of the surrogate for the virus that causes COVID-19** within 30 minutes from the filtered air in your home.

*As reported by airmid healthgroup in ASCR092142v2 (2015).
**Removal rate based on an area of 1,007 ft3. The AccuClean® Whole Home Air Cleaner, when used in accordance with manufacturer’s directions, is proven to be effective at removing virus particles. Effective removal rate based on independent testing results using MS2 bacteriophage, a bacteria representative of virus-sized particles like SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19.

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