Dehumidifier and water cooler manufacturer Ebac has entered the heat pump market with a range of products designed and manufactured in the UK.
Known as a UK leader for manufacturing dehumidifiers and water coolers, with customers including Argos, Homebase, and Nestle, Ebac also makes military drying equipment and rail air conditioners which have been used on East Coast main line trains.
The new 5KW and 9KW heat pumps come in both a standard and space-saving version. All models have achieved MCS accreditation, which is necessary for customers to claim government grants for heat pumps.
The heat pumps’ features include an ‘A’ rated inverter driven pump to reduce power consumption at all temperatures, and built-in Wi-Fi and software fitted as standard that enables the installer to commission and adjust the performance of the heat pump remotely via a website.
[Manufacturing in Britain] means we are much more flexible to deal with fluctuations in demand, can offer much shorter lead times and provide sales back up and service directly from our manufacturing plant” Tony Hird, Ebac
Ebac’s business development director Tony Hird said: “Heat pumps make so much sense as a renewable energy source, with efficiencies of more than 400%. However, it is vital that the heat pump is designed for optimum performance in the British climate, as well as being solid, reliable and built to last.
“Ebac heat pumps have been designed specifically for the UK climate,” he added. “Most other heat pump manufacturers are from the Far East and, because their products are sold in warmer and more humid climates, their designs are not optimised to give the best performance here where we have lower temperatures and humidity.”
Ebac heat pumps also have “intelligent defrost” which was developed for the company’s dehumidifiers. Intelligent defrost predicts when the hydrophilic coils are about to freeze and suspends the refrigeration process to allow the coils to defrost.
The company says this produces a much more energy efficient defrost cycle.
Mr Hird added: “All of our products are manufactured in Britain, which gives our customers a significant advantage. It means we are much more flexible to deal with fluctuations in demand, can offer much shorter lead times and provide sales back up and service directly from our manufacturing plant. It’s also good for the British economy.”
From 2014, the County Durham firm will manufacture washing machines.