Improving Air-Conditioner and Heat Pump Modeling (Presentation): NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Gail Werren

Research output: NRELPresentation


A new approach to modeling residential air conditioners and heat pumps allows users to model systems by specifying only the more readily-available SEER/EER/HSPF-type metrics. Manufacturer data was used to generate full sets of model inputs for over 450 heat pumps and air conditioners. A sensitivity analysis identified which inputs can be safely defaulted 'behind-the-scenes' without negativelyimpacting the reliability of energy simulations.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NamePresented at the Building America Stakeholder Meeting, 29 February - 2 March 2012, Austin, Texas

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5500-54361


  • air conditioners
  • BEopt building energy optimization software
  • curve
  • heat pump
  • heating seasonal performance factor
  • HSPF
  • inputs
  • library
  • map
  • modeling
  • performance
  • seasonal energy efficiency ratio
  • SEER
  • standardized


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