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Commercial Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps

Regulatory Language for State Equipment Standards

Commercial central air conditioners means air-cooled, water-cooled, or evaporatively cooled electrically operated, unitary central air conditioners for commercial application.

Commercial heat pumps means air-cooled, water-cooled, evaporatively cooled, or water-source (not including ground water-source) electrically operated, unitary central air-conditioning heat pumps for commercial application.

Ground Source heat pumps means space conditioning systems that employ a geothermal resource - the ground, groundwater, or surface water - as both a heat source and sink. Ground source heat pumps use a reversible refrigeration cycle to provide either heating or cooling.

The minimum energy efficiency standards for commercial central air conditioners and heat pumps shall be the levels set forth in Table 5.3 [PDF] determined in accordance with the test procedures set forth in such Table 5.3 [PDF] and as referenced in section 506.6.

Commercial central air conditioners and the cooling mode of commercial heat pumps of less than 65,000 Btu per hour shall meet the applicable seasonal energy efficiency ratio and energy efficiency ratio. The heating mode of commercial heat pumps of less than 65,000 BTU per hour shall meet the applicable heating seasonal performance factor. Commercial central air conditioners and the cooling mode of commercial heat pumps equal to or greater than 65,000 BTU per hour shall meet the applicable energy efficiency ratio, and when they have capacity modulation, shall meet the applicable integrated part-load value. The heating mode of commercial heat pumps equal to or greater than 65,000 BTU per hour shall meet the applicable coefficient of performance.

Beyond State Equipment Standards

Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) – In July 2002, CEE launched a High-Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Initiative which promotes high efficiency air conditioners and heat pumps. 
High-Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioning and Heat Pump InitiativeLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

Federal Energy Management Program
How to Buy an Energy-Efficient Commercial Unitary Air ConditionerLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

ENERGY STAR
Light Commercial Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Purchasing and Procurement LanguageLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

Product Listings

ENERGY STAR
Light Commercial Air Source Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat PumpsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute
Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Product ListingLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

Other Tools

Federal Energy Management Program
Commercial Heat Pump Energy Cost CalculatorLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

Last Updated: 12/11/2013