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Coefficient of Performance (COP)

The higher an air conditioners COP the more efficient it is.
 

Definition:
Coefficient of Performance is the efficiency ratio of the amount of heating or cooling provided by a heating or cooling unit to the energy consumed by the system. The higher the Coefficient of Performance the more efficient the system. Electrical heating for example has a Coefficient of Performance of 1.0.

What does that mean?

So, if a heating element is giving 2.5kw of heating it is also using 2.5kw of power.

If an air conditioner has a rating of 2.5kw, giving you 2.5kw of cooling, it is only using 0.52kw to achieve that.

2.5 divided by 0.525 = 4.76 (COP) That makes it almost 5 times more efficient than electrical heating.

 

The diagram below shows you where to find the COP

Almost all brochures have a spec sheet printed inside.




Typical air conditioning specification sheet

air conditioner spec sheet

 

                    

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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