Daikin Heat Pump Reviews | Consumer RatingsDaikin Heat Pump Reviews | Consumer Ratings. Daikin offers heat pumps for residential applications in the 2 to the 5-ton range for cooling capacity and heating capacity. From the Daikin heat pump economy model to the Daikin Top-tier heat pumps you can expect quality and efficiency.

Daikin is an innovative air conditioning and heating system manufacturer that now owns Goodman Manufacturing out of Houston, Texas. They were the innovators of the VRV or VRF systems that gave us a leap in efficiency for air conditioners and heat pumps.

VRV or VRF stands for Variable Refrigerant Volume or Variable Refrigerant Flow and adds to the efficiency of heating and cooling units including Daikin heat pumps.

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Daikin offers a top-tier heat pump that comes in at 21 SEER and 11 HSPF for those willing to buy a premium model heat pump. Of course, with that efficiency, you will also get a higher installation cost which makes it that much more important to get a quality contractor for the installation. For others, selecting a mid-grade to the economic model will be less on the initial installation costs but a higher utility bill for these units. Cooling capacity and heating capacity vary with tonnage. Selected features of Daikin heat pumps include:

Daikin Heat Pump Top SEER Rating

  • Variable-speed swing and scroll compressors in select Daikin heat pumps
  • Diagnostic features with fault code storage for better heat pump troubleshooting
  • Engineered for quiet operation
  • Daikin also offers a mini-split heat pump model
  • 500-hour salt-spray tested for select Daikin heat pumps
  • Energy Star certified and AHRI Certified; ETL Listed
  • Quiet ECM variable-speed condenser fan motor in select heat pumps
  • Uses chlorine-free R-410A refrigerant for air conditioning and heating systems
  • 12-Year Unit Replacement Limited Warranty for Daikin heating and cooling systems
  • 12-Year Parts Limited Warranty for select models for Daikin heating and cooling units

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Air Source Heat Pump Tips | Dual Fuel Heating

A dual fuel heat pump is a heat pump with a gas furnace for backup heating rather than electric heat strips.

Air source heat pumps have a backup heating source. In most installations, the backup heating source is electric heat strips. Electric heat strips are very cheap to install in most cases. However, while electricity is generally regarded as 100% efficient, producing it is more costly than other heating methods. For a more efficient heat pump, consider a dual fuel heat pump, or a heat pump with a gas furnace for the backup heat source. It will be more costly to install, but your monthly bills will be reduced.

Daikin Heat Pump Model Comparison Guide

Daikin Heat Pump Model Comparisons
ModelOperationEfficiency RatingEnergy Star Rated
DZ20VCModulatingUp to 21 SEER and UP TO 10 HSPF
DZ18VCModulatingUp to 19 SEER and Up to 10 HSPFX
DZ18TCTwo-StageUp to 19 SEER and Up to 10 HSPF
DZ16TCTwo-StageUp to 17 SEER and Up to 9.5 HSPF
DZ16SASingle-StageUp to 16 SEER and Up to 9.5 HSPF
DZ14SASingle-StageUp to 15 SEER and Up to 9.0 HSPF
DZ14SNSingle-StageUp to 15 SEER and Up to 9.0 HSPFX
Daikin Heat Pump Model Comparison Guide - Additionally, for newly installed heat pumps precision tuning and adjustment recommended for the startup. Check for tax rebates and energy credits from your government and local power provider for higher SEER/HSPF Energy Star Heat Pumps.

Modulating Versus Two-Stage Versus Single-Stage

Daikin offers a few heat pump models that are modulating and others that are single-stage and two-stage. What’s the best, and how do you choose the right one for you and your home? With many manufacturers that offer modulating heat pumps, they use technical jargon to describe the operation and product. You will see descriptions such as inverter technology or VRV or VRF. VRV and VRF are the same, just used differently among manufacturers to describe their modulating product.

  • VRV - Variable Refrigerant Volume
  • VRF - Variable Refrigerant Flow

Daikin heat pumps use inverter technology and VRV to describe their modulating heat pump. They all use inverter technology to achieve modulation. Modulating systems seem like they would not be efficient because they run more than two-stage and single-stage systems. However, this is good for efficiency because it does not require constant start and stop. It only runs at the speed needed to satisfy demand. While being more efficient, it also increases comfort by reducing temperature “swing”. These heat pump systems are considered high efficiency up to 21 SEER on the cooling side and 10 HSPF to 11 HSPF on the heating side.

Comparisons | Modulating Versus Staging

The operation is akin to driving your car in the city. When the light turns green, you easily hit the gas pedal and slowly cruise towards the next light. The guy next to you races to the next light only to have to stop and wait for the green light. You catch all the green lights and never have to stop. You get 30 MPG while the other guy gets 5 MPG. Modulating HVAC equipment works in quite the same way and offers you additional efficiency especially for Daikin heat pumps.

Heat Pump Modulating Versus Staging

Several of these modulating heat pumps are Energy Star rated. When buying a high-efficiency system always look for the Energy Star label. To get the actual efficiency listed on any unit including Daikin heat pumps you need a matching air handler. This requires total unit replacement from the condenser (outdoor unit) to the air handler.


Always check with the dealer or manufacturer about the latest warranties and efficiency ratings. Additionally, if you are buying top-tier to mid-tier equipment, it is always advisable to get an extended parts and labor warranty for heat pumps if available. These HVAC systems are quite complex and will require serious troubleshooting in some cases. With parts and labor, you should not have any out-of-pocket expenses if that were to happen. And this is not just for Daikin. I make this recommendation for all brands.

Additionally, I always recommend the quality of the contractor over the HVAC system brand. Daikin has a pretty good network of dealers, and typically, they do an excellent job of training these dealers for the proper installation of heat pumps. However, there are always gaps with any dealer, so make sure you choose wisely for an air conditioning and heating system contractor.

Pricing Versus Efficiency Return On Investment
EfficiencyPricing Range for Initial Purchase and Subsequent Repairs outside of WarrantyROI (Return On Investment)
19 SEER/9.5 HSPF Plus$$$$$5 to 7 years depending on efficiency*
15 to 18 SEER/9 to 9.5 HSPF$$$7 to 10 years depending on efficiency*
13 to 14 SEER/< 9 HSPF$Over 10 years*
*Many factors depend on ROI such as house insulation, personal usage preferences, duct work integrity, dual-fuel or electric backup heat, and other basic efficiency factors. HSPF rating is a high factor in the return. Additionally, for heat pumps, a dual-fuel heat pump can make a big difference provided you get a high AFUE furnace for backup heat.

Daikin Heat Pump Reviews | Consumer Ratings - About

Daikin began in 1924, manufacturing radiator tubes for aircraft. In 1938 they branched out and got into refrigeration providing refrigeration units for the Japanese Navy. In the 50’s Daikin introduced their first air conditioners. As they grew, so did Daikin’s innovation for various comfort and industrial cooling systems. In 2012, Daikin purchased Goodman Manufacturing out of Houston, Texas. The Daikin brand produces a whole range of HVAC equipment including heat pumps, mini-split systems, air conditioning systems, and gas furnaces.

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