‘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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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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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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Recruiting Veterans – ACCA Has A New Resource To Help – Howard, MD

   Finding Qualified employees is a struggle that most contractors face. The conversation about how to recruit employees appears on the ACCA Contractor Forum frequently and ACCA receives questions about it all the time. The question really boils down to: where do you find these employees to fill the workforce? Over the past decade a new group of qualified people has emerged as a prime group for contractors to look at…VETERANS! With the end of the combat missions in the Middle East and the reduction in our military force, there is a large pool of veterans who are looking to…
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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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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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