ClimateMaster recently celebrated the completion of its 300th Habitat for Humanity home.
The Oklahoma City-based heat pump manufacturer has contributed geothermal heat pump HVAC systems to all 300 homes in support of Habitat for Humanity’s sustainable construction efforts.
“The 300 geothermal homes constructed by Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity provide a clear example that this type of system is accessible in the entry housing market, and that it can provide real and significant economic advantages to homeowners,” said ClimateMaster Inc. President Dan Ellis. “With these and other initiatives, Central Oklahoma has become a leader in making geothermal systems a standard HVAC solution for the home, and we anticipate this leadership to encourage even greater traction across the country.”
Ann Felton, president of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, said ClimateMaster’s gift has made it stand out in the Habitat organization.
“Thanks to ClimateMaster and its president, Dan Ellis, we are one of the most energy-efficient homebuilders in the state of Oklahoma, and among the top in the nation, saving families $700 to $800 on average per year,” she said. “We value our partnership with ClimateMaster and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Dan. With his knowledge and expertise, he has really catapulted our construction program to the next level, which ultimately benefits our families.”
Comfortworks, an Oklahoma City-based geothermal installing contractor, provided the system design, installation, testing and startup services for the homes, in conjunction with geothermal driller B&H Construction.
“There’s a great sense of pride in knowing that you’ve done something impactful like this, helping those in tough economic times be able to secure a safe, reliable and affordable place to live, and also be in a home that operates as efficiently as possible,” said Chris Ellis, president of Comfortworks. “Adding geothermal heating and cooling into the affordable housing model can provide the benefit of significant energy savings, which means more money in the homeowner’s pocket for household necessities like groceries and gas. Our work with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity really shows the economic value of this type of system, particularly in smaller entry-market homes.”
The majority of the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity homes is located in the Hope Crossing development, the organization’s largest green-home community consisting of 217 homes.
Victor and Alma Medrano, homeowners of the 300th home built by Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, are anticipating moving into the new home with their two sons.
“Thanks to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, we have a good and affordable roof over our heads, after years of economic struggle following some severe injuries that left me unable to work,” said Victor Medrano.