AHRI Lauds State Recognition of "Essential" Status for HVACR and Water Heating Industry

Date Published: March 27, 2020

Contact: Francis Dietz
Vice President, Public Affairs

Arlington, Va. — The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), the trade association representing manufacturers of heating, water heating, air conditioning, and commercial refrigeration products and equipment, today expressed its appreciation to the 23 states and the District of Columbia* that thus far have heeded the industry's call for "essential business" status during this health crisis. "These governors deserve the thanks of the manufacturers, distributors, contractors, engineers, and technicians that are committed to continuing to keep the American people productive, healthy, and comfortable in these trying times," said AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek. "Our industry is working overtime to ensure that lifesaving equipment remains available to all who need it," he added.

Last week, AHRI joined with nine other organizations, representing the HVACR and water heating equipment manufacturers, contractors, technicians, engineers, plumbers, and sheet metal contractors in issuing a statement to governmental organizations grappling with travel and personal interaction restrictions designed to prevent the spread of infection. Those trade associations and membership societies representing North America's heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, and water heating industry had requested that federal, state, and local authorities grant "essential business" status to the HVACR and water heating industry.

Organizations signing the statement included AHRI; the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA); the Heating, Airconditioning, and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI); the Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA); North American Technician Excellence (NATE); the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC), the Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA); the Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI); ASHRAE; and the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA).

* AK, CA, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, ME, NV, NJ, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV, and WI

About AHRI

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, and commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRI's 300+ member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world. Learn more about AHRI’s office in the MENA region here.