Consumer Life-Cycle Cost Impacts of Energy-Efficiency Standards for Residential-Type Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps

TitleConsumer Life-Cycle Cost Impacts of Energy-Efficiency Standards for Residential-Type Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
Publication TypeConference Paper
LBNL Report NumberLBNL-49355
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsRosenquist, Gregory J., Peter T. Chan, Alexander B. Lekov, James E. McMahon, and Robert D. Van Buskirk
Conference Name2002 Winter Meeting of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), January 11-16, 2002
Volume108
Date Published10/2001
PublisherLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Conference LocationAtlantic City, New Jersey
Abstract

In support of the federal government's efforts to raise the minimum energy-efficiencystandards for residential-type central air conditioners and heat pumps, a consumer life-cycle cost(LCC) analysis was conducted to demonstrate the economic impacts on individual consumers fromrevisions to the standards. LCC is the consumer's cost of purchasing and installing an airconditioner or heat pump and operating the unit over its lifetime. The LCC analysis is conductedon a nationally representative sample of air conditioner and heat pump consumers resulting in adistribution of LCC impacts showing the percentage of consumers that are either benefitting or beingburdened by increased standards. Relative to the existing minimum efficiency standard of 10 SEER,the results show that a majority of split system air conditioner and heat pump consumers will eitherbenefit or be insignificantly impacted by increased efficiency standards of up to 13 SEER.

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Conference Paper, ASHRAE Transactions, 108, issue: 13, 2002 2001-10-10