An updated version of ARI Standard 350-2000, from the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute is now available for a free download at www.ari.org.

An updated version of ARI Standard 350-2000, "Sound Rating on Non-Ducted Indoor Air Conditioning Equipment" from the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute is now available for a free download at www.ari.org.

Standard 350-2000 establishes a method for determining the sound rating of indoor portions of non-ducted ac. The rating is comprised of a set of sound power levels, including octave bands and A-wedged levels.

ARI makes several of its standards available online as a way to make it easier for contractors, architects and engineers to make equipment choices.

Anyone interested in owning a copy of the standard can go to the web site and click on the "bookstore" link. The cost is $10 for ARI members and $20 for nonmembers.

  • Heatcraft Refrigeration Products has introduced online order status and product information for its Bohn, Larkin, Chandler and Climate Control brands. Known as "Access2Answers," site visitors can check shipping information such as delivery date, quantity and status. Product information is also available, including weight, list price, dimensions, options and other specifications. Company officials say the site will soon include warranty support and access to service representatives.

    Visit the site at www.heatcraftrpd.com.

  • The Home Ventilating Institute (HVI), a division of the Air Movement and Control Association Inc. (AMCA), has launched a web site to provide information on residential mechanical ventilating products and indoor air quality (IAQ).

    The HVI is made up of ventilating product manufacturers who participate in certified ratings programs to uniformly compare their products. Testing is conducted in a laboratory and results are published on the HVI's web site. Certified products include kitchen range hoods, inline fans, heat and energy recovery ventilators and more. HVI's current Certified Product Directory is also available for download.

    While much of information on the site is aimed at consumers, it does contain tips to help contractors, such as how many air changes are required per hour to properly ventilate home bathrooms and where to install exhaust points. Go to www.hvi.org.

  • Construction industry consulting firm FMI has overhauled its web site, www.fminet.com. The site is now organized according to the main markets FMI serves: owners and facility managers, general contractors, architects and engineers, trades people, manufacturers and suppliers. Consulting information and educational seminars are now grouped by market sector. The site also contains free articles, reports, association services, discussion groups, client perspectives and much more.

  • Arcoaire Air Conditioning and Heating, a division of International Comfort Products, now has a dealer-oriented web site. At www.arcoairedlr.com, dealers can find information just for them, including information on ad planning, yellow pages and designing a web site. It also provides a forum for feedback. Visitors to the site will be asked to log in by entering their business phone number. Your distributor must give your number to the site administrator for the long in to work. If you have problems logging in, contact your distributor or call 800-548-6214.

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