To celebrate the 116th anniversary of the invention of modern air conditioning, Carrier is donating dozens of heating and cooling systems to Habitat for Humanity’s annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, including systems that support net zero energy. For the first time, four Habitat homes of St. Joseph County in Michigan will achieve this distinction, meaning they will produce as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year. Carrier, a producer of high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls and Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the typical American home spends approximately 43 percent of their energy bills on heating and cooling.
“From California to the American South, net zero homes are growing more common, and builders are investing in Carrier high efficiency climate controls systems to drive down energy consumption and improve home comfort,” said Matthew Pine, president, Residential HVAC, UTC Climate, Controls and Security.
Two of the net zero homes will be outfitted with Carrier Infinity heat pumps with Greenspeed intelligence, while the other two will receive an Infinity geothermal and ductless system, respectively.
Carrier also recently donated 23 conventional ducted split systems for an entire neighborhood of new construction homes in Mishawaka, Indiana and another 15 ductless systems to support critical home improvements for a blend of military veteran and aging-in-place Habitat homeowners across St. Joseph County.
Carrier has supported Habitat affiliates nationwide with more than $3 million in donations and countless employee volunteer hours since 1996.