The Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International has formally endorsed two industry initiatives on the proper installation of heating and cooling equipment.

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America recently introduced a new ACCA-developed standard for quality installations of HVAC systems. The specification is intended to help contractors demonstrate a commitment to quality residential and commercial installations, improve equipment performance and durability, and provide assurance to customers.

Additionally, the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute is introducing a free contractor guide on CD to help contractors navigate the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute’s certified product directory to find matched air-conditioning and heat pump systems.

HARDI’s endorsement means that over 450 distributor companies and their 4,000 branch locations will be promoting these tools. The association is promoting the use of ACCA’s specifications as a curriculum within distributor training programs.

Members and visitors will be able to download the specifications from HARDI’s Web site at .
HARDI and ARI are partnering later this month to offer countertop displays to distributors offering the guide CD to contractor customers. With this tool, contractors can download ARI-certified performance papers to provide proof to customers that the systems are properly matched to achieve energy-efficiency ratings.

The CD also contains ARI’s “Perfect Match” brochure, which explains to homeowners the importance of properly matched AC systems. Contractors can customize the brochure with their company information. To receive the CD, contractors send a card to the ARI.