NIBE Heat Pump Review

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NIBE Heat Pumps In Brief:

NIBE launched their very first air source heat pump in the 1980s, however it was highly criticised. Most negative remarks were made relating to the size of the system, and that it took up too much room inside residential properties. The systems that NIBE have launched following their initial endeavour are night and day compared to their early iteration, and now they enjoy a world class reputation for their range of heat pumps.

However, the biggest evolution that NIBE has seen in recent years came in 2012. This was when the Swedish company was able to connect their heat pump systems with their NIBE Uplink technology for the first time, revolutionising their reputation and making them an industry leader in the heat pump sector. 

NIBE Company Overview:

First established in 1949 by Nils Bernerup, NIBE specialises in the manufacturing of various energy solutions which can be used in residential, industrial, and infrastructure settings. Not only do they focus on heating systems, but also cooling systems.

In the modern day, NIBE specialises in the production of a variety of different products. These include:

  • Heat pumps.
  • Water heaters.
  • Stoves.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Installing An Air Source Heat Pump

Air source heat pumps work by extracting air from outside your home, with the system then utilising that air to heat both your home and the temperature of the water that runs through your pipes. Of course, depending on the type of system you purchase.

This is a renewable energy alternative compared to the typical central heating systems and traditional gas boilers that populate most UK households. There are a host of benefits, and drawbacks, that you can unlock by purchasing your very own heat pump.

Advantages Of Heat Pumps

  • Minimise Your Carbon Footprint: Air source heat pumps do not require the burning of fossil fuels to power them. This is in complete contrast to the likes of combi boilers and traditional central heating systems, which are far more harmful to the environment. If you are looking for ways for your household to reduce its carbon footprint, purchasing a heat pump is a good place to start.
  • A Heat Pump Will Both Heat And Cool Your Home: If you purchase a heat pump, not only will it work to heat your home during the winter months but it will also decrease the temperature indoors during the summer. No matter what, a heat pump can help create and maintain your desired indoor temperature.  
  • Low Maintenance System: To ensure your heat pump will continue to work effectively, all you need to do is ensure that there are no obstacles blocking the heat pump, and that it remains clean and undamaged. This small list of requirements will hopefully reassure you that heat pumps are extremely low maintenance.

Disadvantages Of Heat Pumps

  • High Investment: Although air source heat pumps come with a higher efficiency level (usually 300% or more), they require a significant initial investment. This is similar to other heating and energy solutions like a new boiler or solar PV system. Additionally, heat pumps require electricity in order to work, which will increase running costs. However, due to the efficiency level, you may only see a marginal increase when it comes to air source heat pump running costs
  • Potential Issues With Property Compatibility: There are a number of compatibility issues that you may face if you decide to install a heat pump on your property. From having a lack of indoor and outdoor space for equipment to having an inadequate amount of radiators and/or underfloor heating. If you don’t fulfil the latter requirement, then your house will not receive the amount of heating required to keep you and your family warm during the winter months.
  • You Will Require Planning Permission: Building upon the previous point, another compatibility issue you may face is when it comes to acquiring planning permission for your heat pump. This potential problem is more likely to arise if you live in either a listed property or within a conservation area.

We have a full guide on the disadvantages of heat pumps.

NIBE Heat Pump Specifications

Since NIBE launched its first air source heat pump in the 1980s, the company has only continued to grow and become a reputable name in the heating system industry. Currently, the Swedish company has a host of heat pump ranges, each containing various models, which includes:

In addition, they also sell a variety of add-ons that can further enhance your air source heat pump system. Each of NIBE’s heat pumps come with a basic warranty of 12 months. However, if you purchase a system from one of NIBE’s Pro Partner or Pro Exclusive Installers, you will be eligible for the extended warranty which lasts up to 7 years.

NIBE Heat Pump Product Ranges

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Best For Lower Noise Pollution: NIBE S2125

One of the major benefits of the NIBE S2125 is that it can adopt the output requirements of your property automatically, which offers you a greater chance of saving money all year round. Additionally, if you are extremely sensitive to, or worried about, the amount of noise an air source heat pump may generate, then look no further than this NIBE range. No matter which model you purchase, the noise level will remain extremely low.

  • Supply Temperature: Up to 70 °C.
  • Efficiency Rating: A+++ to A++.
NIBE S2125-8 (1X230V) to NIBE S2125-8 (3X400V)
S2125-8 (1X230V)S2125-8 (3X400V)
Heating Temperature Range °C-7 / 35 °C -7 / 35 °C 
Cooling Temperature Range °C35 / 7 °C 35 / 7 °C 
Nominal Heat Output kW
Average Climate 35 °C 5.336.80
Average Climate 55 °C 5.307.60
Energy Efficiency RatingA+++ to A++A+++ to A++
Sound Power Level dB(A)4949
Weight kg163179
Dimension (HxWxD) mm1070 x 1130 x 8201070 x 1130 x 820

Best For Affordability: NIBE F2040

If you are looking for an affordable heat pump that is still tried and tested, then look no further than the F2040 range. Even though this range is one of the oldest that NIBE offers, it still has many impressive automation features that will enable your household to save money. Another key feature of this system is that it offers a cooling function which helps the heat pump work effectively during warmer conditions. However, while the F2040 doesn’t lack in automation, the system will not include as many smart features compared to the other models on this list.

