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In Canada, commercial/industrial air conditioners and heap pumps must:

  • meet minimum energy performance standards set by regulations

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Regulations set the energy efficiency minimum

The following commercial/industrial-size cooling equipment are subject to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations, which set a performance standard for their energy efficiency. This helps to eliminate the least efficient products from the Canadian market.

Large air conditioners, heat pumps and condensing units

Large air conditioner
means a commercial or industrial unitary air-conditioner with a cooling capacity of 19 kW (65 000 Btu/h) or more, but does not include a single package vertical air-conditioner.
Large heat pump
means a commercial or industrial unitary heat pump intended for air-conditioning and space-heating applications with a cooling capacity of 19 kW (65 000 Btu/h) or more, but does not include a single package vertical heat pump.
Large condensing unit
means a commercial or industrial condensing unit intended for air-conditioning applications with a cooling capacity of at least 19 kW (65 000 Btu/h) but no greater than 70 kW (240 000 Btu/h).

View the standard for large air conditioners, heat pumps and condensing units in Canada.

Packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps

The regulation applies to factory-assembled packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps (PTAC/HP).This type of self-contained heating and air conditioning system is commonly found in hotels and apartment buildings. PTAC/HPs have a wall sleeve and a separate unencased combination of heating and cooling assemblies intended for mounting through the wall. This equipment is intended for use in residential, commercial and industrial heating and cooling systems.

View the standard for packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps.

Single package vertical air conditioners and heat pumps

A single package vertical air-conditioner means a single package commercial air-conditioner that is air-cooled and encased, with or without heating capability but not a heat pump. A single package vertical heat pump means a single package commercial heat pump that is air-cooled, encased and uses reverse cycle refrigeration as its primary heat source. The major components of both are arranged vertically and are intended for mounting through, or on either side of, an exterior wall.

View the standard for single package vertical air conditioners and heat pumps.

Learn more about how Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations work.

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To review and compare models sold in Canada for any of the above products, please use our searchable product list.

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