Daikin Heat Pumps Review
Daikin is known for creating ductless heat pumps that are stylish and compact. What should you know before you buy this system?
Daiken offers a wide range of products geared towards making your home (or business) more comfortable and energy efficient. While this makes them little different from other companies trying to do the same thing, the design of Daiken heat pumps and air conditioners makes this company stand out: the company prides itself on being able to create wall, floor or ceiling units that blend in your home’s décor while this offering a affordable and freeze protected outdoor box. For example, Daiken offers radiant heating systems which means that all of your heat comes through the floor (providing even heating) and no ugly heating boxes taking up a ton of space. So what more should you know about Daikin heat pumps?
Types of Heat Pumps
Daiken is a global company, so be sure to go to the right area to see which heat pumps are offered in your area! For the sake of this review, we’ve gone with the Canadian systems; however, in Europe, the systems are very different and include ones like bivalent (hooks into your current system, low/high temperature and Split systems. Wherever, you are, the systems are all similar in that they provide energy saving heating and can often be used to heat water as well. They also brag on being quiet, space savers, and often use radiant (under floor) heating.
In Canada, we have several systems to look at.
Daikin KE Series Heat Pumps: These heat pumps are the most affordable and basic systems from Daiken. They are not Energy Star Rated, but they all have a SEER of 18 and an HSPF of 8.5. They are wall mounted heat pumps that only function as heating/cooling units. They have a compact outdoor unit and the indoor unit blends easily into the décor. As they are the smallest series, they are best used in conjunction with other systems or in smaller spaces.
Daikin LV Series: They are all inverter compression types and are rated to be fairly quiet. They have a SEER of between 24.5 and 20.0 and an HSPF rating of between 12.5 and 10.6 which is pretty good! They are the next step up from the KE series and are also wall mounted units with slim indoor units and a compact outdoor one. They are duct-free and work best on enhancing the current heating system to save money and on additions.
Daikin Quaternity: The Quaternity series is the flag-ship of Daikin and gives you the most perks. It has the one of the highest efficiency ratings around with a SEER of up 26.1 and an HSPF of up to 11. Not only does it heat and cool your air, but it can also function as a dehumidifier/humidifier, cleans your air, and uses wireless remote controls so you can easily do your set-up. It is also duct-free and is wall mounted with one outdoor unit and it’s all quiet and easy to install. Of course, it goes without saying that it is the most expensive. Again though, it’s important to understand that this system is best used to help bring down the energy costs of another system and in smaller spaces.
Daikin MXS Multi Heat Pumps: If you want to heat multiple parts of your home, then you want this series of heat pumps. The 2MXS and 3 MXS are Energy Star rated (non ducted) and the systems of have a SEER of up to 19.5 and an HSPF of up to 9.2. These heat pump/AC units are intended to heat at least four to six rooms in a house and furthermore, uses ‘intelligent eye’ to detect movement-if it detects nothing for over 20 minutes, the system switches to energy savings mode. This can save you up to 20% in cooling costs and 30% in heating costs.
Benefits and Drawbacks
Heat pumps alone are beneficial because they cut down on your energy costs and save money. However, Daikin takes this to cosmetic heights with smaller units that blend in better with your home and are as quiet as possible. There have also been compliments about the defrosting capabilities of the system and their efficiency. Ductless heating systems also tend to do a really good job of heating a home even when it’s cold and damp outside and there’s no energy wasted.
The one drawback is that most of them aren’t Energy Star rated which may or may not be a bit deal to you. It’s also hard to get prices for them since Daikin sells to wholesalers and you pay the company you choose to use to install it.
Overall, the Daikin heating pumps have many very happy customers and there are plenty of systems to choose from. So if you’re looking to replace your old system or build a home that is more energy efficient, Daikin heat pumps do seem to be a good bet. Try them for yourself and see how they work!