Standard Vs. Hyper-Heat Mitsubishi systems
If you have ever or are currently looking into getting a new Mitsubishi heating system you have more then likely been asked whether you want the standard mitsubishi ductless system, or the hyper-heat mitsubishi ductless system.
While they do have many differences the biggest difference that most people notice right off the bat is the price.
In most cases hyper-heat units are anywhere from 10-15% more expensive than standard Mitsubishi systems.
So what constitutes that price difference?
Well besides the fancy name, hyper-heat systems actually have quite a few features and improvements that standard mitsubishi systems do not.
For example, hyper-heat systems perform much, much better in colder temperatures. They also come with an on-demand defrost system and the hyper heats are energy star certified whereas some of the standard Mitsubishi ductless systems are not.
But that isn’t to say that the standard mitsubishi systems are not units worth purchasing, because they are.
Both units are high quality systems that offer top of the line efficiency and reliability.
It really just comes down to two things, what is your budget and do you want to spend the extra money to have a few more features.
With that, today we will be breaking down how these differences affect the unit, what they mean for you – the consumer, and why they are important.
It is our goal that by the end of this article you have a better understanding of the differences between the two types of systems. Ultimately making it easier for you to make an informed decision when you decide to purchase a new heating system
Cold Weather Heating Capabilities Comparison
If you have ever had a heat pump before you may be wondering – “how does one heat pump heat better in cold weather then the other? My heat pump always keeps my home the same temperature even if it’s cold and I don’t have a top of the line system.”
And that would be correct, heat pumps are designed to heat a home evenly no matter what the temperature outside is.
The difference is that a top of the line heating system like a Mitsubishi hyper-heat will be more efficient during those extreme cold spells.
How do we know this?
Before major manufacturers like Mitsubishi put out products they do extensive testing on their system to see how well they will function during certain situations.
One of these tests is to determine what amount of “BTU’s” is being produced by a unit with different outdoor temperatures.
What are BTU’s you may be wondering?
By definition BTU’s are “british thermal units” a unit of measurement that shows just how much energy your heating system is using to heat your home.
Therefore the higher the BTU’s the more powerful a system is.
(Ex.1 Standard Mitsubishi Ductless Vs. Mitsubishi hyper-heat ductless)
As we can see in the table above (standard on the left – hyper heat on the right) hyper heat systems are significantly more effective during extreme cold temperatures.
Because of this hyper heat units are much more energy efficient then their standard counterpart when temperatures are very very low.
With that said, as you can see the standard ductless systems are putting out almost the exact same numbers until you get down to about 5 degrees.
So if you live somewhere that does not have extreme cold weather very often then this isn’t that big of a deal.
But if you do, having that extra efficiency from the hyper-heat system can be a major benefit.
Standard defrost system’s vs. on demand defrost system’s
Another one of the major differences between standard Mitsubishi ductless systems and Mitsubishi hyper-heat systems is how the defrost works.
In a standard Mitsubishi ductless system the defrost works on a “time & temperature” basis, so if your unit gets to a certain temperature say 25 degrees and stays there for 30 mins (the average amount of time before the defrost will start) then the defrost will kick in.
The difference with hyper-heat systems and why it is called “on demand” is that as soon as the unit gets to a certain temperature say 25 degrees it immediately goes into defrost mode.
This means that your unit will be in defrost more often, but it also means that the unit will be able to run more efficiently and consistently because it takes less time to start heating again after a defrost cycle.
Now you may be thinking, “well it never gets below freezing around here so the defrost system doesn’t matter” but what most people don’t think about is the refrigerant that runs through your heat pump can get down to -25 degrees.
What this means is that anytime it gets 40 or below your system may need to defrost, so even if your local climate does not get extreme cold very often, the defrost system of your heat pump is still important.
What is the energy star certification and what does it mean for you?
So what exactly is an “energy star certification” and what does it mean?
Well have you ever seen those blue little stickers on appliances or tv’s?
(Ex.2 Energy Star certification sticker)
What this signifies is that the appliance, tv or whatever it may be has been tested and has proven to be highly energy efficient.
Energy Star is a government backed organization that aims to provide consumers with information about the energy efficiency of products.
Now you may be wondering how one product gets the Energy Star rating and the other doesn’t?
Well in this case, the reason that the hyper-heat systems have the Energy Star sticker’s and some of the standard Mitsubishi ductless systems do not is because of a few key metrics Energy Star uses to measure the efficiency of a heating system.
These metrics are HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor), SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) and EER (energy efficiency ratio).
Basically all three of these measurements are used to understand how energy efficient a heating system will be no matter what the conditions are outside.
With that, as we talked about earlier Mitsubishi hyper-heat systems are made to operate at peak efficiency no matter the scenario.
Because of this, hyper-heat systems are able to receive the Energy Star label where a good portion of standard Mitsubishi ductless systems are not.
But does that mean that standard Mitsubishi ductless systems are not efficient?
Not at all, standard Mitsubishi ductless systems are among the most efficient ways to heat your home.
But they thrive in very moderate temperatures and climates where the temperature never gets too extreme one way or another.
So which system is right for you?
As we have highlighted throughout this article the biggest differences between standard Mitsubishi ductless systems and hyper-heat Mitsubishi ductless systems are their ability to perform in extreme cold, how the defrost system works and the Energy Star rating.
But how do you know which one is right for you?
At the end of the day it really comes down to just a few factors.
The biggest being what do you prioritize?
Do you want the cheaper unit that will still be highly effective and energy efficient or are you willing to spend a bit more money for a more efficient and effective system?
By answering this question, you will go a long way towards deciding which system is right for you.
The other major factor that will most likely play a role in the decision you ultimately make is what type of climate you live in.
If you live in an area that is prone to extreme temperatures, regardless of cost, the hyper-heat system is the way to go.
As always though before you make any decisions it is always a good idea to talk to your local heating company and get their opinion on what may be right for you!