A DECADE OF CLEAN FUELED DRIVING EXPERIENCE LEADS US AIR CONDITIONING TO INSTALL ITS FIRST NEW CNG FUELING STATION
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA - [May 9, 2016] - After more than 10 years of driving compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles in its mission to convert its entire fleet from diesel fuel to cleaner burning CNG, US Air Conditioning recently installed its first new CNG fueling station. The new Galileo Nanobox system was installed at the company's main distribution center located in the City of Industry to replace its old system that needed an upgrade in order to meet higher demand from the increased number of CNG vehicles its fleet. The new station not only fuels the company's 32 CNG vehicles, but also serves US Air Conditioning's 24 employees who have invested personally in a CNG vehicle. US Air Conditioning provides the fuel and the use of the station at no cost to its employees.
Thanks to $100,000 in Clean Transportation Funding from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), the new CNG station will generate an average of 10,000 therms of CNG each month. This will help reduce greenhouse gases by 636 metric tons each year, which is the equivalent of the CO2 emissions from 71,500 gallons of gasoline, 683,394 pounds of coal burned or 1,480 barrels of oil.
The MSRC allocates Clean Transportation Funding from a $4 surcharge on vehicle license fees, specifically to be used for local projects designed to reduce air pollution from motor vehicles. Over its 25-year history, the MSRC has distributed more than $350 million in funding to innovative clean air projects, like electric vehicle charging stations, throughout LA, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties that have helped to remove as much as 11,500 tons of air pollution from the skies of Southern California.
According to US Air Conditioning, the MSRC's funding for these types of clean air projects is important to encourage businesses to make an investment in the environment. "We feel that the last 10 years shows our commitment to reducing our negative impact on the environment and that it is another testament to our company goal to limit our carbon footprint in the communities where we deliver high efficiency air conditioning products," said Jack Scarsi, Vice President of Operations and Finance. "And several grants from the MSRC over the years have helped us with our clean air goals."
US Air Conditioning's investment also benefits its employees. "Our employees love the perk of free fuel for their vehicles and have discovered how functional CNG vehicles are for personal use. Not only do they save hundreds of dollars in fuel every month, they can also use the HOV lanes to cut their commute time down significantly, thus increasing their quality of life while reducing their budget for gasoline," he explained.
Having just celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, US Air Conditioning is one of the largest privately owned HVAC distributors in the world. Headquartered in the City of Industry, California, US Air Conditioning's distribution territory covers five western states with branch 46 locations. With over 400 employees, US Air Conditioning prides itself on having all the right products in the right places with unbeatable service for our customers throughout the territory.
All USACD California branch locations have been selected by Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) to offer a new mercury thermostat recycling loyalty program to our customers. Starting September 1st customers who return one or more waste mercury thermostats to a USACD collection location will receive a scratch card award for each mercury thermostat recycled. Each scratch card will be worth 600 points. Participants will be able to redeem points for items in the online catalog at www.recycle-scratch-earn.com.
Title is US Air Conditioning Distributors participates in sponsorship for Building Homes for Heroes.
Today, Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, and its York brand of heating and cooling contractors and distributors, are launching sponsorship of the Building Homes for Heroes program, a national organization that recognizes the tremendous sacrifices of men and women of the United States Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families. The Building Homes for Heroes initiative strives to build or renovate quality homes and gift the homes to severely injured veterans nationwide, mortgage free.
Become a QuietCool Dealer!
The QuietCool brand name has taken America by storm! As a result, we need qualified contractors and dealers to sell and install our QuietCool systems. To be an authorized QuietCool contractor or dealer, you must be licensed in a related trade such as HVAC, electrical, solar, roofing or general contracting.
QuietCool whole-house ventilation products US Air Conditioning Distributors is proud to announce that we are now the distributor for QuietCool whole-house ventilation products.
QuietCool fans are a great solution to the new Title 24 ventilation requirements - all new construction homes in 7 of California's 16 climate zones will require the installation of a whole house fan. These whisper quiet fans can help save homeowners up to 50-90% OFF their A/C-related electricity costs and hold the top 9 out of 10 spots on the (California Energy Commission) Appliance Efficiency Directory.
The best whole-house fans in the industry can be found at all of your US Air Conditioning locations.
Store Grand Opening Tolleson, Arizona scheduled for Monday, March 3, 2014.
Location: 1025 South 63rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85043 / Driving Directions
Store Grand Opening Gilbert, Arizona scheduled for Thursday, April 26th, 2012.
Location: 1383 N. Tech Blvd., #102, Gilbert, AZ 85233 / Driving Directions
14,000 SqFt building with 3,000 SqFt showroom and convenient access from highways 60 & 101.
