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April 06, 2006
The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) recently launched a new, powerful online database of more than 150 million ARI Performance Certified heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) products that have passed rigorous testing and certification requirements to ensure they meet the manufacturer’s stated performance.
Known as the ARI Directory of Certified Product Performance (ARI Directory), the new tool provides engineers, architects, specifiers, and builders with quick and easy access to information they need to ensure their customers are getting the best equipment possible for the price. The ARI Directory can be found at www.aridirectory.org.
“Any HVACR equipment manufacturer can claim that their product’s performance is rated in accordance with ARI’s Standards; however, only those manufacturers that participate in ARI’s certification programs can claim that their qualifying products have been independently certified to perform as they claim,” said William Sutton, president of ARI. “Our mark provides a guarantee that the product’s performance has been accurately published and verified through an annual testing program.”
ARI develops and publishes more than 80 technical standards for industry products, many of which are accepted as American National Standards. ARI standards establish rating criteria and procedures for measuring and certifying product performance. In this way, products are rated on a uniform basis, so that buyers and users can properly make selections for specific applications.
In its certification programs, ARI verifies manufacturers’ certified performance ratings of industry products in continuous and extensive laboratory testing. Participation in the programs is voluntary and is open to all manufacturers of products covered by the certification program. ARI annually selects a significant portion of each manufacturer’s production models to be tested by an independent laboratory under contract to ARI. Randomly selected products are tested using procedures stipulated by the corresponding ARI standards, to verify that they meet the manufacturers’ published performance ratings. A product failing the test requires either re-rating or cessation of production.
“The directory offers a convenient source for showing certified efficiencies and capacity ratings for the listed products,” said Mr. Sutton. “By comparing the product performance ratings, professionals can select the appropriate product for a particular job, secure in the knowledge that the product will perform as indicated in ARI’s directory.”
The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of more than 90 percent of North American-produced central air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment.
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