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Aira has introduced the Aira Heat Pump, a product designed to shift European homes away from gas heating and towards electrification, leveraging advanced smart technology and sleek design.

The Aira Heat Pump is notable for several reasons, including its affordability facilitated by an all-inclusive monthly payment plan, cutting-edge technology and a pioneering 15-year ‘Comfort Guarantee’. The design, inspired by Scandinavian aesthetics, incorporates timeless elements, soft edges, intuitive lighting and a neutral colour palette, ensuring it remains stylish throughout its lifespan.

The product is controlled through a smart app and sleek thermostat, emphasising a digital-first strategy. It also introduces ‘Aira Intelligence’, a smart feature set that adapts to a user’s routine, planning heating and hot water schedules with precision. This system promises up to 40% savings on heating costs and a reduction of at least 75% in CO2 emissions from the outset.

Aira’s offering disrupts the market with its zero upfront cost, monthly payment model, and comprehensive ‘Comfort Guarantee’ covering performance, product and installation. This approach not only makes clean energy technology more accessible but also significantly lowers heating costs and CO2 emissions from day one. The design features ensure the pump blends into its surroundings, complemented by its quiet operation.

With roots in Sweden, a country where heat pump usage is widespread and contributes minimally to CO2 emissions, Aira’s product and engineering teams bring over two decades of experience to the development of this heat pump.

Based on the Aira Heat Pump Fact Sheet, here's a list of its features and benefits:

Features and benefits

  • High energy efficiency (class A+++ for both outdoor and indoor units).
  • R290 refrigerant.
  • Available in various capacities to suit different household sizes: 6 kW, 8 kW and 12 kW outdoor units.
  • Aira Room Thermostat with intuitive light cues for easy control.
  • Smart connectivity through the Aira Home Energy App for control and monitoring.
  • Aira Intelligence for optimal efficiency, including intelligent temperature control, hot water control, and smart weather mode.
  • 15-year Comfort Guarantee, covering performance, product, and installation.
  • Signature Scandinavian design with low maintenance requirements.
  • Designed for households ranging in size from small (1-2 people) to large (2-6 people).
  • Ensures a comfortable temperature even on the coldest days, as guaranteed by the 15 Year Aira Comfort Guarantee.
  • Allows for significant CO2 emissions reduction and heating cost savings.
  • Tailors heating and hot water production to household routines and preferences, enhancing efficiency.
  • Provides flexibility with the Away Mode and Hot Water Plus features for energy savings and on-demand hot water increase.
  • Adapts to weather changes proactively to maintain indoor comfort.
  • Offers complete user control over heating settings, consumption monitoring, and cost and CO2 savings estimates through the mobile app.
  • Lowers energy consumption and environmental impact by learning and optimizing its operation based on household habits and weather forecasts.
  • Easy installation and minimal maintenance with a comprehensive warranty for peace of mind.
  • Enhances home aesthetics with a sleek, timeless design.

Martin Lewerth, CEO of Aira, emphasised to us the significance of the Aira Heat Pump launch as a milestone in the company's mission to serve millions of customers, highlighting the environmental and financial benefits for households. Kaj af Kleen, Chief Product and Technology Officer, added that the development process was centered on creating a user-friendly system, underpinned by an intuitive app that offers control and peace of mind to users.

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But do Aira have all the certificates and accreditation's to know how to not design and install heating systems correctly?

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@derek-m let's hope so, and we'll certainly find out in a few month's time.

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@derek-m Heating on the “never-never’? Regards, Toodles (Glad to be able to post again! (Sigh)

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I must admit that I was filled with confidence when I read the following line, and also saw that Aira appreciate the benefits of buffer tanks. ☹️ 

Outdoor unit

The outdoor unit draws in and compresses fresh air to heat your home and water. 🙄 

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No data sheets or produce literature yet, but a very glossy product launch. It's a branded Vaillant product, so it should be good. I'm not a great fan of the beige box look of most outdoor monobloc ASHPs, but that Aira washboard front grille, it'll take forever to keep clean! The beige box wipes clean in 30 seconds. 😉

I share Derek's concern, the Aira product itself can't offer any guarantees of efficiency, energy saving and life cycle cost reduction, but here's another brand doing exactly that via their web site with a few clicks of a mouse. As a system it is only as efficient as it's weakest part, which for retrofits (and far too many new builds) is the hydronic circuit it is connected to and the competency or otherwise of the installer.

In 10 years time ASHPs will have either revolutionised the European & UK domestic heating market, or become the latest mass mis-selling scandal. Time will tell.


   
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I must admit that I was filled with confidence when I read the following line, and also saw that they appreciate the benefits of buffer tanks.

Yes, the dreaded buffer poses a potential challenge, but my understanding is that Aira plans to employ its own team for installing these units. Interestingly, I spent some time this weekend talking to an installer who advocates for the benefits of buffer tanks, believing they can be effective when properly balanced. I'm hopeful that Aira will ensure their installers are well-trained, likely adhering to Vaillant's protocols. The 15-year comfort guarantee they offer, at least on paper, significantly reduces the risk associated with botched installations and the inefficiencies of a poorly implemented buffer. Like I said, time will tell.

 

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In 10 years time ASHPs will have either revolutionised the European & UK domestic heating market, or become the latest mass mis-selling scandal.

This very thought has crossed my mind. The only heartening thing to take away is that they definitely work when installed correctly. We just need more competent installers. 

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@derek-m They wish to impress upon us that the fresh air is free (I’m not so sure about the ‘fresh’, especially after the latest UK government announcement that they wish to build some more gas-fired power stations, Arrrggh) and if HMRC get to know about air still being free - who’s to say how long before new legislation is introduced…? I think their copy writer needs to work with a proof reader too! Regards, Toodles, back with a vengeance!

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There's a lot of "inspired by", "timeless elements", "facilitated by", "leveraging" and "disrupting the market" in this marketing blurb. If I was playing bull***t bingo I'd have called out already.

Whilst I'm aware they want to sell the product, my main issue is that there is a lot of implication it's a product designed for use in Scandinavia (which would be a good thing considering how robust they need their kit to be) but nothing in there that actually claims it directly. 

  • "With its roots in Sweden..."
  • "The design, inspired by Scandinavian aesthetics..."
  • "Signature Scandinavian design..."
  • "Ensures a comfortable temperature even on the coldest days..." (how cold is coldest?)

It may well walk the walk too but all I'm seeing at the moment is smoke and mirrors riding in on the coat tails of real Scandinavian ASHP installations. The consumers making up the current UK heat pump market are confused enough already without having to wade through weasel words.

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Posted by: @toodles

@derek-m They wish to impress upon us that the fresh air is free (I’m not so sure about the ‘fresh’, especially after the latest UK government announcement that they wish to build some more gas-fired power stations, Arrrggh) and if HMRC get to know about air still being free - who’s to say how long before new legislation is introduced…? I think their copy writer needs to work with a proof reader too! Regards, Toodles, back with a vengeance!

Hi Toodles, have you been away?

I was more concerned about Aira's obvious expert knowledge 🙄  of how heat pumps work, rather than whether air is free or not. So if it is only necessary to compress this 'free' air to heat your home, why do they bother using a refrigerant gas?

Perhaps Aira staff need to attend one of the MCS training courses?

 


   
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@derek-m 🤣 Toodles (The security system took a dislike to me)

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