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Ierna’s Heating and Cooling Donates $3,500 Heating and Cooling System

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Ierna’s Heating and Cooling donated a new heating and cooling system to the family of Nelida Bagley of Land O Lakes, Florida. This is truly an example of the community working together to help each other. Part of the donation came from the proceeds of the 2012 “Bring the Heat” Chili Cook Off family event, and the rest was donated directly from Ierna’s to install the $3,500 home comfort system.


The donation was intended to benefit a local family in need of a heating and cooling system for their home. Nelida Bagley applied for the “Bring the Heat” donation in a particularly heart wrenching situation. Nelida and her daughter Elizabeth moved from their home in New Hampshire to care for her son, Jose, who suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq in March of 2004. The bomb that injured Jose left him 100% disabled.

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For the past three years Nelida has been renting a home and caring for her son full time. Her daughter has been earning an income to support the family. The family was finally able to purchase a home of their own this year, and Nelida wrote to Ierna’s with her wish to convert the garage into a gym for Jose’s rehabilitation therapies. The family needs a heating and cooling system so that the space can be an appropriate temperature for Jose and his therapists. Ierna’s Heating and Cooling is proud to be able to give back to the community, and happy to provide such a deserving family with the HVAC system they need. “Jose is a true American Hero. His story, experience, determination and his unbelievable will to survive has moved me. I am wholeheartedly honored to assist Jose and his family,” Says Charlene Ierna, Vice President of Ierna’s Heating and Cooling.  We wish Nelida, Elizabeth, and Jose the best of luck and hope their heating and cooling system will help bring them comfort and happiness in their new home for many years to come.


To learn more about Ierna’s Heating & Cooling go to:, call (813)948-6355, or visit the company’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or LinkedIn pages.

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“Bring the Heat” Chili Cook Off Winners Collect $750 in Prizes!

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Tampa | Chili Cook Off | Ierna's Heating and CoolingIerna’s Heating & Cooling hosted their first annual “Bring the Heat” Chili Cook Off for the surrounding Lutz area Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 11am-2pm. This family fun event featured live music by Ferengata, a bounce house, raffles and five chili competitions that were free to the public! The chili contest had 27 entries in the competition. The event had seven celebrity judges: Clerk and Comptroller of Pasco County Dr. Paula O’ Neil, Tampa Bay Lightning’s Dave Andreychuk, Kansas City Chief’s Anthony Becht, USF’s Professor of Human Sexuality Dr. Dae Sheridan, Candidate for Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley, Bay News 9 anchor Rick Elmhorst, and Chef Ken Bolduc. Seventy-five dollar prizes were awarded for each category: Ladies Choice won by Inspector’s Best: Affordable Home Inspections, Judge’s Choice won by Team Gates: Learning Gate Community School, “Feel the Heat” (hottest) won by Team Working Women of Tampa Bay: Norie Berndt , and the “Academy Award” for the most innovative was won by Teapot Hotties: Milk N’ Honey Tea Room. The grand prize was $500.00 for the People’s Choice, won by Team Wrecked: Angela Wetherington!

The successful event had over 450 people in attendance! It was held at the new Ierna’s Heating & Cooling headquarters: 18843 US Hwy 41 North in Lutz near the old brick school house. “We are so pleased with the response from the community for our first event! Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time and we hope to make next year’s event even better,” said Charlene Ierna, Vice President of Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. True to form, Ierna’s continues to give back to the local area; proceeds from this event benefited a local family in need of a heating and cooling system for their home. While the amount raised didn’t fully cover a new system for a family, Ierna’s donated the balance of the system to stand by their promise. The family chosen will be announced on the Ierna’s Heating & Cooling Blog and Facebook page on March 15, 2012.

To learn more about Ierna’s Heating & Cooling’s community involvement go to:, call (813)948-6355, or visit the company’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or LinkedIn sites/pages.

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From – Building Permits: Make it Legal or Regret It

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

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By Mark Puente, Times Staff Writer In Print: Saturday, January 22, 2011

Your aging home needs some repairs. So, you head to the hardware store on the weekend and load the car with lumber, nails, windows and some spools of electrical wire. You’ve just joined the ranks of the weekend warriors. Your home will come to life after some sweat equity.


