How to Buy an Energy-Efficient Commercial Unitary Air Conditioner

 
How to Buy an Energy-Efficient Commercial Unitary Air Conditioner
Information about energy-efficient unitary air conditioners in this section includes the following:

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Product Type and Sizea
Recommended Level
Best Available

<65 MBtu/h (3 phase)
12.0 SEER or moreb
14.5 SEER

65 - 135 MBtu/h
11.0 EER or more
11.4 IPLV or more
11.8 EER
13.0 IPLV

;135 - 240 MBtu/h
10.8 EER or more
11.2 IPLV or more
11.5 EER
13.3 IPLV

a Only air-cooled single-packaged and split system units used in commercial buildings are covered. Water source units are not covered by ENERGY STAR? but look for efficiency ratings that meet or exceed these levels for air source units.
b When operating conditions are often close to rated conditions or in regions where there are high demand costs, look for units with the highest EER ratings that also meet or exceed this SEER.

EER (energy efficiency ratio) is the cooling capacity (in Btu/hour) of the unit divided by its electrical input (in watts) at the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute's (ARI) standard peak rating condition of 95F.

SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) and IPLV (integrated part-load value) are similar to EER but weigh performance at different (peak and off-peak) conditions during the cooling season.

Performance
Base Modela
Recommended Levelb
Best Available

EER / IPLV
8.9 / 9.2
11.0 / 11.4
11.8 / 13.0

Annual Energy Use
19,600 kWh
15,800 kWh
13,800 kWh

Annual Energy Cost
$1,170
$950
$830

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