During its annual conference and exposition, NADCA released a new standard for best practices in HVAC inspection, cleaning, and maintenance.

MOUNT LAUREL. N.J. - The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) released the NADCA Standard for Assessment, Cleaning and Restoration of HVAC systems. Also known as the 2013 ACR, the new standard was announced during the twenty-fourth Annual Conference and Exposition held March 15-18 in New Orleans. The 2013 ACR Standard has been designed to reflect the most current industry information and best practices of HVAC inspection, cleaning and maintenance.

“The ACR standard provides guidance to professionals as they evaluate the cleanliness of system components,” said NADCA president, Matt Mongiello. “The standard sets an expectation for cleaning and restoring HVAC systems to a specific level of cleanliness.”

According to the association, the Standard provides practical, reliable and industry-backed information for assessing new and existing HVAC systems; evaluating and verifying the cleanliness of HVAC system components; preventing job related hazards; and guiding the cleaning and restoration o f HVAC systems to a specific level of cleanliness.

The NADCA ACR standard is available for all industry professionals.

“It’s important to be sure that the individual or company inspecting your HVAC system is trained and qualified for the job,” noted Mongiello. “NADCA certified professionals are equipped with the knowledge and experience to inspect the air handling system and determine the specific needs for cleaning and restoring the unit, when necessary.”

The 2013 ACR standard recommends that inspections of air handling systems be performed both before and after HVAC cleaning and restoration projects. Doing so helps the contractor determine the current state of the system, the scope of work that needs to be performed, and the tools and equipment needed for task.

NADCA encourages all HVAC professionals to order their free copy of the ACR standard by visiting www.nadca.com.