Dealer Meetings in Arizona & Idaho
Update on R22 Pricing and Availability
The U.S. EPA is proposing to significantly reduce allowances to produce and/or import virgin R-22 ranging from 11-47% per year over the period 2012-2014 for servicing existing R-22 equipment. Under this proposal, 2012 allowances would be reduced between 55 to 80 million pounds, 2013 allowances would be reduced to between 46 to 69 million pounds and 2014 allowances would be reduced to between 36 to 58 million pounds.
Steps to Take Now
Be prepared and help your customers transition away from R-22 to avoid price volatility and supply shortfall.
Manage your R-22 supply.
Utilize DuPont™ ISCEON® MO99™ refrigerant to retrofit existing R-22 equipment.
CITY OF INDUSTRY-BASED US AIR CONDITIONING DISTRIBUTORS RECEIVES STATEWIDE RECOGNITION FOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP
The City of Industry-based US Air Conditioning Distributors was one of four California companies honored by the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) during the organization's Arrow Awards ceremony held in San Diego at the California Resource Recovery Associations 35th annual conference. The Arrow Awards were created by CPSC with a grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) given to the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority.
Because of their "Cash for Clunkers" mercury thermostat take-back program, the City of Industry-based US Air Conditioning Distributors received the Infinity Award for service and take back this year. The program gave contractors incentives to collect and properly recycle mercury thermostats by placing recycling bins at all their branches. By collecting more than 55 lbs. of mercury in 2010, the company also won a Waste Recycling Award from CalRecycle. The company also saved $85,000 in fuel by switching to natural gas trucks, recycled 73,180 lbs. of scrap metal, 12,320 lbs. of corrugated cardboard, 3,360 lbs. of white paper and 500 lbs. of electronic waste that same year. Their pro-active efforts make them a leader in the nation and a champion for the environment.
Feb 3, 2011
ColorTouch™ Residential Thermostat
Nov 29, 2010
CalRecycle Names US Air Conditioning Distributors a Winner in their 2010 Waste Reduction Award Program for green business practices
US Air Conditioning Distributors, headquartered in City of Industry has been named a winner in California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 2010 Waste Reduction Awards Program. "US Air Conditioning is committed to protecting and improving the environment by recycling mercury thermostats and taking a leading role as an environmental advocate in the HVAC community," according to John Scarsi, Vice President & CFO.
US Air Conditioning installed a natural gas fueling station and purchased 17 clean-burning natural gas-powered trucks, which produce only 5 percent of the emissions of a diesel truck of the same size. Also, US Air Conditioning Distributor produces almost all of its electricity for the main 250,000 sq. ft. location in the City of Industry with one of the largest solar cell arrays in the U.S. At 850 KW, it produces enough electricity to power more than 400 homes.
"TRC applauds USACD's proactive efforts in promoting the proper management of waste mercury thermostats at their locations throughout California. We believe their efforts are an exemplary model and encourage the industry to follow their lead," says Mark Tibbetts, Executive Director, Thermostat Recycling Corporation.
US Air Conditioning's mercury thermostat recycling program, investments in on-site solar generation and natural gas-powered trucks illustrates the company's commitment saving California's resources. "WRAP acknowledges businesses throughout California recognition for implementing practices that help protect the environment and preserve out natural resource," said CalRecycle Director Margo Reid Brown. WRAP 2010 honorees will a receive certificate and window decals to notify customers of their achievement.
Aug 27, 2010
US AIR CONDITIONING RECEIVES AWARD FOR MERCURY THERMOSTAT TAKE-BACK INCENTIVE
US Air Conditioning, headquartered in the City of Industry, received an Honorable Mention in the Infinity Arrow Award category for Service and Take-Back. Applicants in the Infinity Arrow Award category must demonstrate that they have developed an outstanding "take-back" program for one or more products that the company manufactures.
U.S. Air Conditioning voluntarily developed a "cash for clunkers" stewardship program for collecting and recycling out-of-service mercury thermostats. Although California now has a mercury thermostat recycling law, US Air Conditioning created an added incentive for contractors and do-it-yourselfers to recycle old mercury thermostats by offering a discount on the purchase of a new thermostat when the old one is returned to the company for recycling. US Air Conditioning works collaboratively with the Thermostat Recycling Corporation to recycle the thermostats that have been collected, ensuring safe handling of the elemental mercury contained in these devices.
Because of these efforts, US Air Conditioning has recycled more than 12.5 pounds of mercury - nearly twenty-five percent of all mercury recycled in California since the new law went into effect. That might not sound like much, but a single gram of mercury can contaminate a twenty acre lake. US Air Conditioning is the World's largest privately owned HVAC distributor.
