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CEE Directory of ARI Verified Equipment

The CEE/ARI Verified Directory identifies a list of products (less than 65 Mbtuh) that the manufacturer represents as meeting energy performance tiers established by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) as part of the Residential Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Initiative and the High-Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioning Initiative. These initiatives make use of tiers to differentiate equipment on the basis of energy performance with a higher tier representing a higher level of claimed performance. Additional information on these CEE initiatives can be found at www.CEE1.org.


All products identified by the Directory are ENERGY STAR™ qualified, a distinction granted by the US Environmental Protection Agency for energy-efficient central air-conditioning and heat pump equipment. More information on ENERGY STAR can be found at www.energystar.gov.

CEE would like to acknowledge the following efficiency program administrators for providing financial support for the development of this database:

  • Connecticut Light & Power/Northeast Utilities
  • Energy Trust of Oregon
  • Long Island Power Authority
  • MidAmerican Energy
  • National Grid USA
  • Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power
  • New Jersey Clean Energy Program
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)
  • San Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE)
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
  • Southern California Edison (SCE)
  • TXU Electric Delivery
  • United Illuminating (UI)
  • Xcel Energy

CEE would also like to acknowledge the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and its manufacturer members for supplying and compiling the data for the Directory.

Use of Directory

The use of this Directory is subject to the Terms of Service governing the CEE Web site. This directory is intended to provide efficiency performance information to assist HVAC contractors, consumers and efficiency program managers in making informed equipment selection decisions. The directory enables a user to sort equipment by any of the identified information fields provided below:

  • ARI Reference Number
  • Split or Packaged (Split systems have two separate components, an outdoor condenser and an indoor evaporator. Packaged units combine both components into one unit)
  • Model Number
  • Manufacturer
  • Brand
  • Power Phase (single-phase-normal for residential or 3-phase-normal for commercial)
  • Cooling Capacity
  • Heating Capacity
  • CEE Tier
  • SEER
  • HSPF

To access the Directory, go to CEE Online and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.

CEE Performance Tier Levels


These performance tier levels cover packaged and split system air conditioners and heat pumps up to 65,000 Btu/hour cooling capacity.

Packaged Equipment
Tier 1/Energy Star14.0118
Tier 214.0 or Higher12.0 or Higher8.0 or Higher
Split Equipment
ENERGY STAR14.011.58.2
Tier 3 (Advanced)16.013.0N/A

About CEE

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), a nonprofit public benefits corporation, develops national initiatives to promote the manufacture and purchase of energy-efficient products and services. Our goal is to induce lasting structural and behavioral changes in the marketplace, resulting in the increased adoption of energy-efficient technologies.

About ARI

ARI is the national trade association representing manufacturers of more than 90 percent of North American produced central air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment. ARI's national headquarters is located in Arlington, Virginia. ARI traces its history back to 1903 when it started as the Ice Machine Builders of the United States. ARI was formed in 1953 through a merger of two related trade associations. Since that time, several other related trade associations have merged into ARI, making it the strong association that it is today. Over the past 45 years, ARI has emerged as the major voice for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry.