IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Community Involvement’ Category

Neighbors In Need Get Help From Local Businesses

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

At IERNA’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we have a long history of community support and involvement. Since our start in June of 2003, owner/operator Charlene Ierna has made certain to always participate in and support as many local charity drives, K-12 school events, youth sports programs and non-profit fundraising events as possible.

In December of 2017, IERNA’s created the “Neighbor In Need Give-Away”. The contest asked for the community to nominate a person or family who has always selflessly helped others but may be in need of help themselves.

When Charlene mentioned the idea to Jeff Hoffman, President of Florida Carrier Enterprises, (CE is the Tampa Bay area’s distributor of Carrier® and Bryant® Heating & Cooling systems. Notably, IERNA’s is a Bryant® Factory Authorized Dealer), Hoffman wanted to be a part and would assist with the donation of a Bryant® Air Conditioning system. The selected recipient would receive a brand new Bryant® Coastal Air Conditioner including the removal of the old equipment, installation of the new equipment and any permitting fees associated with the install, at no cost to the recipient.

After a panel of six judges reviewed the nearly 50 nominations that included a short backstory on each of the nominees, one family was selected. The selection process was an emotional one: “It was truly a very difficult decision to make. Many of the stories of these selfless people moved judges to tears. We wish we could have given everyone a new Bryant® Heating & Cooling system.”, stated Rob Kress, our Director of Marketing & Public Relations.



On January 17th, we contacted Jason & Cristine Rhodes of Springhill, FL  to let them know they had been nominated for the Neighbor In Need Giveaway contest. Jason was overwhelmed and nearly in tears as he was delivered the news. The family of five had to endure extreme summer temperatures and sometimes-frigid temperatures during winter since their central heating and cooling system had stopped working three years ago.

Jason and Cristine Rhodes are parents of three children; Jase, Jacob, and Sage. Their second born, Jacob, became non-verbal at the age of 18-months and remained until around age 5. As professional music instructors, the Rhodes realized they were able to connect and communicate with Jacob through music and the arts. This realization and the success they saw with their own child moved them to create The Inspire Foundation, a non-profit music, and arts program to help other struggling families with children who are diagnosed with autism. These children are able to enroll in the program at no cost. They spent many years, devoting all of their time, money and efforts to develop a very successful music program which has helped countless families bring joy and education to children who seemed to be falling further back before becoming involved with the Rhodes family’s program. In between the autism music program, both Jason and Christine also teach private music lessons to aspiring musicians to help pay their personal bills. Because, the autism music and arts program is free to struggling families, the Rhodes are constantly raising funds to help ensure the program keeps going. Their passion to help these families has consumed the majority of their time and extra money. They have forgone their own personal needs to make sure they are able to continue to help others.

Jason Rhodes stated, “My wife and family and I are so honored and excited to have been chosen by Charlene, Rob, and the rest of the team at IERNA’s to receive a new air conditioner. This is a huge relief for us and we plan on paying this kind deed forward in many ways. Thank you so much, Team IERNA’s!



Our Service Manager, Rich Register, was sent to the Rhodes home to do an initial evaluation of the existing equipment to make sure the new equipment was sized properly and prepared a complete material list. This exciting moment for this deserving and grateful family, quickly turned into a nightmare scenario.

During the inspection, Rich noticed severe damage to the existing ductwork and the attic looked as if animals had been spending a lot of time in it. Although the A/C Giveaway initially included the air handler, condenser, and thermostat, once Charlene was informed of the terrible condition of the homes existing ductwork, she decided it was necessary to also include the donation of all materials and installation of a completely new duct system.

Since it was apparent that critters had been in the attic, we immediately reached out to our friend Chris Wirt, an animal removal expert and owner/operator of A-All Animal Control of Tampa Bay. Rob Kress explained the situation to Wirt and asked if he could help. Without hesitation, Wirt volunteered to go out to the Rhodes home and donate his time and services. After his evaluation, it was clear that rats and raccoons had found their way into the Rhodes home through a severely damaged roof and soffits. The situation was so severe that before the a/c system could be installed, the roof would need to be inspected and hopefully repaired by a professional roofing company.

Since the roof was a high priority and the Rhodes family didn’t know where to start, Rob immediately got on the phone reaching out to several roofing companies in the Tampa Bay area in hopes of finding a company who could possibly help the Rhodes family. When he contacted Arry’s Roofing Service of Tarpon Springs, he spoke to Vice President/Owner, Matt Housh. Arry’s is also a family owned/operated company who is very involved with their local community and also gives back as much as possible. Notably, Arry’s is also involved in an annual Free Roof Give-Away Program, which is held in the later part of the year. The roof at the Rhodes home was not reparable. A full roof replacement was the only option and was a huge task. Arry’s team worked for 3 days replacing a significant amount of plywood in addition to the roof shingles.