Before you slam those nails into the roof, did you check to see if you need a building permit from your local building department? Do you know how to string electrical wire to meet state building requirements? Is your neighbor, who plans to replace the windows, a licensed contractor? Is he insured?

Save yourself some aggravation. Check local building codes. It could ultimately save you money.

The two biggest issues facing building inspectors in Florida are homeowners hiring unlicensed contractors — like neighbors — to perform work and not obtaining proper permits, said Rick Dunn, St. Petersburg’s top building official.

If homeowners hire a friend or neighbor to perform work, Dunn said, the homeowners are required to pay taxes and insurance, as employers do. He stressed that the state building code protects homeowners and also requires licensed contractors to warranty their work for at least one year.

“It protects the property owner from improper lawsuits,” Dunn said. “It also provides them a warranty.”

Florida adopted statewide building codes in March 2002. Prior to adopting the code, more than 470 local building codes existed in Florida. All builders are now required to work under the same rules.

The basics of permits

These questions and answers apply only to residential work.

When is a permit required?

Permits are needed to alter, erect, construct, locate, modify, repair, occupy, maintain, remove or demolish any building or floating residential structure or any objects connected to buildings, structures or facilities.

Why are permits required?

To maintain minimum requirements that safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare through structural strength. Also, each licensed contractor pays into a statewide fund that pays homeowners who have been cheated by contractors.

How much do permits cost?

The cost depends on the type of permit. Price lists are available on websites for many city and county building departments (contact information, Page 1H).

How long does it take to get a permit?

If all documents, like blueprints and application, are properly completed and submitted, most permits are issued in two weeks or sooner. Permits expire if the project is not started and inspected by a building official within 180 days of the permit being issued.

What inspections are needed?

When a permit is issued, the required inspections will be listed at the bottom. Homeowners are responsible for obtaining all inspections before proceeding.

Do you need a licensed contractor to perform the work?

Yes. However, Florida law allows homeowners to perform the work if the single-family or duplex property is for the use of the owner and is not being sold or leased for at least one year after the final approved inspection. Homeowners acting as a contractor must sign the permit at the building department.

“If they don’t obtain a permit, there is no one to verify minimum codes,” Dunn said.

What happens if a homeowner does not obtain a permit before starting a project?

Obtaining an “After the Fact” permit could double the price of the original permit. You could also be fined if caught. Neighbors or contractors could report you.

But if equipment needs to be replaced in an emergency situation, like an entire air-conditioning unit, the permit applications can be filed the next business day.

What automatically requires a permit?

Any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing project. For example, installing new circuit breakers or adding a new gas line for a range. But clearing clogged drains or replacing parts on a furnace or water heater doesn’t require permits as long as the units are not altered.

What about your town?

Although Florida has uniform building codes, each municipality can exempt certain projects from permits. Some cities might not require a permit to replace windows. Some might.

If a project is exempt from a permit, the work still must meet minimum building codes and ordinances. For example, homeowners in St. Petersburg’s historic neighborhoods would not be allowed to install a chain-link fence in the front of their house.

The rules could vary in each city for roofs, windows, doors, siding and any other work. A good rule to remember is that if the project touches a wall or supports a structure, a permit is needed, Dunn said.

He offered this advice: Check with your local building department before starting the work.

Sources: Florida Building Code Section 101 and St. Petersburg building official Rick Dunn

Mark Puente can be reached at or (727) 893-8459.

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IERNA’s At The Storm Game

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

IERNA's At The Storm NameRon and Charlene Ierna, owners of IERNA’s Heating & Cooling say their team of employees scored big points with them by having perfect attendance and showed up to work on time since January of 2010.

As a special thank you to the staff for their efforts, the Ierna’s treated their employees and a guest to a Tampa Bay Storm game including VIP tickets to the XO Club.

Each employee also was given a certificate which they could redeem for an extra day off. Unfortunately the Tampa Bay Storm didn’t score like the staff of IERNA’s. They lost to the Orlando Predators 75-60.

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Support Our Troops, NEEDS HELP!!!!

