Hybrid heat pumps: and the winner is...?

To get right to the point, the perfect hybrid heat pump for every household does not exist. That is what the Consumer Association and Home Ownership Association after an extensive survey of six popular heat pumps. Good advice on the device proved essential for performance.

For poorly insulated houses in particular, an electric heat pump has insufficient power to heat. A hybrid heat pump is a combination of an electric heat pump and a high-efficiency boiler, which already allows for substantial savings on energy bills of 200 to 600 euros a year, the test by the Consumers' Association and six other organisations showed.

The comparison examined heat pumps from Vaillant, Itho Daalderop, Atag, Daikin, Nefit Bosch and Remeha. The price and installation costs of the systems range from €4450 (Remeha Ace, 4kW split) to €7575 (Bosch Compress, 5kW monoblock). The most expensive heat pump in the test, Bosch's 5kW monoblock, is also the quietest, according to the Consumers' Association, and it can also save the most energy.

Payback period

However, due to its relatively high purchase price, it does not have the shortest payback period. Which appliance has the shortest payback period depends on the type of home. Eigen Huis association points out that as a homeowner, you should seek proper advice before making a purchase. From https://www.eigenhuis.nl/energie/klimaatplannen/cv-installateur-is-nog-geen-adviseur#/ previously revealed that only 28 per cent of installers provide advice on making the heat source more sustainable during maintenance. More attention should be paid to it, the association believes.

No winner

The Consumers' Association emphatically does not declare an 'overall test winner': 'Which heat pump is best for you depends on your home and heating behaviour. Noise and the options for positioning the outdoor unit also play a role,' it said.

All the results of the test can be found on the website of the Association.

Last year we also wrote a blog about the hybrid heat pump, this contains much more background information that is important when considering a hybrid heat pump. Read this blog here.

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