India India adds light commercial air conditioners to voluntary scheme of Standards & Labeling Programme.

On March 2, 2020, India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) announced the addition of light commercial air conditioners to the voluntary list of products covered by the Standards & Labeling Programme. The programme specifies the requirement for participating in the star labeling program for single and three phase non ducted single split with, fixed and variable speed air-conditioner with rated capacity above 10.5 kW upto and including 18.0 kW of the vapor compression type covered under the scope of IS 1391 (Part 2):2018 with all amendments being manufactured, imported, commercially purchased or sold in India. All star labelled room air conditioners manufactured, imported, commercially purchased or sold in India, shall have a default setting of 24 ° C without any manual intervention.


Reference Standard:

IS 1391 (Part 2): 2018 with all amendments
Room Air Conditioners-Specifications – Part 2 Split Air Conditioners


Particular specifications for light commercial air conditioners:

  1. Standard cooling at full capacity (100%) and half capacity (50%)
  2. Cooling Seasonal Energy Consumption (CSEC)
  3. Cooling Seasonal Total Load (CSTL)
  4. Indian Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (ISEER) for cooling only
  5. Performance requirements and Test Methods.
  6. Star Rating plan
  7. Validity period of the label.
  8. Test report format
  9. Label design and its contents.


The star rating parameters for Indian Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio:

(Valid from March 2, 2020 to December 31, 2021)

Indian Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio(kWh/kWh)
Star Rating Minimum Maximum
1 Star 2.70 3.09
2 Star 3.10 3.39
3 Star 3.40 3.69
4 Star 3.70 3.99
5 Star >=4.00


Example of the label:

The specifications of light commercial air conditioners for the programme can be downloaded from the following URL (in English)

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