Qualifying Criteria for
Room Air Conditioners
Room air conditioners must meet Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations before they can qualify for the ENERGY STAR symbol in Canada.
- EER: the acronym for energy efficiency ratio. This is the ratio of the cooling effect measured in Btu/hr. divided by the electrical energy in watts.
- RAC: the acronym for room air conditioner.
- Standard style: refers to a RAC designed for mounting in a slider or hung window (louvered sides) or through the wall (no louvered sides).
- Casement-only style: refers to a RAC designed for mounting in a casement window with an encased assembly of 37.6 cm or less in width and 28.5 cm or less in height.
- Casement-slider style: refers to a RAC designed for mounting in a casement or sliding window with an encased assembly of 39.4 cm or less in width.
- PTAC: PTAC is the acronym for packaged terminal air conditioner. PTACs are self-contained air-conditioning units installed through the wall. A PTAC may be connected to ductwork or include electrical resistance heating.
2. Qualifying Products
RAC units without reverse cycle and without internal heating elements designed for window mounting or through-the-wall mounting. PTACs are not eligible for an ENERGY STAR label.
3. Test Standard
Only those products listed in Section 2 that meet or exceed the energy efficiency specifications in Table 1 may qualify for ENERGY STAR.
(no louvered sides)
|Standard||< 6 000||>= 10.7||>= 9.9|
|6 000 to 7 999||>= 10.7||>= 9.9|
|8 000 to 13 999||>= 10.8||>= 9.4|
|14 000 to 19 999||>= 10.7||>= 9.4|
|>= 20 000||>= 9.4||>= 9.4|
5. Future Revisions
Natural Resources Canada reserves the right to change the ENERGY STAR qualifying technical specifications for room air conditioners should conditions warrant it.