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DOE Moves Toward Energy Conservation Standards for Portable Air Conditioners

Friday, July 05, 2013
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The Department of Energy has tentatively determined that portable air conditioners qualify as a covered product under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. If the DOE finalizes this determination it would be able to prescribe test procedures and energy conservation standards for this product. Written comments, data and information on the DOE’s tentative determination are due no later than Aug. 5.

Portable ACs are movable units typically designed to provide 8,000-14,000 Btu/hr of cooling capacity for a single room. In contrast to room ACs, portable ACs are not permanently installed on the wall or in a window. The DOE is proposing to define portable ACs as a consumer product other than a “packaged terminal air conditioner” that is (a) powered by a single phase electric current and (b) an encased assembly designed as a portable unit that may rest on the floor or other elevated surface for the purpose of providing delivery of conditioned air to an enclosed space. Portable ACs include a prime source of refrigeration and may include a means for ventilating and heating.

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