Staff

Matt D.

Halco

Title: Home Energy Advisor

Matt D. from Halco

Email: [email protected]

My name is Matt Dennis and I have been with Halco since 2015.  I thoroughly enjoy working with folks to solve problems with their home’s energy costs and comfort issues.  I believe in making things better one house at a time and I proudly subscribe to the idea of a net zero home, where you produce as much energy as you use.  I have an air source heat pump in my own home and solar on my roof.  I have no gas, oil, or any other combustible products in my home.  So, when I say I am passionate about what I do, I truly mean it.

I am a graduate of SUNY Cortland with a degree in Business Economics with a focus on Environmental Management.  I am a BPI (Building Performance Institute) Certified Building Analyst, BPI Healthy Home Evaluator,  an Accredited Installer for the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA), and have designed hundreds of different heating projects with a focus on both ground and air source heat pumps. 

I have two dogs, Max and Molly.  Max is a ball of energy and loves running around the yard chasing his toys or running from one end of the yard to the other.  Molly is a bit calmer and when she is not barking at the mailman, she is napping in the sunlight until someone sits down, then it's cuddle time.  She is a 70lb lap dog!

In my time at Halco, I have taken part in fixing hundreds of homes and saving homeowners thousands of dollars.  Whether it be a basic attic insulation and air sealing job, to a complex heating and cooling system, I am happy to sit and discuss your options and help you make an educated decision. I want to answer all your questions and make sure that you know and understand what the problems are in your home and how to fix them. The best solutions are not always the most obvious, so let’s figure it out together. 

One thing you will notice when I come to your home is that I use crutches to walk around.  This is due to a spinal cord injury, but no worries, I am recovering and doing fine.  Don’t be fooled, I can still get around well in most homes and have adapted fairly well, I just move a little slower.  I have not let that stop me from doing my job and helping people and I cannot wait to work with you!

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  • By Terrence C.
    Wellsburg, NY

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    Wellsburg, NY

  • By Louise A.
    Owego, NY

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    Owego, NY

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    Oswego, NY

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    Oswego, NY

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    Vestal, NY

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    Vestal, NY

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    Spencer, NY

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    Spencer, NY

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    Willseyville, NY

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    Willseyville, NY

  • By Ann P.
    Alpine, NY

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    Alpine, NY

  • By Sharon L.
    Newfield, NY

    "We love Halco and appreciate the discount they gave us and how prompt they are with their service. Why would we go anywhere else?..."

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    By Sharon L.
    Newfield, NY

    We love Halco and appreciate the discount they gave us and how prompt they are with their service. Why would we go anywhere else? We wouldn't!!

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    Newfields, NY

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    Newfields, NY

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    Newfield, NY

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    Newfield, NY

Testimonials
from customers I've helped!
  • "In the end, these homeowners eliminated a 2,000 gallon a year oil bill and about 50,000 lbs. of CO2 per year!" Read Full Testimonial

    Cathy D. of Spencer, NY

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              The owners of this 1880’s farmhouse originally contacted Halco because they were interested in a heat pump option to replace their old oil furnace. While assessing the home, we found an extremely wet and drafty basement. After waterproofing the basement, the happy homeowners reached out to move forward on the geothermal heat pump portion of their project. We installed a 5-ton GeoStar Sycamore ground source system connected to a horizontal loop. The homeowners are blown away with how clean and efficient the new system is. And even more, they now had air conditioning for the first time ever! In the end, these homeowners eliminated a 2,000 gallon a year oil bill and about 50,000 lbs. of CO2 per year!
    Cathy D.
    Spencer, NY
  • "Between you and Josh, I couldn’t receive better support and service!" Read Full Testimonial

    Jeanette S. of Spencer, NY

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              Hi Matt, I just want to tell you that Josh is absolutely great, just like you! He’s cordial, focused, hardworking, productive, patient, knowledgeable, … totally “on the ball!” I hope Halco recognizes his worth, and makes certain he has an upward path in the company. Between you and Josh, I couldn’t receive better support and service! Hal is lucky to have the two of you, and I’d like to tell him that!! Most gratefully, Jeanette
    Jeanette S.
    Spencer, NY
  • "You can’t imagine how this answers a wish I’ve had for thirty years to make the space desirable..." Read Full Testimonial

    Norman A. of Ithaca, NY

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              I am super excited about the crawlspace. Joe suggested I email Hal Smith too. I hadn’t sat down to do it yet, so he’s getting copied on this. We can’t believe Joe and crew did it in only three days. I haven’t gone down there yet...just peeked through the access window, but I bought a worklight string like Joe had to light up the place, so I’m ready. Now I can run a network cable down there that I’ve been holding off on doing. You can’t imagine how this answers a wish I’ve had for thirty years to make the space desirable to enter...clean, bright, dry, and odor-free. I noticed after the first day of work that the house didn’t smell musty. The new ductwork has made a noticeable improvement in the airflow to the family room, even before a new furnace. Of course I still eagerly await the new equipment next week. I’d love to be in the newsletter and you and anyone from Halco are welcome to a tour. We’re thinking of having a crawlspace-warming for friends and neighbors! Too bad the access can’t be any bigger. Take care of the back. See you soon I hope! Norm
    Norman A.
    Ithaca, NY
  • "I have to say that I was initially skeptical that such a large company could maintain such a client-centered..." Read Full Testimonial

