Energy Star issued "ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioner V 4.0 Installation Criteria" in it Energy Star states "EPA expects traditional single layer plastic accordion panels will not comply, but expects use of cut to size foam panels". The new installation criteria is in response to the Urban Green Council study of room air conditioner installations in 2011 for New York City. The study found that the average room air conditioner has air leaks equivalent to a six square inch hole. It concluded that solving the room air conditioner leak problem could lower New York City's energy costs by$130-$180 million every year. The problem is nationwide and is the result of a lack of focus on better installation solutions. Typical replacement foam panels are made of soft foam and absorb water. Closed cell foam is waterproof to keep the rain outside. Accordion style side panels are very thin and have minimal insulation. Nature's Cooling Solutions' Kit For Insulating Side Panels includes insulated panels that are made of 1/2 inch thick closed cell foam and raised rib design weather-strip. Most window air conditioners provide accordion panels; the panels help reduce drafts but do not provide insulation, which can cost your customers up to 10 % in wasted energy. Fits window air conditioners with a height of 19 inches or less. Foam is easily cut with scissors to needed size. Off white color blends with room air conditioners. Nature's Cooling Solutions kit far exceeds the Energy Star R value requirement.
Far Exceeds the ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioner V 4.0 Installation Criteria effecive October 26, 2015
Kit for large size room air conditioners. Panels are thicker and taller than the standard kit. kit contents; 2 off white closed cell foam wing panels ( Height 19", Width 9.6", Depth 3/4" ) ;132"of ribbed weather stripping
Made of 3/4 inch semi-rigid closed cell foam for superior insulation properties that will reduce energy loss
Increased panel thickness decreases outside noise; Uniform look provides improved aesthetics; Moisture and weather resistant
Waterproof panels & ribbed weather-striping eliminate air & water leaks even with uneven surfaces