Project Heat Pictures

2012 Photos

Channel 7 & WXYZ-TV crew showed up at crack of dawn.
Slasor Heating's Craig Jones briefs the techs and contractors on the plans for the day.
The team members gather outside for the traditional group photo.
Channel 7's Kimberly Craig interviews senior homeowner for special TV broadcast.
Plymouth senior has furnace inspected and cleaned by 'Al Keats' technician.

The NEED is Real

Here are a couple of excerpts from a recent story in the Albert Lea Tribune:

As part of a program called Heat Up Minnesota, crews with Johnson Heating & Air Conditioning and Albert Lea Electric installed the furnace for the family of James and Tina Stripe. The furnace was donated by Lennox.

“This is truly what a community is about,” said Nikki Schumaker, office manager of Johnson Heating & Air Conditioning. “It’s neighbors helping neighbors when people need help.”

This is an example of the good deeds that HVAC contractors perform in their communities that often go unnoticed by the general public. But just wait until the local media hosts a sting operation and catches some unlicensed or unprofessional contractors doing shady work, then WHOA, everybody knows about it.

This is why HVAC contractors need to “brag” a little about the good deeds they perform, like this. The contractor members of the Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (SEMIACCA) are involved in an annual event titled “Al Keats Day Project Heat” where needy homeowners are given free furnace inspections, tune-ups, repairs, and in some cases – replacements. It happens the first Saturday in each December (this year the 1st). If you know of someone who may be in need of service, contact your local social services agency.

Watch this space at for future updates. Hopefully, the local Detroit media will be watching, too!

Here is a link to the complete story from the Albert Lea Tribune:
December 5, 2007

Craig Jones
Southeast Michigan ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America)
33504 Five Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48154

Saturday, December 1, 2007, marked the 21st consecutive year that our Chapter has performed free furnace safety inspections, repairs, and several replacement furnaces free to needy senior citizens in our communities. Eighteen member companies and a total of 42 volunteer employees contributed to complete 96 service calls in and around their respective areas. We completed calls in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties for needy seniors, military families, and single parents. Our calls were coordinated through the Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Area Agency on Aging Departments. Over the past 21 years, it is estimated that our group has completed over 1,500 free service calls and installed approximately 60 free furnaces. We have also installed 50 carbon monoxide alarms (free) for each of last four years. This year we also had two whole house duct cleaning services donated.

The volunteer mechanical contractor companies that participated this year are:


  • A.R.M Services, Livonia
  • A to Z Total Heating & Cooling, Dearborn Heights
  • Airtronic Heating & Cooling, Inc., Redford
  • A-1 Comfort Control, Farmington Hills
  • Day & Night Heating & Cooling, Novi
  • Dearborn Heating & Cooling, Dearborn
  • Diversified Heating& Cooling, Farmington Hills
  • Family Heating & Cooling, Garden City
  • Flame Furnace Company, Warren
  • Krutsch Mechanical Services, Taylor
  • Liberty Total Comfort, Redford
  • National Heating Company, Detroit
  • Pritchard, Incorporated, Livonia
  • REM & Sons Mechanical Contractors, Frasier
  • Royal Oak Heating & Cooling, Royal Oak
  • Slasor Heating & Cooling, Inc., Livonia
  • Suburban Heating & Cooling, Livonia
  • Squeaky Clean Ducts, Dearborn Heights


A special thank you to Dorothy Morris, the Redford seniors coordinator with whom SEMIACCA has been working with for many years.