Emerson and Goodman Manufacturing announced that Emerson's next generation Copeland Scroll™ two-stage compressor will be offered in Goodman Manufacturing's new 16-18 SEER systems. Representatives from the two companies made the announcement during a media event on March 20, during the Air Conditioning Contractors Association of America's IE3 Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

The goal of this partnership is to be able to offer consumers comfort and efficiency at an affordable price. The two-stage systems run at full capacity, or at 65 percent, which helps reduce humidity while reducing energy use. The Copeland Scroll two-stage compressors modulate mechanically by bypassing a portion of the gas in the scroll back to suction.

"Goodman is very excited to be the first to introduce the next generation Copeland Scroll two-stage compressor in our 16 and 18 SEER product lineup. We think dealers and homeowners will like the enhanced comfort these two-stage systems deliver over fixed capacity systems at a refreshingly affordable price, too," said Lawrence M. Blackburn, executive vice president and president, Goodman Business Unit.

Brandy Powell, vice president and general manager, residential air conditioning for Emerson's Commercial and Residential Solutions platform, said the new product introduction will be a good response to consumers who have become more aware of the energy saving possible with new HVAC systems.

"As SEER ratings continue to push our industry to higher efficiency standards, homeowner expectations toward comfort are also rising. We are happy to be joining with Goodman to bring this affordable and efficient offering to the market," Powell said. "Goodman's selection of our new Copeland Scroll two-stage compressors is a great testimony to the reliability, efficiency and affordability of this modulation technology," she said.

The resulting 16-18 SEER systems meet efficiency standards established by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), and therefore will qualify for homeowner tax rebates.