Applied Research Laboratories Performing Energy Efficiency Testing and Certification

Many manufacturers of electrical appliances are familiar with Applied Research Laboratories’ consumer product safety testing and listing.   In the summer of 2012, ARL added another capability – energy efficiency testing and certification.

ARL evaluates and tests a variety of HVAC equipment and other appliances for the federally mandated U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Appliance Standards Program and the state mandated California Energy Commission (CEC) program.  ARL is also recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for both testing and certification under the ENERGY STAR® program.

DOE testing is required for all major home electrical appliances.  Test results are incorporated into the yellow EnergyGuide labels the DOE requires manufacturers place on all appliances. The label shows the estimated yearly operating cost of the appliance, based on the national average cost of electricity, and the estimated yearly electricity consumption.

ENERGY STAR qualified products exceed the federal minimum standards for efficiency and quality.  Manufacturers pay for testing and certification, but the expense is justified by increased sales to consumers who are interested in lower operating costs or reduced environmental impact.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) defines required energy efficiency levels that all products must meet in California.

“The advantage of testing with ARL compared to the big-box testing labs is that we can give more personal attention, an improved turnaround time and competitive pricing,” according to Kristine Donate, Director of Quality Assurance.  “There aren’t many smaller laboratories providing ENERGY STAR testing and certifying services for HVAC products.  We are one of only three that provides both.  There are a few other small labs providing certification or testing only, but it is a lot more efficient to have one lab do both.”

“As ARL’s customer base grows, we plan to add new products and enhance facilities for energy efficiency testing,” she added.

For more information, call ARL at 305.624.4800 or visit the website at http://www.arl-test.com.

Applied Research Laboratories Returns from the AHR Expo with New Clients and New Ideas

Applied Research Laboratory at the AHR Expo

From left: Bruce Sukert, Daisy Carrasco, Mauricio Silva and Kris Donate at the AHR Expo

The 65th International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition, cosponsored by The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), is the largest collection of HVAC manufacturers and representatives of the year, a virtual who’s who in the industry.  ARL participated with a booth, manned by four representatives; President Bruce Sukert, Director of Quality Assurance Kris Donate, Listing Compliance Inspector Mauricio Silva, and Bookkeeper Daisy Carrasco. The booth was visited by upwards of 70 people.

For ARL, it was a good opportunity to let HVAC manufacturers know that there are quicker and more cost-effective sources for product safety testing.  As a certified testing laboratory, ARL is performing the equivalent testing of some better-known laboratories, but with a more personalized service and much better response and turnaround time.

One of ARL’s newer initiatives showcased at the expo was Energy Star certified energy efficiency testing. “Energy Star ratings can be a major factor influencing purchasing of HVAC systems”, according to Bruce Sukert, President of ARL. “Environmentally conscious people, when given the choice, will buy products with a lesser impact. Even those people who are not environmentally conscious appreciate the financial benefits of lower energy use”.

ARL was also proud to present their status as a TUV Rheinland partnership lab.  This partnership adds to ARL’s offerings in product safety certification and field-testing, and performance testing in general.

The ARL staff did not spend the whole time sitting in their own booth.  They walked around the expo and talked to as many people as possible, seeking input on how they might improve their offerings. ARL is always looking for areas in the heating and cooling industry to expand their services in, and welcomes feedback.  They came back with some good ideas, especially in the refrigeration area, that they intend to follow up on.

ARL’s participation at the AHR Expo is expected to bring a lot of new business to the company. Most of the people the ARL representatives talked to were impressed by the promise of faster turnaround time.

For more information contact ARL at 305-624-4800 or visit www.arl-test.com