“We are glad to announce that the Department of Energy (DoE) has given us the recognition signal to accept samples and undertake Air-Conditioning Unit (ACU) performance testing in accordance with the applicable Philippine National Standard (PNS),” Engr. Dax Velmonte, TÜV Rheinland Philippines, Business Stream Products Senior Manager proudly shares.
Air-Conditioning Unit (ACU) Performance Testing determines the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of Air-conditioners. PNS 396 specifies the energy efficiency and labelling requirements for ACUs manufactured or imported to be sold in the country. It is a performance standard which prescribes a minimum level of energy efficiency ratio for ACU.
Since February 2015, TÜV Rheinland Philippines Products team started receiving test samples for ACU performance testing. “As part of the inspection and evaluation processes of DoE, a master unit of ACU, window type was tested using our laboratory to verify the competence of our personnel and accuracy of testing facility. The results were very satisfactory, resulting to the recognition of TÜV Rheinland for the EER/Performance Testing of ACUs,” Velmonte explains.
The newly installed psychometric laboratory facility has the capacity of 3 tons which could accommodate air conditioners rated between 3 kW to 17.5 kW, either window type or split type.
Velmonte explains that in fulfilling the commitment of TÜV Rheinland in ensuring customer protection, thru quality, and safety testing of products, this new investment further strengthens the capability and competence of TÜV Rheinland in supporting EE performance testing in the country. “TÜV Rheinland has committed to DOE and the industry in ensuring not only qualified personnel but more importantly, improved testing lead times,” he added.
In 2013, around 800 models of ACU were tested and during that time, there was only one recognized laboratory. The Bureau of Philippines Standards has designated DoE as the official testing laboratory for the performance testing of all ACU samples. The test shall be done by DOE in accordance with PNS 240:1998 (ISO 5151:1994). Since DoE has no capacity to conduct the testing and would rather focus on complaints and market regulations, the recognized testing laboratories will be utilized and testing shall be conducted under the supervision of DOE representatives.
Since 2006, TÜV Rheinland Philippines has been undertaking electrical testing for lamps, audio-video products, testing of ceramic tiles and sanitary wares, and hardlines, accredited by the Philippine Accreditation Board (PAB) in accordance to ISO/IEC 17025 AND recognized by the DTI-BPS.
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