Napoleon NT Series 14 Model Review
SEER:Up to 14
ENERGY STAR ®:No
Price:$3000 - $5000
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This air conditioning unit from Napoleon is a moderately efficient model that is a step above its entry-level sister. It works to keep you cool on a hot day and runs relatively quietly so as not to disturb your outdoor gatherings.
With a SEER rating of 14, the NT Series 14 might not be powerful or efficient enough for a lot of homes, but this model review will help you understand where it may and may not work.
The model review will cover all the basics, including the NT Series 14’s warranty, efficiency, price, key features, and more. Plus, it will compare this model to Napoleon’s other air conditioners so you know for sure if you're making a wise investment, or if another Napoleon product might be more suitable.
In a Nutshell
Average Price (with installation): $3000 - $5000
- Mid-efficiency SEER of 14
- Variety of sizes to accommodate different homes
- Swept-wing fan blades
- Has Napoleon’s WHISPER QUIET™ system
- Equipped with an industry-leading scroll compressor from Copeland
- Backed by a decent warranty
- Offers standard sound performance
- Uses a chlorine-free refrigerant that doesn’t destroy ozone
- Compressor has built-in safety features
- Air conditioner is painted a natural taupe to blend into the surroundings
- Numerous features to make service faster and easier
The Bottom Line
The NT Series 14 is a quality unit that will keep your home cool for summers to come, as long as it’s sized properly and a load calculation shows it will be powerful and efficient enough for your space.
The recommended SEER range for Canada is between 16 and 18, because air conditioners at those efficiency levels offer the best balance between price and long-term energy savings.
Because the NT Series 14 only has a SEER of 14, it probably won’t be efficient and cost-effective enough for larger homes. Rather, it will work better in smaller spaces, such as cottages, small homes, or condos/apartments, or in houses in milder parts of Canada that don’t experience humidity or heat waves.
While this model will be relatively affordable, it may not qualify for high-efficiency rebates. And while it will reduce your summer cooling bills compared to a standard-SEER model, it won’t be as cost-effective as a high-efficiency unit.
Once appropriately sized to your home, you can be sure that it will be a reliable unit and serve its purpose well. Further, this unit is backed by a good warranty, so if you run into any trouble, you’re not left to deal with it on your own.
Napoleon NT Series 14 Specifications:
- Compressor: Single-stage
- SEER: Up to 14
- ENERGY STAR certified: No
- Decibel rating: As low as 74
- Tonnage: 1.5 to 5 tons
- Cooling capacity: 18,800 to 53,500 Btus
The NT Series 14 is an investment in your home environment. It’s backed by a good warranty, but with some general maintenance, you can prolong the life of your unit and ensure that you get years of service to come.
Napoleon doesn’t put much emphasis on novel features or technologies because they focus their attention on quality components and perfecting the operation of their air conditioners.
As such, the main features of the NT Series 14 are design elements, including the WHISPER QUIET system. This consists of a swept-wing fan blade, where the contoured blade design reduces noise while increasing airflow.
Despite having the WHISPER QUIET system, this air conditioner still only offers standard sound performance.
Another attractive design element is the microchannel coil technology. Condenser coils store refrigerant, and since the coils are small and compact, they use less refrigerant while taking up less space, and they offer improved heat transfer. As a result, the NT Series 14 has a smaller footprint than standard air conditioners.
Other Key Features
- All-aluminum coils are corrosion-resistant and easy to maintain
- Extruded side panels allow the air conditioner to have unrestricted airflow while protecting the unit
- Powder-coat cabinet finish has been tested to withstand 1000 hours of salt spray
- Copeland scroll compressor has temperature and pressure protection
- Quality filter drier that removes moisture that could contaminate the refrigerant system and cause compressor damage and leaks
- Durable fan with a steel hub and aluminum blades that last a long time
- The PSC motor is permanently lubricated
- Electrical connections are easily accessed thanks to the removable service panel
- Motor assembly is also removable
- Valves and connections are outside the cabinet for faster access
Napoleon’s warranty covers what a good warranty should, and every model has the same coverage. The NT Series 14 has a 10-year limited warranty on the compressor and a 10-year warranty on parts.
These warranties come into effect once you register your unit with Napoleon after installation; if it’s not registered during the registration window, then you’ll be covered by the default five-year warranties for the compressor and parts.
The extra years of coverage could potentially save you a lot of money, so registration is recommended. You can do it online in a few minutes by filling out the form, which will ask for your name and address, the name of the HVAC installer, the installation date, and the model and serial numbers for the air conditioner.
Comparable Models by Napoleon
Model Comparison by Price and Features - NT Series 14 versus Napoleon NT Series 13
The NT Series 13 is a lower SEER model, coming in at 13. While it falls into the same $3,000 to $5,000 price range, it will be the more affordable model.
The difference in SEER between the two is small, and the NT Series 13 is still a moderately efficient model with many of the same features as the NT Series 14.
However, the SEER rating of the NT Series 13 falls short of the recommended range for Canada, so you'll still have to be careful that it’s powerful and efficient enough for your needs.
Both units have a Copeland scroll compressor at the heart of the system, and this ensures reliable performance and long service. Copeland scroll compressors are some of the most popular ones on the market because of their efficiency, quiet operation, and long life.
The NT Series 13 also has microchannel coils, features to make service faster and easier, the WHISPER QUIET system, and the same other features that make the NT Series 14 appealing.
Model Comparison by Tier - NT Series 14 versus Napoleon NT Series 16
The next model in Napoleon’s line is the NT Series 16, which is very similar to the NT Series 14.
However, as the premium model, the NT Series 16 has a higher SEER rating of 16 and is, therefore, able to provide more cooling power while being more energy efficient. In fact, the NT Series 16 is the only Napoleon air conditioner with a SEER in the recommended range for Canada. It is their priciest model, but it will also save the most on long-term energy bills.
Aside from the price difference and the higher SEER, the NT Series 16 is otherwise the same as the NT Series 14. Both models feature microchannel condenser coils that cut back on the amount of refrigerant used.
Each unit comes in a range of sizes, and both models have the WHISPER QUIET system, as well as the same warranty protection, the Copeland scroll compressor, single-stage operation, a smaller size, and beyond.