Vipac have released an air conditioning energy efficiency calculator that they have built for the Australian Government.
According to their media release, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios (SEER) Calculator, was made for the Department of the Environment and Energy to evaluate the annual energy efficiency of air conditioners, to reduce Australia’s carbon footprint, and to provide more comprehensive labelling for consumers to enable them to make informed choices.
Their media release also states that the Calculator provides Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) values that take geographical location and environmental conditions into account, which aims to encourage manufacturers to make products that suit a consumer’s location.
The Calculator’s other features include providing immediate feedback on the unit’s energy efficiency if variables change, and instant comparison between different air conditioning models and climate zones. The calculations that can be made are based on the AS/NZS 3823.4:2014 Performance of electrical appliances – Air conditioners and heat pumps: Air-cooled air conditioners and air-to-air heat pumps – Testing and calculating methods for seasonal performance factors – Cooling seasonal performance factor.
The Calculator was published on the Government’s Energy Rating website last week, and is in the form of an Excel spreadsheet. The website states that the Calculator was created for E3 by Vipac engineers and Scientists, and is provided as an estimation tool only.
The launch of the Calculator comes a year after Energy Rating released a Regulation Impact Statement which proposed options to improve the energy efficiency of air conditioners and chillers. Adopting Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios were a part of the proposed options.
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios (SEER) Calculator can be found here.
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