In a world with uncertain weather, a properly functioning air conditioning system is more important than ever. Choosing the right size and type of heat pump for your size building can ensure that your home stays nice and warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In this Daikin Heat Pumps Review, we will compare what Daikin offers in relation to a few other competitors on the market.

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What Are Daikin Heat Pumps?

Daikin was founded in 1924, originally as a manufacturer of radiator tubes for aircraft. In the 1930s, they branched out into the world of refrigeration for the Japanese Navy. It wasn't until the 1950s that their first air conditioners were sold, and since then, they have been responsible for many wonderful innovations for cooling systems.


For this Daikin heat pumps review, we will be looking at their full line up of options. Daikin is a company offering heat pumps between 2 to 5 tons. No matter which tier you choose, you can expect a top-notch product and excellent efficiency. Daikin has also purchased a company called Goodman Manufacturing in Texas, who brought about a big change in the heat pump world with variable refrigerant volume and flow, further adding to the efficiency of HVAC systems.

Product Specs

Each tier will have different specifications, but here we can focus on some of the basics. In this Daikin heat pumps review, we were very impressed with the top-tier heat pumps with offer 21 SEER and 10 HSPF. That is a high level of efficiency, but it can come at a premium price, not only for the unit itself but also for installation. If a midrange model is more your speed, you will save yourself money on the initial installation costs, but your power bills will be higher every month.


Daikin uses variable speed compressors, to boost the efficiency, reliability, and comfort of their units. The savings provided by these compressors can reach over 35% reduction in costs annually, which is huge. There is less cycling on and off, and low amperage, gradual motor startup, which allows for precise temperature and humidity control, increasing your overall comfort.


These systems are also much quieter and more reliable because of the motor control device's ability to act as a fuse so that when power surges, it does not damage the compressor. If there is any damage to the system, Daikin models have fault code storage which allows for more accurate troubleshooting.

These Daikin units are EngeryStar and AHRI certified, guaranteeing efficiency. They use chlorine-free R410A coolant and come with an astounding 12-year unit replacement warranty with a 12-year parts warranty. For the Daikin heat pumps reviewers, this was a big plus.

 

Perhaps our favorite feature of the Daikin heat pumps reviewed is the Intelligent Eye infrared sensor. This sensor can track movement in a room. When you leave the room and are gone for over 20 minutes, the heat pump automatically activates the energy saving mode. This saves up to 30% of the energy that would have been used to cool or heat the room, depending on the time of year.

 

The Intelligent Eye sensor can also tell where a person is located in the room, and it will direct the flow of air in that direction based on the current setting. That is one smart heat pump.

Pricing

Depending on the model purchased, homeowners can expect to pay between $$$ to $$$$$ for a Daikin heat pump, installation included.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

What We Reviewed

  • Bryant Heat Pumps
  • American Standard Heat Pumps
  • Lennox Heat Pumps

Daikin Heat Pumps Review

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Daikin Heat Pumps

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Features 


Easier to use that most HVAC systems with wireless control and a weekly timer, which is an exclusive feature. Our favorite feature, the Intelligent Eye infrared sensor, could all by itself earn this brand 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Performance


With the variable speed control and compressor, the energy savings on the Daikin heat pumps reviewed save up to 40% over the course of a year. Amazing performance. 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Durability


With the variable speed compressors acting to save the unit in times of major fluctuations, Daikin heat pumps should last a long, long time. 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Warranty


Daikin offers an astounding 12-year parts and labor limited warranty. 5 out of 5 stars.

Pros

  • Ductless system fits virtually anywhere
  • Energy efficient
  • Infrared sensors

Cons

  • We tried to find something we did not like, and we failed.

Frigidaire FFRH0822R1 Heat Pump with Remote Control

Frigidaire 8,000 BTU Window-Mounted Room Air Conditioner with...
  • For a room up to 350 sq. ft. with dehumidification up to 1.5 pints per hour
  • Exterior dimensios: 22-5/8"W x 23-5/16"D x 15-3/8" H | Window opening: Max. 36"H
  • Slide-out chasis offers window or wall installation (Window mounting kit included)

Bryant Heat Pumps Review

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Bryant brand heat pumps are the first competitor in this Daikin heat pumps review. The Bryant brand began over 100 years ago, specializing first in furnaces and then branching into air conditioning when the technology made its rounds in the turn of the 20th century. Bryant's claim to fame came from their invention of the 80% efficiency broiler, although they have moved nicely into the heat pump world with smart technologies and dedication to customer satisfaction.


The technology used in the heat pumps is important to this Daikin heat pumps review. Bryant claims to offer the most energy efficient heat pump for heating on the market, and a heat pump with a noise level of only 58 decibels. That's a quiet heat pump if we've ever heard one. The biggest downside to purchasing a Bryant pump is going through the factory authorized dealers who are only allowed to sell Bryant products. This can be quite an inconvenience when it comes time to buy.

Features 


Easier to use that most HVAC systems with wireless control and a weekly timer, which is an exclusive feature. Our favorite feature, the Intelligent Eye infrared sensor, could all by itself earn this brand 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Performance


With the variable speed control and compressor, the energy savings on the Daikin heat pumps reviewed save up to 40% over the course of a year. Amazing performance. 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Durability


Proven reviews give the Bryant models mixed durability reviews. 3 out of 5 stars.