Monday, July 26th, 2010

IERNA’s Heating & Cooling has become a drop off location for “Support Our Troops, Inc”.

This organization collects the much needed items like snacks, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, old DVD’s, batteries and more from the generous folks here in Tampa Bay Area and sends them to our troops over seas in Afganistan, Iraq, Kuwait and the Kyrgyz Republic. Some American Troops are stationed in places where the nearest convenience store is at least 40 minutes away, and requires a combat convoy to just make the trip. Some troops are as far as 1,200 miles away from a store.

It’s easy for us here in the States to fulfill our wants and needs even when we think, “I could sure use a cup of coffee”, or “I just ran out of deodorant”. That is a great freedom that we have here, but those fighting to protect our freedom do not enjoy this convenience, as you can imagine. We understand that being in the armed forces requires sacrifice, but in sending some hospitality from back home to those deployed, we can give much more than just a “thank you”.

We are asking for 1-Gallon Ziploc Bags filled with:

  • Candy
  • Snacks
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Peanuts
  • Notes
  • DVD’s (New or Used)
  • CD’s (New or Used)
  • Batteries

Toiletry Items (Packaged Sepeartly from Food)

  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Feminie Hygenie Products
  • Shampoo
  • Q-Tips


  • School Supplies
  • Small Toys

These are the types of items that our troops are requesting and cannot get with out our help. Imagine being so far away from home and receiving a little care package with the items above. It makes all the difference in the world to these Men and Women who sacrifice daily in desolate areas so we can can have these same items at our own personal disposal with ease.

We thank you for your time and look forward to seeing at out office located at:
19121 US Highway 41 North, Lutz FL 33549 or call us for directions at 813-948-6355.

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Corrosion in Homes and Connections to Chinese Drywall

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Corrosion in Homes and Connections to Chinese Drywall
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

November 23, 2009 – Results from a major indoor air study of 51 homes are being released today along with initial reports from two studies of corrosion in homes with Chinese drywall. We now can show a strong association between homes with the problem drywall and the levels of hydrogen sulfide in those homes and corrosion of metals in those homes. By identifying this association, the Interagency Drywall Task Force can now move forward to develop protocols that will identify homes with this corrosive environment and can determine the effectiveness of remediation methods. The Task Force continues to work with Congressional and White House officials to determine the best approaches to design and fund these identification and remediation efforts to help the families dealing with this issue.

“We now have the science that enables the Task Force to move ahead to the next phase – to develop both a screening process and effective remediation methods. Ongoing studies will examine health and safety effects, but we are now ready to get to work fixing this problem,” said U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

The Studies
The 51 home study contracted by CPSC was done by Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E), an internationally known environmental testing firm based in Massachusetts. In addition, today two preliminary reports on corrosion safety issues are being released. The Sandia National Laboratories’ (SNL) Materials and Engineering Center is studying the long-term electrical safety hazards of conductor metal components. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is studying the corrosion effects on fire safety components taken from complaint homes.

EH&E compared 41 “complaint” homes in five states selected from CPSC’s consumer incident report database, with 10 noncomplaint homes built around the same time in the same area as the complaint homes. Homes were sampled between July and September 2009.

The EH&E findings are that hydrogen sulfide gas is the essential component that causes copper and silver sulfide corrosion found in the complaint homes. Other factors, including air exchange rates, formaldehyde and other air contaminants contribute to the reported problems.

In ways still to be determined, hydrogen sulfide gas is being created in homes built with Chinese drywall. Earlier studies found large amounts of elemental sulfur in the Chinese drywall. CPSC is investigating drywall from other sources that may mimic the problems found with Chinese drywall. CPSC is meeting with drywall manufacturers and others who are studying this issue to take their findings into consideration.

EH&E exposed copper and silver test strips, known as coupons, in homes for a period of about two weeks. The coupons showed significantly higher rates of corrosion in complaint homes than in the control homes. The dominant species of corrosion on the coupons was copper sulfide and silver sulfide, as determined by additional laboratory tests. Visual inspection and evaluation of ground wire corrosion also revealed statistically significant greater ground wire corrosion in complaint homes compared to non-complaint homes.