    Dean M. of Groton, NY

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              Hal, I wanted to drop a quick note of appreciation for the crew that handled the recent mechanical install of our LG heat pump system. I have to say that I was initially skeptical that such a large company could maintain such a client-centered approach, but your people pulled it off. From my first meeting with Matt Dennis, where I explained that we were just looking for a ballpark cost and some design ideas for our 200-year old farmhouse (so many small rooms...), I could see that HALCO was going to be easy to work with. He took his time, walked through the house, discussed some options and his thoughts, and didn't try to sell us anything. I knew we were at least a few years out from buying anything, so he was just establishing a relationship. Then the NYSERDA rules changed, and suddenly "a few years" became "a few months". Matt came out again and did a full study of the house, including a blower door test. He went back and designed a system for us, and about two months later (delayed for a refi on our house), Dan and Rob showed up to install. Even though our crazy-complicated install (kind of a complex attic) took two days longer than expected, they took the time to do everything right and asked for my input as they went. I grew up in an HVAC business household. Both my father and grandfather owned companies and have run service calls their entire lives, so I know just enough to be dangerous. Plus, I grew up in Florida 20 years ago, so I know nothing of the current state of the art in a cold climate. Nonetheless, everybody was willing to answer my questions and listen to my suggestions about where we might run ductwork, place the air handler, run linesets and electrical, and everything else. As a result, I have a system and an install where there's nothing that forces me to say "I would've done that differently". And I imagine that thanks also go to you for building a culture that encourages getting it right. The fact that all of these guys are trusted enough to work it out in the field and make sure the customer is satisfied and the system is right is a testament to that culture. Thank you. I will definitely call HALCO in the future when the need arises.
    Dean M.
    Groton, NY
  • "I'm so excited about my ductless mini-split heat pump system. Now I have air conditioning as well as heat..." Read Full Testimonial

    Connie B. of Lafayette, NY

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              I'm so excited about my ductless mini-split heat pump system. Now I have air conditioning as well as heat throughout my manufactured home and best of all, IT'S AFFORDABLE. My techs from Halco, Dan and Jacob were stellar as far as punctuality, quality and they were very, very, neat cleaning up every speck of debris in and around my home. I hope to show my neighbors just how great this system is. No more propane. This system is definitely perfect for our planet as far as no more fossil fuels. Thank you Halco for such great service.
    Connie B.
    Lafayette, NY
  • "The insulation and new energy system have transformed my home." Read Full Testimonial

    Mary T. of Syracuse, NY

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              I write because soon it'll be a year that I've had my heat pump system. The insulation and new energy system have transformed my home. I realized I'm living in the house of my dreams, just had to upgrade it a bit. I spent the last three months renovating the interior, got a fabulous sink and dishwasher, threw out about 75% of my stuff, repainted the interior, installed LED lighting, turned the two 2nd floor front rooms into well-lit studios -- it's all so different -- beautiful, peaceful, a real sanctuary, every room fully functional. At the heart of it, of course, is climate control. Warm, cozy, and draft-free in the winter, cool and dry in the summer. I remember how when we first met in my living room, both of us tried to talk with sweat just streaming. Omg. Apologies!! I love it here now. Also, I would not be able to work from home without the AC, so thanks for that as well.
    Mary T.
    Syracuse, NY
  • "Speaking to his experience with Halco, William found that the service staff was very knowledgeable, skillful,..." Read Full Testimonial

    William S. of Fayetteville, NY

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              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.
    Fayetteville, NY

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Before and after photos from jobs I've worked on:
  • Navien Combi Installation in Ithaca, NY
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    Navien Combi Installation in Ithaca, NY

    This Ithaca, NY customer has had multiple issues with her boiler over the last few months and each time it has proven very difficult to source parts. After weighing out her options, we were back this week installing a new Navien Combi boiler that will both heat her home and provide hot water. Give us a call if you have an old, inefficient heating system that is struggling to keep up this winter!

  • Furnace Replacement in Dryden, NY
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    Furnace Replacement in Dryden, NY

    This Dryden, NY customer had a 30-year-old gas furnace that was drastically over sized at 100,000 btu. We replaced the 80% efficiency, single stage furnace with a 96% efficiency, 60,000 btu, 2 stage furnace. At the same time, we added AC and did a duct cleaning for the customer!

  • Ground-Mounted Solar Array in Cortland, NY
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    Ground-Mounted Solar Array in Cortland, NY

    This 6.24 kW solar electric system was installed for a customer in Cortland, NY. The ground-mounted array consists of 24 Solar World panels and is designed to generate 7,594.4 kWh per year. The energy produced by this system will save approximately 11,545 lbs. of Carbon Dioxide emissions each year!

  • Attic Insulation in Historical Fayetteville, NY Home!
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    Attic Insulation in Historical Fayetteville, NY Home!
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    Attic Insulation in Historical Fayetteville, NY Home!

    This customer worked with Halco to convert his historical home in Fayetteville, NY into an energy efficient home. While the focus of this job was a complex geothermal system, Halco and the customer himself did a tremendous amount of work prior to installation. 

    We fully believe in the concept of “Reduce Before You Produce,” so the home was tightened as an initial step.  We vacuumed out all the loose fiberglass and spray foamed the roof decks and gables, bringing the attic into the thermal boundary. 

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