Tria from Painted Post, NY and her family were spending a lot of money to heat their home during the winter. During the summer, the back rooms in their house were extremely hot and uncomfortable. To make matters worse, there was also mold growing in the crawl space that posed some health concerns to the family.
After researching, Tria found Halco and decided to give us a call because we were the only company in the area able to address and offer solutions for all the problems she was experiencing in her home.
In this video, she talks about the experience she had with our company and the results after the project was completed. "I am most excited about the house being healthier. Also the energy efficiency is going to be better," says Tria.
Tria T. of Painted Post, NY
Wednesday, January 18th
David T. from Horseheads, NY always wanted to make his home energy neutral by installing a solar system capable of supplying all the energy consumed by the household.
When the time came, after evaluating several companies, David chose Halco to install the system. He said, "I like the idea that Halco is a local company. I like the idea that Halco is a relatively large company of skilled employees so I know that my system could be maintained."
David was impressed with the company from the first meeting with the home energy advisor, who according to him was as knowledgeable as he was enthusiastic about renewable energy. His entire experience with the company was extremely positive. "In the beginning Halco took care of all the initial paperwork. It was just very nice. To deal with all the New York State paperwork would be a challenge, so that was all covered," he adds.
The entire installation process was fast and very clean. The company shipping the solar panels made a mistake and they were one panel short. "I don't know how they pulled off the magic, but that one panel showed up within a few days," says David. "I was really impressed that all those details were accomplished in a very short time."
David was also very pleased with the fact that the crews left his home clean and in order, seeding the grass on the spots where they had to dig to run wires and leaving the yard and garage swept and free of debris.
David is even happier with his 40-panel system, each with 315 kW, which now supplies all the energy his family needs.
David T. of Horseheads, NY
Thursday, June 18th
Purity Ice Cream Company, Inc. was established in 1936 in Ithaca, New York and it's been a local institution since then, serving delicious ice cream and baked goods.
Bruce, owner of the establishment since 1998, is a firm believer in renewable energy and decided to upgrade to Solar Energy while renovating the facilities. Halco was the company he chose for the job, and he is very happy with the results.
"Upstate New York is not known for super sunny days but despite that we get a lot of good power production out of these panels,” says Bruce, who is also considering the addition of a few more panels in the near future.
Bruce of Ithaca, NY
Thursday, November 12th
Ithaca, NY customers, Charles and Susan, started working with Halco around ten years ago when they had plans to build a home that would utilize geothermal heating and cooling. Well, they ended purchasing a home instead, and that home was using 2,000 gallons of propane a year! They contacted Hal, CEO and owner of Halco, who helped the couple design and retrofit a geothermal system for the home. Right away, the new system took the customers from around $8,000/year in heating costs to less than $2,000/year.
After replacing their old propane boiler with geothermal, Charles and Susan added solar to help offset their electricity usage. A few years later they added some more solar, bought an electric car, and now they are very close to net-zero, meaning they are producing just about as much energy as they are using!
Recently, the pair hit 100 MWh of electricity produced with their Halco installed solar arrays. To put this number in perspective, 100 MWh is enough to offset 12.3 homes' electricity use for one year, 7,957 gallons of gasoline consumed, and 77,308 pounds of coal burned!
Of this milestone Charles said, “It feels big, it feels like we really did something. Maybe it's just a little step and we're only one house and we're only one family, but we're doing what we can, we're doing the best that we can."
Charles often recommends Halco, stating, “I highly recommend working with Hal Smith because he is an honorable man and he gets the stuff done. He makes sure that it works!"
Charles W. of Ithaca, NY
Tuesday, August 13th
Two years before deciding to upgrade to solar energy, Candace F. had the furnace in her Trumansburg, NY home replaced by Halco and was very pleased with their services.
When it came the time to have the home retrofitted for solar energy and install the panels, she called Halco again for an estimate.
Based on the estimate and her previous experience with the company she decided to trust Halco for the job, and was not disappointed. Halco’s crews were very responsible, finished the job in a timely manner and cleaned everything up before leaving.
"They finished the whole job in one day. They didn’t leave a nail or a piece of cardboard behind,” Candace said,.“You would never know they were here. The most exciting part about it would probably be watching the meter on a sunny day, when we can see that we are really making power and putting it back on the grid."
Candace F. of Trumansburg, NY
Thursday, May 14th
Fred B., from Freeville, NY wanted to upgrade the heating and cooling system in his beautiful 190 year old house and move away from fossil fuels. Halco installed the geothermal system, upgraded the duct work and improved insulation so that the old house could conserve as much energy and be as comfortable as a newly constructed, energy efficient home. Fred is very happy with the results stating, "I would recommend myself to use them again, and I would recommend to people that ask me. Halco would be an excellent choice", says Fred.
Fred B. of Freeville, NY
Friday, September 8th
Mark H. had a plan to bring his home as close to a zero energy profile as possible. He began to look for a company specializing in geothermal energy around the Lyons, NY area and was pleasantly surprised to find Halco – a company that could handle the entire project and deliver exactly the results he was looking for.
