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    General Air Conditioning Among Six to Receive Quality Home Comfort Awards

    July 9, 2012
    Load calculation showed the home needed five tons of cooling, not eight.

    CLEVELAND, OH — The editors of Contracting Business.com — a leading, national publication for residential and commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) contractors —have presented General Air Conditioning of San Antonio, TX, with a Quality Home Comfort Award, for excellence in HVAC contracting.

    The Contracting Business.com Quality Home Comfort Award is the oldest HVAC industry award of its kind. It is presented each year to residential HVAC contracting firms, based on projects submitted to the publications’ editorial staff. The awards are presented in a variety of categories based on home size and type of installation (new home construction or renovation). Criteria include comfort and control, design and installation quality, economic impact, indoor air quality (IAQ) improvements, aesthetics, and overall design.

    General Air Conditioning is owned by Timothy Bruce, and has been serving the comfort needs of San Antonio residents since 1997.

    Most contractors will point to technical issues when asked to recall the most challenging aspects of a residential HVAC installation. But for Tim Bruce, owner/founder, General Air Conditioning, San Antonio, TX, the highest hurdle he and his team had to clear was one of perception: convincing the homeowners — Mr. and Mrs. Scott Kirk — that their old system — a pair of 10-SEER units — was just too darn big. They did agree that it was old and inefficient, and that something had to take its place.

    This two-story, four- bedroom home was being heated and cooled by two 10-SEER, gas furnace split systems installed in 1996. Five tons were cooling the 1,800 sq. ft. lower level, while another three tons conditioned air on the 900 sq. ft. upper level, which includes a guest room, music room, and two children’s bedrooms. The Kirks also wanted to reduce their overall energy consumption and maintain comfort throughout the home, and improve the home’s defense of outdoor allergens, notably oak and cedar tree pollen.

    A load calculation was performed, which showed the home needed a bit over five tons of cooling at any given time, rather than the eight-tons that had been previously installed.

    General Air Conditioning is one of six HVAC firms to receive QHCA’s in 2012. Other winners are: Energy Environmental Corporation, Centennial, CO; Mechanical Air Service, San Jose, CA; General Air Conditioning, Inc., San Antonio, TX; Eric Kjelshus Energy, Greenwood, MO; Orchard Valley Heating Cooling Southampton, MA; and Professional Geothermal Systems, Port Washington, WI.

    The story of this and the other 2012 QHCA winners can be found by viewing the July 2012 online edition of ContractingBusiness.com, at this link.

    Media Contact: Terry McIver, executive editor, 216-931-973.