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

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 issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for portable air conditioners. (December 28, 2016).

Public Meeting Information:

There are no public meetings scheduled.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

The portable air conditioners determination rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-STD-0033 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents.

Proposed Determination

Notice of Public Meeting

 
 Final Determination
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule

*This pre-publication final rule is subject to the procedures at 10 CFR 430.5.

Test Procedure

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).

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

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

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Notice of Data Availability

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

   
Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule 
  • Final RuleFederal Register, 81 FR 35242 (June 1, 2016)
  • The effective date of this rule is July 1, 2016. The final rule changes will be mandatory for representations of energy use or efficiency on or after November 28, 2016
  • Notice of Correction, Federal Register, 81 FR 70923 (October 14, 2016)

 


Current Standard

DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for portable air conditioners. (December 28, 2016).


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 430.23(m)PDF 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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