(I understand that there is a preference to keep all such questions on one thread, so I’m posting here, please correct me if I got it wrong).
I’m looking to install a heat pump to heat my 40,000-litre pool (considered small, I think the standard starts at 60,000-litre). I hope to move+upsize the pool in a few years but that’s not definite.
I’m in Sydney and have 7.9Kw rooftop solar array, in case this makes a difference to the answers.
I got a quote for three different heat pumps:
Fusion i19 - $5820
Force i19 - $8160
DHP 40R - $9615
All models come with 25 years warranty on the heat exchanger and 3 years warranty on the compressor.
The installer says that the DHP model is the “Rolls-Royce” of heat pumps, built from stainless steel that will last the 25 years warranty. Also, it looks more “industrial” and its fan is on its top. It’s my least likely candidate.
The main difference between the other two, Force i19 and the Fusion i19, is that the Force comes with a WiFi controller, which I don’t need because it’s going to be controlled by a SplashMe controller, and it seems to be more efficient (C.O.P of 16-6 for the Force vs. 11-5 for the Fusion).
Does anyone have experience with these models and can offer an opinion? Is the Force model efficiency worth the extra $2340 in initial cost? (I can pay for it, the main question is if it’s worth it).