MILWAUKEE — The York® brand of Johnson Controls will continue its sponsorship of Building Homes for Heroes® through 2017 and provide veterans with home comfort systems.

Building Homes for Heroes is a national nonprofit organization that recognizes the tremendous sacrifices of men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families. The organization strives to build or renovate quality homes and gift them to severely injured veterans nationwide, mortgage-free.

2017 marks the fourth consecutive year that York and Building Homes for Heroes have worked together. Through its sponsorship of the Building Homes for Heroes program, Johnson Controls, along with York distributors and independent contractors nationwide, has donated quality heating and cooling systems, including installation, labor, and on-going maintenance, to over 40 military families since 2014.

"Partnering with our network of local independent contractors to provide our wounded veterans with home comfort systems is another way we give back to the communities where we live and work," said Liz Haggerty, vice president and general manager, Johnson Controls Unitary Products Group.

Participating York contractors are installing York Affinity™ heating and cooling systems for reliable and energy-efficient home comfort. In addition, the company is planning to install smart thermostats as part of its 2017 sponsorship. The new York touch screen residential thermostat incorporates smart technology to communicate with both conventional and connected HVAC systems. Homeowners can control their system remotely using their smartphone to monitor and adjust settings for up to six zones/rooms to save energy and feel more comfortable. The thermostat is also user friendly, with an easy-to-use touch screen interface and remote programming features that are helpful for the disabled.

"We are honored to play a role in giving veterans a comfortable home," said Jim Probst, president of George Brazil Air Conditioning & Heating, Phoenix, Arizona. "We've been a part of seven Building Homes for Heroes homes during the three years we've been the local heating and air conditioning contractor for the program. Every time we're contacted to help, we jump at the chance because there's no greater way for us to show these vets how grateful we are for their service."

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Publication date: 4/5/2017