Room air conditioners

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Note:

Amendment 14 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations was published in Canada Gazette Part II on October 31, 2018. While some provisions come into force upon publication, most provisions of this Amendment will come into force on April 30, 2019. The Guide to the Regulations will be updated with new requirements for affected products in time for the coming-into-force of the Amendment.

Regulatory definition

Room air conditioner, a single-phase electric air conditioner that has a cooling capacity of 10.55 kilowatts (36,000 Btu/h) or less. It does not include a packaged terminal air conditioner, a portable air conditioner or a single package vertical air conditioner.

Compliance date

Manufactured on or after June 1, 2014

Compliant product models

Room air conditioners as listed on NRCan’s searchable database

Labelling requirements

EnerGuide label required

Testing standard

CAN/CSA 368.1 M90, for information set out in paragraph (b) of the Energy Efficiency Regulations and Subsection 112(3) of the Energy Efficiency Regulations, for information set out in paragraph (c).

Energy efficiency regulations by province

Some provinces also have their own energy efficiency regulations for many of the federally regulated products – find out which ones!

Energy efficiency standard

Energy performance standard for room air conditioners
Product type Cooling capacity category CEER
(combined energy efficiency ratio)
Louvred without reverse cycle <2.3 kW (8,000 Btu/h) ≥11.0
≥2.3 kW (8,000 Btu/h) but <4.1 kW (14,000 Btu/h) ≥10.9
≥4.1 kW (8,000 Btu/h) but <5.9 kW (20,000 Btu/h) ≥10.7
≥5.9 kW (20,000 Btu/h) but <8.2 kW (28,000 Btu/h) ≥9.4
≥8.2 kW (28,000 Btu/h) but ≤10.55 kW (36,000 Btu/h) ≥9.0
Louvred with reverse cycle <5.9 kW (20,000 Btu/h) ≥9.8
≥5.9 kW (20,000 Btu/h) but ≤10.55 kW (36,000 Btu/h) ≥9.3
Non-louvred without reverse cycle <2.3 kW (8,000 Btu/h) ≥10.0
≥2.3 kW (8,000 Btu/h) but <3.2 kW (11,000 Btu/h) ≥9.6
≥3.2 kW (11,000 Btu/h) but <4.1 kW (14,000 Btu/h) ≥9.5
≥4.1 kW (14,000 Btu/h) but <5.9 kW (20,000 Btu/h) ≥9.3
≥5.9 kW (20,000 Btu/h) but ≤10.55 kW (36,000 Btu/h) ≥9.4
Non-louvred with reverse cycle <4.1 kW (14,000 Btu/h) ≥9.3
≥4.1 kW (14,000 Btu/h) but ≤10.55 kW (36,000 Btu/h) ≥8.7
Casement-only   ≥9.5
Casement-slider   ≥10.4
Btu/h = British thermal units per hour
W = watts

Energy efficiency report requirements

  • name of product
  • brand name
  • model number
  • manufacturer
  • name of the certification body or province whose verification mark will be on the product or its package
  • cooling capacity, in kW (Btu/h) 
  • CEER
  • product type

Download the energy efficiency reporting template.

This document does not constitute part of the Energy Efficiency Act (Act) or its associated regulations.  This document is an administrative document that is intended to facilitate compliance by the regulated party with the Act and its associated regulations.  This document is not intended to provide legal advice regarding the interpretation of the Act or its associated regulations. If a regulated party has questions about their legal obligations or responsibilities under the Act or its associated regulations, they should seek the advice of legal counsel.