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DOE to Establish Energy Conservation Standards for Portable Air Conditioners

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Energy has made a final determination that portable air conditioners qualify as a covered product under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. This determination sets no energy conservation standards for this product but only establishes that future standards may be warranted and should be explored in a rulemaking.

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. In this rule the DOE is defining portable ACs as a portable encased assembly other than a packaged terminal air conditioner, room air conditioner or dehumidifier that delivers cooled, conditioned air to an enclosed space and is powered by single-phase electric current. It includes a source of refrigeration and may include additional means for air circulation and heating.

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