PNS 396 Standards and Labelling: RAC

Last updated: 29 May 2019


a) PNS 396 requires all manufacturers, assemblers and importers of RACs to comply with above-mentioned energy efficiency standards.

b) It also requires the display of an energy label that will allow the buying public to compare room air conditioners based on energy efficiency, among others.

Room Air Conditioners (RACs) with cooling capacity below 12,000 kilojoules per hour (kj/h) must meet the minimum EER standard of 8.3 (BTU/hr per W). Units with cooling capacity of 12,000 kj/hr. and above must meet the minimum standard of 7.8. (BTU/hr per W)

 The progressive strengthening is also set up:

below 12000kJ/hr:
1995 - 8.3 BTU/hr per W

1998 - 8.7 BTU/hr per W

2001 - 9.1 BTU/hr per W

above 12000kJ/hr:

1995 - 7.4 BTU/hr per W

1996 - 7.8 BTU/hr per W

1999 - 8.2 BTU/hr per W

2002 - 8.6 BTU/hr per W

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End uses covered
  • Building end-uses
  • Building systems
  • Space cooling