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Bosch Heat Pump Reviews & Cost in 2021

Looking to buy a Bosch heat pump? Our comprehensive Bosch heat pump review will help you decide which of their brands is right for you.

Overview of Bosch Heat Pumps

Bosch is a global leader in technological innovation.

Called the Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering, when Robert Bosch founded the company in Germany in 1886, it is now a multinational company and a household name.

Operating in North America since 1906, Bosch engineers its products in 126 locations worldwide.

The company reported a remarkable sales revenue of 77.7 billion euros in 2019.

Bosch brands and technology shape many areas of our lives, from cars to household and industrial products.

The company’s Smart Home solutions include the use of heat pumps in HVAC systems.

In these Bosch heat pump reviews, we will start with a shortlist of their pros and cons.

Bosch Heat Pump Pros & Cons

Bosch Heat Pump Pros
Products have a very small carbon footprint.
All units provide maximum efficiency.
Heat pump units have four operating modes for more user control.
Superior inverter drive technology and variable speed condenser.
Top-quality ducted and ductless systems available.
Bosch Heat Pump Cons
Bosch equipment comes at a price.
Units must be professionally installed.
The heat pump condensing units only come in two sizes, 2 and 5 tons.

What to Consider Before Buying a Bosch Heat Pump

If you’re considering buying a Bosch heat pump, chances are you are switching from air conditioning and furnace heating. Or you may already have a heat pump but want a new one and are looking at other brands.

Bosch manufactures three types of heat pump systems. They also cater to the specific need of people for heating air conditioning and so on.

You will need to assess your heating, cooling, and related needs. Then decide what you want from your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system installation.

You may want professional guidance too. For instance, you might need a line set to connect an outdoor air conditioner or pump to an indoor evaporator coil.

What we know will stand out in this review is the Bosch split system, its inverter design, and the variable speed compressor it uses. 

But consider all the options.

Bosch brands that you can choose from including the best geothermal Greensource and Climate 5000.

Features & Benefits of Bosch Heat Pumps

We are going to look at the different Bosch types and review the best units in each category.

But first, we’re going to talk about Bosch inverter heat pumps. These include Bosch heat pumps with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of up to 18 and more.

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Bosch Inverter Heat Pump Reviews

Bosch utilizes advanced inverter drive technology for its heat pumps. This has many benefits including precise indoor temperature and humidity control. It also helps to lower energy costs.

One thing that stands out is the quality of the Bosch Inverter Ducted Split System (IDS). It is an air-source heat pump, so you will find more details in this section below.

The equipment is robust, durable, and efficient. Even though it isn’t cheap to buy and install, it will save you money in the long term.

The best system split system, the IDS 2 0, has a fully-modulating inverter drive that matches the heating/cooling load exactly. It also has a 2-stage indoor fan motor that provides the best dehumidification possible for days on end.

Watch this YouTube video to get a better understanding of the system.

What is especially interesting is that every Bosch inverter heat pump incorporates a variable speed Mitsubishi compressor. It might seem strange, but why reinvent the wheel? It works, and it works well.

For example, while traditional HVAC systems take quite a long time to heat up, the Bosch inverter has a boosted, variable compressor speed. This ensures heating and cooling is a lot quicker, smoother, and more reliable.

Bosch 18 Seer Heat Pump Reviews

A Bosch IDS system delivers precisely the amount of cool or hot air needed. It is a split cooling and heating system with an 18 SEER rating and a Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF) of up to 9.5 and will provide the best comfort levels at minimum cost. Exactly what you need!

The IDS 2 0 system is also one of the quietest on the market. It incorporates silent-blade technology combined with sound-isolating mounts and an exterior condensing unit. The outdoor sound levels are as low as 56 dBA, a weighted sound ratio that is impossible to beat.

Bosch describes these as “Simply Smart”!

IDS machines carry a residential limited warranty. This provides the peace of mind that you will have replacement parts cover for up to a ten-year period of time.

Customer service is tops and support is always available.

Water-to-Water Geothermal Heat Pumps

The Bosch geothermal pump is ultra-efficient and the cost of operating it is low.

There are two options, the Greenhouse Cdi Series TW and the Greensource Cdi Series TW122.

The TW unit has a two-stage scroll compressor. The TW122 has a single-stage compressor.

Both have dual-density compressor blankets that ensure they are quiet when they operate.

The design of the TW is for heating and to generate potable hot water.

tw unit
The TW unit. Copyright Bosch.

The TW122 is more flexible and is often installed to heat a swimming pool or spa. You might like to have the system installed so that part of it can link to your air conditioners. Then, another part can link to your hot water heating system.

tw 122 unit
The TW 122 unit. Copyright Bosch.

Water-to-Air Geothermal Heat Pumps

If you live in a moderate to hot climate, you are more likely to choose a standard split system for your cooling and heating needs. These incorporate a heat pump and an air handler.

Even though heat pumps are much more efficient at heating than furnaces, they work best in moderate climates.

If you experience sub-freezing weather where you live, the dual-fuel system option is one to look at. When it’s freezing cold outside, your pump and a gas furnace will work together to keep you warm and dry.

You simply don’t get air conditioners that can improve the quality of the atmosphere indoors and comfort the way these units do.

The warranty on this equipment is at least 10 years for all components and replacement parts. These include parts that a technician might well need for service purposes.

Bosch has six great options at a varying cost. These are just some of the features the brand offers. We think you will like them.

  1. Greensource Cdi Series SM Rev C is a two-stage heat pump that can reduce the cost of utility bills by up to 70%. It is very quiet with sound levels as low as 52 decibels (dB). There is a heat-recovery package that reduces electricity or fossil fuel usage.
Greensource Cdi Series SM Rev C
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2. Greensource Cdi Series SM Rev A/B that offers up to 32 energy efficiency rating (EER) for a part load and 22 for a full load. It also offers a hot water heat recovery package. Foam insulation and a compressor blanket reduce sound levels to as little as 52 dB. You get sizes from 2 to 6 tons.

Greensource Cdi Series SM Rev A/B
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3. Greensource Cdi Series SM Split that is a great option for replacement installations. You get it in two parts that you can use with your existing HVAC or replace what you have had for years. A bonus is that this machine has a ten-year limited warranty on parts and labor. Capacity is 2 to 5 tons.

Greensource Cdi Series SM Spli
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Greensource Is Series CE, which is available from 2 to 6 tons, also with an optional heat recovery package if you need it. It’s an energy-saving model that adds noticeable comfort. The price is high, but packsack can be as short as 5 to 7 years.

Greensource Is Series CE,
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Greensource i Series BP available in both a horizontal and vertical configuration. You can use it for a new installation or replace your old machine. This is an eco-friendly, single-stage pump that comes in 1 to 4 ton units. A unit protection module allows users to keep it running at optimal conditions all the time.

Greensource i Series BP
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Greensource i Series SV, which is available in a wide range of ton capacities, from 0.5 to 6. Also suitable for vertical and horizontal installation.

Greensource i Series SV
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Air-to-Air Heat Pumps

These Bosch heat pumps provide super-quiet, ultra-efficient, heating and cooling systems. These include ductless, IDS, and ducted models that are available as packaged units.

Climate 5000 Ductless Systems

The Bosch Climate 5000 series is great for individual rooms and living spaces in both single and multi-zone systems.

The series features a heating/cooling split system and delivers energy-efficient, on-demand comfort. All units are Energy Star rated.

Because this is a ductless HVAC system the equipment is easy to install and maintain. It is very flexible and installation is possible in very small spaces.

The heat transfers from one space to another when electricity pumps the refrigerant in the system. In summer the pump transfers heat out of the home and in winter it transfers heat into the home.

The 5000 ductless Bosch system is whisper-quiet, with sound levels as low as 20 dBA. It provides high-efficiency comfort up to 22 SEER for the original 1.0 series and up to 25 for the newer 2.0 units.

The newer IDS 2 0 has a multi-part air filter system. This cleans the air and reduces odors and allergens in your home. We rank this unit tops for heating, air conditioning, and humidity control.

Climate 5000 Ductless 1.0 Heat Pump
The Climate 5000 Ductless 1.0 Heat Pump with up to 20 SEER is also known as the Bosch BOVA. Copyright Bosch.
Climate 5000 Ductless (2 0)
The Climate 5000 Ductless (2 0) with a SEER of up to 25 is also known as the Bosch BOVA 2.0, Copyright Bosch.