 

Warranty


Bryant is not upfront about their warranties. No information could be found on their website without pouring through pages of product manuals, and even then, they were elusive. According to the Bryant company, extended warranties must be purchased, and any manufacturer warranty information can be had by calling their service providers. 1 out of 5 stars.

Pros

  • Built for heat
  • Efficient
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Not as focused on the cooling aspect of the system
  • Pricey
  • Inconvenient if you do not live near a dealer
  • Lack of warranty information gives us pause.

PIONEER Air Conditioner Pioneer Multi Split Heat Pump

PIONEER Air Conditioner Pioneer Multi Split Heat Pump, Quad (4 Zone)
  • Ultra high efficiency inverter++ ductless multi split quad (4) zone heat pump system
  • Cooling capacity: 8, 190~38, 500 btu/hr. Min. /max. With 22. 5 seer efficiency
  • Heating capacity: 4, 940~38, 000 btu/hr. Min. /max. With 10. 3 hspf efficiency

American Standard Heat Pumps Review

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Our second competitor in this Daikin heat pumps review is a brand called American Standard, which is owned by Ingersoll Rand. This company also owns the Trane brand, so much of what we say here will reflect on Trane, as the two brands produce nearly identical products.


American Standards has a lot to offer the Daikin heat pumps review. Their compressors modulate in 0.1% increments, meaning they can get extremely exacting with temperature balance. They also make low profile heat pumps for those who have very limited space for their air conditioning unit, such as under porches. For smart technology, they have their Nexia app that can control their AccuLink thermostat.

Features 


The Pioneer compressors are very impressive. 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Performance


We found the performance to be decent for the Pioneer heat pumps, but not extraordinary.

 

Durability


According to our research, the durability of these heat pumps could be improved. Keep an eye on having them maintained. 3 out of 5 stars.

 

Warranty


While the heat exchangers have a 20-year limited warranty, the rest of the mechanics are only covered for up to about 5 years. 3 out of 5 stars.

Pros

  • Very exact temperature control
  • Available for limited space

Cons

  • Costly repairs on proprietary equipment
  • Wireless communication tech can cost over $1000

Lennox Heat Pumps Review

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Lennox Heat Pumps Review

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Last on our list for this Daikin heat pumps review is a manufacturer named Lennox. They are one of the world's leading provider of indoor comfort systems. Their claim to fame is their incredible EnergyStar ratings and their silent systems. Lennox also offers solar powered heat pumps, which is perfect for those who are going green.

 

Lennox models offer advanced diagnostic support which can reduce downtime, and their models also provide for excellent humidity control, which we Daikin heat pump reviewers were pleased to see. The biggest drawback for Lennox systems? The price.

Features 


The Lennox models go head to head with Daikin for features. Lennox even manages to eke out ahead with ultra-quiet models and solar powered options.

 

Performance


Performance of the Lennox brand is top-notch. We wouldn't expect anything less from a costly premier unit. 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Durability


With a 20-year warranty on some of their heat exchangers, durability shouldn't be an issue. The problem lies in the models priced in line with their competitors having only a 2-year warranty. We'll give them the benefit of the doubt, though. 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Warranty


Lennox warranties their units between 2 to 10 years, depending on the model with some heat exchangers warrantied up to 20 years. For the money, we would expect to see a much better warranty on all of their products. 2 out of 5 stars.

Pros

  • Efficient
  • Quiet
  • Solar options

Cons

  • Costly
  • Proprietary thermostats
  • Poor warranty for such an expensive product.

Conclusion

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Our final verdict in this Daikin heat pumps review is in favor of the Daikin brand, 100%.

The Bryant company seems focused more on heating, which in light of their history, is exactly what you would expect. Their service provider deals mean that you are forced to find a dealership if you want to purchase one, and if you ever have any issues with the product, then you are stuck going through them for service. This is a major issue for us, especially considering the lack of warranty information. It would seem that if you want a warranty on a Bryant heat pump, then you must purchase one from the dealer.

The American Standard brand has plenty going for it. Their compressors are more exact than any on the market, and their technology seems up to date. However, all of their equipment is proprietary, and the extra wireless capabilities can add over $1000 to their otherwise reasonable price tags.

The Lennox models are premium, for sure. The quietest heat exchangers on the market are made by Lennox, and you have dual power source options with their solar add-ons. The problem? Price! Their starting prices are higher than Daikin's premier pricing and go all the way up to the cost of a new compact car. This takes us out of the market for these heat pumps, especially considering the poor warranty. Lennox, like Bryant, expects you to pay for the luxury of having them stand behind their product.

Daikin seems to have all the bases covered. They have excellent variable speed compressors, troubleshooting built into the system, and technology that blows the rest of the competition out of the water We really liked that it is a ductless system, allowing them to be placed just about anywhere, they are quiet, and the infrared sensors allow you to get the most comfortable experience possible from a heat pump. Add to that the 12-year warranty on parts and labor, and you are good to go.

Compared to everything else we have seen, we have no problem giving Daikin 5 out of 5 stars. We highly recommend this brand, and we hope our review gives you insight into your next heat pump purchase.

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