Large air conditioners, heat pumps and condensing units

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Regulatory definition

Large air conditioner, a commercial or industrial unitary air conditioner with a cooling capacity of at least 19 kW (65,000 Btu/h) but less than 223 kW (760,000 Btu/h). It does not include a single package vertical air conditioner.

Large heat pump, a commercial or industrial unitary heat pump that is intended for air-conditioning and space-heating applications and that has a cooling capacity of at least 19 kW (65,000 Btu/h) but less than 223 kW (760,000 Btu/h). It does not include a single package vertical heat pump.

Large condensing unit, a commercial or industrial condensing unit that is intended for air conditioning applications and that has a cooling capacity of at least 19 kW (65,000 Btu/h) but not more than 70 kW (240,000 Btu/h)

Compliance date

Manufactured on or after January 1, 2010 for large air conditioners and large heat pumps
Manufactured on or after December 31, 1998 for large condensing units

Compliant product models

Large air conditioners and condensing units as listed on NRCan’s seachable database
Large heat pumps as listed on NRCan’s seachable database

Testing standard

CSA C746-06 for large air conditioners and large heat pumps (EER)
CSA C746-98 for large condensing units
AHRI 340/360-2007 for large air conditioners and large heat pumps (IEER)

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 efficiency performance standard for large air conditioners, heat pumps and condensing units

Table 1
Minimum performance levels for large air conditioners and heat pumps
Product class
AHRI type classification
Product description Cooling capacity range   kW (1000 Btu/h) Cooling minimum efficacy – electric or no heating section EER and IEER Cooling minimum efficacy –
all other heating section EER and IEER
Heating minimum efficacy
COP at 8.3°C
Heating minimum efficacy COP at     -8.3°C
SP-A, RC-A, RCU-A-C, SPY-A, RCY-A, RCU-A-CB, RCUY-A-CB air conditioner, air-cooled ≥19 <40
(≥65 <135)
11.2
11.4 IEER
11.0
11.2 IEER
   
SP-A, RC-A, RCU-A-C, SPY-A, RCY-A, RCU-A-CB, RCUY-A-CB air conditioner, air-cooled ≥40 <70
(≥135 <240)
11.0
11.2 IEER
10.8
11.0 IEER
   
SP-A, RC-A, RCU-A-C, SPY-A, RCY-A, RCU-A-CB, RCUY-A-CB air conditioner, air-cooled ≥70 <223
(≥240 <760)
10.0
10.1 IEER
9.8
9.9 IEER
   
SP-E, SP-W, RC-E, RC-W, SPY-E, SPY-W, RCY-E, RCY-W, RCU-E-C, RCU-W-C, RCU-E-CB, RCU-W-CB, RCUY-E-CB, RCUY-W-CB air conditioner, water & evaporatively cooled ≥19 <40
(≥65 <135)
11.5
11.7 IEER
11.3
11.5 IEER
   
SP-E, SP-W, RC-E, RC-W, SPY-E, SPY-W, RCY-E, RCY-W, RCU-E-C, RCU-W-C, RCU-E-CB, RCU-W-CB, RCUY-E-CB, RCUY-W-CB air conditioner, water & evaporatively cooled ≥40 <70
(≥135 <240)
11.0
11.2 IEER
10.8
11.0 IEER
   
SP-E, SP-W, RC-E, RC-W, SPY-E, SPY-W, RCY-E, RCY-W, RCU-E-C, RCU-W-C, RCU-E-CB, RCU-W-CB, RCUY-E-CB, RCUY-W-CB air conditioner, water & evaporatively cooled ≥70 <223
(≥240) <760
11.0
11.1 IEER
10.8
10.9 IEER
   
HSP-A, HRC-A-C, HRCU-A-C, HRC-A-CB, HRCU-A-CB heat pump ≥19 <40
(≥65 <135)
11.0
11.2 IEER
10.8
11.0 IEER
3.3 2.25
HSP-A, HRC-A-C, HRCU-A-C, HRC-A-CB, HRCU-A-CB heat pump ≥40 <70
(≥135 <240)
10.6
10.7 IEER
10.4
10.5 IEER
3.2 2.05
HSP-A, HRC-A-C, HRCU-A-C, HRC-A-CB, HRCU-A-CB heat pump ≥70 <223
(≥240 <760)
9.5
9.6 IEER
9.3
9.4 IEER
3.2 2.05
EER = Energy efficiency ratio
IEER = Integrated energy efficiency ratio
COP = Coefficient of performance

 

Table 2
Minimum performance levels for large condensing units
Product class Minimum efficiency
AHRI type classification Cooling capacity range
kW (1000 Btu/h)
Cooling minimum
efficiency (EER)
RCU-A ≥ 19 ≤ 70
(≥ 65 ≤ 240)
10.1
RCU-E, RCU-W ≥ 19 ≤ 70 (≥ 65 ≤ 240) 13.1
EER = Energy efficiency ratio
COP = Coefficient of performance
kW = kilowatts
Btu/h = British thermal units per hour

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
  • AHRI classification
  • cooling capacity in kW (Btu/h)
  • energy efficiency ratio
  • integrated energy efficiency ratio (IEER) (large air conditioners and heat pumps only)

For heat pumps only

  • heating capacity in kW (Btu/h)
  • heating coefficient of performance at 8.3°C
  • heating coefficient of performance at -8.3°C
  • which of the following heating sections, if any, the product features: electric or gas

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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.