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J&W Heating and Air Installs YORK HVAC System in Home Gifted to Injured Veteran

December 28, 2020

Recently, J&W Heating and Air and YORK® Factory Direct partnered with Building Homes for Heroes in Orange Park, Florida to gift a new YORK® HVAC system in the mortgage-free home of Army Specialist Alberto Diaz. Diaz joined the military in 2012 because he wanted to provide a better life for his family. While deployed in Afghanistan, his truck rolled over an IED, causing severe injuries, such as bleeding in his brain, nerve damage in his face and posttraumatic stress disorder, among other injuries. For his service to his country, Specialist Diaz was awarded a Purple Heart.

Building Homes for Heroes, Specialist DiazTo support Diaz, Johnson Controls and YORK Factory Direct donated a YORK® heating and cooling system with a Wi-Fi® enabled YORK touch-screen thermostat to better assist him with adjusting his home’s temperature without the need to get up. J&W Heating and Air donated the HVAC installation services for the veteran’s new home.

“We’re so grateful to be able to give back to our community by supporting an incredibly well-deserving local veteran and his family through Building Homes for Heroes,” said Brent Marler, President, J&W Heating and Air. “While we provided the labor and YORK Factory Direct donated the equipment, for us it’s an easy decision that will allow Specialist Diaz to live safely and focus on his recovery.”

Building Homes for Heroes is a national organization that recognizes those who serve in the United States Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families. The organization strives to build or renovate quality homes and donate them, mortgage-free, to injured veterans nationwide.

“We are honored to partner with Johnson Controls, J&W Heating and Air, and YORK Factory Direct to gift a home to Army Specialist Diaz and his family,” said Andy Pujol, founder and CEO of Building Homes for Heroes. “The customized amenities that companies like Johnson Controls bring to these homes provide not only a foundation for these heroes, but a hopeful path to a bright future with the opportunity to reach dreams they may have never thought imaginable when injured.”

The YORK brand of Johnson Controls has been a proud sponsor of Building Homes for Heroes since 2014. The company has been recognized by US Veterans Magazine as a top veteran-friendly company. Johnson Controls is also committed to hiring veterans and military spouses. Veteran employees are honored to design, engineer and assemble systems that help improve the lives of fellow veterans.

Building Homes for Heroes invites anyone wishing to volunteer or donate to the organization to contact Building Homes for Heroes at To learn more about Building Homes for Heroes

To learn more about J&W Heating and Air, please visit or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

For additional questions about Building Homes for Heroes or the ceremony, please contact Jazmine Leon, public relations manager, at For questions about Johnson Controls, please contact Ryan Nolan, global public relations program manager, Johnson Controls, at, and for questions related to YORK, the HVAC contractor or distributor, please contact Liz Sternby, public relations manager, Godfrey, at

About Building Homes for Heroes

Counting fourteen consecutive years of record-setting growth, Building Homes for Heroes® builds and gifts mortgage-free homes, and completes home modifications, for veterans and their families, and provides further services along their road to recovery to help them live a promising and fulfilling life ahead. The organization is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country after September 11, 2001, during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The organization has received a perfect 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for four straight years, including a 100% in transparency and accountability. It’s our honor to support the men and women who have loyally and courageously served our country. To learn more about the organization, visit

About Johnson Controls

At Johnson Controls, we transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play. From optimizing building performance to improving safety and enhancing comfort, we drive the outcomes that matter most. We deliver our promise in industries such as healthcare, education, data centers and manufacturing. With a global team of 105,000 experts in more than 150 countries and over 130 years of innovation, we are the power behind our customers’ mission. Our leading portfolio of building technology and solutions includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, York®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, Penn®, Sabroe®, Simplex®, Ansul® and Grinnell®.
For more information, visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.