At Appel Heating & Air Conditioning, we care about our community. This is why, year-round, we choose to participate in activities we know will give back to the neighborhoods and families we serve. This is a sample of the programs we feel strongly about, but keep checking back, as we continually add information about other outreach projects we’ve had a hand in around the Indianapolis Northside.
Bring the Heat Indianapolis
Everyone deserves to be cozy during the cold winter months. At Appel Heating & Air Conditioning, we take our civic duties seriously, which is why each year we participate in Bring the Heat, Indianapolis. Sponsored by the Heating and Air Conditioning Alliance of Indiana, Bring the Heat provides free heating services to elderly/disabled, low-income homeowners in the Indianapolis area to ensure proper furnace operation, and to save lives! Volunteers provide no-cost furnace clean-and-check services, as well as a smile, a helping hand, and hopefully a ray of sunshine to those who need it the most.
The Bring the Heat program does not receive any government funding for the work they do, and so relies solely on the support of volunteers. As part of this program, Appel Heating & Air Conditioning and other companies and individuals will donate funds, labor, equipment, parts, and time to help as many Indianapolis homeowners-in-need as we can. It’s estimated that there are thousands of people in Marion County who do not have a safe source of heat for their homes. Through efforts like these, we can help change, and save lives!
Furnace Replacement for a Family in Need
This past winter, we heard one of the families in our Indianapolis Northside community was in a dire situation. They had fallen on hard times and desperately needed a new furnace to keep them warm throughout the season. Appel Heating & Air Conditioning jumped at the chance to help out!
Photo 1: This is what we found when we got to the home: a cheap, old furnace stuffed with a tangled mess of wires. This is how it came, straight from the factory…. Yikes!
Ironically, the old furnace was installed years ago by our technician Eric (long before he joined the Appel Heating & Air Conditioning team). His son Josh is the installer who replaced it, and both of them know the family this new furnace will be keeping nice and toasty.
Photo 2: This photo shows how Josh made a return air plenum. The old setup had no provision for a filter, so he incorporated a filter rack. The plenum is the heart of an HVAC duct system, so it’s important that it has all the proper components.
Photo 3: Here’s the shiny, new furnace: an 80% efficient Concord, generously donated by Ted Kolbus of Capitol Supplies, Indianapolis. Concord is part of Allied Air, a division of Lennox. Note how neat and tidy the wiring is!
Photo 4: This new beauty should keep the family comfortable and warm for years to come!
To see some action shots of Josh installing the new furnace, be sure to watch our in-progress video, below:
Susan G. Komen
Several years ago, we at Appel Heating & Air Conditioning were looking for additional ways to give back to the community. Recognizing that breast cancer is a disease that affects millions of people every year, we decided to paint one of our vans pink for breast cancer awareness. Each year, we pledge $5 to Susan G. Komen Central Indiana for every clean and check performed by our pink van. This money helps to fund early detection and treatment of breast cancer for local women and men who are underinsured. Check out the video below to see our pink van zooming around town, and watch for it in your northside Indianapolis neighborhood!