Netherlands-based manufacturer Samsung Electronics Air Conditioner Europe has announced the launched of its EHS Mono R290 (propane) heat pump in the U.K., according to a statement from the manufacturer. This is the newest addition to Samsung’s EHS heat pump line-up.

The high-temperature air-to-water heat pump is available in four capacities: 5, 8, 12 and 16kw (1.4, 2.3, 3.4 and 4.5TR). It can provide a consistent supply of hot water, with temperatures reaching up to 75°C (167°F), making it ideal for renovations and retrofits, it explained.

The unit can reliably and efficiently produce 70°C (158°F)-temperature water in -10 to 43°C (14 to 109.4°F) ambient temperatures without the need for a booster heater, it added. As many of Europe’s older houses still use radiators that require water temperatures of 65°C (149°F) or higher to heat rooms effectively, Samsung says that the EHS Mono R290 offers a suitable replacement to gas boilers.

Thanks to the heat pump’s enlarged integral plate heat exchanger – which has a heat transfer area that is up to 39% larger – it is capable of transferring more heat at once compared to a conventional outdoor unit.

“We are particularly pleased to be launching this product, which represents huge technological achievements in product design,” said Joe Raftery, Heating Product Manager in the UK for Samsung Climate Solutions. “This product demonstrates once again that Samsung has catered to the expectations of the modern consumer by offering them more flexibility in the low-carbon heat sources available to them.”

The EHS Mono R290 heat pump was first showcased at ISH 2023 in March in Frankfurt, Germany, and introduced to the U.K. market at InstallerSHOW in Birmingham in June.

‘Future-proof’ option

In the EU, the new f-gas regulations mean refrigerants must not exceed 150 GWP from 2025. It is expected that the U.K. will follow suit. Propane, which has a GWP of three, offers a long-term option.

“With EHS Mono R290, Samsung is offering an improved environmental future-proof solution for residential homes compared to solutions using other refrigerants,” explains the manufacturer on its website.

The heat pump has been designed to ensure the safe use of propane, with its internal components having been adapted to separate the refrigerant from the rest of the system.

To save time and effort during installation, servicing and maintenance, the internal components can be accessed through its side panel, which can be removed by simply loosening three screws.

The compact, single-fan units include a “combination of innovative noise-reducing technologies” to limit noise levels to as low as 35dBA. The outdoor unit features a double-layered, sound insulation system fitted with a patented Groove Grid Felt design to block and absorb noise produced by compression parts and vibrations.

Raftery said that the unit is designed to work seamlessly with R290 and that “homeowners and installers alike will appreciate the ease of operation of this unit.”

Connectivity for efficiency

To optimize energy use and maximize savings, the EHS Mono R290 can be connected to Samsung’s SmartThings Energy, which is one of the world’s largest open ecosystems of connected devices. It is compatible with voice assistants like Bixby, Google Home and Amazon Alexa, as well as a wide range of devices.

“SmartThings Energy offers the ultimate home energy management systems, and real energy savings through rich insights, energy saving automations and support for users to move towards a net zero home,” explains Samsung on its website. “Once connected, users can monitor their energy usage and with the saving mode potentially reduce their energy consumption.”

The EHS Mono R290 heat pump is also compatible with the EHS Cloud Service, which allows professionals to make a pre-diagnosis of potential issues. This ensures technicians have the necessary parts and equipment with them when visiting the user’s home. It also allows for solving minor issues remotely, the company says.