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Carrier Rises to DOE Challenge with 10-Ton WeatherExpert Rooftop Unit


SYRACUSE, NY — The new Carrier WeatherExpert 10-ton unit exceeds the parameters of the recent Department of Energy (DOE) Rooftop Unit (RTU) Challenge, providing an Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio (IEER) of 20.8 - more than 15 percent more efficient than the required minimum of 18.0 IEER.

The DOE created the RTU Challengen an effort to spur the market introduction of cost-effective, high-performance commercial rooftop air conditioners, enlisting manufacturers to develop a 10-ton unit that meets the 18.0 IEER-specifications by April 1, 2013. The DOE focused on rooftop units, which are used in nearly half of all commercial cooling systems in the U.S. If all the 10-ton units currently sold nationwide were built using this new 18.0 IEER criteria, businesses would reduce energy use by half compared to current equipment, saving about $40 million annually in energy costs (according to the DOE's own data).

Carrier embraced the RTU Challenge and committed to the energy savings initiative with its entire line of WeatherExpert models, ranging from 3- to 23-ton units reaching a high-IEER rating of 21.0.

“When the DOE announced its RTU Challenge, we accepted immediately and enthusiastically,” stated Greg Alcorn, vice president, commercial sales and marketing, Carrier. “Carrier is committed to developing energy efficient solutions, so this challenge aligned perfectly with our priorities and market position. The DOE has taken a big step forward in improving the efficiency of the commercial cooling industry with the RTU Challenge, and Carrier is proud to be at the forefront of that movement.”

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