"This awards program was designed to recognize the businesses that are integrating product stewardship into their operations and creating green jobs in California," said Heidi Sanborn, CPSC Executive Director. "We are pleased to spotlight US Air Conditioning's contribution to removing a very toxic metal from our waste stream."
June 30, 2010
New Paso Robles facility for US Air Conditioning Distributors.
US Air Conditioning Distributors, headquartered in City of Industry has opened a new parts and supplies branch in Paso Robles, CA. It includes approximately 12,000 SQFT of indoor warehouse, a 1,500SQFT showroom and two delivery trucks. The new parts and supplies location located at 495 Marquita Ave. Paso Robles, CA 93446 opened for business on June 15th 2010. According to Parts Manager Cesar Aburto an open house was held for customers on June 24th 2010 to show off the new expanded parts and supplies branch. Contractors were treated to a delicious Tri-Tip BBQ lunch and chances to win special drawings and door prizes. A row of manufacture representatives and vendors was there demonstrating innovative products to customers. The new Paso Robles location reflects the company's strong growth in sales and customer service. Contractors can call the US Air Conditioning Call Center (877) 922-5423 to have their equipment, parts and supplies ready and waiting at this or any of the 45 convenient locations.
"US Air Conditioning Distributors has served the Southern California market for more than 20 years and has branches located in Northern California, Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. We are committed to fulfilling all the dealers HVAC/R needs with quality parts and quality brand names." John Scarsi, Vice President & CFO said.
"We are a convenient local source for air conditioning parts, refrigeration parts, supplies, equipment, and tools for residential and commercial HVAC applications. Our brand new Paso Robles location will provide HVAC contractors with superior customer service as well as a complete line of equipment and supplies. We wanted to make sure that the parts you need are available when you need them," notes Cesar Aburto, Parts Manager.
The new facility includes a modern parts showroom which carries an expanded inventory including a full line of economical generic parts and supplies and original replacement parts. US Air Conditioning Distributors offers more than 50,000 different parts in their system. See US Air Conditioning Distributors for solutions for any brand.
Get more paid service calls with the new LX thermostat.
The LX thermostat has a programmable scrolling marquee that alerts the homeowner when a service call is needed and exactly who to call. Contractors can easily program when the service notice appears (up to 2 years) and who to contact. Using our new USB programmer (part# S1LXPROG) virtually insures a paid service call with every installation.
December 1, 2009 What are you doing with your old mercury thermostats?
Example of typical thermostats that contain mercury
Even though a new California law went into effect July 1st 2009 to increase the collection and recycling effort, many HVAC contractors still did not know where they could take the mercury thermostats once removed from the home/business. US Air Conditioning Distributors (USACD), headquartered in City of Industry, wanted help out by going above and beyond in the mercury thermostat recycling effort.
"We wanted to help customers recycle old mercury thermostats, so we asked them bluntly what they were currently doing with the old mercury thermostats that were taken off the walls of homes and business. Some HVAC contractors said they have a large collection with several hundred old thermostats back at their shops. Some contractors said they cut out the mercury bulbs and kept them in a jar until they can figure out what to do with them. Unfortunately, a few contractors would not make eye contact after being asked the same question", notes Tony Albers, Product Manager. It was clear contractors knew thermostats containing mercury should not be thrown in the trash but many still did not know where to recycle them.
To assist California in keeping mercury thermostats out of landfills US Air Conditioning Distributors started a "Cash for Clunkers" thermostat recycling program offering HVAC contractors a $5.00 instant rebate discount off the purchase of a new thermostat. This program was open to all HVAC contractors for recycling and collection of any brand of mercury thermostat. It's just like the environmental effort to get toxic lead paint out of playgrounds and asbestos out of schools.
According to Jack Scarsi, Vice President of Operations "the Cash for Clunkers recycling program was only going to run for a short time, but it was so successful USACD decided to keep it going for 3 months. The basis of this program was simple. When a HVAC contractor brings in an old mercury bulb thermostat to a USACD parts counter, they can get a single $5.00 instant discount off the purchase of a new Source One LX thermostat".
Although the program was well received, USACD had to overcome the issue that some HVAC contractors had already acquired large collections of mercury in loose glass bulbs. Each glass bulb contains about 3 grams of mercury and there is a common phase that says "One Gram of Mercury Can Contaminate a Twenty Acre Lake".
