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Ecodan rated A++

Air source heat pumps from Mitsubishi Electric bag most efficient rating under new Directive
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Mitsubishi Electric’s Ecodan air source heat pumps are already a Hero – and now the entire range has achieved A++ rating under the first Energy Related Products (ErP) Directive ruling for heating products across Europe.

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Identifying energy efficiency

Under the ErP, all space and water heaters need to display an energy label to help both residential and commercial customers identify the most energy-efficient products on the market.

The Directive brings heating products in line with other energy-consuming goods, such as fridges and washing machines.

The ErP has applied to domestic and commercial heating and hot water products for just over a month (since 26 September 2015), covering electrical powered heating, gas and oil boilers, water heaters and cylinders, as well as renewable technologies such as solar thermal and heat pumps.

Energy label

The Directive is designed to help phase out lower performing products, reduce emissions across Europe and increase the share of renewable energies by 20%.

‘There are two parts to the ErP strategy which affect both manufacturers and installers and everyone involved needs to understand how this will change the heating market.

‘Firstly, under what is called the EcoDesign regulations, manufacturers will need to produce energy-using products that meet stringent energy performance standards. Secondly, under Energy Labelling regulations, these products must be clearly labelled using a standard method so that consumers can make a direct comparison between individual products and different technologies.’

James Timbs-Harrison, Ecodan

Levelling the playing field

The labels will display an efficiency rating ranging from the most efficient (A++) to the least efficient (G), and coloured bars will help consumers identify the most efficient (green) and least efficient (red) products.

The details on the label will include the efficiency band for heating and, where relevant, hot water production, noise, emissions and power consumption.

‘For heat pumps they will also indicate the three different climate zones within Europe which is important here because the UK is split between all three of these zones.

‘We feel that this is now levelling the playing field for heating products which will allow consumers to see exactly how energy efficient the types of heating they choose are.’

James Timbs-Harrison, Ecodan

New legislation

ErP is a significant piece of legislation that will have a major impact on the sale and use of heating systems in the UK.

As a result, the Directive’s requirements are already being embedded into legislation on the energy efficiency of buildings and as incentive schemes for renewable technologies.

Click here to find out more about the Energy Related Products (ErP) Directive.

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