ARI Announces Name Change for Air Filters Product Section

ARLINGTON, Va -- The Board of Directors of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) recently approved a new name and expanded scope change for ARI’s Air Filters Product Section. The new product section will now be called the “Air Filtration and Ultraviolet Light Treatment Section.”

“We changed our name in order to facilitate future growth and development of the section,” said Eric Brodsky, chairman of the Air Filtration and Ultraviolet Light Treatment Section. “Adjusting our scope to include manufacturers of ultraviolet light treatment equipment will help ensure that North American manufacturers of this equipment are positioned to be truly competitive in our global economy.”

The newly renamed product section includes three separate subsections:

  • Mechanical Air Filter Subsection, with an expanded scope that includes: A device that utilizes a filter media, which may or may not have a passive electrostatic charge, to mechanically remove airborne particulate, including particulate from biological sources, in residential and commercial heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) systems.

  • Electronic Air Filter Subsection, with an expanded scope that includes: An electrically powered device that utilizes an active electrical or ionization field to impose a charge on the airborne particulate, including particulate from biological sources, that assists in removing the particulate from the air stream in residential and commercial heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) systems.

  • Ultraviolet Air Treatment Subsection, with an expanded scope that includes: Factory made devices that create light in the Ultraviolet wavelength for use either as a germicidal light to affect microorganisms on illuminated surfaces or in the air stream or to cause a catalytic reaction to break down contaminants in the air circulating in the ductwork of residential and commercial environments.

The section oversees the development and maintenance of ARI Standard 680-93 “Residential Air Filter Equipment” and ARI Standard 850-93 “Commercial and Industrial Air Filter Equipment.” Both standards can be downloaded for free at www.ari.org.

For more information about the Air Filtration and Ultraviolet Light Treatment Section, contact Terri Dzadovsky, ARI’s certification engineer, at [email protected].

The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute is the trade association representing manufacturers of more than 90 percent of North American produced central air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment.

This and other news items may be found on the Internet at ARI's World Wide Web site, http://www.ari.org.

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