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Definition of C. O. P and E. E. R

Coefficient of Performance - COP

The Coefficient of Performance - COP - is the basic unit less parameter used to report the efficiency of refrigerant based systems.

The Coefficient of Performance - COP - is the ratio between useful energy acquired and energy applied and can be expressed as:

COP = Eu / Ea (2)

where

COP = coefficient of performance

Eu = useful energy acquired (btu in imperial units)

Ea = energy applied (btu in imperial units)

COP can be used to define both cooling efficiency or heating efficiency as for a heat pump.

  • For cooling, COP is defined as the ratio of the rate of heat removal to the rate of energy input to the compressor.
  • For heating, COP is defined as the ratio of rate of heat delivered to the rate of energy input to the compressor.

COP can be used to define the efficiency at a single standard or non-standard rated condition or a weighted average seasonal condition. The term may or may not include the energy consumption of auxiliary systems such as indoor or outdoor fans, chilled water pumps, or cooling tower systems. For purposes of comparison, the higher the COP the more efficient the system.

COP can be treated as an efficiency where COP of 2.00 = 200% efficient.  For unitary heat pumps, ratings at two standard outdoor temperatures of 47oF and 17oF (8.3oC and -8.3oC) are typically used.

 

Energy Efficiency Ratio - EER

The Energy Efficiency Ratio - EER - is a term generally used to define the cooling efficiency of unitary air-conditioning and heat pump systems.

The efficiency is determined at a single rated condition specified by the appropriate equipment standard and is defined as the ratio of net cooling capacity - or heat removed in Btu/h - to the total input rate of electric energy applied - in watt hour. The units of EER are Btu/w.h.

EER = Ec / Pa (3)

where

EER = energy efficient ratio (Btu/W.h)

Ec = net cooling capacity (Btu/h)

Pa = applied energy (Watts)

This efficiency term typically includes the energy requirement of auxiliary systems such as the indoor and outdoor fans and the higher the EER the more efficient is the system.