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Consumer Reports Article Shares Money and Energy Saving Tips on Air Conditioners

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SOURCE Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA); North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

Refers Homeowners to ACCA Contractors and NATE-Certified Technicians

ARLINGTON, Va., July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Americans head into July and the hottest days of summer, Consumer Reports recently released an article, "Air Conditioners That Keep You and Your Wallet Cool" that provides homeowners with information on selecting and installing equipment, tips on keeping cool, and keeping bills low. The article references both Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) as resources for finding the right contractor.

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The Consumer Reports article provides valuable information for readers who are looking to maintain their current system or replace an older, less efficient system. The article shares some basic reminders for keeping systems cleaned and maintained, while encouraging customers to hire professional contractors, who employ NATE certified technicians, to help them with proper sizing and installations. The article highlights the importance of hiring a contractor who follows industry recognized standards, such as ACCA's Manual J for load calculations and ACCA's Manual D for duct-sizing, to ensure the system that is installed works properly, helps lower utility costs, and provides the desired comfort.

John Lanier, chief operating officer of NATE said, "Consumer Reports has a strong, influential voice with homeowners across North America. When they release a report that touts professional certifications and industry standards, it shows that these are important criterion for getting the quality product and service that consumers are looking for every day. This report reflects what NATE, ACCA, and all of our industry partners have been telling consumers for years when it comes to ensuring that the system they purchase runs efficiently and has fewer issues over its lifetime."

"Consumer Reports has done a great job getting this information out there so consumers can make an informed decision on installing and maintaining their air conditioning equipment," added Paul T. Stalknecht, president & CEO of ACCA. "Educating consumers is a win-win situation. There are too many people out there who call themselves 'contractors,' but they aren't true professionals. When consumers know what they should be looking for, they can more easily find and hire a professional contractor who they can trust and will help them achieve their savings and comfort goals."

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About ACCA
ACCA is a non-profit association serving more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the indoor environmental and energy services community. Founded more than 40 years ago, today ACCA sets the standards for quality comfort systems, provides leading-edge education for contractors and their employees, and fights for the interests of professional contractors in every state in the country. Learn more at

About North American Technician Excellence (NATE)
Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation's largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. NATE tests technicians while others train. Testing validates the technician's knowledge and a training program's instruction. NATE-approved testing organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada offer NATE tests. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in nine specialty areas: air-conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronic gas, hydronic oil, and commercial, light commercial refrigeration and senior efficiency analyst. NATE also offers the International Ground Source Heat Pump test. For more information about NATE, visit

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