Testing Capabilities

Our refrigeration and air conditioning test facilities support performance assessment and efficiency verification, test procedure development, and research and development for advanced designs.

Performance Assessment and Efficiency Verification

We test existing products to fully assess their performance and verify product efficiency. We evaluate and describe why product performance and efficiency may not meet the stated technical specifications.

Test Procedure Development

We develop new testing protocols and test methods to fully account for advanced and more efficient designs whose benefits are not currently captured by existing test procedures.

Research and Development

We research current high-efficiency products to determine the performance of advanced designs. We develop and fabricate prototypes based on state-of-the-art research and practices to test the viability of next-generation products.

 

Balanced Ambient Calorimeter Test Chamber

The Balanced Ambient Calorimeter Test Chamber's primary purpose is to evaluate the performance of room air conditioners (split, window, or wall-type), packaged terminal air conditioners and packaged terminal heat pumps in the cooling capacity range of 6,000 to 42,000 Btu/h (½ to 3 ½ rated tons). It consists of side-by-side indoor and outdoor chambers with temperature, humidity, and airflow controlled independently. Both the indoor room and the outdoor room are surrounded by an annular space which independently maintains the same temperature and humidity as the rooms it surrounds.

The Test Chamber is designed to maintain a single set of operating conditions and is able to maintain conditions within the following dry bulb and web bulb temperature ranges:

Indoor = 45°F to 100°F DB; 43°F to 79°F WB
Outdoor = 10°F to 120°F DB; 40°F to 81°F WB

 

Psychrometric Test Chamber

The Psychrometric Test Chamber's primary purpose is to evaluate the performance of central air conditioners and heat pumps with cooling capacity in the range of 6,000 to 90,000 Btu/h (0.5 to 7.5 rated tons), and with heating capacity in the range of 6,000 to 60,000 (0.5 to 5 ton rated). It consists of side-by-side indoor and outdoor chambers with temperature, humidity, and airflow controlled independently.

The Test Chamber is designed to maintain a single set of operating conditions and is able to maintain conditions within the following dry bulb and web bulb temperature ranges:

Indoor = 45°F to 100°F DB; 43°F to 85°F WB
Outdoor = -20°F to 120°F DB; 35°F to 90.5°F WB

 

Refrigeration Test Chamber

The Refrigeration Test Chamber's primary purpose is to evaluate the performance of commercial and residential refrigerators, freezers, wine chillers, ice makers, and other refrigeration products. It is a temperature- and humidity-controlled environmental room that provides controlled environmental conditions.

The Test Chamber is designed to maintain a single point operating condition and is able to maintain dry-bulb temperatures in the range of 40°F to 120°F and humidity conditions in the range of 30% to 95%. It has the capability of testing four refrigeration units simultaneously at a single operating condition.