ClimateMaster announced an efficiency breakthrough with introduction of the Trilogy 40 series, the first geothermal heat pumps ever certified by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) to exceed 40 EER at ground-loop (GLHP) conditions.

The Trilogy 40 uses variable speed technology to provide an extremely wide range of heating and cooling capacities, with the ability to perfectly match loads to as low as 30% of maximum. In addition, patent-pending Q-Mode technology produces year-round domestic hot water on demand, even when space conditioning isn’t required.

The Trilogy 40 Q-Mode series is the outcome of a five year collaboration between ClimateMaster and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies program. Based on field tests and analysis by ORNL, the Trilogy 40 Q-Mode can save 55–65% of annual energy use and cost for space conditioning and water heating in residential applications versus new minimum efficiency (SEER 13) conventional systems and 30–35% versus current state-of-the-art two-stage geothermal heat pumps.

“ClimateMaster has a solid track record of leadership and innovation since its founding in 1957,” says Daniel Ellis, president of ClimateMaster.

“We’re very proud to continue that legacy with the launch of the new Trilogy 40, which is 33% more efficient than any other geothermal heat pump available and the only one with Q-Mode technology to provide year-round water heating," Ellis says.

In addition to efficiency, the Trilogy 40 Q-Mode delivers unsurpassed comfort and humidity control by precisely matching its capacity to the heating and cooling load. For installing and servicing contractors, it also offers the latest technology to configure and diagnose the system electronically using communicating controls and sensors that monitor every critical aspect of system operation to ensure peak performance.

“The Trilogy 40 Q-Mode represents a major breakthrough in comfort and efficiency,” adds John Bailey, Sr. vice president, sales and marketing at ClimateMaster.

“With variable speed fan, pump and compressor (Trilogy technology) plus four operating modes (Q-Mode technology), it far exceeds the capabilities of any other HVAC unit on the market today. Plus, it can completely eliminate the use of auxiliary heat even in far Northern climates," Bailey says.