Portable Air Conditioners

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As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), “portable air conditioner” means 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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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has published a Federal Register notice undertaking the preliminary stages of a rulemaking to consider amendments to the test procedure for portable air conditioners (ACs). Through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information regarding issues pertinent to whether amended test procedures would more accurately or fully comply with the requirement that the test procedure produces results that measure energy use during a representative average use cycle or period of use for the product without being unduly burdensome to conduct, or reduce testing burden. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until May 17, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-TP-0029, by email (PortableAC2020TP0029@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Portable Air Conditioners including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

DOE has published Federal Register notice announcing that it is undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether to proceed with a rulemaking to amend the test procedure for portable air conditioners (AC). Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose not to amend the existing DOE test procedure because an amended test procedure would not more accurately or fully comply with the statutory requirement that the test procedure produces results that measure energy use during a representative average use cycle or period of use for the product, and not be unduly burdensome to conduct. DOE also seeks comment on the availability of consensus-based test procedures for measuring the energy use of portable ACs that more accurately or fully comply with this statutory requirement.

  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Test Procedures for Consumer Products; Early Assessment Review: Portable Air Conditioners RFI

On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule adopting test procedures for portable air conditioners. A correction rule was subsequently published on October 14, 2016 to correct typographical errors in the June 2016 final rule that were included in the regulatory text. DOE has published a correction notice that corrects typographical errors introduced in the October 2016 correction rule, including missing parentheses and incorrect variable names. Neither the errors nor the corrections in this document affect the substance of the rulemaking or any of the conclusions reached in support of the final rule.

DOE has published a Fedeal Register correction notice pertaining to test procedures for portable air conditioners.  85FR21745 (April 20, 2020).

  • This correction notice will be effective April 20, 2020.

DOE has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for portable air conditioners.

  • The effective date of this rule is March 10, 2020. Compliance with the standards established for portable ACs in this final rule is required on and after January 10, 2025.

DOE has published a Federal Register correction notice pertaining to test procedures for portable air conditioners. 84FR5346 (February 21, 2019).

  • This correction notice is effective February 21, 2019.

For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Standards

DOE has published a Federal Register notice final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for portable air conditioners. 85FR1378 (January 10, 2020).

 

Public Meeting Information:

There are no public meetings scheduled.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

 

Test Procedure

DOE has published a Federal Register notice undertaking the preliminary stages of a rulemaking to consider amendments to the test procedure for portable air conditioners (ACs). 86FR20044 (April 16, 2021).

DOE has published Federal Register notice announcing that it is undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether to proceed with a rulemaking to amend the test procedure for portable air conditioners. 85FR70508 (November 5, 2020).

DOE has published a Fedeal Register correction notice pertaining to test procedures for portable air conditioners.  85FR21745 (April 20, 2020).

DOE has published a Federal Register correction notice pertaining to test procedures for portable air conditioners. 84FR5346 (February 21, 2019).

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of correction pertaining to test procedures for portable air conditioners.  81 FR 70923 (October 14, 2016).

DOE has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to test procedures for portable air conditioners.  81 FR 35242 (June 1, 2016).

The portable AC test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-TP-0014 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents.

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

 


Current Standard

DOE has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for portable air conditioners.

  • The effective date of this rule is March 10, 2020. Compliance with the standards established for portable ACs in this final rule is required on and after January 10, 2025.


Current Test Procedure

To determine that portable air conditioners that are currently manufactured or distributed into commerce are in compliance with DOE standards, manufacturers must follow the test procedure methods specified at 10 CFR 430, Subpart B, Appendix CC to Subpart B of Part 430—Uniform Test Method for Measuring the Energy Consumption of Portable Air Conditioners.


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Compliance

DOE has established regulations on certification, compliance, and enforcement in the CFR at 10 CFR Part 429.  These regulations cover statistical sampling plans, certified ratings, certification reports, record retention, and enforcement.  More information on these regulations is available here.

Waivers

For information on current test procedure waivers, see DOE’s Waivers webpage.

For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR 430.27.

Exceptions

For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database.

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart D.

Small Business Exemptions

Any manufacturer of a covered product with annual gross revenues that do not exceed $8,000,000 from all its operations and meets certain other conditions may apply for an exemption to the energy conservation standard. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart E.

ENERGY STAR®

DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR® products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient visit EnergySavers.gov.

Contact information

For more information related to this product, please email:
ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov


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