Portable Air Conditioners

May 9th 2014

On May 9, 2014 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) publsihed a notice of data availability and a request for comment in relationship to a proposed coverage determination and test procedure for portable air conditioners. In a notice of proposed determination (NOPD) that DOE had published on July 5, 2013,  DOE tentatively determined that portable air conditioners (ACs) qualify as a covered product under Part B of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. To assist in a final determination and to consider approaches for a future DOE test procedure for these products, should DOE determine that portable ACs are covered products, DOE conducted investigative testing to evaluate industry test procedures that could be used to measure cooling capacity and energy use for portable ACs. In today's notice, DOE discusses various industry test procedures and presents results from its investigative testing that evaluated existing methodologies and alternate approaches adapted from these methodologies for portable ACs. DOE requests comment and additional information regarding the testing and results presented in this NODA. DOE also encourages interested parties to provide comment on any alternate approaches for testing portable ACs and information that may improve the analysis.