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Ever thought of getting a heat pump installed in your home?

If so, then this is the right place for you! And if you haven’t then this is the right place to be, as well!

For those of you not really sure what a heat pump actually is, let’s have a quick look at the idea behind these devices: Heat pumps basically move air from one place to another, and act as a cost-effective alternative to standard central air systems.

So, basically what a heat pump does is acting as a heating or cooling unit depending on season. In winter, instead of creating heat with help of an electric or oil heater, a heat pump takes ambient heat from the outside (even if it’s below freezing temperatures!) and funnels it into your home. In the summer operations reverse and the pump takes warm air from inside your home and pushes it outside. And while the heat pump is distributing air from the inside out, it also dries the air out, which means in the warmer months heat pumps can act as dehumidifiers as well.

Heat pumps can be ductless (using a fan to distribute air) or ducted, can come with special air condition add-ons, and generally can offer a wide array of services depending on the type and model you chose.

To make the selection process a bit easier for you, we have gathered our top picks when it comes to the best heat pumps currently on the market for you below:

PIONEER Air Conditioner Mini Split Heat Pump 12000 BTU-208/230 V

Best Heat Pump: Pioneer BTU-208/230 V

Pioneer’s Mini Split System heat pump is a great all-in-one solution that offers air conditioning, heating (reverse cycle heat pump), dehumidification, and ventilation.

Outfitted with the latest technologies for superior efficiency, comfort, and performance, the heat pump is perfect for residential homes and small commercial operations.

The set consists of a ductless indoor unit, an outdoor unit, remote control, as well as an installation kit.

The indoor unit has an attractive flat front panel as well as a dimmable LED display. It has automatic swing air discharge louvers, comes with washable permanent air filters, and its multi speed fan motor guarantees whisper quiet operation.

The heat pump outdoor section is made from durable, galvanised metal covered with an electrostatic epoxy paint. It is a high-efficiency DC inverter compressor with variable speed settings and super quiet operation.

The set comes with an installation kit, which includes: a pair of insulated copper tubing with flare connections; interconnecting signal wiring; a wall sleeve liner and cap; putty; wrapping tape; and a drain line extension.

In terms of temperatures, its indoor range is between 62° and 90°F (with a vacation/low heat mode of 46°F, and its outdoor ambient range lies between 32°F and 122°F in cooling mode, and 5°F to 86°F for heating mode.

The pump’s cooling capacity is 12.000 BTU/h with 17.5 SEER efficiency. Its heating capacity is 11.800 BTU/h with 9.0 HSPF efficiency.

Key Features:

  • All-in-one solution
  • Air-conditioning, heating, dehumidification, ventilation
  • Ductless indoor unit
  • Outdoor unit
  • Remote control
  • Installation kit included
  • Indoor temperature range: 62° – 90°F & low heat mode: 46°F
  • Outdoor temperature range: 32°F – 122°F (cooling); 5°F – 86°F (heating)
  • Cooling capacity 12.000 BTU/h; 17.5 SEER efficiency
  • Heating capacity 11.800 BTU/h; 9.0 HSPF efficiency

Frigidaire FFRH0822R1 Compact Air Conditioner/Heat Pump

Best Heat Pump: Frigidaire FFRH0822R1

The Frigidaire is a combination of air conditioner and heat pump. It  dehumidifies up to 1.5 pints per hour and quickly cools rooms up to 350 square feet.

The device comes with three cool speeds, three fan speeds, and one heat speed. An easy-to-use eight-way comfort control allows you to comfortably control the direction of the cool air no matter where the unit is mounted. On top of that, its customisable ready-select electronic controls allow you to easily select options with just the touch of a button. For example, there is the option of maintaining pre-set room temperatures; or the 24-hour on/off timer that cools the room on your schedule; and an auto cool mode that allows the fan to adjust speeds as the room temperature changes. All of this, and more, is right at your fingertip thanks to the included full-function remote control.

The FFRH0822R1 has a cooling capacity of 8.000 BTU, a 7.000 BTU heat pump, and a 3.5000 BTU supplemental heating capacity.

Its low-power start-up helps to save both energy and money, and its overall quiet operations ensure that you can even sleep with the heat pump turned on.

The device uses a standard 115V electrical outlet, comes with washable mesh filters (and a “check filter” alert), and comes with a window mounting kit as well as an extra long power cord for your convenience.

Key Features:

  • Air conditioner, heat pump, dehumidifier
  • For rooms up to 350 square feet
  • Dehumidifies 1.5 pints per hour
  • 3 cooling speeds
  • 3 fan speeds
  • Eight-way control to adjust direction of air output
  • Remote control with handy ready-select settings
  • 8.000 BTU cooling capacity; 7.000 BTU heat pump; 3.5000 BTU supplemental heating capacity
  • Window mounting kit included

Daikin 17 SEER Inverter Mini-Split System

Best Heat Pump: Daikin 17 Seer Inverter

Daikin’ 17 Series wall-mounted inverter systems are affordable, cost-saving devices that provide energy efficiency and comfortable control of your home’s temperature. The streamlined, wall mounted indoor units are paired with quiet, compact outdoor units, and are integrated with a variable-speed inverter compressor.