The EH&E study also found that by using hand-held x-ray fluorescence (XRF) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) instruments, they were able to detect markers that could identify Chinese-made dry wall at a sheet-by-sheet level.

While drywall-related corrosion is clearly evident, long term safety effects are still under investigation. Like the EH&E study, initial reports available today from SNL and NIST show copper and silver sulfide corrosion on samples of metal taken from homes with problem drywall. These ongoing investigations will help the CPSC identify the nexus of problem drywall and long term safety issues.

In addition, the EH&E study found elevated formaldehyde readings in both the control and complaint homes. This is typical for new, more air-tight homes due to items such as cabinets and carpets which emit formaldehyde. Both formaldehyde and hydrogen sulfide are known irritants at sufficiently high levels. The concentrations measured in this study were below those levels. Investigators believe that the additive or synergistic effects of these and other compounds in the subject homes could cause irritant effects evident in the homes.

Next Steps
First, CPSC continues to search for homes exhibiting the corrosion and health effects under study. In addition to a direct call to consumers, CPSC is contacting governors of all states, all territories and the District of Columbia, to ensure that all homes with these problems have been reported to CPSC.

Second, the Interagency Task Force established an Identification and Remediation Protocol Team of scientists and engineers. This Team will use the results of the EH&E study and other information to design a cost-effective screening protocol to identify homes with this problem. Professional air sample testing, and destructive testing of drywall can carry high costs. The Protocol Team will develop quick, cost-efficient evaluation methods to identify homes with these problems. The Protocol Team will also look at remediation protocols, to see what cost-efficiency improvements to current remediation practices, if any, may be available, and what guidance should be issued on doing the work safely.

Third, investigations currently underway by Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, SNL and NIST and others will continue toward identifying additional information on any possible long-term health and safety issues.

The Identification and Remediation Protocol Team will use information from the EH&E study and other information to begin evaluating remediation protocols. Homes that have undergone remediation are expected to yield valuable information that will be helpful for homeowners.

The Interagency Task Force is actively talking to Congressional and White House officials about the best approaches to design and fund both the Identification and Remediation efforts.

Other Ongoing Efforts
The Interagency Task Force, working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is monitoring imports of possible Chinese drywall. We believe that no new Chinese drywall has entered the United States in 2009. Owners of known U.S. inventories of Chinese drywall have been notified of this ongoing investigation. They have indicated that the drywall boards will not be sold. Further, CPSC has secured the cooperation of the Chinese Government to help identify the sources and causes of this problem. CPSC is working with an ASTM committee that has just initiated discussions on the formulation of a proposed new standard on inspection of drywall for air quality issues. Recommendations to Affected Homeowners

To date, CPSC has received more than 2000 reports from 32 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico from consumers and homeowners concerned about problem drywall in their homes.

Homeowners who believe they may have problem drywall should immediately report to CPSC by calling 800-638-2772 or logging on to Hearing- or speech challenged individuals may access the phone number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

Federal and state health experts suggest these steps to improve indoor air quality and to reduce exposure to substances that can cause health concerns:

  • Open windows as much as possible to let in fresh air.
  • Keep the temperature inside homes at the lowest comfortable setting.
  • Run the air conditioner or dehumidifier.
  • Also, spend as much time outdoors in fresh air as possible.
  • Do not smoke, and especially do not smoke indoors. Cigarette smoke contains,
  • among other contaminants, formaldehyde.

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IERNA’s Wins Wesley Chapel 2009 Small Business of the Year

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

IERNA’s Heating & Cooling, a Lutz-based company providing heating & air conditioning sales, service, maintenance and installation is the recipient of the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce “2009 Small Business of the Year Award”. The news was announced at the 70’s inspired awards banquet held at the Saddlebrooke Resort in Wesley Chapel, FL.

Many of those attending the event donned their funky best and heated up the night dancing to some of the great disco hits from the 70’s like Disco Inferno and Freak Out. Director of Marketing, Rob Kress was seen striking the signature John Travolta pose from Saturday Fever as they headed up to the stage to accept their award.