After the new roof was installed, Wirt of A-All Animal Removal returned to seal any other potential areas of intrusion to keep additional animals from entering the residence. He also set humane animal traps to remove any and all critters calling their attic home. Because the animals had been living in the attic for so long, the insulation in the attic was full of animal urine and feces, which is a significant health concern to the Rhodes family and would need to be completely removed and the attic space would then need to be professionally cleaned, disinfected and sanitized before IERNA’s team could the new a/c system and ductwork

Wirt reached out to business owner, Mario Maffeo of Gulfside Insulation whom Wirt has worked closely with over the years. After hearing the story, Mario quickly agreed to donate his services and the materials necessary to help the Rhodes family get their home back in order. Gulfside Insulation has special equipment that allows the safe extraction and disposal of the contaminated insulation in the attic space. Once extraction was complete, Wirt properly sanitized and disinfect the attic space making it safe for IERNA’s technicians to work in the space during the A/C replacement as well as for the Rhodes family’s well being.

Charlene Ierna stated, “We are so proud to be a part of such an amazing community of people and local businesses. We cannot thank A-Animal Control, Arry’s Roofing Services and Gulfside Insulation for their kindness, generosity, and willingness to be part of something that means so much to a family who lives to help others.”

It took a lot longer than expected, however, today the Rhodes family is enjoying the comfort of their new Bryant® Heating & Cooling system in a dry, critter-free home, just in time for another sweltering Florida summer.


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Why We Chose to Support the Dream Center of Lakeland

Monday, March 21st, 2016

This is a blog post of a different color for us, but we believe in spreading the word about causes that we believe in. That is why we have decided to share with you an uplifting opportunity to help out the Dream Center of Lakeland that we recently took advantage of. If you are interested in learning more about this organization, read up on their goals and view their introductory video here. Once you do, we think that you’ll understand our willingness to help them along in a time of need. We love our community, and sometimes it is true that actions speak louder than words.

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Ierna’s is the presenting sponsor for Zoofari!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

zoofariIerna’s Heating & Cooling is SO, SO,SO excited to partner with Florida Bryant Dealers and Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

Ierna’s will be the PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR Zoofari!!!!

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo’s annual food tasting festival, Zoofari, will continue its tradition as one of the most popular events in Tampa Bay by celebrating its 27th year on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Zoofari, always one of the biggest food sampling events in the Tampa Bay area, features food sampling from the best restaurants in the Tampa Bay area, numerous open beverage bars, and great live entertainment at Zoofari’s Main Stage.

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IERNA’s Heating & Cooling and Habitat for Humanity – Raise the Roof 2013

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Habitat for Humanity Sign and IERNA's

The 1st Habitat Home in Wesley Chapel – Raise the Roof 2013

Here at IERNA’s Heating & Cooling we pride ourselves on our community involvement and our team’s willingness to contribute to the local community in any way they can. We recently participated in Habitat for Humanity – Raise the Roof 2013 and had a blast with our friends in Wesley Chapel.

Our team was involved with erecting the new house as well as providing some IERNA’s swag for the volunteers. It was a lot of fun and we can’t wait for the next Habitat for Humanity event in the community. Check out our Facebook page for even more great photos from this wonderful event for a great cause! As a company we are always willing to lend a helping hand to the communities that have helped us grow since we opened in 1975. We deliver top-notch service, products and an exceptional experience to our customers each day and love supporting the people we care about here in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

Habitat for Humanity and IERNA's Group Shot

IERNA’s Staff Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity – Raise the Roof 2013 in Wesley Chapel, FL

Oh, and don’t forget… We Are Hiring! Pass our info along to any qualified candidates you may know in the area.

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Ierna’s Heating & Cooling Now Hiring!

Friday, May 17th, 2013

If you’d like to work with one of the premier HVAC companies in the state, then you’ll be happy to know that Ierna’s Heating & Cooling is now hiring. We’re looking for Sales Advisors and Installation Technicians to round out our sales and technician teams. At Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, we work with a wide variety of heating, cooling, and indoor air quality equipment, offering installation, repair, and routine maintenance to our growing customer base. As a locally owned and operated family business, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service and technical expertise. We always strive to exceed our customers’ expectations on every job that we do. We have an award-winning team here, and if you think you meet our requirements, we’d love to hear from you.

Now HiringHere are some of the benefits we offer:

  • Premium pay rates
  • Vacation
  • Health and dental coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Annual Lowry Park Zoo passes
  • Florida Aquarium entry
  • Company vehicle & phone

As you can see, we are committed to the excellence of our employees, as well, and we’re looking for highly skilled and motivated individuals to join our team. If you’re interested in the Installation Technician position, you need to be EPA-certified (NATE-certified is preferred), with at least 2 years in the field, a valid driver’s license, tools of the trade, and a clean criminal background.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we support a drug-free workplace. Please submit your resume to or visit us at 18843 US Highway 41 N., Lutz, FL 33549 to complete an application in person.

