Best Air Source Heat Pump Manufacturers

Best Air Source Heat Pump Manufacturers

With an air source heat pump as your home’s heating system, you’ll be making use of a renewable energy in the form of the air outside. Air source heat pumps extract heat from the air, in temperatures as low as -25°C in some cases, to circulate heating and hot water around the home.

More and more companies are manufacturing air source heat pumps which can leave you unsure of which one to have installed. To help find the perfect air source heat pump for your home, we’ve compared some of the most popular models available

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Air Source Heat Pump Manufacturers

Using the table below you can get a quick understanding of what each of the models has to offer before we go into more detail about each one individually.

Manufacturer Model Available Outputs (kW) ErP Energy Efficiency Rating Potential Price
Daikin Altherma ERSQ AV1 11, 14, 16 A+ £6,000 – £8,000
Nibe F2040 8, 12, 16 A+++ £6,000 – £8,500
Samsung EHS Monoblock 5, 9, 12, 14, 16 A+++ £1,750 – £4,000
Vaillant aroTHERM 5, 8, 11, 15 A++ £3,000 – £7,000
Viessmann Vitocal 300-A 7 – 8.5 A++ £8,000 – £15,000
Grant Aerona³ 6 – 16 A++ £4,000 – £7,000

The prices in the table above are estimates and don’t include the cost of installation, which will vary depending on who carries out the work. We highly recommend getting quotes from at least 3 different installers to give you the greatest chance of finding the best deal for your home.

While it might feel that the costs are already beginning to add up, you can begin to make these initial costs back via reduced energy bills and Renewable Heat Incentive payments during the lengthy lifetime of an air source heat pump.

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Daikin Altherma

Over the past 90 years, Daikin have built up a worldwide reputation for the quality of their forward thinking air conditioning and climate control technology.

The Daikin Altherma ERSQ AV1 is an air-to-water system that can operate in temperatures as low as -20°C, which means your home will get heating from the air even in the depths of winter.

Thanks to being fitted with inverter compressors, this unit can continuously adjust the compressor speed to meet the demand around the home. That way, there are fewer power-consuming restarts. As a result, your home can benefit from a 30% drop in energy consumption and remain at a consistent temperature.

Nibe F2040

Nibe are a Swedish company that’s grown to become a leading manufacturer of domestic heating products in many countries across Europe.

The Nibe F2040 is a highly efficient air source heat pump shown through its ErP rating of A+++. You won’t have to worry about the installation of this appliance as that’s been designed to be as smooth as possible, thanks to it being fitted with an anti-vibration water connection.

By downloading the Nibe Uplink app to your smart device, you can get quick overviews and status updates of the appliance and the heat it’s generating. Should there be an issue with your air source heat pump, which is very rare, then an alert will be sent to your device immediately.

Samsung EHS Monoblock

You’re probably more familiar with Samsung’s phones than their air source heat pumps but after years of research, they’ve released the EHS Monoblock range.

The unit is compact and lightweight which makes them simple to install and you have the option of it being wall mounted or floor standing. The EHS Monoblock is capable of achieving high water temperatures of 55°C and can still extract heat from the air in temperatures of -25°C. It even operates quietly.

Vaillant aroTHERM

Vaillant are a trusted manufacturer of gas boilers and also have a range of renewable products available from ground source heat pumps to solar thermal.

Vaillant’s aroTHERM air source heat pump is a compact unit that makes installation easy. The appliance comes MCS accredited and Quiet Mark approved as it ultra-quiet operation. It can be easily integrated into domestic heating systems which means that the installation will cause very little disruption.

To further improve performance and give extra protection from corrosion the unit has a blue fin coated evaporator with anti-hydro coating.

Viessmann Vitocal 300-A

The Viessmann Vitocal 300-A is not only an air source heat pump but also said to be an ‘ornament for your garden’ thanks to its extremely modern design. The unit comes highly recommended for detached and semi-detached homes, particularly those looking to modernise.

It can achieve a maximum flow temperature of 65°C for heating as well as convenient domestic hot water heating. It does all of this while operating extremely efficiently and only incurring minimal electricity costs.

Not only can you rely on the Vitocal 300-A to heat your home, it’s also capable of reversed operation in the summer, meaning that it can cool your home during the warmer months.

Grant Aerona³

Grant’s range of MCS approved air source heat pumps is the Aerona³ and is the third generation of ASHPs by Grant. These pumps are single phase, DC inverter driven and have an ErP energy rating of A++. They incorporate in-built weather compensation and a base tray heating element to prevent ice formation and can extract heat in temperatures as low as -20°C. Available outputs include a a 6, 10 or 16kW model as well as the new 12kW R32.

The Aerona³ 12kW R32 inverter driven air source heat pump is the latest addition to the range. It uses a more ‘environmentally friendly’ refrigerant (R32) which has a lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) rating than other typical heat pump refrigerants. It is the first monobloc R32 air source heat pump to be launched in the UK and is suitable for S-Plan heating control systems.

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Which is the Best Air Source Heat Pump?

Whichever air source heat pump you choose to install will be highly efficient, helping to reduce your energy bills. So picking an overall winner out of the models we’ve compared here is tough.

If you live in a particularly cold area then your biggest concern will be if the appliance can still operate when the temperature drops during winter. Out of these models, the Samsung Monoblock will be able to extract heat in temperatures as low as -25°C, so you won’t have anything to worry about in the UK.

Along with the Nibe F2040, the Samsung model is the most efficient here with an ErP rating of A+++ and isn’t likely to cost you as much as the others, with prices normally ranging from £1,750 to £4,000.

However, if the environment is a particular priority for you, you may want to consider the new Aerona³ 12kW R32 from Grant which uses a refrigerant with a lesser impact on the environment than some other models.

Considering an Air Source Heat Pump?

There are many pros and cons of installing an air source heat pump but if you like the sound of enjoying the ways an air source heat pump could be benefitting your home, such as:

  • Reduced heating bills
  • Little maintenance
  • Potential government payments through the RHI

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