Mark was very pleased with the experience from the beginning. First the Home Energy Advisor performed a comprehensive home energy audit in his home, and explained that prior to installing any kind of renewable energy system, it was important to make sure that the house was able to conserve the energy produced by this system. “My experience with the whole installation process was better than I expected,” adds Mark. The weather during the scheduled installation of the solar panels wasn’t very good, but the highly experienced Halco crew handled it superbly and delivered on time.
“I was very impressed with the professionalism of everybody with Halco. They treat you well, they’re friendly, and they know what they’re doing. I am glad I called them when I did, because they really helped me out a lot,” says Mark.
How about the results? Here’s what Mark has to say: “Now the electric utility company is going to start paying me money. That is pretty exciting!”
Mark H. of Lyons, NY
Thursday, June 25th
Honey and Steven G. recently had a solar energy system installed by Halco at their Port Byron, NY home. In this video the couple speaks about the impact of this solar upgrade in their lives and their experience with Halco.
"This company has done a wonderful job, and the people that have come out, everybody has been spot on! If they said they were gonna do something or be there at a particular time, they were there or you got a phone call 24 hours in advance," says Honey.
"It really was professional from the start to the finish. The company should be just over the moon with pride because of the workmanship and quality work," adds Steven.
Honey & Steve G. of Port Byron, NY
Tuesday, June 21st
Jennifer T.'s home in Rochester, NY had some serious comfort issues and her energy bills were sky high, so she decided to call Halco for help.
She had seen Halco before during area home shows and felt she could trust them to convert her heating system from oil to gas. A Halco Home Performance specialist came to her house and after a thorough evaluation, designed a solution that would effectively address all her comfort and energy consumption problems. Besides the oil to gas conversion, they professionally air-sealed the home and added insulation to the basement and attic to make sure the house was able to conserve the heat that would be produced by the new heating equipment. The winter following the retrofits was especially harsh in Rochester, but Jennifer's home was very comfortable all around with no cold rooms or drafts. "The comfort within the home has been tremendous. Rochester had a really bad winter and the difference with the insulation and the work... it was night and day compared to what it was like before the work was done. " says Jennifer. "I am happy on both counts: that my energy cost has been reduced and the comfort within the home has drastically changed. "
Jennifer T. of Rochester, NY
Wednesday, May 27th
Tim had a conventional tank-based water heater and he wasn’t happy with its performance. But thankfully, we were there to install a nice, efficient unit! Go here to watch the video from Tim!
Tim D. of Syracuse, NY
Wednesday, May 29th
William S. of Fayetteville, NY discusses his geothermal system installed by Halco. William’s system is fairly complex as it needs to accommodate a nearly 200-year-old home. The system is comprised of 4 heat pumps: one for the adjoining apartment, one for the bottom floor of his home, one for the top floor, and a fourth for the hot water system.
As a Climate Scientist, William has been considering going green for 20 years for two main reasons: (a) he is keenly aware of the importance of getting off fossil fuels and reducing his carbon footprint, and (b) he realizes the potential cost savings.
William is very passionate about this subject and is a member of the steering committee for HeatSmart CNY. HeatSmart CNY is a campaign designed to make it easier and more affordable to install clean heating and cooling solutions as well as energy efficiency upgrades. After a careful evaluation process, Halco is thrilled to be a selected installer for this program! Learn more at HeatSmartCNY.org
William S. of Fayetteville, NY
Monday, November 12th
The original furnace in Honey and Steven G.'s home in Port Byron, NY was running non-stop during the winter. It would often overheat the house way above the set temperature. As a result, not only they had an uncomfortable home but their energy bills were also extremely high.
The couple then decided to call Halco to replace their outdated oil furnace with a brand new geothermal heating system.
In this video the couple talks about the results. Their home is much more comfortable and the energy bill is much lower each month.
The air in their home is also much cleaner. According to the couple, there is less dust and since the new geothermal system was installed the chronic night time headaches Steven used to have vanished completely.
"We both couldn't be any happier", says Steven. "It is worth every penny and... just incredible!"
Steven & Honey G. of Port Byron, NY
Monday, July 25th
Because Ron and Nancy of Blossvale, NY had plans to construct their retirement home, it made sense to consider geothermal and solar as part of the planning process. Hal Smith, owner and CEO of Halco, met with Ron and Nancy during the planning process and it became clear to the couple that creating an energy independent home was completely possible. Once they crunched all the numbers, they realized they could complete the energy projects within their construction budget and begin seeing a return on investment as soon as they were hooked up to the grid. They were looking at a 6-10-year payback at the onset and at year 4 they are well on their way to reaching that goal!
Ron stated, “In our five decades of adult life we have rarely experienced the attention to detail and customer satisfaction that we received from Hal Smith and his company. Our recommendation to any inquirer is to start planning now, get started soon, and contract with Halco.”
Ron C. of Blossvale, NY
Thursday, August 10th
Your man Matt, is one of the top technicians I have ever dealt with. He know his job. Be sure to keep him.P.S. Matt, also has a tremendous personality.
