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Hetter president named local ACCA head man - 09/01/2009

After serving on the the board of directors for close to seven years and spearheading ACCAs annual Heat the Town project every fall since its inception, Hetter Heating & Cooling's president and owner John Hetterscheidt was named president of the local chapter this past spring. ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) is a group of over 4000 air conditioning contractors who work together to improve the HVAC industry, promote good practices, and keep homes and building safe, clean and comfortable. For over forty years, ACCA has served the educational, policy and technical interests of the small businesses that design, install and maintain indoor environmental systems. ACCA is a non-profit organization with members in all 50 states and over 20 countries. The local ACCA chapter boasts a membership of nearly forty heating and cooling contractors in central Ohio. The organizations signature event Heat the Town, just completed it's sixth year servicing the less fortunate in our community. The Heat the Town program is fueled not only by the volunteer work of participating HVAC dealers, but the generosity of suppliers such as Honeywell, Trane, and others. Johns goal as the new local president of ACCA is..to try to give consumers a sense of trust when dealing with an ACCA member company because the consumer already will know there is accountability there, he said.

ACCA is the national organization responsible for pushing through the $1500 federal tax credit that homeowners and HVAC dealers are now benefitting from. The bill allows homeowners to use the entire $1500 limit as a credit toward the installation of one appliance, such as a qualified furnace, air conditioner, heat pump or hot water heater. The old tax code only allowed for a fraction of this credit for furnace only, air conditioner only or furnace and air conditioner together installations. Further, the new code expands the parameters for heat pump systems, thus allowing more to qualify. As for the $1500 limit, the homeowner can bank the remaining available tax credit for other qualified improvements if the entire amount is not reached. Any single installation that cost more than $5000 will instantly reach the $1500 limit. Federal tax credits apply against a taxpayers liability. A tax deduction applies against a taxpayers income, lowering the adjusted gross income and possibly moving the taxpayer to a lower tax bracket. Tax credits have a greater benefit to a taxpayer. For more information on the important piece of legislation, feel free to contact Rick Hetterscheidt at (614) 784-9200 or e-mail rick@hetterheating.com