MILWAUKEE — Balanced Air partnered with other local contractors and Building Homes for Heroes during a welcome home ceremony in Parrish, Florida, for USA Sergeant First Class Andrew Gonzalez. Throughout his service, Gonzalez suffered many injuries that have impacted his mobility. His injuries require specific modifications to his home in order to live safely and focus on his recovery.  

To support Gonzalez, Johnson Controls donated a York® heating and cooling system with a Wi-Fi® capable York touchscreen thermostat to better assist him with adjusting his home’s temperature without the need to get up. Balanced Air donated the HVAC installation services for the veteran’s new home.

“Having the support of companies like Johnson Controls and Balanced Air gives us the opportunity to honor injured veterans with a mortgage-free home,” said Chad Gottlieb, director of construction development, Building Homes for Heroes. “The customized amenities companies like Johnson Controls are able to bring to these homes allows veterans to live their lives in greater comfort and dignity.”

Building Homes for Heroes is a national organization that recognizes those who serve in the United States 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 donate them, mortgage-free, to injured veterans nationwide. 

“There is no greater honor than giving back to the veterans that have sacrificed for our country,” said Ben Shari, vice president and general manager, Balanced Air. “We are proud to provide Sergeant First Class Andrew Gonzalez with a comfortable environment in his new home, and the ability to adjust his thermostat remotely to accommodate his limited mobility.”

The York brand of Johnson Controls has been a proud sponsor of Building Homes for Heroes since 2014. The company has been recognized by US Veterans Magazine as a top veteran-friendly company. Johnson Controls is also committed to hiring veterans and military spouses, and veteran employees are honored to design, engineer, and assemble systems that help improve the lives of fellow veterans. 

Building Homes for Heroes invites anyone wishing to volunteer or donate to the organization to contact Building Homes for Heroes at  To learn more about Building Homes for Heroes

Publication date: 2/22/2019