The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recently announced its web site, www.nadca.com, has been given a whole new look. Brighter colors and more pictures make the site more fun to use. The home page has been redesigned to make the site easier to navigate.

A new "Frequently Asked Questions" section provides interested consumers or business owners with just about everything they ever wanted to know about residential duct cleaning and highlights the need for a true, NADCA-certified professional.

The group's history, mission statement, code of ethics and membership information is also available for viewing. A searchable database allows home or business owners to look for Air System Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) certified members in their area. A special members-only section includes information on upcoming association events, committee projects and a downloadable version of ACR-2000, the group's long-awaited new standard for duct cleaning. NADCA publications are also available for purchase.

  • NADCA isn't the only group redesigning its web site. The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) website has also been refurbished. The new site features easier-to-navigate drop down menus and improved access to SMACNA's catalog of technical manuals and standards.

    Click on the "Publications" link to purchase SMACNA videos, books and software related to the sheet metal and hvac industries as well as safety issues. Each listing has a comprehensive description, table of contents and an executive summary. A secure web browser means you can order online with confidence.

    At the "Technical Services" link, visitors can browse the "Technical Inquiry Forum," a place to ask questions about SMACNA technical standards and guidelines. Free technical papers are available to be downloaded.

    The searchable "Member Directory" will now allow home or business owners to locate contractors by major cities and surrounding suburbs. Searches may also be done by name or SMACNA chapter.

    A wide variety of specialized newsletters and more is also on the site. To see for yourself, go to www.smacna.org.

  • Unico Inc. has added a heat calculator to its web site, www.unicosystem.com. The calculator will allow contractors or even homeowners to determine how much heat loss or gain occurs in a home and how many British thermal Units (BTUs) are required to maintain a certain temperature.

    "Through this unique tool on our website, we hope to assist homeowners and contractors in making a knowledgeable decision about the hvac systems in their homes," said Scott Intagliata, marketing director for Unico.

  • Micro Air, a maker of air pollution control equipment, now offers expanded access to their full line of industrial and commercial systems at www.microaironline.com. The web site has detailed information on the company's dust collecting, air cleaning and oil mist collecting systems. Customer testimonials, product news and a distributor map are also available.

  • Canada-based Empire Machinery and Tools has a new web site. The company is a division of Empire Sheet Metal Manufacturing Co. Ltd., one of Canada's oldest makers of hvac fittings and custom sheet metal products. It distributes new and used sheet metal and fabricating equipment throughout Canada, Europe and the U.S. Visit their site at www.empire-machinery.com.

Copeland Corp. has a new web site. Product information, industry news and contractor research are all just a mouse click away. The site currently features an extensive section about Copeland's R-410A. The company's Environments newsletter is now available online as well. Simply go to www.copeland-corp.com and sign up to receive the newsletter via email.

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