There is a ten-year warranty for the variable speed Climate 5000 compressor and five years for other parts.

IDS Systems

As discussed above, these are among the best Bosch heat pumps available globally.

All Bosch IDS equipment matches the exact heating/cooling load needed. We found the IDS 1.0 to be the quietest air-to-air system on the global market.

 original IDS unit
The original IDS unit for heating, cooling, and humidity control.
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It is also more efficient than most, with up to an 18.5 SEER, an EER of 13, and an HSPF of up to 9.5.

The IDS 2 0 is also ultra-efficient, with a 14.5 EER, a 10.5 HSPF, and up to 20 5 SEER.

The IDS 2.0 features a two-stage fan for great dehumidification.
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Inverter Ducted Packaged Unit

The Bosch packaged units incorporate the best of IDS equipment and more. Every review we read liked the idea of a single unit in one package.

There are 3 and 5 ton heat pump models, all Energy Star qualified. We like that the 3 ton comes with two-stage or four-stage indoor fan control and is mobile home certified for high static.

The packed unit option is up to 19 SEER, 12.5 EER, and 10 HSPF.

The limited ten-year warranty covers replacement parts.

A Bosch packaged unit
A Bosch packaged unit. Copyright Bosch.

Bosch Heat Pump Model Numbers

Bosch equipment has model numbers that you can find on the U.S. Bosch website. Items include cased and uncased coils, electric heat kits, and pairing furnaces. They also provide sizes.

Additionally, they provide performance data for the IDS outdoor unit model, BOVA, and the indoor air handler model, BVA.

BOVA Model

The high-efficiency outdoor condensing section of the BOVA Model has intelligent control features. These allow you to keep the temperature and humidity levels controlled 100% in all seasons.

Features of the equipment include:

  • An air coil that enables the best possible heat transfer and low air-resistance, making the operation highly efficient. This lowers energy costs.
  • Direct-drive fan blades that reduce sound dramatically. Sound levels can be as low as 56 dBA.
  • An efficient variable capacity inverter compressor that can cool and heat any home perfectly using the least possible energy.
Outdoor Unit Indoor Air Handler Cooling SEER Cooling EER Heating HSPF CFM
BOVA-036HDN1-M18M BVA-024WN1-M18 Up to 18.5 Up to 13 Up to 9.5 800
BOVA-036HDN1-M18M BVA-036WN1-M18 Up to 17.5 Up to 11.4 Up to 9 1120
BOVA-060HDN1-M18M BVA-048WN1-M18 Up to 18.5 Up to 12.5 Up to 9.5 1560
BOVA-060HDN1-M18M BVA-060WN1-M18 Up to 17.5 Up to 11.2 UP to 9.5 1700

Bosch Heat Pump Prices

Cost is a vital factor for most people choosing a new HVAC system.

But you need to be aware of what affects cost, especially quality, performance, efficiency, size, and after-sales service. You also need to recognize that premium brands like Carrier, Bryant, and American Standard will be higher priced than budget or even standard brands.

To get accurate prices you will need to contact resellers in your area and make sure you know what installation and service costs will be. You cannot rely on the prices that you find online.

If you opt for the IDS 1.0 or 2.0, both of which incorporate a variable speed compressor, you will pay a higher price. But when you compare the cost to other brands including Trane, Lennox, Carrier, and even American Standard, you’ll likely realize you’re getting a bargain!

Many brands offer substantial rebates, including Bosch. This has an impact on price and might make you review your choice before deciding what to buy.

FAQ

Is Bosch a good heat pump?

Yes, Bosch products are excellent. But you will find that some of their brands and products are better than others. We rank their IDS units very highly, particularly their packaged unit. What makes it so good is the way it cools and heats with such accuracy.

Who makes Bosch HVAC?

Bosch HVAC is part of the Bosch Group that owns several companies. These include Buderus Boilers, Florida Heat Pumps, and other HVAC brands that are produced and sold under the Bosch name.

Our Conclusions

Bosch is a global leader in the industry and their range of residential heat pumps is of a very high quality.

There are different types that cater to different heating and cooling needs. You can be guided by the climate in your area and the size of your home.

Features we love include Bosch inverter drive technology and their split systems.

We suggest you shop around for prices and service options.

Click here to find out more about the full range of Bosch products.