HVAC market products company donates Wi-Fi units to wounded veterans
Families impacted by war injuries can now live more comfortably, thanks to thermostat maker White-Rogers.
The Emerson business unit is donating 60 Sensi wireless thermostats to Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit that provides homes for severely injured veterans. The Sensi thermostats will allow the former soldiers, many of whom are multiple amputees confined to wheelchairs, to monitor and adjust their heating and cooling equipment from a mobile device.
Dave Shingleton, divisional director of distribution sales at White-Rodgers, arranged the donation after meeting retired Marine Cpl. Neil Frustaglio at the Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributor International’s annual conference in December 2014. Frustaglio shared his story with HARDI members and thanked them for their support of HFOT.
“After hearing Neil’s story and how a specially adapted home changed his life, I wanted to do something more,” Shingleton said. “I told him I would get him a Sensi thermostat. Then I thought, Why stop there? So I said, ‘Let’s get all of the new homes taken care of this year.’ ”
Shingleton found the contractor, Meyer Heating & Air Conditioning, which donated installation labor.
Cindy Plummer, president of HARDI’s philanthropic group Helping All Live On, said the organization is proud to support veterans.
“HARDI’s membership continues to show strong support for HFOT,” Plummer said. “We are deeply proud of Dave Shingleton and all of our HARDI members’ contributions to give our wounded Veterans homes suited to their unique needs.”