One of our most popular products to date, the Mitsubishi Ecodan is the best mass produced Air Source Heat Pump to grace the global Heat Pump market. In this blog post we will look at what key attributes make the Mitsubishi Ecodan stand out from its competitors, different applications for domestic installations and some frequently asked questions we get here at Hero Renewables.
The Mitsubishi Ecodan comes in a number of different sizes, 5kW, 8.5kW, 11.2kW and 14kW and can be cascaded up to six times for commercial applications or properties with a high heat demand. The type of system we specify are monobloc units, meaning only one outdoor unit is required consisting of a fan which is used to blow the ambient air through the heat exchanger, which is then connected to an internal hot water cylinder and your choice of Underfloor Heating or Radiators. It is possible to connect separate zones onto the heating circuit, however ASHP’s work much more efficiently when keeping the entire house at one stable temperature – monobloc ASHP systems are the most cost effective Air Source Heat Pump solution on the market.8
- MCS Approved Product so qualifies for claiming the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – Manufactured in the UK for the UK
- Quietest heat pump on the market, awarded the Noise Abatement Society’s Quiet Mark
- Remote monitoring (MEL Cloud)
- 5% VAT on retrofit installations / 0% VAT for new build properties
- New builds will gain Level 4 Code for Sustainable Homes with no additional measures
- Ideal for homes off the gas grid, only requires an electrical input so no flues, ventilation or fuel deliveries are required.
- Deemed a permitted development
- 3 Year Warranty as standard with option to extend
New Build Properties
The Mitsubishi Ecodan is the ideal solution for any New Build property, high levels of insulation required by building regulations are perfect for containing the constant supply of heat that is generated by a Heat Pump, unlike a conventional heating system, Ecodan’s work by supplying a low flow temperature to either Underfloor Heating (35°C) or Radiators (55°C) meaning you should never fully switch off your heat pump, your home will remain warm and cosy throughout the entire winter period by constantly topping up the heating supply to meet your desired temperature. With Renewable Heat Incentive payments being higher than ever for ASHP’s (currently 10.18p/kWh) you will usually expect to see a Return On Investment within the first seven years – after that you will continue to see savings across the lifespan of the system which is around 20 years.
If you are already heating your home using a traditional gas boiler you may be hesitant in getting rid of it completely for a new renewable heating system. Although you will get more money back from the Renewable Heat Incentive by heating your entire home using a renewable technology, hybrid systems are available and can offer a great solution for homes that aren’t well insulated and already on the gas grid. By running in tandem with your existing gas boiler, a hybrid/bivalent system will always deliver you the most cost effective heating and hot water attainable depending on how efficiently your heat pump is running, in winter months where the ASHP drops efficiency, your boiler will kick in during the peak demand.
Mitsubishi have just released their new Fan-assisted rads the i-LIFE 2Slim, the 1kW and 2kW models are designed to work in conjunction with heat pumps with a flow temperature of 45°C, meaning that not only will the radiators free up to 50% more wall space, you’ll also see more income being generated from the Renewable Heat Incentive when comparing against standard rads.
“How Much Does An Air Source Heat Pump Cost?”
Probably the most popular question we receive, and also the most difficult to answer… Without conducting a full heat loss calculation based on architectural drawings or after a site survey in order to correctly size the heat pump and ancillary components such as your hot water cylinder, it is impossible to give an accurate estimation of cost. A lot of companies out there will charge for this service – however here at Hero Renewables we will produce a free feasibility study so you can make an informed decision yourself, in your own time.
“Will An Air Source Heat Pump Meet My Full Heating & Hot Water Demand, Even In Winter?”
If you have been trawling the internet for answers to this question no doubt you will have come across several different answers each as unhelpful as the next. The truth is Heat Pump technology has come a long way in recent years, back before inverter driven Heat Pumps were produced it could be argued it would be inefficient to provide both, however with the majority of new ASHP’s including the Mitsubishi Ecodan they are more than capable of satisfying your full annual heating and hot water demand all year round.
“How Much do Air Source Heat Pumps Cost To Run?”
Very much like predicting the cost of installation, forecasting the running costs of an ASHP differs greatly from case to case. If you are replacing an Oil or LPG boiler it is possible to save up to 75% on your heating bill if you pair your Heat Pump with Underfloor Heating, for a more in depth analysis of the running costs, please refer to our Fuel Cost Comparison on the Air Source Heat Pump homepage by Clicking Here.
“Are Air Source Heat Pumps Noisy?”
The Mitsubishi Ecodan has been noted as the quietest Air Source Heat Pump available, our recommendation when it comes to placement would be the south facing aspect of the property, away from bedrooms or neighbouring houses – Although the Ecodan only produces around 42 decibels so it is extremely rare that it causes disruption.