Daikin is a commercial and residential HVAC brand that sells air conditioners, furnaces and heat pumps. Daikin invented Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF), which automatically adjusts compressor speed to save energy. Dalkin systems with VRF technology save you money on utility bills and extend unit life by keeping the HVAC compressor from overworking.
Daikin began operations in Japan in 1924 and entered the U.S. market in 2004. Daikin is based in Osaka, although its head sales office operates out of New York. Daikin employs over 70,000 people globally.
Daikin Air Conditioners
The company offers three types of residential air conditioners:
- Single zone
- Whole house split system
Daikin air conditioner reviews mention the company’s excellent warranty as a plus.
Single zone and multi-zone
All Daikin ductless air conditioners are wall-mounted indoor units paired with quiet and compact outdoor units. With the Daikin Comfort Control App, you can use a tablet or smartphone to access your system remotely. Read on to learn more about each Daikin series, arranged from most expensive to least expensive.
The newest NV Series is the most modern unit to date and features a flat-panel surface. Perfect for contemporary homes in hotter climates, it has a cooling efficiency rating of up to 17.5 SEER and up to 9.85 EER and cools areas from 250-1,600 square feet.
This air conditioner is perfect for space-challenged rooms and home add-ons. Wall-mounted units can run quietly without detracting from your decor. This series works best with smaller rooms but can cool an area as large as 1,600 square feet.
Daikin’s 17 Series provides energy efficiency, modern technology and comfort control on a budget. Perfect for rentals or starter homes, it is the least expensive of the three series but offers the same features as the other units.
Whole house systems
Many of Daikin’s whole house systems offer one of the best warranties on the market. The warranties cover compressor failure. Units come with a 12-year general parts warranty and either a 12-year or a six-year unit replacement warranty, depending on the model.
The top product in the range, the DX20VC is the most expensive unit but also the most energy efficient. A variable-capacity air conditioner with a SEER rating of up to 24.5, the DX20VC is one of the most efficient air conditioning systems on the market. It is compatible with the Daikin One+ smart thermostat and other Daikin communicating equipment to integrate with your home automation.
A two-stage air conditioner with a mid-range price and a SEER rating of up to 18, the DX18VC is also compatible with the Daikin One+ smart thermostat to communicate with your smart home system.
Lower in price than the units above, the DX16SA features a high-efficiency scroll compressor and a single-speed condenser fan motor with up to 16 SEER performance. An acoustically engineered sound control blanket and a heavy-gauge galvanized steel cabinet with sound control top make the unit durable and quiet.
The smallest unit of the series, the DX13SN has a 14 SEER rating.
Daikin gas furnaces
Daikin earns high AFUE ratings thanks to the tubular stainless steel heat exchanger. The company’s gas furnaces can pair with split air conditioning systems.
The Daikin 97 series offers two unit options and is the company’s best and most efficient gas furnace, ideal for the coldest zones. The unit earned a 98 AFUE rating thanks to a modulating gas valve, a variable-speed blower motor and Comfort-Net communications.
The 96 series has eight options available. All options feature a variable-speed, two-stage gas furnace that provides exceptional warmth, quiet operation and a 96 AFUE even on the coldest days.
The 92 series is a multi-speed, multi-position gas furnace. It stays quiet and delivers an efficiency rating of up to 92 AFUE.
Dalkin’s most economical units belong to this series and earn an 80 AFUE rating. The 80 series provides a good choice in milder winter climates.
Daikin heat pump
All Daikin ductless heat pumps include a wall-mounted, floor-mounted or concealed indoor unit, paired with a quiet and compact outdoor unit.
20 SEER and up heat pumps
The top-of-the-line model, the Aurora can withstand extreme weather conditions and warm a home as large as 1,600 square feet in the coldest weather conditions. Offering a SEER level up to 20, the Aurora is available as a floor or wall-mount installation.
The LV won the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient award in 2017. The LV maintains a SEER level of up to 24.5 and covers up to 1,600 square feet. The unit is wall mount only.
The VISTA Series mounts on the ceiling and offers a SEER Level up to 20.9.
Less than 20 SEER heat pumps
A single-zone, wall-mount heat pump that is sleek and understated, the EMURA warms up to 1,200 square feet.
The most economical system that provides energy efficiency on a budget, the 17 series offers a SEER Level of up to 17 and covers up to 1,600 square feet.
Most of Daikin’s models are energy-efficiency leaders. Daikin has earned many awards for a commitment to creating energy-efficient HVACs:
- Chosen for inclusion in the Morningstar Socially Responsible Investment Index.
- Received a rating of “A–” in climate performance by the Carbon Disclosure Project, an international NGO.
- Received the Director-General Prize of Agency from FY Energy Conservation for Natural Resources and Energy in 2017 and 2018 for achieving a ZEB-type office using state-of-the-art air conditioning technologies.
- Endorsed as an Eco First Company by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment.
- Won the Prime Minister’s Industry Award in the energy-efficiency category from Thailand’s Ministry of Industry in 2018.
- Single and multi-zone air conditioners – 10-12 year parts replacement limited warranty, depending on the model.
- Whole-house air conditioners – Compressor failure covered, 12-year general parts warranty and a six or 12-year unit replacement.
- Gas Furnaces – Lifetime heat exchanger limited warranty and 12-year parts limited warranty.
- Heat Pumps – Five year parts and labor on all professionally installed heat pumps.