ARLINGTON, Va. - Contractors, architects, engineers, specifiers, and consumers now have a Web site hosted by the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) where visitors can access information about one of ARI's most important functions - HVACR product certification.

The new Web site at includes:

  • Detailed information about each individual ARI certification program including product descriptions and free performance standard downloads;

  • Consumer tips on utility rebates, describing the benefits of purchasing ARI-certified equipment and the difference between certified and rated products;

  • A section where independent laboratories can solicit bids for conducting product performance testing of HVACR equipment for the 2005 testing year;

  • A frequently asked questions section that answers questions manufacturers may have about ARI's certification programs and certified equipment; and

  • A link to PrimeNet (, ARI's online directories of certified equipment.

    In its certification programs, ARI verifies manufacturers' certified performance ratings of industry products in continuous laboratory testing. ARI currently administers 21 certification programs for various types of HVACR equipment. It annually selects a significant portion of each participating manufacturer's production models to be tested by an independent laboratory. Overall, ARI administers more than 1,800 certification tests each year. Units are tested using procedures stipulated in the corresponding ARI standard to verify that they meet the manufacturers' certified published performance.

    For more information about ARI's certification programs, visit

    Publication date: 06/28/2004