  • Supply Temperature: Up to 56 °C.
  • Efficiency Rating: A++.
NIBE F2040-8 to F2040-16
Outdoor Temperature Range °C-20 / 58 °C-20 / 58 °C-20 / 58 °C
Rated Heat Output kW
Average Climate 35 °C 81215
Average Climate 55 °C 71014
Energy Efficiency RatingA++A++A++
Sound Power Level dB(A)353535
Weight kg90105183
Dimension (HxWxD) mm895 x 1035 x 422995 x 1145 x 4521450 x 1145 x 452

Best For Seasonal Performance: NIBE F2050

Building upon both the benefits and the drawbacks of the F2040 unit, the newer F2050 features both an exceptional seasonal performance range whilst also now being compatible with a selection of NIBE’s smart accessories. Users of this heat pump will be able to control it through the use of the myUplink app, while also having a selection of wireless controls. However, these benefits will come with a more expensive price tag compared to the F2040.

  • Supply Temperature: Up to 58 °C.
  • Efficiency Rating: A+++ to A++.
NIBE F2050-6 to F2050-10
Heating Temperature Range °C-7 / 35 °C-7 / 35 °C
Cooling Temperature Range °C35 / 7 °C 35 / 7 °C 
Nominal Heat Output kW
Average Climate 35 °C 5.20 6.3 
Average Climate 55 °C 5.606.5
Energy Efficiency RatingA+++ to A++A+++ to A++
Sound Power Level dB(A)5353
Weight kg76 83
Dimension (HxWxD) mm791 x 993 x 383905 x 1035 x 422

NIBE Heat Pumps FAQs

Q: Can I Get Financial Help To Purchase An Air Source Heat Pump?

A: If you are interested in purchasing an air source heat pump, but you cannot afford the expensive initial investment price, then do not worry. There are two main schemes that can help make purchasing a heat pump more affordable. These two schemes are:

  • Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS): If you live in either England or Wales, and you have an up to date Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating, then you may be eligible for a grant through the BUS initiative. You will also need to have adequate insulation installed in your home before you can apply for this scheme. But, if you meet the eligibility criteria, you could receive up to £7,500 to help pay for the cost and installation of either an air source or ground source heat pump.
  • Home Energy Scotland: Whereas if you live in Scotland, you may be able to receive help through the Home Energy Scotland scheme. While the eligibility criteria for this particular scheme may seem quite extensive, if you fulfil the requirements you could receive an entirely free heat pump for your home.

Q: Are Heat Pumps Loud?

A: No. It is a common misconception that heat pumps, especially air source heat pumps, are loud and will disturb you whilst you are at home. When in actual fact, heat pumps can make as low a noise as 40 decibels – similar to a refrigerator running in the background.

Q: How Do Heat Pumps Work?

A: An air source heat pump works by extracting air from outside your property. The heat that can be extracted and boosted through your heat pump can then be used in one of two ways.

  • Air To Water Heat Pumps: The extracted air is fed through a wet central heating system. Following this process, your heat pump can provide heating to your radiators or any underfloor heating you may have installed in your property. Additionally, this type of system can also be used to heat your water which can be used by your taps, showers, or baths.
  • Air To Air Heat Pumps: This type of unit will only be able to increase the temperature inside your home, and will not be able to heat your water.

NIBE Heat Pumps Review Summary

Now that you know about the variety of benefits installing an air source heat pump could bring to your household, are you ready to make the investment? No matter what requirements you have for your desired heat pump, whether that may relate to a specific budget, noise level, size, or features, NIBE has a unit that will fulfil your requirements:

  • Best For Lower Noise Pollution: NIBE S2125
  • Best For Affordability: NIBE F2040
  • Best For Seasonal Performance: NIBE F2050

If you are still unsure about which heat pump would best serve your family’s needs, then why not get in touch with our heat pump specialists? Not only will they be able to answer any questions you may still have, but we can also put you in contact with a range of local, skilled heat pump installers that will help you work out which heat pump is right for you and then carry out the installation at your property.

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Ollie Creevy
Ollie has been writing content online about home improvements for over 3 years. With a real interest and in-depth knowledge of heat pumps and ECO home improvement measures you can use to save on your energy bills. Ollie also keeps up to date with all the Government grants available for you to take advantage of like ECO4 and the Boiler Upgrade Scheme.