Daikin units create an ideal indoor climate with their specially designed airflow patterns. The many included features range from a wide angle louver design to an auto-swing and help to ensure effective heating and cooling.

The heat pump comes with an indoor fan coil, an outdoor condensing unit, remote control, a 15 ft. installation kit, and a wall bracket. It is whisper quiet (as low as 37db indoors), very energy efficient (17 SEER, 9 HSPF), and is best used in spaces up to 400 square feet.

Key Features:

  • Heat pump and cooling
  • For spaces up to 400 square feet
  • Specially designed airflow patterns
  • Wide angle louver
  • Auto-swing mode
  • Air purifying and deodorising titanium apatite photocatalytic filter
  • Indoor fan coil, outdoor condensing unit, remote control, 15 ft. installation kit, wall bracket included
  • Whisper quiet (as low as 37 db indoors)
  • Energy efficient (17 SHEER, 9 HSPF)

Klimaire KSIF012-H115-S BTU 16 Seer Ductless Mini-Split Inverter

Best Heat Pump: Klimaire KSIF012-H115-S

The Klimaire ductless heat pump is a great 4-in-1 system that covers all your heating, cooling, fan and dehumidification needs. Wit a turbo function, multi-speed settings and an oscillating fan, this device is best used in spaces between 450 and 550 square feet.

The set includes a pre-vacuumed indoor unit, a pre-charged outdoor unit as well as a mounting bracket for the inside unit, a remote control and a pre-flared 13 ft. installation kit.

The heat pump comes in a sleek and attractive design and is whisper quiet. The wall mounted indoor unit is engineered with oscillating louvers that ensures an evenly distributed air-flow. An auto-swing function as well as multi-speed settings for the fan allows you to further adjust the airflow precisely to your needs. Further perks include a “follow me” function that automatically chooses the operation mode to ensure the most comfortable temperature in your immediate surrounding, an “auto clean” function that cleans and dries the evaporator to prevent mildew growth, and a self-diagnosis mode that displays the error codes to make maintenance as simple as possible

The outdoor unit comes with a built-in base pan heater that ensures reliable operation even during winter temperatures as low as -5 °F. Low outdoor noise operation and a small footprint make choosing a location for the outdoor ductless unit easy. It requires little ground space and can be mounted to a wall with brackets (not included).

Key Features:

  • 4-in-1 system: heating, cooling, fan, dehumidification
  • For spaces up to 550 square feet
  • Set includes: pre-vacuumed indoor unit, pre-charged outdoor unit, mounting bracket inside, remote control, pre-flared 13 ft. installation kit
  • Oscillating louvers for even air distribution
  • Multiple speed settings
  • “Follow me” function to automatically ensure perfect temperatures around you
  • Auto clean function for evaporator to prevent mildew
  • Self-diagnosis mode
  • Outdoor unit with pan heater for use in temperatures as low as -5°F

COOPER AND HUNTER Alice Mini Split Ductless Air Conditioner Heat Pump

Best Heat Pump: Cooper & Hunter - Alice Ductless Heat Pump

Cooper and Hunter’s ductless split system “ALICE”  brings you superior performance paired with high energy efficiency. It effortlessly covers all your cooling, heating and dehumidifying needs in rooms up to 400 square feet.

The device’s modern design makes it a perfect fit for all modern interiors. Particularly interesting for families, the Alice comes with a control lock function that will save the settings and protect the system from accidentally being changed by curious children.

The heat pump operates almost noiselessly, reliably heats and cools rooms even in temperatures as low as 5°F, and comes with Gree’s I-Action inverter technology, a low voltage start-up, and up to 16 SEER.

The set includes an easy installation kit with 16 ft. copper line set and communication wires.

Key Features:

  • For cooling, heating, and dehumidifying
  • For rooms up to 400 square feet
  • Control lock function to safe settings and guide against curious children
  • Whisper quiet
  • Works in temperatures as low as 5°F
  • Inverter technology
  • Low voltage start-up
  • Up to 16 SEER
  • Easy to install
  • Includes 16ft installation kit

FAQ

Q: How does a heat pump work?

For heating: The pumps compressor takes air from the outside, pumps it through a refrigerant, pushes it through a heat exchanger coil, and sends it to a condenser. The condenser then heats up and a fan sends the warm air out into the room.

For cooling: The process is basically reversed, taking heat from the room and sending it to the outdoors.

Q: What is SEER? What is HSPF?

Both of them are efficiency ratings.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, and is a measure of air conditioning efficiency. SEERs of 15-17 are average; in northern areas you can go as low as SEER 13, in southern areas you should have at least SEER 14.

HSPF stands for Heating Season Performance Factor and measures heating efficiency. Average HSPF ratings lie between 8 and 11.

Q: What is the benefit of having a heat pump?

Cost. It really is as easy as that.

Compared with typical furnaces, heat pumps come with a higher cost up front, but on the long run you will see about 25% to 50% savings!