Founded in January 1969 and incorporated in the State of Georgia in January 1970 by Dwain Ball, Air Therm Company, Inc., is one of Savannah's leading heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) companies. Following her husband's death in 2000, Karen Ball operated the business, but after being with the company for 35 years, she felt it was time to turn the firm over to new leadership, and sold the company to Bill Efird, who brings a wealth of local industry experience to its helm.
Under the Ball's ownership, Air Therm HVAC developed a sound and respected reputation. Dwain Ball was known for single-handedly acquiring and providing personal service to each customer. His early vision for the growth of the local heating and air conditioning company was contingent on hiring a qualified duct superintendent to enable the expansion into the commercial market. He accomplished that goal in August 1972 when he hired Sam Goodman, who continues to oversee the construction department and is the key commercial estimator today. Through the decades, Air Therm expanded both its customer base and product line, providing the greater Savannah area with continually expanding quality service and installation. The company maintained an extraordinary reputation in the residential market and also garnered its share of the commercial market, earning numerous referrals from architects and engineers. It was named a premier Trane Dealer and won multiple dealer awards from Tappan, Trane, Carrier and Honeywell. It was also named Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation's 1998 Small Woman-Owned Supplier of the Year. Under the key leadership of Sam Goodman in Construction and Chris Rahn in the Service Department, who have both remained with Air Therm under the new leadership, the family-owned business has continued to thrive. As the slogan Dwain Ball coined decades ago states: "Service is our most important product."
The first business location for Air Therm was at Waters Ave at 34th Street. After quickly outgrowing that space, the company moved to 639 E. Park Avenue. In the mid-1970s, another period of growth inspired a move to 1212 Mills B Lane. Then, an opportunity to purchase a facility in 1988 moved the company to 309 1/2 Stiles Avenue. The final move for Air Therm (under the Ball ownership) came in the mid-1990s when the business relocated to 1010 Lynes Avenue and gained 20,000 square feet of warehouse space to enhance its sheet metal shop. This facet allowed Air Therm to become one of the few HVAC companies with a complete sheet metal fabrication shop. It's a distinction that still elevates the company above much of the competition.
Today, Air Therm continues to enjoy a sound and respected reputation as a leading heating, ventilating and air conditioning residential and commercial service company ranging from Savannah to Rincon, Springfield, Pooler, Richmond Hill, Hinesville, Tybee Island, Skidaway Island, Wilmington Island, Isle of Hope, Dutch Island, Whitemarsh Island, Thunderbolt, Garden City, Bloomingdale, Georgetown, Port Wentworth and Guyton.