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Ierna’s Heating & Cooling At Ride for Hospice 2013

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

The 2013 Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse Ride for Hospice was a huge success for all those involved. This year’s expanded event featured a two-day mounted horse ride that raised money and awareness about the Gulfside Regional Hospice. Every day this hospice helps more than 400 patients, with a staff of over 250, and a team of volunteers of well over 500. At Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, we pride ourselves on giving back to the community whenever we can. This was a great cause and we were happy to be involved.

Ride for Hospice 2013The two-day event not only involved the mounted ride, but also featured various events that involved the whole family, even those who could not ride. There were pony, wagon, and swamp buggy rides, a Native American demonstration, nature walk and much more. On Saturday night, people gathered for a large bonfire and overnight camping before the main trail ride the following day. What better way to spend your weekend than by helping raise money to help those in need. Founded in 1988 by a nurse, oncologist, and physician assistant, the goal of the Gulfside Regional Hospice has been to improve the lives of those with life-limiting illnesses. It has since become a leader in premier hospice care in Pasco County.

At Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, we look forward to opportunities such as these so that we can bring the same hard-working attitude to promoting good causes as we do to heating and cooling solutions. Stay tuned to our Facebook for more information about our community outreach sponsorships.

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Wesley Chapel Boys Baseball, Team: Orioles

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Ierna’s is a proud sponsor of the Wesley Chapel Boys Baseball, Team.  Good luck boys!

Wesley Chapel Community

Wesley Chapel Community

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Ierna’s Heating & Cooling is excited to announce that we are hosting our First Annual Blood Drive!

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Blood DriveThe team at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling is pleased to present their First Annual Blood Drive, to be held on Friday, April 26, 2013, from 11 am to 4 pm at our place. We are working with an organization called Oneblood (formerly Florida Blood Bank), and they are in need of your help. In particular, they have requested type O and type A donors to please step forward as their supplies are running dangerously low. Donating blood is a wonderful, safe way to help people who are suffering.

If you have never donated blood, then perhaps you are unaware of the importance of donation. Every year, it’s estimated that 4.5 million of our fellow Americans would die had they not received transfusions. Every day, about 32,000 pints of blood are used in hospitals and surgeries across America; and every three seconds someone needs blood. You’ll not only be saving a single life, because up to 3 people may enjoy the benefits of a blood transfusion from one donation unit. In addition to free wellness checkups of blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count, and cholesterol screening, we’ll also have food and raffles available.

Schedule an appointment today!


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Ierna’s Heating & Cooling Helps Habitat for Humanity

Friday, March 29th, 2013

At Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, we feel very lucky to be able to help our customers in the Tampa area keep their homes comfortable all year long. Knowing that we are able to make a difference in our community is important to us. That is why we put so much emphasis on building long term, lasting relationships with our clients. We also like to play a positive role in the local community by sponsoring charitable foundations, including the American Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels and more. Just recently we completed an install for Habitat for Humanity.

Ierna's Habitat for Humanity

Being able to share our exceptional services and enthusiasm for community outreach with Habitat for Humanity was a great opportunity for our team. We offer an extensive array of air conditioning, heating and indoor air quality services throughout the Tampa area. Knowing that our work with habitat for humanity will help a family find affordable, quality housing is a great feeling. We believe that everyone deserves to live comfortably in their own home, and that enthusiasm for helping homeowners live comfortably is the driving force behind our outstanding services and quality workmanship.

Habitat for Humanity is just the type of organization that Ierna’s Heating & Cooling is proud to help out. If you are interested in an opportunity to help give back to your community, visit the Habitat for Humanity website. We speak from experience when we tell you that the feeling that comes from knowing you have helped a worthy cause is truly special. Do not let these opportunities pass you by. Staying active in our community is every bit as important to our team as the incredible quality of the service we offer.

If you are in need of any air conditioning, heating or indoor air quality services in Tampa, call the professional HVAC technicians you can really depend on. Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. We have all the experience, expertise and motivation necessary to ensure that you can keep your home comfortable with confidence. Schedule service today.

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Have You Seen Our Booth Around Town?

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling is actively involved in our local community. From attending charities to sponsoring local teams, we try to stay as active and supportive as we can. We believe in the important of a long-term lasting relationship with our community and our customers. Ierna’s Heating & Cooling was named the Florida Bryant Dealer of the Year, as well as Business of the Year by the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce. Our standards and values apply not just to our customer service and HVAC expertise, but also throughout the community in all ways. We service Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk and Northern Pinellas Counties.

Have you our booth around town? Ierna's Heating & Cooling | Concert for a Cure | Local CommunityIerna's Heating & Cooling | Local CommunityIerna's Heating & Cooling | Local Community | Honest Abe Race

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