The York Affinity Series heat pumps offer a range of efficiency levels to give consumers a choice of the one that is best suited to their heating and cooling needs. Two of the models are Energy Star qualified and will lead to significantly lower energy bills when replacing an older heat pump. The third model is best suited to mild climates where lower price for the heat pump is preferred to high efficiency.
This post offers an overview of this diverse series. See posts on other top of the line series such as the Rheem Prestige, Carrier Infinity, Trane XL or Goodman DSCZ in order to compare models. You’ll also find York heat pump ratings posts on the York category page.
Overview of the York Affinity Series Heat Pumps
Models: The models in this series are the Affinity YZH (18 SEER, 10.0 HSPF), Affinity YZF (16 SEER, 10.0 HSPF) and the Affinity YZB (13 SEER, 8.6 HSPF).
Energy Efficiency: The YZH and YZF offer excellent heating to go along with high-efficiency cooling. They are Energy Star products geared toward climates with temperature extremes. The YZB is a standard-efficiency model that should not be used where summers are warm – or it will lead to very high utility bills.
Performance: The YZH is a 2-stage model that will produce better temperature balance with few fluctuations between or during cycles. The other two models are affordable single-stage heat pumps. All of the York Affinity heat pumps are dual fuel compatible. That means they can be installed in a split system with a gas furnace. Heat pumps are heat more cost-effectively in cool weather, but become ineffective when temperature drop below freezing. That’s when the gas furnace can take over. Dual fuel heating systems are becoming increasingly popular in cold climates.
Price: York seeks to keep their prices very competitive, so you’ll find pretty good deals on all of these models.
Pros and Cons of the York Affinity Series Heat Pumps
On the plus side, two of these models are Energy Star qualified and may be eligible for utility rebates in your state. They will certainly help you keep energy costs under control. The dual fuel capability is also a benefit that will lead to lower utility bills.
The concerns about this series involve the quality of the products. York does not have a very good service record. They come with a lower price, but the risk is that you may have more repairs in the years ahead. The units are covered by a 10-year parts and compressor warranty, but as is common in the industry, labor is only covered for one year – and the labor charge on replacing parts can be expensive.
York heat pumps are some of the most affordable on the market. If you’re willing to take the risk on the lower quality, or want an inexpensive dual fuel model, York Affinity Series heat pumps might be worth a closer look.