The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) which is set up to accept the recycled thermostats from HVAC distributors would only permit mercury to be returned in a complete thermostat housing. This meant the whole thermostat must be shipped to the TRC which includes all the plastic covers. According to a representative at the TRC, they do not accept plain mercury or mercury in loose glass bulbs as these items might break during return shipment to the TRC and cause a toxic leak. USACD did not want this roadblock to stop contractors from recycling, so they contacted a local Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) center on behalf of the HVAC contractors. They were informed that the local HHW centers are only set up to accept mercury from homeowners, not from businesses like HVAC contractors.
Each glass bulb contain about 3 grams of mercury
This error leaves a hole in the mercury recycling and collection effort. HVAC contactors know it's wrong to throw away old thermostats containing mercury, but did not know it was wrong to cut and save the glass mercury bulbs out of thermostats. On behalf of HVAC contractors, USACD investigated and discovered if you are an HVAC contractor that has been collecting mercury in loose glass bulbs, you will need to contact your local waste management company and ask for your local "Small quantity hazardous waste generator program". This program is set up to accept mercury from HVAC contractors and small business for a nominal fee.
USACD is motivated to be the leader in the mercury recycling and collection effort. "Not only is USACD recycling at all their California locations, but they are implementing mercury recycling in all Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Idaho locations also", Albers said.
US Air Conditioning Distributors has served the Southern California market for almost 20 years and has branches located in Northern California, Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. Besides supplying economical generic parts and supplies and original replacement parts, creative programs like this reflect the company's strong ability to meet the customer needs of the HVAC contractors. Contractors can call the US Air Conditioning Call Center (877) 922-5423 or to find a location click here.
August 7, 2009 New "LX" Series thermostats available at USACD from Source 1
USACD introduces the LX Series digital thermostats for residential and commercial applications.
Available for gas electric heat pumps or air-conditioning systems in 5+2 (weekday and weekend), 7-day or 1- day programmable and non-programmable models, the easy-to-operate LX thermostats feature a scrolling text display (in English, Spanish or French) and three control buttons. Under the front cover users will find additional options for complete comfort and control, including access to fan, program and outdoor temperature buttons, and the ability to control humidification, dehumidification and reheat.
To demonstrate these and other operational features of the new thermostat check out the online simulator available at www.lxthermostats.com
All standard and advanced programming can be accomplished on a PC using the thermostats' optional USB programmer. In addition, a Comfort Call accessory incorporates wireless technology for remote monitoring and controlling the thermostats from any phone. Precise temperature control is assured with models that average as many as nine indoor sensors.
The LX Series thermostats' bi-color LED indicates a cooling or heating mode and features an adjustable backlit panel for different lighting requirements. The customizable panel can display service alerts and error messages along with the contractor's name and phone number when service is needed.
June 3, 2008 The new Arizona Hub, located at 1850 E. Watkins St Phoenix Arizona 85034, is now open. The Hub is 110,000 sq ft and includes 10 acres of outside storage. The Hub will includes a full service Parts & supplies store.
New Arizona Hub, 1850 E. Watkins St Phoenix Arizona 85034
January 28, 2008 US Air Conditioning announces the Opening in March of its New Arizona Hub, 1850 E. Watkins St Phoenix Arizona 85034. The Hub is 110,000 sq ft and includes 10 acres of outside storage. The Hub will also include a full service Parts & supplies store. The Hub will stock the complete line of York, Luxaire & Coleman equipment from 1 to 60 tons and will have Rapid delivery & Crane service.
January 25, 2008 New 20,000 Sq ft Parts store & warehouse now open in Palm Desert with a large yard for stocking of residential & commercial equipment. Click here for more information.
November 26, 2007 We now have in stock at all our locations the smallest & most competitive condensing units on the market. The micro-channel Guardian unit. We also have in stock non TXV coils & fan coils to give you the most cost effective AC system. Click here to see the Guardian Unit.
November 5, 2007 Coming soon new 20,000 sq ft parts store in Palm Desert.
October 15, 2007 Coming soon new US Air Conditioning parts store in Hesperia. 20,000 sq.ft. with a large 2 acre yard.
US Air Conditioning is now carrying the entire line of Venstar thermostats at unbelievably low prices.
Venstar offers thermostats to cover every residential or commercial requirement. With the Slimline Platinum Series and Comfort Call module your customer can adjust the settings on their thermostat remotely via a simple phone call. Whether they are heading home from work or returning from a vacation, a quick call to Comfort Call ensures that their home climate will be perfect when they arrive.
Venstar FlatStat thermostats boast an elegant and unobtrusive design allowing them to be mounted flat against the wall. These thermostats offer many high tech features and have large, easy to read displays equipped with a continuous backlight.
Venstar's wireless thermostat lets you enjoy the convenience of a completely wireless remote control model that is easy to operate with many features; maximum comfort with minimum effort.