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ICC Goes Virtual for the 2021 Committee Action Hearings

The International Code Council (ICC) has begun its 2024 code development process and confirmed its Committee Action Hearings will go virtual for participants only.  This is the first time in the ICC’s history they have conducted code hearings in this way.

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Testing Flame Sensors and Grounding

Working with modern furnaces, you should know the ins and outs of the equipment and operation sequence. For example, what do you do when the flames ignite but extinguish rather quickly? Let’s assume the flame sensor is the problem.

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Furnace Performance: Actual Mileage May Vary

A part of fall furnace maintenance is measuring combustion efficiency.  The ACCA  4 QM Maintenance of Residential HVAC Systems requires the inspection of several furnace components; one of the key tasks is to perform combustion analysis.

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Update from IRS on PPP, Taxes

As we approach tax season it’s important to know how PPP funds might affect your overall tax burden. You may remember that earlier this year the IRS announced that any expenses paid for by PPP loans which are forgiven would not be eligible for deductions.

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Update on Developing Code Coverage for A2L “Mildly Flammable” Refrigerants in Home Comfort Systems

The International Code Council (ICC) and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) have commenced a new 3-year code change cycle commencing next year.  This process will result in the publication of the 2024 editions for both code bodies.

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Heating Season and Customer Visits – Venting Systems

Furnace and boiler season is upon us. Many homeowners are preparing their homes for the heating season. This preparation includes weatherizing their homes and scheduling an appointment to have an HVAC technician come to their home and inspect that their furnaces or boilers operate safely.

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Georgia’s Massive Electoral Implications

Republicans in Congress, and particularly those in the Senate, fared far better in this election than experts expected them to. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), Senator Lindsey Graham (SC), Senator Joni Ernst (IA), Senator John Coryn (TX), and Senator Susan Collins (ME) all coasted to relatively comfortable victories in races which their opponents were heavily funded, and that were also projected to be much tighter.

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Recognizing the Invaluable Service of Veterans in the HVACR Industry

As Veterans Day approaches on November 11, we remind ourselves of the sacrifices and bravery of all the American veterans who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. The qualities of loyalty, integrity, honorable service, and respect are not just confined to the military service of these men and women; Rather, it is important to recognize how veterans bring these same qualities to their indispensable service in the HVACR industry.

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Protect a Life, Make a Nickel

We know that carbon monoxide (CO) is dangerous. We also believe that CO alarms will alert us to dangerous levels of CO. But a study conducted in 2011 of residential carbon monoxide alarms found that more than half failed to function correctly, alarming too early or too late. Forty percent of detectors failed to alarm in hazardous concentrations, despite outward indications that they were operating as intended.  The study’s sample size was extremely small, but the implications are enormous, and the opportunity to protect your customers is tremendous.

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Income Statement Insights

Cool Insights, Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s Contractor Financial & Operating Performance Report, presents a unique and detailed analysis of financial results from Air Conditioning Contractors across the country. ACCA’s compilation of financial and operations data, drawn from over 153 company surveys, is segmented by a host of factors to ensure your HVAC business is comparatively exceeding the industry average.

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Member Input Needed – ACCA Reviewing Several of its ANSI Standards for Potential Updates

ACCA has begun the process to review several of its current standards that are recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  According to ANSI’s Essential Requirements, once a standard is approved it must be reviewed every 5 years to determine whether it requires (a) additional changes or updates, (b) reaffirmation if no changes are needed, or (c) withdrawal.

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Comparing Party Platforms Ahead of the 2020 Election

As the United States of America’s 59th presidential election approaches, Americans across the country are taking up their responsibility to educate themselves on the political platforms and policies promoted by Republicans and Democrats alike before November 3rd. The following information provides a comprehensive breakdown of the most critical economic policies of both platforms, as identified by BIPAC. These policies have been endorsed by the RNC and DNC Platforms.

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