With such a huge range of heat pump manufacturers on the market today, we wanted to review some of the industry leaders and give you some insight into their reputation among installers like ourselves. Nobody has a more detailed all-round knowledge of the heat pump landscape than our Systems & Design Manager, Jeremy French.
We interviewed him recently to get some reviews of heat pump manufacturers, direct from his perspective. Whilst each project is totally unique, this is insight that may provide guidance and additional context for your heat pump installation.
At Smart Renewable Heat, we take pride in our independence and we have a commitment to recommend the best heat pump for each specific situation. This might depend on your budget, space, heat demand, and everything in between. You need the best renewable heat solution for your property, for the most efficient long-term use.
Without further delay, let’s look at reviews for heat pump manufacturers featuring Nibe, Thermia, Vaillant, and Mitsubishi…
Nibe are based in Sweden, and operate across five continents using a huge network of partners. The company manufactures a large range of products, and currently sits as the largest manufacturer of domestic heating in the Nordic area. Nibe are market leaders in Northern Europe, focusing on the electric water heater and heat pump markets.
“Nibe have been making heat pumps in Sweden for decades; it’s all good quality stuff, so if you take one of the boxes apart, you’ll find they’re very well-made, using quality components. They are very quiet, probably the quietest heat pumps you can buy on the market today – outdoors, the air source heat pump units have very low sound levels, and the ground source indoor units are similarly quiet, so plant room noise is minimal too.
They come with a 7-year parts and labour warranty, meaning they’re well-covered and come in a good range of sizes. Generally very good kit; efficient, reliable, and well-made.”
Key members of the Smart Renewable Heat team have previously worked for Nibe. This means we know the systems in depth, and can provide the best technical solution. The systems have remote access, meaning the homeowner can adjust controls to operate the system. Smart Renewable Heat can remotely access the system to troubleshoot, resolve issues, and save the client money by avoiding site visits.
Powered by Swedish design, Thermia are one of the renewable heating industry leaders. Established in 1923, their history in heating products spans about a century. During the global fuel crisis in 1973, the company released the planet’s first recognised heat pump, featuring its own integrated water tank.
“Thermia are another very good Swedish manufacturer with over 40 years’ experience of making heat pumps. I’d say that they’re at the cutting-edge of ground source heat pump design – certainly with regards to their inverter machines which are among the most efficient on the market at the moment. Thermia heat pumps are reliable, efficient, and you have a large range of products to choose from”
Key members of the Smart Renewable Heat team have previously worked for Danfoss and Thermia. This means we know the systems in depth, and can provide the best technical solution. The systems have remote access, meaning the homeowner can adjust controls to operate the system. Smart Renewable Heat can remotely access the system to troubleshoot, resolve issues, and save the client money by avoiding site visits.
Vaillant is a German manufacturer, founded in 1874. Currently, they have around 30 million customers worldwide, and employ approximately 13,000 staff. In the 2017 financial year, the Vaillant Group generated sales of €2.4 billion.
“Vaillant are the biggest heating product manufacturer in Europe, I believe. They have a great support network, with a team of engineers working across the UK to support an increasing number of heat pump installations. Again, customers can benefit from a 7-year parts and labour warranty. The kit is German-manufactured, and it’s all good stuff – a solid product.”
We’re the only UK partner that Vaillant will allow to independently commission systems. We’re also the only UK partner to have full heat pump system controller access for system diagnostics. This highlights Vaillant’s recognition of our quality ahead of any other UK partner when it comes to supporting customers. An industry-leading 7 year warranty means that Vaillant will resolve any issue with the system at no cost to the client.
Mitsubishi is one of the world’s biggest companies, with a reach spanning countless sectors and industries. They also have a well-established role in the heating industry, with a flag-bearing influence in the air source heat pump market in particular.
“The Mitsubishi Ecodan is possibly the most popular air source heat pump in the UK. There are lots of them around, and this has created a huge support network of installers and engineers who can help customers with installation and maintenance. These are good, reliable heat pumps and the price point is also reasonable. Mitsubishi offer great workhorse air source heat pumps for domestic and commercial projects.”
We are Mitsubishi’s largest partner in south west England. This has provided us with a lot of experience in commissioning their systems. We offer an enhanced 5 year manufacturer partner warranty – 2 years extra at no cost to the client. We are the only partner certified to self-commission Mitsubishi Ecodan Cascade solutions.
As installation and maintenance experts, Smart Renewable Heat only provides the best quality heat pump systems. We are not bound by any brand, but we do ensure that the heat pumps we install meet the highest regulations and are made by accredited manufacturers.
Each type of heat pump – across ground source and air source varieties – have a different set of pros and cons. These are applicable to your unique situation, and our engineers will consult as to the best solution for your property.
For more detailed information about different heat pump manufacturers and to understand how the above reviews may apply to you, contact us today.
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