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IERNA’s selected as the “2009 Best of Lutz” Air Conditioning Category

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

WASHINGTON D.C., September, 2009 —

The USLBA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2008 USLBA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA)

U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USLBA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USLBA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Local Business Association

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Join Our PREMIER Filter Club!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

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BusinessWoman of the Year finalists named. Charlene IERNA included

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Fifty-two local businesswomen have been named finalists for the 2009 Tampa Bay Business Journal BusinessWoman of the Year awards.

The women were named finalists in eight categories. Winners will be named at an event on Aug. 21 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina.

The following finalists have been chosen:

  • Business Services: Beverly F. Birkitt, president of Birkitt Environmental Services Inc.; Mary Forristall, president of Forristall Enterprises Inc.; Amy Ruth Maguire, managing partner of Southern Strategy Group Tampa Bay; Manitia L. Moultrie, managing associate, Tampa operations for Golder Associates Inc.; Mary Owens, managing partner, Black Diamond Associates LLC; Sandy Scheda, president/principal scientist, Scheda Ecological Associates Inc.; Rebecca J. Smith, president and founder of The A.D. Morgan Corp.; Lisa Smithson, founder, LS and Co.; Sheri’ Taber, president/CEO, The Peak Performance Group Inc.; Jeanne Tate, managing partner of Jeanne T. Tate PA; and Nancy Walker, president of Walker Brands.
  • Education: Julie M. Janssen, superintendent of Pinellas County Schools; and Lori Matway, school programs administrator for the city of St. Petersburg.
  • Entrepreneur: Rose Averill, CEO of St. Francis Sleep Allergy & Lung Institute; Cate Baierlein, president of Change of Course; Cindy Dervech, owner/president, Breezin Entertainment; Charlene Ierna, VP (owner/operator) of Ierna’s Heating & Cooling Inc.; Melissa Stockman, owner/operator of Complete Care Placement Inc.; and Jane Strong, CEO of Happy Feet Plus.
  • Financial Services: Edna V. Broyles, VP-Investments for UBS Financial Services Inc.; Cherise Candlish, president of Foundations Mortage Lending; Christine B. Cooper, president of Cooper Financial Services; Cherie G. DiNoia, investment adviser for Shelby Financial Group; Stephanie Goforth, senior VP/director of Wealth Strategists for Northern Trust; and Amy Samsal, certified mortgage planning specialist for Suncoast Mortgage Partners.
  • Media: Joyce Cotton, director of Marketing & Community Partnerships for WEDU; Patty Cox managing editor/presentation for the St. Petersburg Times and; Laura Turner Fage, VP of Communications for WEDU; Lee Kercher, senior account executive for Viamedia; and Shawna Vercher, CEO of VTi-Web.
  • Nonprofit: Mary C. Dillon, executive director of Rural Social Services Partnership Inc.; Cynthia Gandee, executive director of Henry B. Plant Museum; Susan Jacobs, founder and CEO of Wheels of Success; Trisha Rothman, VP Marketing & Sales for Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo; and Anna Trefethen, division VP Florida, Alabama & Georgia for American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter.
  • Technology: Charlotte Baker, CEO and co-founder of Digital Hands; Deirdre Cavener, president & CEO of Kiss Marketing Inc.; Bridget Cline, president & CEO of Industrial Strength Inc. & Pilot House Audio Visual; Debra Curtiss, VP & GM of Peak 10 Tampa; Yvonne E. Murray, VP Marketing Services for PPi Technologies Global; Ilene Rosoff, president & CEO of The Launch Pad; and Vicki Zambito, VP of Content Development for VectorLearning.
  • Young: Kim Francis, president of Kim Francis Communications Inc.; Jessica Kirkwood Alley, partner with Phelps Dunbar LLP; Melanie Lenz, VP of Development for the Tampa Bay Rays; Stephanie Narvades, CFO of Healthesystems; Michele Northrup, founder of Intensity Academy; Brooke Palmer, president of RSBP Events; Allison Renee Raver, CEO of Raver Medical LLC; Ester Venouziou, owner/founder of Local Shopper LLC; Shelby Weir, director of Kforce Inc.; and Laura Webb, president of Webb Insurance Group.

For event information, contact Alyssa Rhoads at 813.873.8225.

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