Don’t Forget Your Ducts When It Comes to HVAC Units | Howard County, MD

Ductwork Deficiencies Cause HVAC Unit Inefficiency   According to ENERGY STAR, an inefficient ductwork system can cause energy losses of 20 to 30 percent in the average commercial building. Ductwork can reduce whole commercial air conditioner efficiency due to: Poor ductwork design: Poor duct design prohibits conditioned air from being distributed effectively throughout your building. This forces your HVAC unit to overwork, running longer cycles to compensate. The unit in turn experiences more wear and tear, which causes it to consume more energy to run, lowering efficiency. Improper ductwork sizing and configuration restricts airflow through the system, wasting energy and limiting indoor comfort….
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HVAC Energy Efficiency & Its Effects on Climate Change | Baltimore, MD

HVAC Energy Efficiency The HVAC industry has continually worked to improve technology, increasing the energy efficiency of the heating and cooling systems in homes and businesses throughout the world. Not only do these advances bring energy saving benefits to users, but environmentally friendly heating and cooling technology is working to lower our impact on climate change.   Higher energy efficiency ratings of heating and cooling equipment are working to lower impact on climate change. With more efficient utilization of heating and cooling fuel, less fuel is consumed. This lowers direct carbon emissions that impact climate change, as well as carbon…
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Subcooling and Superheat: Superheroes of System Charging | Carroll, MD

  Here’s a common scenario. You go on a service call, put your gauges on a condensing unit, and find that the suction pressure is low. What do you do? In too many cases, the answer is “add refrigerant.” But doesn’t it seem like a good idea to confirm that low refrigerant is the problem before you start adding refrigerant? That’s why checking superheat and subcooling is so important. Let’s go back to the beginning. You go on a service call and find low suction pressure. However, this time you consider the three main causes of low suction pressure, and check…
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‘Got Flu?’ Awareness Campaign Begins | Baltimore, MD

Sources say a professionally installed in-duct IAQ system is one of the best ways to help prevent the spread of flu viruses throughout the home and workplace. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu viruses are spread mainly through the air by microscopic droplets of water that can travel as much as 100 feet from the infected person. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, or even speaks, these droplets are launched into the air, easily spreading to others nearby who are unaware of the pathogens they are now breathing. Unfortunately, reactive solutions such as encouraging people to stay home…
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4 Strategies To Recruit And Hire The Very Best Employees | Howard, MD

  Most of your employees are probably great. But it’s likely that you have a few that aren’t pulling their weight. And, even the great employees are rarely as dedicated to your company as you’d like them to be. You’re a reasonable boss but sometimes it feels like a challenge to recruit and hire the very best employees. Use these powerful, proven, and innovated tips to overcome the hassles and build a STRONG team. Strategy #1. Change Your Thinking About Who You Want When you have a spot to fill on the schedule, and your other employees are grumbling about…
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Blocked! Texas Court Preliminary Halts Overtime Rules | Annapolis, MD

  In a dramatic last-minute development, a federal judge in Texas blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule  handing an 11th hour victory to employers across the country. As our members are well aware, back in May, 2016 the DOL unveiled a package of revised regulations changing the compensation requirements for employees who can be treated as exempt from overtime pay, upping the minimum salary from $455 to $913 per week, which annualizes to $47,476 (up from $23,000 per year), and this rate would be then subsequently raised again every three years with the first hike scheduled for January…
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Attorney General Obtains $1.7 Million Verdict Against HVAC Company | Carroll, MD

On August 7, 2018, in a case filed by the Colorado Attorney General against a Westminster-based, Colorado HVAC company, a district judge issued a permanent injunction against the company for violations of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act. The Court’s order requires the defendants (the owner and manager of the company) to pay $1.5 million in civil penalties, $205,146 in consumer restitution, and to reimburse the state’s attorney’s fees and costs. The order also permanently enjoined the owner and manager from engaging in any activity related to the sale or installation of any type of HVAC equipment.The verdict follows a temporary…
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Addressing Workforce Constraints | Anne Arundel County, Maryland

    Recently, ACCA got two big steps forward in their work to address the workforce shortage that is facing our industry. 1) ACCA applauds President Trump’s leadership for signing the July 19th executive order that will develop a national strategy to expand job-training and apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers and give them the proper tools to succeed in the American workforce. The executive order President Trump signed establishes the National Council for the American Worker, which will develop a national strategy for training and retraining workers for high-demand industries. ACCA has been urging Congress and the Administration to…
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SCOTUS Strikes Down Compulsory Union Vote | Baltimore, MD

  AFSCME, relying on precedent set by the Court’s 1977 Abood v. Detroit Board of Education decision, which found that a public-sector union may compel non-union members to pay agency or fair share fees, argued that Janus misconstrued the intent behind the First Amendment, as well as how the Supreme Court previously applied it, and the nature and idiosyncrasies of collective bargaining. AFSCME contended that collective bargaining primarily concerns terms and conditions of employment, are non-political in nature, and have nothing to do with lobbying. Despite the narrow decision by SCOTUS, this was not an entirely unexpected blow to public-sector…
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Round Two of Tariffs Add to ACCA’s Concerns | Pikesville, MD

  Thursday May 31, the Trump Administration announced additional steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, Canada, and Mexico. This latest round of tariffs went into effect on June 1, 2018. The European Union has already announced it will launch legal proceedings against the United States with the World Trade Organization to challenge Trump’s actions. After the first round of tariffs went into effect in May, ACCA’s concerns over the increased costs of HVACR equipment caused by tariffs on steel and aluminum proved accurate. With equipment price increases into double digits, these tariffs are negatively impacting professional contractors and…
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