ENERGY STAR is a U.S. government-sponsored program that helps businesses and homeowners save energy and protect the environment by giving them the information they need to make smart choices about efficiency. Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling products.
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent testing organization established to assess products for public safety. UL conducts tests based on standards set by its own engineers, in conjunction with input from manufacturers and product users. Every year, more than 71,000 products are evaluated in the organization’s 66 facilities, which are located around the world.
GreenSpec is a leading resource of environmentally responsible products.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is a trade association that develops and publishes performance-testing standards for air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment. AHRI standards ensure manufacturers’ problem claims are valid and reliable, so buyers can make informed decisions about product claims.
The Good Housekeeping Seal is one of the most prestigious and trusted symbols of quality. Before products can earn the seal, they are rigorously evaluated by the Good Housekeeping Institute, the research arm of Good Housekeeping magazine. If a product bearing the Seal proves to be defective within two years of purchase, Good Housekeeping will replace the product or refund the purchase price. Learn more about Good Housekeeping certified products.
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a nonprofit membership group that creates national and international standards aimed at promoting public safety and well being. Compliance with CSA codes is required by many provinces/states and insurance companies.
CSA also develops standards related to design of a wide range of products. The CSA Blue Star label indicates that a product is certified to applicable US standards for appliances using gas or other petroleum fuels. The CSA Blue Flame indicates a product is certified to applicable Canadian standards for appliances using gas or other petroleum fuels.
This CSA mark certifies that a product is in compliance with the requirements of the energy efficiency and electrical safety standards for the Canadian market.
Intertek, a leader in HVAC/R equipment testing, tests products to all North American (US and Canada) Safety Standards for HVAC/R equipment, including ANSI, IL, CSA, ASTM and other applicable standards.
The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is a national association that offers leadership and training programs for the advancement of its members' business and technical excellence, promotes a code of ethics for consumer protection and safety, and provides consumers with useful information and a database of members in good standing to support an informed buying process.
Products that have received the right to use the NAHB Research Center Green Approved mark are products that the Research Center has approved as being eligible to contribute points toward certification of a building under the National Green Building Standard™. Such products, when appropriately used, enable builders to earn points toward certification of the building.
The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News is the weekly news magazine for contractors of the HVACR industry (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration). The publication’s Dealer Design Awards is an annual recognition program honoring excellence in product design. Winners are chosen by a panel of HVAC contractors for gold, silver or bronze designation based on features that assist in product installation, maintenance and service.