Good news today for the many thousands of homeowners living in New York’s Hudson Valley: Dandelion is expanding its family of local geothermal installers, and announcing Poughkeepsie-based American Heating & Cooling as an official installation partner.
American Heating & Cooling launched in 1983 as a local installer of conventional and geothermal heating and air conditioning systems, and has grown to around 30 employees. The company installed its first geothermal system in 1992 at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, and has since installed more than 100 geothermal projects.
The Vassar installation involved drilling roughly 50 boreholes, to provide heating and air conditioning to well over 100 apartment units on campus.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Dandelion,” said American Heating & Cooling co-owner Mike Bloch. “Unlike most industries, heating and cooling technology has not changed very much over the past 35 years. Dandelion’s innovation and technology brings home heating and cooling into the 21st century.”
American Heating & Cooling expects to eventually complete between 10 and 20 Dandelion installations per month in New York’s Hudson Valley, said co-owner Mike Harvey.
Dandelion plans to continue expanding its network of geothermal installation partners across New York state and the Northeast, to help the company scale its installation capacity, and drive down the cost of residential geothermal installations.
Dandelion’s founders began building the company while working at X, Alphabet’s experimental research and development division. Their goal was to drive down the cost of geothermal-powered heating and air conditioning systems, which are four times more energy efficient than conventional heating and cooling systems.
Geothermal systems are popular in Europe, where economies of scale and government incentives have made them cost-competitive with conventional, less efficient heating and cooling systems. In North America, geothermal has been largely confined to large, custom-built mansions.
Until recently, American Heating & Cooling had nearly exclusively installed geothermal systems inside luxury homes, with projects ranging from $60,000 to $500,000 each, co-owner Anthony Ortiz said.
Dandelion runs on a radically different model, driving the cost of a new geothermal installation down to under $20,000 in New York state, after state and federal incentives. The company also offers no-money-down financing, with low monthly payments.
Either way, homeowners who install a Dandelion system will typically see lower energy costs immediately.
“American Heating and Cooling is a leading home HVAC provider in the Hudson Valley with 35 years of experience,” Dandelion CEO Kathy Hannun said. “We are thrilled to partner with them in the region’s transition from fuel oil and propane heating to safe, convenient, clean geothermal heating and air conditioning.”