Calgary Home Comfort Team
Since Aaron was eight years old he has been interested in how energy is made and how it is transferred. At that time he had the opportunity to spend the summer at a work farm with a family friend in the central Alberta area where he gained a lot of experience that year.
The father of the family was a fellow by the name of Dennis Read who was a local mechanic/farmer. Dennis had the majority of his home and shop off the grid with two smaller wind turbines that charged a wall of deep cell storage batteries. He used a large AC/DC inverter for some of the electrical loads and others were DC at 24 VDC. Much of the equipment was scrap parts that he was able to acquire from various surplus places to reduce his upfront costs being a service mechanic he was able to rebuild the systems he required. What Aaron mostly learned was any system you develop and use it was most important to be efficient in components that consumed energy to ensure long-lasting energy.
From that time Aaron spent a life-long research and learning to this day on ways to improve operating efficiencies in energy systems and not be wasteful.
By the time Aaron finished high school, he had established himself in a career in Power Engineering and achieved the 4th class power engineer certificate from ABSA. In fact, he had to get special conditions to be waived to do being under 18 at the time. He worked tirelessly to achieve good grades and worked several part-time jobs, pumping gas, delivering pizzas, and even had a small business installing high-end car stereos.
Aaron went to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) to complete the 3rd class Power Engineering certification. While at SAIT he had met one of his mentors by the name of Phillip Williams (P. Eng) who was an Engineer from the UK that introduced Aaron to Energy Management and energy efficiency principles. One of the technologies was the use of heat pumps to extract energy from one source and then to be re-used elsewhere, instead of wasting it in the atmosphere.
Another topic that Aaron took on was absorption chillers and absorption types of heat pumps. This is where Water is mixed with a salt solution of lithium bromide (LIBR) and water is boiled off as the refrigerant in a vessel that is less than atmospheric. These types of chillers use very little electricity in comparison to modern chillers and they are super quiet to operate and use a heat source like steam instead of a compressor.
After some time of graduating and gaining valuable experience in a variety of industries of the power sector, Aaron had the future to work for a major power producer using a Coal-fired power plant that produced superheated steam to generate up to 600 MW to be used to power a good portion of Calgary base load. Aaron decided his hunger for knowledge caused him to return to school first to upgrade his marks and then continue his studies. This time with Automation and he attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Alberta (NAIT) for a 2-year Instrumentation Engineering Technology diploma program. Aaron worked over 25 years as a Control Systems specialist attaining Certified Engineering Technologist (CET). Aaron has mostly worked as a contractor and gained vast experience in many industries Power, Pulp and Paper, chemicals, Refineries, Manufacturing, Oil and gas, Oil sands, and commercial HVAC. Even though Aaron had excellent skills and experience while working in the oil and gas he again would find himself without work due to the fact he was a contractor.
In 2016 Aaron along with his life partner Silvia purchased Calgary Home Comfort and has never been without work. Aaron signed on as Gas Fitter B then later Gas “A” achieving the Deans award for outstanding achievement for the top student.
Aaron sees the HVAC industry very challenging and can use a lot of his background and experiences to implement projects and solve problems in the HVAC industry.
On a personal note: Aaron competed in professional Armwrestling and achieved a World Champion status in 1994 and had been considered one of the top 5 in the World between the years 1994 -1997. He was a traveler spreading the word of arm wrestling and coached many well know arm wrestlers still active today how it can be beneficial in personal development both mentally and physically.
In 1997 he retired from arm wrestling and got married to Silvia that same year. Since then he lived in Calgary and has raised a family of 3 boys, Aaron, Fernando, and Ricardo.
Aaron has many special interest book collection, some of the forgotten books that started the Energy Efficiency in the HVAC industry:
Started her career as a Business Analyst in different industries from mining Birch Mountain Resources, transportation Sater, retail in plumbing Super ZAZ, real estate, and builder companies like Garza Cavazos and Descon Homes in Calgary and Descon Resorts ( Join-venture building homes in Mexico Birds of Paradise and Ajijic.
In 2016 since acquiring Calgary Home Comfort she has upgraded her skills and taken as much technical training in all the products we believe are energy efficient.
Silvia believes that as an HVAC contractor and having the knowledge that energy-efficient products exist, we can retrofit better heating and cooling system in Calgary reduce our carbon footprint and improve the lifestyle of our clients.
We believe in our products that we had installed them in our own homes.