As building maintenance professionals, we understand the importance of keeping up with and meeting the continuously changing standards within the industry. It’s necessary that the industry releases updated regulations to help maintain the quality and safety of the industry and workers. Recently, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) issued the NADCA Standard for Assessment, Cleaning, and Restoration–also known as the 2013 ACR standard. According to this article by Distribution Center Magazine, the standard defines the most current and up-to-date industry information and best practices for those in the HVAC inspection, cleaning, and maintenance industries.
As our own Matt Mongiello, immediate Past President of NADCA, describes in the article, “The ACR standard provides guidance to professionals as they evaluate the cleanliness of system components.” Not only that, but “the standard sets an expectation for cleaning and restoring HVAC systems to a specific level of cleanliness.”
“It’s important to be sure that the individual or company inspecting your HVAC system is trained and qualified for the job,” continued Matt. “NADCA certified professionals are equipped with the knowledge and experience to inspect the air handling system and determine the specific needs for cleaning and restoring the unit, when necessary.”
Ultimately, the new standard outlines the needed information for assessing new and existing HVAC systems, evaluating and verifying the cleanliness of HVAC system components, preventing job-related hazards, and specifying cleaning regulations of HVAC systems for all industry professionals. While the last standard was created in 2006, this particular version of the ACR reformats and updates procedures so it correctly meets the needs of current air duct cleaning projects.
Are you looking for more information on the ACR standard? NADCA allows you to download the full standard here—make sure your business meets these newest regulations!