HVAC Initiative


This Initiative’s objectives: increase the market penetration and quality installation of high efficiency central air conditioning and air source heat pumps.

How to participate

In 2014, Residential HVAC Initiative participants were:

  1. providing incentives or deploying a significant and focused educational and promotional program for high efficiency residential air conditioning and heat pumps that meet at least CEE tier 1 efficiency levels.


  1. providing incentives or deploying a significant and focused educational and promotional program for Quality Installation Specification ANSI/ACCA 5.


  1. reporting specific program details to CEE for compilation in the annual CEE Residential HVAC Program Summary.

Note: this initiative was replaced on January 15, 2015. Please see the CEE Residential Space Heating and Cooling Systems Initiative for current participation requirements.


This year, we merged the CEE Residential Central Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Initiative with the CEE Residential Gas Heating Initiative to form the CEE Residential Space Heating and Cooling Systems Initiative. With the merger, we can address residential end uses as systems, thus enhancing messaging and interaction among efficiency programs and key stakeholders who manufacture, distribute, market, install, and maintain these systems.

We also met members’ needs to achieve higher savings targets from residential HVAC programs by revising the CEE tiers and achieving a critical alignment with the national marketing platform, ENERGY STAR®, and its ENERGY STAR Most Efficient program.

As well, we expanded the list of products in the CEE Directory of Efficient Equipment, enhancing the value of this market transformation platform. The Directory serves as the qualifying product list for five CEE initiatives; it provides access to accurate information on qualifying products in the residential air conditioning, heat pump, furnace, boiler, and water heater markets.

A Word about Connected

CEE convened the HVAC and building science industries to examine the energy efficiency potential of connected products. As a result, the CEE Connected Committee completed a framework document—the Demand Response Performance and Communication Specifications for Smart and Connected Variable Capacity Unitary HVAC Equipment—with AHRI and EPRI that begins to standardize definitions for connected residential HVAC products. The framework identifies communication pathways, acceptable compressor technologies, DR signal responses, and data requirements. This document forms the foundation for a CEE specification to be developed in 2015, and ultimately serves as a basis for recognizing and promoting connected HVAC equipment. CEE played the role of facilitator in content development meetings and kept the collective needs of CEE members front and center.

CEE specifications enable member incentive programs to recognize and promote the most efficient products in the marketplace. As such, specifications catalyze market transformation along the distribution chain. As these efforts achieve market change, the CEE tier levels are adjusted from time to time to encourage continuing advancement. Advancing tier levels shown in this graphic indicate the progress that has been made over the last two decades toward a more efficient central air-conditioner marketplace. Future savings depend on quality installation, operations and  maintenance, and behavior as well as unit efficiency.

Data Source:
This information was compiled using the DOE Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Energy Conservation Standards: and the ENERGY STAR® Central Air Conditioner and Air Source Heat Pumps Specifications:



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