New Categories Announced for HVACR Controls


The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, better known as AHRI, declared that its Controls Product Section will be segmented into two new categories: Gas Controls and Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (ACR) Electronic Controls.

Some sections from the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute and the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association were combined when the two associations merged in 2008, and the Controls Product Section was formed. The section focuses more on gas control issues, but it also deals with other types of control products. Recently, the Board of Directors approved a plan to divide the section into two distinct sections.

According to Stephen Yurek, the President, and CEO of AHRI, “We constantly strive to meet the needs and interests of our members in the best way possible. These new product sections will better represent all control equipment and give a voice to more manufacturers within our industry.”

The ACR Electronic Controls Section will cover auxiliary control devices. Along with controllers that are mainly designed to help in the unattended operation in electric utility demand reduction, energy efficiency, fault detection and diagnosis, cloud connectivity. The ACR Electronic Controls Section will also cover cybersecurity, or safe operation of elements of comfort conditioning equipment, industrial and commercial refrigeration equipment covered by AHRI’s other product categories. These devices must be responsive to at least one of the conditions such as pricing signals, power, voltage, pressure, temperature, time, air quality, fluid flow, current, or humidity.

Meanwhile, the Gas Controls Section will focus on controls that include accessories and components of gas-fired utilization equipment. It includes, but is not limited to, manual gas valves, combination gas controls, automatic gas valves, flame sensors, gas appliance pressure regulators, automatic flue and vent dampers, pressure sensors and switches, oxygen depletion sensing devices, line pressure regulators, gas filters/sediment traps, and thermostatic system components.

Devices that are not encompassed in the scopes of other AHRI sections such as low voltage thermostats, general purpose motor starters and circuit breakers, auxiliary controlling devices, and component controllers are particularly excluded from the new product categories.

Based on AHRI’s website, a lot of HVACR manufacturing industry standards, programs, and policy positions came from AHRI’s more than 40 product sections. AHRI member companies can apply for membership in one or more of the product-specific categories, depending on what they manufacture.