Steering Clear of Federal Telemarketing Fines Baltimore, MD

Steering Clear of Federal Telemarketing Fines Baltimore, MD Last week, an Arizona HVAC company was ordered to pay $340,000 in civil fines for making over 25,000 illegal telemarketing calls between 2011 and 2015. The company blatantly ignored the federal Do-Not-Call Registry (DNC) and even worse, lied to many of those called by claiming exemption from the federal regulation. (The HVAC company was not alone – an Arizona carpet cleaning company conducting the same telemarketing was fined $1 million in a consumer lawsuit around the same time.) Many years ago, ACCA published multiple guidelines to an assortment of federal rules passed…
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US Department of Labor’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion – Carroll, MD

The Department of Labor (DOL) Task Force established by President Trump’s Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America will be holding their second of four meetings scheduled for 2018, on February 6th.  The mission of the task force is to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient. The task force has recognized that registered/approved apprenticeship programs are not keeping up with labor demands. (Did you see we have locked in DOL Secretary, Alex Acosta to speak at our annual conference next week?) Take Away of the Task Force So Far: The Task Force…
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Fearless Leadership – Frederick, MD

Running a business means you have to make tough decisions, often times quickly and under pressure. No one knows this feeling better than Carey Lohrenz she was the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot. And this morning at ACCA 2016, she got attendees revved up to handle any of the issues that come their way. And as contractors, you know issues can come from pretty much anywhere! The first thing that she shared was that it only takes 75 – 80 percent of the information to take action. The caveat is you have to continue moving forward for 80 percent to…
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If You’re Concerned About The Climate, Think Outside The “Box” – Annapolis, MD

        In the wake of President Trump dissociating the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, many Americas are concerned that the U.S. will no longer make serious attempts to reduce our carbon footprint and ensure our homes and buildings are efficient. As a heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) contractor, and National Chairman of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), I can tell you that, when it comes to my industry, public policy has fundamentally ignored a key energy efficiency issue for some time. The HVACR industry has been a prominent target for efficiency regulations…
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What Do Air Conditioner Ratings Tell You?

While shopping for new air conditioning equipment, one factor stands out as most important: energy efficiency. The more energy your HVAC system uses, the more expensive your bills will be. So, while considering which system to buy, take a moment to compare air conditioner ratings. These ratings were created to help you make an informed decision when shopping for a new system. If you select the best efficiency rating, you will maximize savings while maintaining an ideal level of home comfort. But, what exactly air conditioner ratings mean in plain english and how do you know which one to pick? Let’s…
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The 411 on Ductless Systems

With the many different types of air conditioning systems on the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. While you may have heard of a ductless system, many people don’t actually know what they are or how they work. Ductless systems are one of the most flexible alternatives to central air conditioning in the summer, and they’re known for their performance, comfort, and energy efficiency. A ductless split system can play a superior role in your home comfort this season. Here’s the 411. What is a ductless system? A ductless heating and cooling system, also called ductless split or mini-split systems,…
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Is Your Air Conditioner Making You Sick?

Being cold cannot give you a cold, despite what many people may think. Only germs, bacteria, and viruses can do that. However, your air conditioner could be a contributing factor to your summer cold. Here’s how. Poor Indoor Air Quality Although your air conditioner is your most prized summertime possession—it gives you a sanctuary away from the blazing sun and helps you sleep soundly—it can also be contributing to poor indoor air quality if not properly maintained. That’s right: your air conditioner could be filtering germs and infections throughout your home without you realizing. Everyone is constantly opening doors and…
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A Quick Guide to Cooling Season HVAC Terms

Your cooling system is directly related to your family’s home comfort. The hot and humid summers in Maryland can be excruciating without a working air conditioning system. If you want a cool and comfortable season, it’s important to schedule your HVAC maintenance as soon as possible. But, before you get that tune-up, familiarize yourself with some basic HVAC terms to help you understand and communicate any concerns you may have. Becoming versed in common cooling season HVAC terminology can help you make more informed decisions and understand your family’s home comfort a little better. Here are some terms to know….
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