Case Studies

Heating Case Studies: Energy Efficient Upgrades to Honeoye, NY Home

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 by Kelsey Belile


Honeoye, NY resident, Carl, had heard about the No-Cost Energy Assessment before and out of pure curiosity, started doing some research. He landed on the NYSERDA website which outlined many state programs that could help cover the cost of energy efficiency upgrades and he grew even more interested. The first step in determining eligibility for these programs is to have a no-cost energy assessment conducted by a trained and experience Home Performance Contractor. Carl decided to have Halco perform this assessment because he had heard the company before and was familiar with our brand.


Halco sent an Energy Advisor to provide a top-to-bottom look at Carl’s house and pinpoint exactly where energy and dollars were being wasted. Our energy advisor found the home had a 24-year-old furnace and major air infiltration in the basement. Carl was spending way too much money on fuel in the cooler months and was reaching his budget rather quickly.  In the summer months, Carl was using window a/c units and fans to keep the home cool, no doubt running up his electricity costs.

Our Energy Advisor proposed many measures to help Carl obtain maximum comfort and efficiency within his home, but before moving forward, these measures were submitted to two state programs, EmPower New York and Assisted Home Performance, to determine if Carl was eligible for assistance paying for the work. Once Carl was approved, we were able to begin!

We installed a 40,000 btu variable speed furnace with a Goodman 2-ton 2 stage 16 seer heat pump. In addition to heating his home, Carl could now cool his home and no longer worry about using window a/c units and fans. We also air sealed and insulated the basement, added an insulated door to block air infiltration from the bilco door, upgraded the old ducting, and replaced the old thermostat. Carl even signed up for a maintenance agreement to have Halco come and service his new heating system each year and ensure it’s in tip-top shape!

A year later, Carl recalls the entire experience as “top of the line and extremely professional.” He was very pleased throughout the entire process, from the initial sales call to installation. What makes Carl even happier is the savings. His propane bill has been cut almost in half, from using 770 gallons to 440, and his electric bill also took a drop from approximately $120/month to $90/month. Carl stated that the upgrades to his home have made him more comfortable, both physically and financially. He rates Halco a 10/10 and recommends us whenever he can. We are so happy that these improvements have made a positive impact on Carl’s home and life! 

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