John D. of Wellsburg, NY
Thursday, March 25th
Very satisfied, Gary and Justin were very polite and professional and helpful with any information.
Gary S. of Pine City, NY
Tuesday, March 22nd
Dennis did a fine job. He was thorough and professional.
Ben B. of Elmira, NY
Tuesday, February 13th
Technician was very knowledgeable.
Bruce M. of Elmira, NY
Monday, December 4th
I have already told people of your company and the process and that I am pleased with all. Everyone, especially Bill and Veronica, have been a pleasure to work with. These kinds of things can be very stressful with the work being done, unknown problems that can arise at the financial end of it, but it has been a pleasure working with professionals in the business who aim to please.
Loretta Y. of Elmira, NY
Monday, January 31st
Jim is a real gentleman, friendly, and very concerned about customer satisfaction. Good job.
Cathie R. of Elmira, NY
Wednesday, April 29th
My only concern is that you don't pay your people enough! What a team! We smelled gas in the basement in the afternoon on Saturday 3/23. Called NYSEG, they came and found that the control valve inside the furnace was leaking gas big time. So, they red tagged it and shut it off. We called two local repair men. The first claimed to have 24/7 services, but turned out that the guy "on-call" was actually in PA at the time and couldn't get to us until Sunday morning. So, we called the next one and he would come out, but it was going to be $140 with no guarantee that he would be able to fix anything because we had a Singer furnace. Then we saw your ad in the Yellow Pages, and noticed that you offer regular business hours until 9PM everyday. So we called and got a person that actually works at your company (the other guys were using answering services). The nice girl said that she wasn't sure when exactly, but that someone would be to our house that evening and it would only be $89, and he would call ahead. The guy (Pete I think) did call and showed up at our door after dark. We were in the midst of renovating our kitchen, but he still insisted on donning his booties to walk through the kitchen to the basement. Once down there, he got right to work and checked the whole furnace over. He ended up finding a hole and two weld spots on the heat exchanger that were missed by our home inspector (we just moved in this past October). He said that he would have to red tag the furnace on top of the other red tag from NYSEG. Then he called his boss from our basement to see what could be done to get us heat ASAP. His boss told him to call Steve, your VP of Sales and Service. They talked for a bit, and then he handed the phone to me. Steve explained that we wouldn't be able to get a new furnace Sunday, but would have a new one first thing Monday morning. Also, he said that based on our income he would be able to get us a deal through NYSERDA to help with the cost of the furnace. And he would be able to get some other discounts for the time of year, service plan, etc. Also, he mentioned that he would be able to apply the $89 from the service call that day to the balance of the new furnace. And, he said that the tech would be leaving us with 3 space heaters to keep warm until Monday - free of charge!! I was so happy at this point I was speechless. Then Sunday, Steve called me three times to work out all the details of the financing and NYSERDA application. On a SUNDAY!! He had a birthday party for one of his grand kids that evening, and he is calling me to make sure we have everything in order to be able to get the furnace first thing Monday. The installers showed up Monday morning and I directed them to the external entrance to the basement, but they had their booties in hand to walk through the kitchen (still under renovation, but we did finish just in time for Easter). They ended up having to take the old furnace out in pieces because it was so big. They finished the whole installation by 3PM. Then as they were running the drain line for the furnace, they noticed the old saddle valve from where the fridge had hooked into the cold water was leaking (I had capped it, but it was still leaking, so I knew I would have to take it off and seal the pipe at some point). I explained this to them and they went right ahead and fixed it for me and they did a darn good job of it too! So again, I just wanted to reiterate that I hope you pay your people a lot because they sure do deserve it.
Clayton O. of Elmira, NY
Saturday, March 23rd
Eric did a great job - very competent and sociable.
Ray W. of Elmira, NY
Friday, November 4th
We are extremely satisfied with the prompt friendly and informative service that we receive from Halco. Steve is extremely professional and knowledgeable. Thank you.
Ellie & Tim T. of Lowman, NY
Wednesday, June 24th
Very satisfied. Thom was so professional informative (explaining details), and pleasant.
Eliie & Tim T. of Lowman, NY
Friday, March 18th
Happy with quality of the unit. The cost was a bit high.
Bill S. of Corning, NY
Saturday, March 17th
Hope the summer is treating you well.
I wanted you to know that last night at dinner my wife, said “I have to admit you were right about the insulation. It’s really made the house much more comfortable.” As you might imagine, I was incredibly pleased. The insulation has made a huge difference this summer. Temperature swings in the house are very minor unless we open the windows. Looking forward to the winter benefits.
Scott S. of Corning, NY
Tuesday, July 7th
Your man did a great job - was fast - efficient and courteous and answered all questions politely. - Thank you. -
Janet B. of Painted Post, NY
Sunday, December 6th
The technician was very knowledgeable and careful with the service. He was polite and listened to needs of customer.
The Fisk F. of Painted Post, NY
Thursday, April 15th
I found Halco in phone book yellow pages. Very happy with service. I would use you again and refer other people to Halco.