2 April 2015
Energy Star Specification for Room Air Conditioners Revised
The EPA recently finalised a revision to the Energy Star specification for room air conditioners. The agency indicates that the updated requirements will highlight the top-performing room air conditioners across capacity classes. Certified products will include enhanced installation materials and instructions enabling greater consumer comfort and energy savings. This specification also establishes optional “connected” criteria for room air conditioners, offering consumers new convenience and energy-saving features such as the ability to turn off the unit remotely when not at home or providing feedback on the energy use of the product. These products will also be smart-grid ready, meaning they will give consumers the option to connect their room air conditioners with their local utilities to potentially save money on energy bills where those services are offered, and also facilitate broader electric power system efficiency.
Energy Star is a voluntary labelling programme designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy Star label is now available on more than 40 different kinds of products, including home electronics, clothes washers, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers, room air conditioners, commercial fryers, commercial hot food holding cabinets, commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers, commercial steam cookers, computers and other office equipment, and lighting.